|Tech News: Google Will Not Allow Ads for Glass; Researchers Spy on NYC Subway Riders|
By Josh Wolonick APR 16, 2013 4:55 PM
Plus, news of some competitors for Google Glass.
No Advertising Allowed on Google Glass
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today published its terms and conditions for developing apps on Google Glass, stipulating that developers will not be allowed to display advertisements on the device's screen. (Whew!) Additionally, companies will not be allowed to charge for any apps that they develop.
Controversy over the privacy issues inherent in the device and its onboard, 5-megapixel camera has already been circulating widely, but now a new controversy may arise: Just how exactly will developers make money from Glass apps, without ads and without charging for their products?
Other companies, like Japan's Telepathy Inc. and the Chinese search behemoth Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), have confirmed that they are developing competitors to Google Glass. Perhaps they will allow advertisements and apps for which users have to pay? Details are still scarce, though Google's first wave of Glass devices will soon be going out to developers and "Glass Explorers," the people who were selected from a competition wherein people proposed to Google, via social media, how they would use the device.
The New Yorker's Subway Inequality Charts
The magazine's website has launched a simple, interactive series of charts that displays the disparity in median income over the course of every New York City subway line. The charts are populated with recent data from the US Census Bureau. Perhaps not surprisingly, Manhattan displays the highest disparity in wealth; as a blog post on the The New Yorker site stated, "If the borough of Manhattan were a country, the income gap between the richest 20% and the poorest 20% would be on par with countries like Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Lesotho.
The 2 train, stopping at Chambers Street/Park Place in lower Manhattan and East 180th Street in the Bronx, had the largest range in median income, $191,442. The widest gap in median income between two adjacent stops was between Fulton Street and Chambers Street in lower Manhattan, on the A and C line.
Collecting Data on How New Yorkers Ride the Subway
Last winter, in early 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), conducted a three-week study of subway riders, taking periodic pictures. The study, originally presented to the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, presents a series of findings about the behavior of subway riders across New York City.
Some of the points made by the paper were quite obvious, such as the fact that children are most readily able to get seats on crowded cars, for example. Others were more subtle: Researchers found that the doorway area was desirable because it allows riders to avoid "the sometimes uncomfortable feeling of accidentally making eye contact with seated passengers."
And for those who believe chivalry is not dead, the study found that men were more likely to be standing than women in a crowded train.
Read the whole report here for more findings, obvious and not.
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