Saturday, July 09, 2011

Apps Bring Past, Present and Future Into Focus - NYTimes.com

This may be a killer app in New England, where local natives have a tendency to share directions such as “… and then take a left at the corner where [insert arcane business/other location name here] used to be”…

Perhaps the most obvious use of a smartphone app is to tell you what is nearby. But a number of apps will also tell you what used to be nearby, or even what might have been nearby — less practical but often thoroughly satisfying experiences.

WhatWasThere, a project that includes a Web site and a free iPhone app, allows people to post historical photographs, along with their location and date, and then browse what other people have posted on city maps.

Apps Bring Past, Present and Future Into Focus - NYTimes.com

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