My TSA iPhone App Offers Crowdsourced Wait Times

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Government#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’ve ever flown, then you know this scenario: Your flight leaves at the crack of dawn. If you leave home with several hours to spare, you’ll blow through an empty security line – but then what? Will the flight be delayed, leaving you with a two hour wait? In that case you’d rather not leave home so early.With the Transportation Security Administration’s new app, My TSA, you no longer have to worry. The app provides crowdsourced information on wait times at individual checkpoints throughout a given airport and general delay and flight conditions for airports all over the U.S.. It has an exhaustive list of airports throughout the country, from New York’s LaGuardia to New Haven’s Tweed airport, although crowdsourcing means the information can be a bit old at times, or unavailable, at times. In addition to wait-time information, the app provides a comprehensive list of what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane, as well as a general travel guide to answer questions about acceptable identification or other guidelines.While the app seems like its main shiny feature is wait-times, we wonder if crowdsourcing the content is the best way to go. Of course, it is the cheapest, but is there no other way to get this information?The app is one of 18 government-created apps that are being featured as of last week in the new government app store on USA.gov. The wait times are also available for other platforms as a mobile website at www.tsa.gov/mobile.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts mike melansonlast_img read more

Business Focus for NAHB’s Green Building Conference

first_imgThe 11th edition of the conference will feature sessions on the financial, legal, and technical aspects of green homebuildingThe National Green Building Conference, scheduled for May 8-11 in Dallas, will kick off with a tour highlighting the energy efficient features of six Dallas-area homes, then get down to the business and technical sides of green residential construction, the National Association of Home Builders said in a recent conference reminder.The 30-plus education sessions on the docket for May 9 and 10 include: “From the Basement to the Attic: A Deep-Energy Retrofit” (presented by Peter Yost, BuildingGreen LLC’s own director of residential services), “The Biggest Energy Mistakes Builders & Architects Make Part I,” “Looking Under the Hood: How Top Green Builders Do It,” “National Green Building Certification” (including certification for multifamily, site development, and remodeling projects), “The Down & Clean of Affordable Green,” “Green Building Legal and Liability Issues,” and a marketing session titled “Demonstrating the Home: The Competitive Edge.”Highlights on the Tour of Green Homes, on May 8, include a near-zero-energy home equipped with a ground-source heat pump that collects heat from six 300-ft. wells, a cutting-edge green design designated an Energy Value Housing Award winner, and a home in the close-in suburbs remodeled to fit the needs of a family looking for sustainable design and easy maintenance.Financier and wind-power advocate T. Boone Pickens is scheduled to speak at the conference awards dinner on May 8, and Joel Makower, the author of Strategies for the Green Economy, is the keynote speaker on May 9.last_img read more

Finally, A Properly Priced Google Chromebook

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web markhachman A Perfect Companion?Pichai portrayed the ecosystem of Windows devices, however, as one that requires constant support. He positioned the Chromebook as the perfect companion device.“The most common uses cases are as an additional computer for the home,” Pichai said. “[The parents] have Windows or a Mac, but they can use the Chromebook and leave it on the living room and give one to their kids. You’re never maintaining or updating these devices. This use case really really excites us. This goes to the heart of what the project is about.”Google originally portrayed the Chromebook as the perfect low-cost, low-administration device for businesses. Thursday’s focus was more on the home and education. Google’s Pichai said that the Chromebooks are being used in pilot programs by hundreds of schools, although they’re actually deployed in far fewer.Pichai said that the new Chromebooks would run the standard Google suite of services, including offline Gmail and Docs, which allows the normally connected Chromebooks to operate without an Internet connection. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Thursday announced a new $249 Samsung Chromebook, finally delivering a Web-optimized computer at a price that makes sense for consumers.The “new Samsung Chromebook,” as Google executives officially refer to it, will complement the existing $449 Chromebook and the $329 Chromebox computers, both of which are also manufactured by Samsung. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps for Google, told a San Francisco press conference full of analysts and reporters that the new Chromebooks were the first of many more to be launched with a number of partners.Google will sell the new Chromebooks at Best Buy beginning next week, Pichai said. The new netbooks will also be available via Google’s Google Play online store.Distractions From Google’s MessagingThe press conference was thrown into disarray, however, by two premature releases of Google announcements that distracted attendees attention. First, the the company published the webpage advertising the new Chromebooks live before the press conference was completed. More significantly, a draft press release of the company’s surprisingly weak third-quarter results hit the SEC before they were expected to be announced Thursday afternoon.)That could be one reason it remained somewhat unclear what the exact differences were between the new Chromebook and previous versions. The new Chromebook will weigh 2.5 pounds, measure 0.8 inches thick, and is spec’ed at more than 6.5 hours of battery life. That’s a little less than the 7 hours seen in typical Windows 8 notebooks and tablet. The key difference is apparently that the new version of the Chromebook is the first to use a less-expensive ARM processor from Samsung, a dual-core A15, along with a less expensive battery, explained Linus Upson, vice president of engineering at Google, in a brief interview. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more