The Travel-Guide Edition Sunday, August 28, 2016

BlindSquare App Will Help Visually Impaired Access Businesses In Wellington, by Collette Devlin, Stuff

Wellington's retailers are embracing the opportunity to make the capital more accessible by installing a navigation system for the visually impaired. [...] The app developed for the blind and visually impaired provides information to guide the person as they travel.

Goodbye Garage: The Songs We Unwittingly Start Our Drive With, by The Verge

It used to be that turning on the radio was an exciting experience. You never knew what song would be playing, nor when your favorite tune would come on. But this is a worry no longer, thanks to on-demand music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Except for one thing. Our damn iPhones seem to play the same damn song every time we plug them in. It turns out that the iPhone, for whatever reason, decides to play the first song it can find when plugging into a vehicle USB port or connecting via Bluetooth. And it’s always the first song alphabetically. And no matter how good that song is, eventually, after you hear the first few seconds of it over and over and over and over every time you start your car… well, eventually it’s enough to ruin even the most catchy tune.

Finding Your Way Back To Web Pages In Safari, by Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Let’s take a quick look at Safari’s page tracking features so you can get a better idea of what each one is, how it works, and which might work best for your needs. They include Bookmarks, Top Sites, Favorites, Reading List, and Pinned Tabs. Plus, Safari includes several automatic ways to help you get to a particular page: History, which tracks pages you’ve visited, and Shared Links and Feeds, both of which display pages acquired from outside sources that might interest you.


Does Knowledge Matter In The Age Of Google?, by William Poundstone, The Guardian

Today, we’re outsourcing memory and knowledge to the internet. This is often a good thing, but it comes with a drawback. The cloud is making us meta-ignorant: unaware of what we don’t know.