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Google Street View now a Toronto time machine

Posted by Derek Flack / April 23, 2014

Google Street View Time CapsuleGoogle Street View has taken a historical bent, one that should give us some perspective on the massive amount of development that's taken place in Toronto over the last few years. Set to be introduced today, the time capsule feature allows users to peruse previous iterations of Street View imagery, which date back to 2007 around these parts. Google has compiled 360 degree photography of Toronto multiple times over the years, so it's possible to track the development boom in relatively short intervals using this new layer.

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Bike Share Toronto gets a new app

Posted by Derek Flack / April 16, 2014

Toronto bike share appBike Share Toronto, the new company that has replaced BIXI, currently lacks its own mobile app to track bike availability and station location. They currently recommend that users try Spotcycle, but there's a new player on the scene that it might make sense to download. While I like Spotcycle, some of its extra annotation-based features might not appeal to users who are only looking for basic information about Bike Share stations.

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Toronto library adds streaming to its high-tech offerings

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 7, 2014

Toronto library streamingThe Toronto Public Library isn't just about books any more. Today, a Toronto library card gives its holder access to a world of information, including, as of this morning, 10,000 films, and 250,000 records available to watch or download for free online.

Hoopla, a service similar to (though not nearly as comprehensive as) Netflix, which officially launched Monday in Toronto, provides media streaming subscriptions for 40 North American public libraries. As we reported in January, the service eliminates late fees and hold lists associated with eBooks. There are a few recent movies, but the selection is geared towards documentaries and educational TV programs.

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What's the best TTC app for Android and iPhone?

Posted by Staff / March 26, 2014

ttc appEarly next month we'll be launching a contest on this site to crown the best TTC app currently available for Android and iPhone users. To help us make sure we're including all the best apps for consideration we're opening up a nomination period starting...right now...and running through the end of this month.

Do you have a favourite transit app that helps you find the nearest ride on the TTC? Add it to the comments below or email us at ttc [at] blogto [dotcom] with your nomination(s).

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Get to know a Toronto startup: SmoothPay

Posted by Anna Starasts / March 13, 2014

smoothpayOur ability to make and take payments with our smartphones has never been easier. While our mobile wallet hasn't yet become more convenient than plain old cash or cards, it's becoming even more appealing to pay using a mobile device with apps that combine rewards programs with payment, like the hugely successful Starbucks app.

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New app lets you design your own subway system

Posted by Derek Flack / March 7, 2014

Mini metro subway appTransit geeks won't be getting much work done over the next few days. New app Mini Metro, which allows users to build their own subway system is perhaps surprisingly addictive given its bare bones design and feature-set. Recently released in a trial (alpha) version, I get the sense that the game will particularly appeal to Toronto transit types, given this city's fascination with fantasy transit maps, DRL-dreaming, and lamentation over the ridership numbers on the Sheppard Subway (or, ahem, the 4 line).

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