The City of San Francisco banned apps that give residents the chance to purchase and sell public parking spaces, saying it's illegal to auction public land. Most recently, MonkeyParking has received a cease-and-desist order, while Apple city officials requested Apple remove it from its app store.
MonkeyParking lets bidders purchase parking spots from others, typically for $5 up to $20, and the seller waits until the winning bidder shows up to claim the parking spot. Residents are allowed to rent private driveways and garage spaces, but will always face legal scrutiny from the city. Similar parking apps face stiff fines and possible legal action if they continue to release in San Francisco.
"It's illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate," said Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney, in a statement.
Google I/O 2014 - Google provided a preview of its Google Fit Platform at Google I/O, with Fit letting an app go to a single place to provide users' fitness stream.
It's interesting to note that Nike is stepping up and helping Google, since it has its own platform with Fuel. But Nike's Fuel will be baked into the Fit stream for other apps to use, along with a bunch of other companies you can see above.
We only just reported on the truly astounding VR device from BlackRock VR, but now the company has removed everything from its website, leaving a short message to everyone.
This message reads: "At the request of the VR community, all advertising and pre-orders for the V have been stopped until further notice. HorizonVR". So there are only a few things that have happened here. People have felt like they're not going to see this device come out, as it did have some truly mind-bending specifications, or it was a scam.
We're not saying it was a scam, but from what I've read online, this is the opinion of a few. For the entire site to be ripped down after they were asking people to pay $300 pre-orders on a $1,199 virtual reality HMD that might not ever make it to the market... well.
Google I/O 2014 - Google took some time out of its important, and feature-packed Google I/O conference to talk about its cloud storage service: Google Drive.
Google Drive is now the cloud home to over 190 million monthly active users. Google Drive is an incredibly important part of Google, something that I've been using and pushing for quite sometime. Google had some interesting numbers to share, with 67 out of 100 start-ups using Google, versus Microsoft Office. When it comes to the Fortune 500 list, 58% of them are using Google services, and education wise, 72 of the top 100 universities have moved over to Google.
Google I/O 2014 - The L release of Android is getting a good tease at Google I/O, with the next iteration of Google's mobile OS fusing together the world of personal and corporate smartphones - seeing the same applications installed on both.
Within the OS, there is still data separation, so your personal data doesn't mix with the important work data. This will pave the way for the bulk deployment of apps too, which will make the lives of IT support staff that much easier. Samsung has worked closely with Google on this, with Google thanking Samsung for its contribution on their work on Knox.
Google I/O 2014 - You may not own a Chromebook personally, but Google is doing big things with its notebook platform. Google has 15 devices available in 28 countries right now, with many more planned for the future.
Google has said that ten of the top ten highest-rated laptops on Amazon right now are Chromebooks, an impressive statistic. When it comes to education, Google has seen a huge 600% growth in K-12 schools across the United States.
Google I/O 2014 - There's an update coming out later in the year, which will allow you to use your Chromecast to blast your screen on your smartphone, to your TV.
You can mirror anything on the TV, including the camera app if that's what you wish. LG, HTC and Samsung will be supporting it, with a slew of smartphones to work with this technology, and many more to come.
Google I/O 2014 - Google just announced the impressive looking Android TV at Google I/O, but one of the bigger announcements that didn't seem to get much attention was who Google were working with.
Google will have Android TV powering the entire 2015 lineup of HD and UHD smart TV ranges from Sony, Sharp, TP Vision and Philips. Sony is a big partner here, and seems to be center stage for the Android TV platform. I'm excited to see what Sony can pull off with Android TV with its future HD and UHD sets.
Razer and ASUS will also be making Android TV-powered streaming boxes, which is another interesting thing to see.
Google I/O 2014 - Something that has been rumored for quite a while now, has just been confirmed at Google I/O: Android TV. Android TV will support inputs from HDMI, receivers, and more, and will have an application available for your phone.
The home screen will overlay over the top of whatever is playing, be it a TV show or movie. Google seems to have absolutely nailed the user interface, with something that is simple, yet slick. It's not all about movies and TV though, as there will be apps and games, too. You can speak into your smartphone searching for stuff, with the responses turning up on Android TV - a nice touch.
An Android Wear-powered smartwatch can even control Android TV, something I'm sure you didn't expect, but will welcome. Games on Android TV are also something that can work incredibly well, with gamepads being supported (which ones, we don't know yet).
Google I/O 2014 - Google has just announced what we've all been waiting for, Android Auto. Android Auto has seen Google "redesign the Android platform for automotive". Android Auto does pretty much everything, with navigation, communication and music being "front and center".
Android Auto is "contextually aware" and is of course, voice-enabled. An Android-powered smartphone can "cast" up onto the Android Auto screen, and is also compatible with steering wheel buttons, dials, and more. Android Auto features five tabs, from left-to-right we have: navigation, phone, Home, Music and an as-yet unidentified tab.