Become A Vigilante With This App That Lets You Report Cars In Handicapped Spaces

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He’s created an app that lets people photograph offenders and report them to the authorities. The app, which is available in iPhone and Android versions, has been downloaded 150,000 times already, and local governments are starting to take notice.

 If you live in Hays County, Texas, you can take a short course to become a volunteer parking inspector and start issuing violators with a $500 fine. Call it citizen justice. All a person needs to do is take three pictures of the car and submit the photos to Marsh’s nonprofit, Parking Mobility. It then sends the details on to the county. Another major Texas city is set to adopt the program in the next few weeks, he says.

 By photographing the transgressors, Marsh hopes to build awareness of the problem across the country. “The data is a really helpful because it shows the extent of the problem in communities. It lets us demonstrate and get support to address it,” he says.

The Happiest Countries In The World (On Instagram)

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Jetpac is a clever app that analyzes Instagram photos to create city guides. By identifying markers like how much lipstick people are wearing, or the number of mustaches showing, it rates places as, say, “bars women love” or “hipster hangouts” (a mustache indicating hipsterism in some cities).

Now, Jetpac has turned its technology to happiness. Crunching through 150 million images, and awarding “smile scores” based on the incidence and strength of smiling, it gives us a ranking of the world’s happiest places. You may be surprised by the results.

The Best Uses for IFTTT’s Location Channel

The Best Uses for IFTTT's Location Channel

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Last month, the webapp automation service, If This Then That added a new location channel to its iOS app.

…Shame Yourself Into Eating Better

…Wake Yourself Up When You’re At Your Train Stop

…Trigger Your Personal Theme Music When You Arrive Home

…Let Your Friends Know You’re Back In Town

…Email Your Significant Other When You Leave Work

 …Launch Reminders When You Leave the House

…Turn Off the Lights When You Leave the House

…Log Your Gym Hours

…Send Yourself Maps When You Arrive in a City

Mirror, Mirror in the App: What’s the Fairest Shade and Shadow of Them All?

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On Thursday, L’Oréal will introduce an app that turns the front-facing iPhone and iPad camera into a makeup mirror that allows customers to virtually try on more than 300 cosmetic products and see immediately different looks or complete makeovers on their own faces.

They can pout, sneer, move in and out of changes in lighting or shadows, and the virtual makeup stays as if it had been painted on. (A recent test confirmed that the virtual makeup will move with expressions, although vigorous head-shaking seemed to dislodge some heavy eye shadow a bit.)

The app, called Makeup Genius, was developed in partnership with Image Metrics, a company known for its facial mapping in movies and video games.

Automatic launches on Android, dismisses your friends when you drive

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The app can silence your phone while driving, and tell your chums to buzz off (via text message, anyway) if they contact you at the wheel. Combine that with the ability to store and transmit information about a crash, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nifty car companion — just don’t try testing that latter feature on your own.