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Decent stats now from Android Market

By Mike Lin

I don’t know when they put this in, but I just noticed it:

Stats for B-Rhymes Android App

Not bad. Good to know making it backwards compatible to Android 1.5 wasn’t pointless.



Toronto Bike Map iPhone app updated with directions and updated maps

By Mike Lin

Updated my Toronto Bike Map iPhone app. It now gives directions by integrating with Google Maps’ biking directions.

Bike Map directions

It also includes the recently updated Toronto bikeways data which, among other things, includes much more detailed park paths.

Before and After with new park paths



B-Rhymes Pro iPhone App: Rhymes and Slant Rhymes

By Mike Lin

I recently published a new app: B-Rhymes Pro iPhone app. The most frequent request I get from users of the standard B-Rhymes iPhone app is to make it not require internet access so that you can find rhymes on your iPod Touch, or when you have no service etc. So I did that and also threw in full rhymes as well as slant rhymes. Putting the full rhyme database in there was a bit tricky, but I managed to fit it in <50MB. Price is $2.99.



Toronto Bike Map

By Mike Lin

My new iPhone app is out:
Toronto Bike Map

It’s made using Toronto’s new bikeways data set that was released on July 15th. I completely didn’t realize this when I decided to make the app over the weekend of July 17th-18th. I just googled for it, found the data, and made the app! I don’t think I’ve ever been so timely in my life :P

With the help of some twitterers It’s been getting some decent buzz and it even got posted on Torontoist! Unlike my last app, which has potential users throughout the English speaking world, this one targets iPhone owners, in Toronto that also bike. With such a small demographic I’m reasonably pleased with the 160 downloads in the first day.

A confession to make. There were supposed to be ads on it. Feeling adventurous I tried to incorporate iAd, Apple’s new ad network, but it turns out they aren’t serving ads for Canada yet, so the app is currently ad free. I may switch to another ad network in the future.



Toronto Transit Directions on Google Maps!

By Mike Lin

Check it out! No more lame TTC site for me. This will be so great for newcomers. Anyway click to bigify the screen shot, or try it out on google maps directly ;)