A Bathroom-Finding App Gains Popularity, but George Costanza Got There First

Categories: Apps, Technology

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There has been much ado over the past few days about the emergence in New York of the popular bathroom-finding app Airpnp.

The concept behind the app is fairly simple: You're walking, you realize you have to go, the line at Starbucks is down the block, you check Airpnp, and it points you in the direction of a nearby bathroom. There are some other details that, at this point, seem a bit sketchy — apparently you're supposed to pay the person or business that posted the restroom on the app (but only if they ask you to?) — and, as of right now, there only appear to be fifteen New York City bathrooms listed on the app at all.

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Filmmaker Miranda July's New Somebody App Lets Your Intimate Messages Be Delivered By a Complete Stranger

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If Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr don't allow you to air quite enough of your private life, Miranda July's got the app for you. The filmmaker, artist, and author launched Somebody today, a messaging service that enlists strangers to verbally deliver your messages.

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Can an App Prevent Rape?

Sometime last year, Nancy Schwartzman came across a tech competition -- the 2011 White House "Apps Against Abuse Technology Contest." The Brooklyn filmmaker and founder of The Line Campaign wondered: can a simple app prevent sexual assault and dating violence?

So the Sunset Park resident partnered with Deb Levine, ISIS founder and mobile app expert, to design Circle of 6 -- which sends out a help-seeking text alert to six friends with two taps. The pair submitted their prototype to the contest and won, but the iPhone app just launched several weeks ago. It has already been downloaded some 20,000 times.

Schwartzman tells Runnin' Scared: "We basically just wanted to make it really easy for people to get out of bad situations."

How does it work?

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