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Spotlight: Find ways to split cab fare with new app

By Alex Diantgikis
@adiantgikis

Cab App

Tired of waiting for a cab, or paying too much money for a ride to the Logan Airport? Try the new Split My Taxi App when heading to the airport this weekend. / PHOTO BY David Danesh

We’ve all been there: It’s the Friday evening before break begins. You’ve got your plane ticket, backpack, and two suitcases pulled to the curb outside of your dorm. You can’t bring all of that on the T. It’s a hassle, not to mention the space you’d take up because you’ve tried to pack away your entire closet along with you for the trip.

Begrudgingly, you waved down a taxi and crash into the backseat with all of your belongings. You don’t want to pay the ridiculously overpriced fare. Plus, you can tell the driver is intentionally taking the long route to Logan to run up the meter, but what else can you do? It’s the only option to make your flight, when you don’t have a car in Boston.

The new mobile application Split My Taxi connects college students to others in the area who are heading to the same location so they can split the cab fare. It matches students by the area of their departure, time of departure and destination. The app allows students to share taxis and save money.

With spring break coming up, many students will flock to Logan Airport to head home or off to a vacation spot for a weeklong break. Cabs will line Comm Ave in anticipation, just waiting to spot a student with a suitcase. It seems that Split My Taxi may become a useful tool for students who want to save a few bucks or to save the environment from one more cab rolling to the airport.

Whatever the reason might be, it will be interesting to see how students embrace the app. We do so much through applications: text, send pictures, social network, play games, why not use it to split a taxi?

The rise of Snapchat

By Alex Diantgikis, Staff Writer

Snapchat users can take photos and send them for a selected period of time before they are deleted/ PHOTO VIA tommiemedia.com

Snapchat users can take photos and send them for a selected period of time before they are automatically deleted/ PHOTO VIA tommiemedia.com

For the past couple of weeks my phone has been taken over by the new craze– an app called Snapchat. The smartphone application allows users to edit and send a picture to their friends or contacts. Which pretty standard.

The catch is that the photos are only visible to the recipients for a set amount of seconds, decided upon by the sender, and the pictures don’t save to your device. The sender can see when the receiver has opened the picture and if they have taken a screenshot of the image.

Every day my phone is bombarded by Snap Chat. Pictures of food. Pictures of shoes. Pictures of tongues. Pictures of lecture halls. Pictures of this too close for comfort guy on the T. Pictures of the hot guy on the T. Pictures of painted nails. Pictures of snow. Pictures of the Citgo sign. Pictures of freshly rolled out of bed hair.

In the beginning, I was skeptical. The idea sending photos for a set amount of time seemed sketchy to me. “Snap me,”seems to have become an everyday phrase. Particularly embarrassing photos usually get a screenshot.

And where do the pictures go if they are not saved to your device? Are they just floating out in cyberspace? Are they deleted? Or is there some massive database warehouse of selfies where Snapchat workers laugh as they scroll through your most embarrassing  shots?

Besides, what was the value of sending pictures on a timer? Why was this such a craze?

And then my hipster, I’m too cool for mainstream-attitude caved, and I downloaded it. I’d like to say I was peer-pressured into it, but it was simply curiosity. I wanted to understand the madness.

Then it hit. The hurricane of images.

And slowly, it started to seem less weird. It allows me to connect with my family and friends at home. It’s cute and harmless and slightly addictive. Bottom line: it isn’t what it appears to be and, like most forms of social media, its content and usefulness is created by the consumers. You can use it to your own purposes–I certainly do.