Friday, February 4, 2011

Android Market Comes to the Web

Google has now released a Web-based version of the Android Market available at This allows you to link to applications, find apps with your computer, and install them over the air to your phone.

All applications are available on the Android Web Market. This means the web version is much more extensive than what's installed on your phone, which is geared for a certain device, or certain version of Android. If you live in a country that only allows you to install free apps, you can now find paid apps. If your phone still uses Android Donut, you'll be able to find apps for Froyo. Now everyone can explore the Android Market whether or not they even use an Android device.

I haven't tried to install yet from the web, but one source reports trying to install an application from the website, but got a message "invalid request." I can only assume that Google has some additional tweaks to perform on the site, or it was simply user error.

Get on over to to check it out. If you currently don't use an Android device, this may just entice you to do so after experiencing the exhaustive amount of entertainment, and utilities available for Android smartphones. If you do decide to pick up an Android device, be sure to try the game Angry Birds.

Texting & Driving City Buses? Two Toronto Bus Drivers Fired & an Ottawa Bus Driver Caught on Camera

Are you writing an email or text while driving? Apparently it's a growing trend with bus drivers in cities across Ontario. Last week two TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) drivers were caught and later fired for texting while on duty. This week images of Ottawa OC Transpo drivers have appeared. They were filmed while driving and using their devices. We are all aware this is a public safety hazard, and now an investigation is underway.

Ontario has banned the use of hand-held devices since October 2009, while OC Transpo first started enforcing this among their drivers in 2004. A statement from OC Transpo reports, "Individuals who do not follow OC Transpo policies and provincial law will face disciplinary measures, up to and including dismissal. OC Transpo operators are permitted to use mobile devices while stopped at rest stops and when the vehicle is parked at a safe location and not in operation. Texting while driving is not tolerated."

It has been made quite clear to bus operators that if they are caught using their mobile device and driving, they will more than likely be fired. Remember drivers, you are in the public eye, and anything you do will be seen, and probably reported. Almost everyone has cameras on their phones these days, so you could be the next caught on film.