Here's the premise behind the mobile app Cloak: Cloak will scrub the data of your "friends" using their Instagram and Foursquare information (remember, these are things they voluntarily give out) and display them on a map using your phone's GPS. Just like that, you can completely avoid them in real time as they update their information. There's a few problems, of course. Namely, you're only going to be able to avoid people that incessantly update their every move on social media - though to be fair that seems like the perfect kind of person to excise from your life forever.
Then there's another matter entirely, that this is actually kind of a dream program for stalkers. So, uh, double-edged sword I guess?
In the wake of its taxi upgrade, NYC will upgrade 250 old phone booths across the city with 32-inch touchscreens that provide access to local neighborhood information -- and the "smartscreens" will eventually be wired to make Skype calls, log into email, and serve as WiFi hotspots. "The goal is to pilot it and see what the response is," said city spokesman Nicholas Sbordone. Perhaps most important to the 8 million New Yorkers who won't go near current pay phones: "They're built to be cleaned with a jet hose," said Tom Touchet, CEO of City24x7, which will install the screens. "They're waterproof and dust-proof."