Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Find Your Local Holiday Light Displays... On Your Phone!

The latest crowd-sourced application for your Iphone, Christmas and Holiday Light Displays, points you toward holiday light displays that are highly-rated and recommended by users.  If you have a secret "Candy Cane Lane" you want to share with the world, you can use your phone's geo-locating ability to pinpoint the location on a map, and then add your comments and tips. Isn't it funny how word-of-mouth is being replaced by announcements, revelations and helpful tips from your trusty device?

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
The New York Times

Link to article:

Excerpt: "If there were a Charlie Brown Christmas tree of apps, it would be Christmas and Holiday Light Displays.

Developers are quick to seize any opportunity to release new products, and December provides something of a bonanza for holiday apps. (You may have noticed the ubiquitous image of the Angry Bird in the Santa hat.)

But a homemade app with the worst graphics that I have seen in years is the sweetest, most Christmassy concept for a seasonal app that I have yet to come across.

Christmas and Holiday Light Displays was created by Greg Walters, who works for a telephone company in Lone Tree, Colo., and develops apps in his free time.

“When my kids were younger, I used to always drive them around and show them all the Christmas tree lights,” Mr. Walters said in a telephone interview. 'I just thought it would be nice if there was an app that would do the same thing.'

The app allows users to geotag (mark on a digital map) any place where they find a particularly dazzling display of lights. It is, essentially, a collection of holiday-themed spots available to anyone who downloads the app."
(PS--here's a little glimpse into the Valley's own beloved Candy Cane Lane in Winnetka)

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