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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Roundup: Apps to report pot holes, top apps for Smart TVs, fender bender apps, more

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Pothole alert: Wish we could have this in the Tampa Bay area. Boston is testing an app where a driver can report the location of a pothole they just ran through -- automatically. Street Bump reports road hazards to the city when the smartphone on the dash or cupholder detects a "thud." GPS records the location and reports it.  Los Angeles Times   (In the meantime, DOT, please fix huge divot on I-275 Northbound at Dale Mabry exit!)

Office workaround: Office Apps for iPad users? Microsoft doesn't officially support the iPad for its Office Web Apps, but you can still use it with Google's Chrome browser for iOS. In the meantime, Office 2013 for iOS is expected to be released early next year. PCWorld

In a car accident? Properly documenting what happened in a fender bender can make insurance claims and investigations easier. And these apps can help. Consumer Reports News

Top apps for Smart TVs: Not surprisingly, top apps for Internet-connected televisions are the steaming video apps Netflix and YouTube. Facebook, Amazon Instant Video and Pandora are also in the top 5. Los Angeles Times

Windows Phone 8 coming this fall: Microsoft has announced that its new Windows Phone OS will be released this fall. Will it coincide with its release of the new Windows 8 operating system on Oct. 26? TechnoBloom

[Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 4:25pm]

    

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