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Word on the Street Beta for OS3.0

A new beta of Word on the Street is now available for download. Changes: Now requires OS3.0 Bug fixes Animated maps with automatic zooming to show current location and surrounding areas Edit, rate, and retag entries (your own and other peoples) Popular tags Tips More responsive editing Place lists should update correctly when moving Bigger fonts Find entries you haven’t rated yet Find edits others have made to your entries Better launch screen to give visual cue when the app is ready to use Empty headings removed from place lists - e.g. if there is nothing within 10 miles, that heading won’t appear Plus all the changes in the previous version: Basic search (search on any tags, whether they exist nearby or not) There is now an option to use the metric system rather than imperial (i.e. km not miles). See under the Settings… menu to turn this on. Support for badges. Badges are awarded to you on various criteria, for example if you’ve added a place that other people find helpful. At the moment a handful of badges are supported on the server to illustrate this. More badges and different criteria will be added in future. Support for ‘karma’ points. You can generally increase your karma and badges by adding and rating more notes and locations, especially if other users rate your stuff highly. More tags and longer place notes also give more karma, as long as other users rate your entry as helpful. ‘My Places’ now works ‘Me’ now displays information about you, including karma received, your rank compared to other users, and any badges you’ve been awarded. You can change your display name to be something different than your login name (under the ‘Me’ menu item) Rate places you’ve visited without being there (click ‘I’ve been there’ menu item when viewing details of any place) ‘My Favorite Places’ now works. Click the heart button when viewing any place to add it to your favorites (or to remove it if it is already on your favorites). Note, the user interface for favorites is not yet finished and there is currently no feedback as to whether a given place is already on your favorites, other than looking at your favorite list from the main screen.