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Microsoft's 'avoid ghetto' app:'Racist'?
A new technology designed to help pedestrians avoid bad neighborhoods has plenty of smartphone users up in arms
posted on January 10, 2012, at 11:43 AM

A Microsoft smartphone: The tech giant has patented an app that would help users plot routes that avoid bad weather and bad neighborhoods. Photo: Caroline Seidel/dpa/Corbis SEE ALL 26 PHOTOS
A new Microsoft technology that may help users avoid "unsafe neighborhoods" is generating controversy and eliciting claims of "racist undertones." Here, a brief guide to what's been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" app:

What exactly is this app?
Last week, Microsoft was awarded a patent for a feature on GPS devices. The feature, which will reportedly be part of future Windows phones, takes into account weather and crime statistics when suggesting routes for pedestrians. According to the patent filing, the technology will help a user avoid passing through an "unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures."

It's not really called the "avoid ghetto" app, right?
No. That's simply what many commentators have dubbed it. And "the 'avoid ghetto' tag is a bit of a misnomer," says David Murphy at PC Mag. "Microsoft seems to want its users to be able to avoid any and all transit headaches."

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