updated 12:05 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2010
Toshiba and Times Square team on iOS and Android
The Times Square New Year's Eve countdown received a symbolic modernization today as it has received its first mobile apps. A Toshiba-supplied app for iOS (free, App Store) and Android both offers the requisite countdown, including a live stream, as well as a unique tie-in to the countdown ball itself. Users will have the option of uploading a photo with Facebook voting that could help push it to one of the Toshiba-run displays in Times Square, including under the ball.
The app will have extras to fill out the day, such as the option of sending a "kiss" postcard or checking news, weather and history around New York City. It can adapt to the local time zone and supports check-ins for both Foursquare and Facebook Places along with Twitter updates.