January 12, 2014
Another service is about to be laid to rest in the Google graveyard. As noted by The Next Web, Google is set to shut down Schemer. Schemer is, or was, an app centered on the accomplishment of "schemes" or activities users might want to do, e.g. surf the sand dunes at White Sands, relive "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in Chicago, or use leftover tortillas to make chilaquiles. Released on iOS in May 2012, it hasn't received an update since the following August. And it turns out that it never will, seeing as the app has been pulled from the App Store. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. In a new Google+ post, the team behind the app has announced that Schemer is set to shut down on Feb. 7, 2014, after which al data will be permanently deleted. Until then, though, you can download all of your schemes by signing in to schemer.com using your Google account, selecting "Email me my schemes," and waiting for the identical CSV and HTML files to be delivered to your Gmail inbox. "Schemer launched in beta over a year ago to help inspire and motivate people to do more awesome stuff," the Schemer team says, "and though the app is shutting down, the adventures will continue." To that end, the Schemer team suggests using the Explore section in the Google Maps app or checking out the Field Trip app to find things to do around you.