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Meet Atlas: The Pentagon's 'Freakily Lifelike' Robot

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Defense Department has long teamed up with technology firms to create weapons and vehicles like fighter jets. One of its latest projects is a collaboration with robotics firm Boston Dynamics to build Atlas, a bipedal robot that can walk, jump and climb and could be the future of disaster response on and off the battlefield. 

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Can You Read My Mind Now?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

President Obama has allocated $100 million to map the human brain. As a leading center for neuroscience research, New York may be poised to benefit. But there’s a catch: until now the city hasn’t had much success at growing science-based businesses.

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Making it Easier for Start-ups To Raise Money

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to make it easier for private companies, start-ups, hedge funds, just about any privately-held company looking to raise money to advertise to the public.

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Brain Drain: New York City Losing Out in Brain Biz

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New York City is a leading center for neuroscience research, so you'd think it would stand to benefit from President Obama's new $100 million initiative to map the human brain. Well, not so fast. 

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Hackathons - Who Sponsors Them and Why?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The explosion of civic-minded hackathons raises the question of what the organizations funding them are trying to accomplish. 

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Civic Hackers Take on the Problems of the Poor

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

People in the tech world have sometimes been accused of catering mainly to their own needs, with apps for hailing taxis and finding romantic partners. But there’s another movement afoot – so called “civic hacking," aimed at solving serious problems.

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Take the New Tech City Hackathon Survey

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

There's been an explosion of hackathons in the last couple of years, including the civic hackathons New Tech City reported on this week.

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Make a Face or Swallow a Pill - This is the Future of Passwords?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hacking groups like Anonymous have gained notoriety for breaking into the websites and databases of corporations and governments. Chinese hackers have been accused of stealing intellectual property from the U.S. government and businesses.

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Most Summer Camps Still Forbid Electronic Devices

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, sheds some light on when and where campers are allowed to use personal electronic devices.  

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At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More reporting from Manoush Zomorodi and the New Tech City team about summer camp and smartphones.

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New York City Gets .NYC Domain Name

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"Proclaim to the world that you are a proud New Yorker or NYC-based business / organization!" urges mydotnyc.com.

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New Tech City: At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Most summer camps are all about swimming, canoeing and enjoying the outdoors, and the Longacre Camp in Newport, Pennsylvania, is no exception.

But Longacre has a new and unusual policy that's setting it apart from other camps this year, and stirring up a little controversy too: It's letting tween and teen campers use their smartphones, iPads and other tech gadgets all summer long. 

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New Tech City: Algorithmic Trading For the Masses

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the early nineties Wall Street started to automate the trading process. Today, many Wall Street firms make thousands of trades a second from computer terminals, not the floor of the stock exchange.

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MAP: Solar-Power Charging For Mobile

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Twenty-five solar charging stations for mobile devices are coming to city parks, beaches, golf courses and other outdoor spaces this summer, courtesy of AT&T. 

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NSA Surveillance as a Teachable Moment?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What can we learn from the NSA's surveillance program? A lot, according to Chris Lawrence, senior director of the Mozilla Mentor Community. He calls the scandal's aftermath "a teachable moment."

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New Tech City: NSA Surveillance Backlash

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the wake of news that the National Security Agency is collecting vast amounts of digital data about the online activity of U.S. citizens, the federal government has said the program — known as PRISM — is crucial for homeland security. Of course, not everyone agrees.

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Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

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Want to Disappear? Don't Fake Your Own Death

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

To disappear in the real world, you need an overseas bank account, some pre-paid cell phones and an uncanny awareness of where potential surveillance cameras might be hiding.

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New Tech City: How to Disappear from the Internet

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The specifics of a secret government surveillance program called Prism are still being uncovered, but last week it was revealed that for the past six years, the National Security Agency has been collecting people’s emails, photos and videos from companies like Google, Apple and Facebook.

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NYC Tech Reacts to Government Surveillance

Friday, June 07, 2013

The news this week that the U.S. government obtained personal data from several major American communications and technology companies has unleashed fresh debates over privacy and national security.  It's also raising uncomfortable questions for the city’s many tech start-ups.

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