Betsy Sparrow doesn't know her sister's phone number, and she blames the internet.
The message service Snapchat is booming because 'snaps' disappear after just a few seconds. Should we embrace ephemerality in more of our online lives? This week New Tech City explores whether it's time to ditch auto-save and replace it with auto-delete.
Verizon Wireless customers can now use their cellphones in 35 of New York City's underground subway stations. Transit officials said Tuesday that Verizon service is available in stations including Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Times Square.
A deal was announced to wire the subway system last year. The carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint all signed on, but only AT&T and T-Mobile service were initially available.
People who know me would agree, I’m a pretty intense, hyped-up, over-caffeinated New Yorker. Heck, “relaxation” for me involves spinning my legs at insane speeds on a stationary bike for 45 minutes at SoulCycle. There's an inner peace you find when all you can do is focus on breathing: Breathe in, breathe out. Meditation is all about the breath, right?
This week New Tech City helps you learn how to unplug and regain your piece of mind in a world filled with texts, pings, meeting reminders and social media notifications. Take a deep breath, turn off your smartphone and tune in for a "digital detox" chock full of tips on how to identify your core goals and stick to them in the digital age.
Who are your favorite Vine-ographers in New York City? That's what I asked people in the Vine community in recent weeks. I've heard about dozens of incredible comedians, musicians, stop-motion artists and illustrators who bring New York to life with their six-second videos, and these are 10 of my favorites culled from the suggestions.
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Vine, the app that lets you shoot and share six-second videos with your smartphone.
Airbnb, the website for short term apartment rentals, is battling New York’s Attorney General to keep its business records private. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman believes Airbnb users may be evading taxes and violating housing codes, and he’s issued a subpoena. But whether the AG gets the information he wants or not, Airbnb is now deeply enmeshed in the New York housing market.
As far as technologies go, the key is ancient. Early iterations date back 4,000 years ago around Egypt and haven't fundamentally changed since, which is, well, kind of odd. But as with so many industries, the digital revolution is upending old ways for the lock and key.
Chris makes $100 a night by renting out a room in his apartment through Airbnb. Ken is a landlord whose former tenant broke various laws by renting out an apartment through Airbnb. The two men have never met, but they're on opposite sides of a simmering legal battle with a whole lot of money at stake.
This week New Tech City is exploring wisdom in the workplace. Who has it? How do they get it? And can all those baby-faced founders of tech startups have it? Here are a few lessons from young CEOs and the people who work for them.
When baby-faced startup founders begin to build out their businesses, they hire a lot of young people their age to do the grunt work, but there comes a point when CEOs in their 20s have to hire employees in their 30s and 40s. This week New Tech City talks to young bosses and their older employees on the hunt for wisdom in the new tech workplace.
That guy who walked into a lamppost while texting. The woman you saw doing FaceTime with her husband - in the Whole Foods produce section.
We've all seen people abuse, overuse and get confused by technology, from embarrassing auto-corrects to tweets that missed their mark. Bring us your best (or worst!) story, or confess your own, and we'll tell you how to turn it around when New Tech City hosts a live conversation about balancing the technology in your life on January 23 in The Greene Space.
A video movie review, and musing on modern life from New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.
This blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.
Cicada 3301 — a shadowy person or organization behind two previous cryptographic challenges on the internet — unfurled a third set of puzzles Monday that is already boggling the minds of dozens of potential solvers. (For the full story, and solution, to the previous Cicada 3301 puzzles, listen to our latest podcast.)
For the last two years in January, an enigmatic message has appeared on the internet from an unknown source signed "3301, sending thousands in search of answers to increasingly complicated puzzles and mysteries. But for whom, and to what end?
An enigmatic message on the internet from an unknown source named “3301” sends thousands searching to solve ever increasingly complicated puzzles for the past two years. Will it happen again in 2014? This week on New Tech City, Cicada 3301. Can you solve it?
One company is conquering the world, the other hopes to connect you with your neighbors next door. It's a Tale of Two Companies.