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Monday, April 07, 2014
By Alex Goldman
Until yesterday, the #1 app for Android in the Google Play store was called Virus Shield. As Android is a platform known for security vulnerabilities, Virus Shield promised a one-button solution for protecting your device. There's just one problem. It appears to be a complete and total scam.
Friday, February 07, 2014
A New Jersey school district will be the first to roll out the STOPit app, which seeks to get adults to intervene in cyberbullying before it's too late. Dr. Scott Taylor, superintendent of the Kenilworth School District and Dr. Elizabeth Englander, director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University discuss what this means for kids and the fight against bullying.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
By David Furst : NJPR
Orthodox Judaism meets high-tech innovation. "Wanna Pray" is the sassy name of a new app designed by Linden, New Jersey-based app creator, Josh Weiss. He's also vice president of his Orthodox synagogue.
New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst speaks about the new app with Mary Mann, with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned, wired, clean, elegant — just gorgeous. Plus, we are entirely made of colored paper. Check out this new transparent (and interactive!) human body — perfect for kids.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
By Kate Hinds
An appellate judge has issued a restraining order preventing New York's pilot yellow cab e-hail program from going forward.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
By Kate Hinds
A pilot program allowing New Yorkers to hail taxis via smartphone will not begin Friday after all.
On Thursday afternoon, New York State Supreme Court Justice Carol Huff issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the city from implementing its e-hail app program while she considers the case. She is expected to make a decision on March 19.
Livery car companies sued the city last month, saying the e-hail program violated the law. They got a boost Wednesday when two New York City council members filed amicus briefs in support of the suit.
A representative for two of the groups suing the city -- the Black Car Assistance Corporation and the Livery Roundtable -- issued a statement saying the groups were "relieved," adding: "This is the first step in sending a clear message that no one is above the law. We now look forward to presenting our case in court."
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement that "passengers can wait ten days to enjoy the latest technology.” Michael Woloz of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, a coalition of fleet owners siding with the city, said e-hail technology will "potentially make hailing yellow taxis more modern and more efficient." He also dismissed the livery car companies' argument as "pure nonsense."
For more, read this.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
(New Tech City - WNYC) New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission is starting a one-year pilot program February 15 that will bring e-hails to Manhattan for the first time.
Ki Mae Heussner is a staff writer at GigaOm who has reported on smartphone apps that people can use to hail taxi cabs.
"Half the cabs going around the city don't have passengers in them and investors have put millions of dollars into this space because they think they can make a lot of money by better pairing drivers and passengers," Heussner told New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.
Read the fine print of NYC's e-hail resolution here.
Friday, December 28, 2012
By Jim O'Grady
(New York, WNYC) New York's straphangers can now use an iPhone or iPad to find out when their train is arriving on seven subway lines.
The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Subway Time app works like a countdown clock by using a train's location to predict its arrival at stations. That's more accurate than going by train schedules, which are routinely disrupted.
"Whether you're leaving your apartment or you're standing on the corner or you're just walking here through Grand Central Terminal, you'd be able to look at it on your iPad or on your iPhone and be able to see when the next train is coming," said Joe Lhota, the outgoing MTA chairman.
Subway Time covers the 156 stations of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 lines, along with the 42nd Street Shuttle. A spokesman for the MTA says the app's coverage will be extended to the L train in the next six to 12 months, and that developers are working on a version for Android phones.
NYC Transit Authority president Tom Prendergast said riders using the rest of the subway system will have to wait for a similar service. He explained that the "lettered lines" use signaling technology that "remains little changed since a time before computers, microprocessors, wireless telephones or handheld electronic devices.” He said the system works to prevent collisions "but it cannot offer us a digital feed.”
The MTA has long-term plans to upgrade those lines. But that will depend on money from future capital budgets. It cost $228 million over 11 years to modernize the "numbered lines."
Subway Time is free, for now. But Lhota said the NY MTA would solicit paid advertisements once the app was out of its testing phase.
Monday, June 11, 2012
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
(New York, NY -- WNYC) A taxi app competition sponsored by New York City is heating up. The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is accepting proposals for an app that will help passengers pay for their taxi trips with their smartphones.
"You could pre-load your credit card and pre-set the tip amount that you use and that way when you get in a taxi you click that app and you don't have to worry about swiping that credit card at the end," said TLC Commissioner David Yassky.
In addition to the convenience of not having to dig for a credit card before getting out of a cab and having a record of the receipt, at least two of the companies in the running also promise their technology will assist customers in locating a taxi.
One of the competitors, Jay Bregman, who is CEO of the company Hailo, said, “We want to help solve the inefficiencies in the taxi market.” The company already offers a popular taxi app in London. “Why go into the street when you can hail the cab from inside the house or the bar?” he added.
Radios and dispatchers are barred from use in yellow cabs but companies like Hailo said that there isn’t any need for a dispatcher with their app — it’s more like putting your technology in the air, instead of waving your arm in the air to hail a cab.
But some in the industry are against using gadgets to find cabs.
The Livery Roundtable, a group that represents over 300 livery bases in the city, said in a statement: “Digital hailing is just another sleight of hand by the TLC to masquerade its desire to de-reregulate ground transportation … Besides forcing the driver to text and drive — prearranged service is legally the exclusive right of the for-hire service sector.”
But TLC Commissioner Yassky said digital hailing isn’t necessarily their goal — it’s only a function they’re considering.
"App developers are welcome to give us other functions on top of payment … we'll see what comes in," said Yassky.
Another company keen on getting into the city’s taxi market is GetTaxi.
The company’s CEO, Jing Wang Herman, said they’d like to provide drivers with a dashboard-mounted box that will help them connect with customers. In addition to other functions, their app will help disabled customers find a wheelchair-accessible taxi.
Yassky said the number of winners in the app contest depends on the quality of the submissions.
The last day to submit entries is Thursday. Winners are expected to be announced this fall.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
By WNYC Culture
The MTA released its new Arts for Transit app on Thursday, which has background information and photos of each one of the 236 permanent artworks in the New York City transit system. See a slideshow of some of our favorite works of underground subway art included in the app here.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Friday, December 03, 2010
There’s only a few weeks left before the end of 2010 year, and we’re asking you, our listeners, to tell us what stood out the most to you this year. So far we've received videos, photos and phone calls, creating a growing spectrum of thoughts on the year from all of you.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Jim Colgan
As the year winds down, we invite you to share what stood out most to you in the past 12 months. Take a photo or record audio or video of the person or thing that summed up your year.
It could be bad or good. It could be the big ticket item you bought — or the one you weren't able to buy. It could be an event that changed your life (new baby, wedding). The one event that defined this year for you.
Friday, February 05, 2010
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News