The Leonard Lopate Show

Ever Wonder How the Hotel Astor Served their Virginia Ham in February, 1933?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wonder no more. The New York Public Library just released 17,389 historic New York City menus online. If you're planning a throwback dinner party, here's your resource. 

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Transportation Nation

Car Sharing App Lyft Hits Roadblock in NYC

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission said Lyft is unauthorized to dispatch cars to pick up passengers.

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On The Media

The #1 Android App is a Complete and Total Scam

Monday, April 07, 2014

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.

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The Takeaway

An App That Fights Cyberbullying

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.

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New Jersey News

Wanna pray? There's an App for That

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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.




Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

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.

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Can an iPad App Make You Love Liszt?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new app designed for iPads gives users a chance to better understand Liszt's Sonata in B minor. It shows the English pianist Stephen Hough giving a complete performance.

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Transportation Nation

New York City's Road to Taxi E-Hail Just Keeps Getting Bumpier

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

An appellate judge has issued a restraining order preventing New York's pilot yellow cab e-hail program from going forward.

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Twitter Launches Music Service

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Twitter has launched a service that lets people find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.

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Transportation Nation

San Francisco Airport Bans Rideshare App Companies from Taxi Line

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Last month, San Francisco International Airport issued cease-and-desist orders to six different app-based rideshare companies like Lyft, SideCar, and UberX.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Taxi E-Hail Program Delayed

Thursday, March 07, 2013

(photo by bluepix52 via flickr)

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."

Updated 8:28pm

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Transportation Nation

NYC Ready to Launch Taxi E-Hail Technology

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

(photo by bclinesmith via flickr)

(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.

If the pilot program is a success, apps like Get Taxi, Taxi Magic, Uber and Hailo could end up on the home screens of thousands of iPhones and Android devices in New York.

Read the fine print of NYC's e-hail resolution here.

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Transportation Nation

Some NYC Riders Can Now Use Phones For Real-Time Subway Arrival Times

Friday, December 28, 2012

Want to know when the numbered subway lines will arrive? There's an app for that.

(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.

Members of the design team behind the Subway Time app in Grand Central Terminal. (Photo courtesy of MTA New York City/Marc Hermann)

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Transportation Nation

Companies Get in the Race for NYC Taxi App

Monday, June 11, 2012

NYC Taxi (photo: Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

(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.

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LOOK | A Slideshow of Underground Subway Art

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Checking In on The Daily

Friday, February 04, 2011

Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist for Slate, discusses the potential and the perils of The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only news service and whether it can survive in a closed medium in which articles can't be easily relinked, retweeted, or aggregated.

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Studio 360

I Spy

Friday, December 17, 2010

The iPhone app iSpy lets users watch thousands of live-streaming security cameras around the world. It might sound creepy, but Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky finds this anonymous voyeurism comforting.


The Takeaway

Assignment: Your Picture or Sound of the Year

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.  


The Takeaway

Assignment: Your Picture or Sound of the Year

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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. 

You can send us the photo, audio or video with our iPhone app or if you don't have an iPhone, you can submit the photo right here.

See a slide show of submissions.

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City's Smart Phone App Competition: Trying to Make NYC Easier to Navigate

Friday, February 05, 2010

WayFinder app

WayFinder app

The winners of the city's 'BigApp' competition, which invited software developers to devise applications for smart phones and the Web using the city's raw data, were announced Thursday night. The Best Overall App goes to a program called