Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thursday, June 13, 2013
By Martin DiCaro : WAMU
WAMU - Washington —
Tech companies are complaining. A D.C. Council member is urging restraint. And now the Federal Trade Commission is asking the D.C. Taxicab Commission to be careful when it comes to weighing new regulations for app-based hailing services reshaping Washington's vehicle-for-hire industry.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Been to a concert lately? Chances are if you have, you've seen the familiar sight of cellphones in the air, snapping photos, taking videos, posting that stuff to Facebook. But you wouldn't have seen all those blue screens in the air if you were at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show on April 7th in New York, or at the British post-punk band Savages show on April 16th in Seattle. That’s because, as Pitchfork staff writer Lindsay Zoladz tells us, the bands asked their audiences -- both politely and a bit less politely -- to shut their phones off.
Monday, April 23, 2012
By fall, MBTA riders will be able to purchase and display commuter rail tickets on their smart phones. The MBTA says this is the first for a commuter rail system in the U.S.
Less than half of the MBTA's 140 commuter rail stations have vending machines, forcing customers to buy tickets on board.
The MBTA says 2/3 of riders now have smart phones.
“With this new and innovative approach, we are putting a ticket machine right in the palms of our customers’ hands,” said Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis, in a statement.
The tickets will work through barcodes that conductors will check -- also using smart phones.
The MBTA will pay the developer, Masabi US Ltd, 2.8 percent of each ticket price, the same price it pays small retail stores (coffee shops, newsstands), to sell their tickets.
"We're using the 'bring your own infrastructure' model," said the MBTA's Joshua K. Robin. "Instead of our buying vending machines, customers bring their own smart phones." Robin says a vending machine/smart card ticketing system for the MBTA was projected to cost $50-70 million.
The MBTA says it will use focus groups to design the new application, and will run a pilot in late summer. The full system will see the application in the fall.
Boston was one of the first transit systems in the nation to release real-time bus arrival information to software developers, a system now used by as many as a third of bus riders.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, August 19, 2010
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
Sure, cell phone companies would love you to believe that video chatting from your mobile phone will change your life—but what if it really did? This week, engineers at the University of Washington will conclude testing on software that makes it possible for hearing-impaired mobile users to do just that: communicate through video.
Friday, February 05, 2010
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News