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Note to Self

What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tech entrepreneur Tristan Harris imagines technology without constant notifications - and a funding system that incentivizes techies to build it.

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Note to Self

Bored and Brilliant: BOOT CAMP

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A summer version of Bored and Brilliant, designed to get you rethinking your relationship with your smartphone. Works equally well on vacation, or when you WISH you were on vacation.

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Note to Self

Video: What Happened When 130 People Got Really, Really Bored

Friday, February 13, 2015

We gave them sponges, forks, and Post-it notes.
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Note to Self

Ask Manoush: (Warning! This Post Requires Willpower)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Here are all the apps you've been addicted to... and deleted. Consider this a test of willpower.
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Note to Self

Ask Manoush: What 'Counts' as Phone Time?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As you take the Bored and Brilliant challenges, Manoush will be answering your questions about, well, anything that comes up. Shoot away. 
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WNYC News

Robbers Are Grabbing Fewer Smartphones

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New York's Attorney General says anti-theft software is working.

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Note to Self

Challenge 2: Photo Free Day

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

We take 10 billion (yes, that's a "b") photos per month, mostly on our phones. Today, we want you to start seeing the world through your eyes, not your screen.

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Note to Self

Bored and Brilliant by the Numbers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thousands of people are signed up to track their phone usage as they take the Bored and Brilliant challenges. Herewith we present the results by the numbers. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Be Smarter With Your Smartphone

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author and technology reporter, Elizabeth Woyke, looks at the rise of smartphones and their socioeconomic impact.

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Listen to Lucy

Nine to five: great way to make a living

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Only a strict routine can stop our jobs silting up our lives, says Lucy Kellaway

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WNYC News

Bratton Says Greed Stops Corps. from Reducing Cell Phone Thefts

Monday, March 03, 2014

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton accuses smartphone makers of tolerating rampant theft because it's profitable.

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Listen to Lucy

Cheer up, this is a golden age for office workers

Sunday, January 19, 2014

For privileged professionals at least, working life is better than it has ever been

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Note to Self

Phones + Mischief: From Muggers to Dennis Crowley

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This week New Tech City takes you into the bodegas, laundromats and back alleys of New York's black market for stolen cell phones. More than 15,000 handsets were snatched in the city last year alone.  

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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."

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Note to Self

The Effect of Touchscreens and Social Media on Kids, Plus 3D Printing

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Americans have purchased millions of smartphones, tablet computers and other digital tech this holiday season, and many of those gifts are showing up under Christmas trees this morning.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: How Safe Are Money Market Funds?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Investors have been flocking to money market funds for decades, and today their total value stands at $2.5 trillion. Businesses, non-profits, government and individuals seem to think they're a sound investment, but how safe are they?

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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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The Takeaway

Google Moves to Acquire Motorola's 17,000 Patents

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Google is attempting to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings and — as part of the package — Motorola's 17,000 patents. Google’s CEO, Larry Page, explained the motivations in a blog post about the deal: "Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."

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Soundcheck

Flash Mob Performs iPhone 'Symphony' on Wall Street

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Passersby walking down Wall Street on Tuesday afternoon came across some unusual sights and sounds. Around forty iPhone owners came together in a circle outside the New York Stock Exchange to perform an experimental 8-minute music piece called “GROUP,” as part of the Make Music New York Festival happening around the city.

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Features

Artists Mix Times Square Street Sounds into Music

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Most New Yorkers try and block out the sounds of the city. But a new smartphone application, along with a collaborative sound project called UrbanRemix, is encouraging city residents to transform the recordings of screeching subway cars, hawking vendors, rowdy teenagers and other ambient street sounds around Times Square into music.

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