Thursday, June 06, 2013
A growing number of orchestras and concert halls are allowing patrons to take photos and use their smart phones in the concert hall. Some musicians, it seems, really don’t like it.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
In response to New York City's 9.1 percent unemployment rate, many New Yorkers are exploring new tech-based strategies to find jobs on their tablets, smartphones and even "dumb" phones.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Today we're talking about technology and the work/life balance. How do your devices help or hinder you as you juggle your home life (maybe as a parent) and work life? What are your rules for managing technology? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, or leave your comment below.
→ Event: A dynamic conversation about career, family and technology. WNYC PRESENTS: HOW TECH IS CHANGING THE WAY WOMEN WORK
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Taxi and Limousine Commission adopted Thursday, by a vote of 7 to two abstentions, a year-long pilot program allowing taxi drivers and passengers to use taxi-hailing apps on their phones.
Smartphone hails will override street hails within a half mile in most of Manhattan, or a mile in a half in Northern Manhattan and the outer boros.
Current rules prohibit apps like Uber, Hailo and GetTaxi because drivers are forbidden from using devices while driving for safety reasons.
TLC rules also forbid payment through a third party system, which is how Uber processes transactions, taking a cut for itself and why the company stopped operating in yellow cabs.
Under the new rules to allow e-hail apps up for a vote, New York would require e-hail apps here to be a bit different from the ones operating in other cities already... albeit with lawsuits and political battles in many cases.
TLC commissioner commissioner David Yassky said Thursday the city risks falling behind. "We can look at other cities and see that passengers are using these products and benefiting from them, and when you have new technology that's available that can benefit passengers, regulations shouldn't stand in the way."
The apps would still not be allowed to process payments independently in NYC. They'll need to be integrated into the meter to prevent overcharging. In order to be approved under the proposed rules, apps would also need to be programmed so that a driver can't accept a ride while in motion -- that's possible using GPS data or even the accelerometer in a smartphone.
The non-yellow cab car service industry opposed the idea, fearing that it will pull yellow cabs out to places normally dominated by car services, which can be requested by phone call and apps currently. To mollify some of that fear, today's vote may not be on whether to permit e-hail apps in yellow cabs, but whether to run a one year pilot program.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Today on Soundcheck: Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses why we hallucinate sounds, from voices to cell phone ringers to music -- even when we're completely sane.
Plus, we hear a live performance in the studio from the band RNDM -- the trio made up of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, and drummer Richard Stuverud.
Friday, September 21, 2012
As the iPhone 5 hit stores Friday, the NYPD asked Apple aficionados to sign up for "Operation ID," a program aimed at helping police address a recent surge in smartphone thefts.
TN Moving Stories: EV Sales Boost US Economy, NJ Highways "Deficient," and Amtrak Sets Ridership Record
Friday, April 08, 2011
Are sales of electric vehicles behind the growth in the US economy? (The Takeaway)
Toyota and Nissan restart production (Marketplace).
The nuclear disaster in Japan could undermine support for nuclear power here in the US -- and build support for natural gas. (NPR)
A new report says half of New Jersey's highways are deficient. (AP via the Star-Ledger)
Can smartphones -- with commuting apps -- get people out of cars and onto public transit? (Wired)
Amtrak says it's on track for record ridership. (The Hill)
Will a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons spur economic development -- or acres of empty parking lots? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: NY Gov. Cuomo tightens parking placard rules; Caltrain isn't slashing service...yet; traffic light timing is adjusted in Central Park's loop; Dulles's Metrorail link answers the question 'over or under?,' and: how much high-speed rail will $2.4 billion buy?
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