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Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

Transportation Nation

49 New NYC Transit Apps Unveiled for 2013 MTA App Quest

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

With a grand project underway to wire all NYC subway stations, the NY MTA is hunting for new smartphone apps aimed at riders. This year there's $50,000 in incentives. Tuesday, the agency released the long list of competitors in the 2013 MTA App Quest

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Transportation Nation

Patent Troll Suing Transit Agencies Is Foiled

Thursday, August 22, 2013

WNYC

Public transit agencies are safe from lawsuits that would threaten their abilities to tell passengers when trains and buses will arrive. Yes, that's right, there was a legal threat to providing basic information to riders. 

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Transportation Nation

NYC Subways Inch Closer to Full Cell Coverage with Verizon Deal

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WNYC

This week, Verizon became the last of the major cell phone carriers to ink a deal to deliver cell service to the NYC subway system. But that doesn't mean all the platforms will be buzzing with incoming calls. 

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Has Already Outlawed Uber's New Taxi Service

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WAMU

Two weeks after launching a new taxi service in Washington, the popular tech start-up Uber says regulators are shutting it down because the cars are too small.

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New Tech City

VIDEO: Smartphones at Summer Camp

Sunday, August 18, 2013

At one camp in rural Pennsylvania, teens are allowed to bring their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices into the wilderness. 

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New Tech City

Genspace Brings DIY Biolab to Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At the Genspace community biolab in Downtown Brooklyn, citizen scientists are coming together to explore the basics of biology — and maybe discover something that will transform our lives.

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New Tech City

Online Ordering Grows, Restaurants Grumble

Thursday, August 08, 2013

This week the New York Attorney General concluded an investigation into two online platforms for ordering food, clearing the way for Seamless to merge with GrubHub.

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Transportation Nation

In California, They're Not Taxis, They're "Transportation Network Companies"

Thursday, August 08, 2013

WNYC

California is considering a new regulatory approach to deal with—not ban—taxi industry disruptors like Uber and Lyft but established taxi companies are crying foul.

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New Tech City

Weddings Speeches and Toasts Go Digital

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New Tech City producer Dan Tucker has attended A LOT of weddings recently, and he's noticed a trend when it comes time for speeches and toasts. The best man or maid of honor takes the microphone and starts reading from emails, texts and online chats that the bride and groom sent each other over the years. Call it Love in the Time of Gmail. 

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New Tech City

Computerized Confessions: Biographies and Wedding Toasts in the Digital Age

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Biographers have relied on handwritten letters for centuries, but more and more, they're using emails, texts and online chats to tell the story of a person's life.

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WNYC News

Seamless and GrubHub Allowed to Merge

Monday, August 05, 2013

Two websites that handle restaurant delivery orders in New York City have reached an agreement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman which will allow them to merge.

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Schoolbook

City Holds First-Ever Tech Summit for Educators

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In a large school system where the technology spectrum varies widely — for example, some teachers may be hesitant to embrace new gadgets while other classrooms have iPads for every student — the city is trying to bring together on-the-ground experiences and new ideas for using mobile devices and interactive technology that help students learn.

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The Takeaway

High-Tech Tools in Cars are Distracting for Drivers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Car manufacturers are increasingly offering more and more ways for drivers to stay connected online even while driving. But could cars with cutting edge voice-activated hands-free systems pose a safety hazard because of the mental distractions they can create for drivers? Kara Miller, host of WGBH's Innovation Hub, discusses the newest technology showing up in cars and the implications for everyone’s safety. 

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New Tech City

Solar Roof Cluster in Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The benefits of home solar technology aren't news, but very few homeowners and businesses have it installed. A new group, Solarize Brooklyn, is helping people get over the hump of paperwork, bureaucracy, and subsidies, to make their own electricity. 

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New Tech City

Let's Get Physical: E-Retailers Opening Stores

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Not long ago, it seemed as if the days of brick and mortar stores might be numbered. Hot new web businesses were wiping the floor with more traditional stores. Think Zappos, Netflix or Amazon. But now things are getting weird.

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New Tech City

Online Shopping Gets Real

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some e-retailers are shifting their strategies by opening brick-and-mortar stores to attract new customers that may not be comfortable purchasing a pair of shorts or eyeglasses without first trying them on.

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Money Talking

Weekend Coffee Table: Money Talking Weekend Reading

Friday, July 19, 2013

Money Talking host Charlie Herman, regular contributor Rana Foroohar of Time and New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi tell us what they're reading this weekend. 

 

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New Tech City

MAP: City Expands Public Wi-Fi, Now in More Than 50 Parks

Friday, July 19, 2013

New York City is liberating techies from coffee shops and co-working spaces and sending them into the open air with the expansion of public Wi-Fi to 32 more parks and recreation centers across the five boroughs.

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WNYC News

Schneiderman Scrutinizes Smartphone “Kill Switches”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is testing new security features on some of the smartphones most commonly targeted by thieves.

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New Tech City

Can You Read My Mind Now?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

President Obama has allocated $100 million to map the human brain. As a leading center for neuroscience research, New York may be poised to benefit. But there’s a catch: until now the city hasn’t had much success at growing science-based businesses.

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