Cellular Phones

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Chirlane McCray Describes Bloomberg Snub

    When Mayor Bloomberg took office 12 years ago, he inherited an existing ban on cell phones and pagers in New York public schools. During his tenure Bloomberg strengthened and defended the ban. He called phones unnecessary distractions and warned they might be used for "pornography." (No one tell him ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Uber App Gets Thumbs Up to Hail Yellow Cabs

    On Friday, New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the savvy, San Francisco-based Uber as the first app New Yorkers can use to hail yellow medallion taxi cabs. After nearly a year of delays, the announcement marks the start of a year-long pilot program, during which the TLC will be ab ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 12, 2012


    Max Richter calls up Vivaldi

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2012

    FYI: Don't Steal An iPhone From An Undercover Cop

    We've reported on iPhone thefts too many times: a few weeks back, we covered the runaway smartphone fugitive who thwarted his captors in a subway turnstile, which rides off the coattail of a Daily News report that these thefts have risen 44% in the past year. Another week, another blog post wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    One In Five People Spend More Money On Cell Phones Than Food

    [See More Edible News: New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal | Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does] Would you rather spend money on food or your cell phone bills? According to a recent survey sponsored by, one in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Live: Third Coast Percussion Celebrates John Cage's 100th Birthday At MoMA

    Third Coast Percussion MoMA Sculpture Garden Thursday, August 9 Better than: Watching almost any contemporary DJ, since Cage was mixing vinyl and live radio with live performance before World War II. Some 69 years ago in 1943 (more than a decade before the first issue of the Village Voice was pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    There's an App for Reporting Crime in Brooklyn

    Welcome to the age of smartphone civilian authority.At the City Council Hall on 250 Broadway this afternoon, State Senator Eric Adams, a Democrat from Brooklyn, will announce a little app that he helped create called "Brooklyn Way of Life." It's a downloadable "crime fighting mobile app," in his own ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 25, 2012


    A picture is worth a thousand words

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo Sics State Police On "Distracted Drivers"

    Put down the cell phone and get ready for a lullaby -- Governor Andrew Cuomo's nanny-state is targeting "distracted drivers" this week.The governor's office announced yesterday that New York State Police this week will be conducting "Operation Hang Up" -- a ticketing campaign that will target people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    TLC Seeks Proposals For Taxi Payment App

    The days of having to carry around cash in order to take cabs are so long gone. Now, in addition to taxi's ubiquitous credit card machines, the Taxi & Limousine Commission is soliciting proposals for an app that will allow people to pay for their ride on their smartphone. It's just the next step in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Happy National Condom Day! Find Free Condoms With a Phone App

    It's Feb. 14 -- the best day of the year! No, of course we don't mean Valentine's Day (ew.) It's National Condom Awareness Day -- and 2012's holiday has gotten even more special for you and your special lady or man-friend: New York City's Department of Public Health and Mental Hygiene is releasin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2011

    Santa Is Real, Track His Location Around The World All Day

    ​If you're alone this Christmas Eve and you have a bit of an obsessive streak, then it's time to plant yourself behind your computer with a gallon of eggnog and study the NORAD Santa Tracker. Wondering where Santa is right now? He's hovering around the Philippines and steadily moving westward. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    American Airlines Responds to Alec Baldwin Situation on Facebook

    ​Alec Baldwin -- closer, formerly prolific tweeter, and fake future mayoral candidate -- had a little incident with American Airlines yesterday because of his refusal to stop playing Words With Friends. Baldwin wouldn't shut off his phone when the flight attendant asked him to and says he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Busta Rhymes Drags "The Little Drummer Boy" Into The Twitter Age

    ​"Drummer Boy," another song from the forthcoming Justin Bieber Yuletide album Under The Mistletoe, has made its way online; a rework of the classic hymn "The Little Drummer Boy," it's been retrofitted with sharper drums and rap verses to make it sound like it could be dropped into top-40 stat ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 19, 2011


    Jonathan Richman returns to the Bell House

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Play the Cellphone Restaurant Autocorrect Text Messaging Game

    ​My smart phone is much funnier than I am. Recently, a friend asked where he could throw a birthday party for himself. After mulling the question over, taking into account his preferences in location, cuisine, and price level, I texted back Del Posto. The phone's auto-correct function sprung ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Stanley Patz, Father of Etan, Says Kids Should Have 'Leiby Phones' in Light of Kletzy Case

    Etan Patz in 1978​Stanley Patz is the father of 6-year-old Etan, who disappeared from a lower Manhattan street in 1979, making him, arguably, the most well-known missing child in New York City, as well as the first to appear on the side of a milk carton. Until last week brought another missing ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 13, 2011


    So long as they don't turn into Hal

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Barack Obama's Bomb-Proof Car Has Embarrassing Moment at U.S. Embassy

    Here is a sort of adorable video of President Obama's car getting stuck as he leaves the U.S. Embassy in Ireland today. First he's dropping his Blackberry all over the tarmac, then he falls prey to a stealthy driveway slope? Such a regular guy, except for that leader of the free world/killing Osama ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2011


    Hipsters. Zombies. Same thing.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    La Daily Musto The Video

    It was only a matter of time, kids. This esteemed, prize-winning blog has now become a gala video, courtesy of the New York Film Academy's Geoffray Barbier.

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2011


    A free interactive, technology-generated performance comes downtown

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2011


    The place to be for avocado groupies

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Second Times Square Screen-Jacker Tells Us How He Did It

    On Tuesday night, Toronto entrepreneur Adi Isakovic projected images from his smartphone onto a giant advertising screen in Times Square. This is the multimedia stunt de jour; a marketing team gained virility (that's the term for when your video goes viral, right?) when they performed a hoax with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    NYPD Cell Phone Crackdown Today, As Real Criminals Rejoice

    Perfect Stock Image​The New York City Police Department kicked off a 24-hour "enforcement operation" at midnight today, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, all across the boroughs, even including Staten Island, to "crackdown on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving." According to the release, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Snow, Snow, Snow, Etc.; Beloved Twitter Apps Return; Man Finds Wallet After 40 Years

    ​• Happy Presidents Day! In case you haven't noticed yet, it snowed. Central Park was reporting 2.5 inches as of this morning. There's a chance of more snow over the afternoon, and again tonight. [Weather, NY1] • Protests in Libya against Muammar Qaddafi's totalitarian rule are spreading, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 16, 2011


    Actors read stories from Electric Literature

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    929 Is the New New York City Area Code; Children Just Eating Them Now

    ​Area codes! What do they even mean anymore? While once a "646" was undesirable, now it's become mainstream, and a "718" or "917" is practically vintage. Not to mention all the "foreign" area codes hailing from California or D.C. or wherever, which people don't even bother to change nowadays. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Small Trees May Be Hiding Spots for Robbers, and Other Helpful Anti-Crime Tips

    This is a reenactment. Do not hide behind trees, and definitely don't shoot anyone.​Hm. The U.S. Forest Service has discovered that neighborhoods with big trees in the yards and on the streets (trees on the streets?) experienced less crime than homes with smaller trees. This study was done at ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 3, 2010


    Visit the artists of Bushwick

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Art Stunts: Urban Speaker Allows You To Scream at Random New Yorkers, Remotely

    ​Have you ever just wanted to scream, rant, and rave at complete strangers? Or even better, your fellow New Yorkers, and/or tourists who visit? Now, you can!

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Live: Drake Brings Out Jay-Z, Trey Songz, Birdman, and Fabolous at Radio City Music Hall

    Drake Radio City Music Hall Wednesday, September 29 Better Than: Pitbull. (And Curren$y!) Drake isn't the best at arena-swallowing mega-hop, as evidenced by a guest appearance from Jay-Z, who casually uncorked Radio City with his verses from advice rap touchstone "Light Up" and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Half of American Women Would Give Up Sex to Avoid Gaining 10 Lbs.

    ​A survey by Nutrisystem reiterated what we already know -- that many Americans are unhealthy and unhappy with their weight -- and upped the ante with what's essentially a weight-related game of "Would You Rather" transferred into a study. They found some surprising and downright horrifying sacrif ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 27, 2010


    Exploring Brighton Beach

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Video: Tokyo Police Club, "Breakneck Speed"

    Our favorite (or should we say, as these Canadians do, favourite) type of video: tour/friend footage, shot on flip cams and cell phones and whatever else is at hand, repurposed as scrolling nostalgia for a song that pretty much simulates the same. This record, Champ, is a total delight, by the way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2010

    iPad Arrives.

    ​The first release of the Apple iPad went on sale at 9 this morning to the long lines of customers who were camped out in front of Apple Stores and Best Buys waiting to buy them. The hand-held 9.5" touchscreen computers, which can access WiFi but not yet 3G (those go on sale later this month) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Apple's iPhone Porn Purge Deletes Thousands of Apps: Reports

    ​The rumored removal of sexy apps for iPhones seems to have come to pass. The first shot in the war on porn apps came, per CNET, when "Apple notified developer Chillifresh that its Wobble iBoobs application was being removed from the App Store." Now it is reported that thousands of other apps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Finally, an iPhone App for Your Tongue!

    Yes, yes, it's probably a hoax. But, just in case it's not, get excited for a new iPhone game you play with your tongue. With iLickit, you have to lick clean your plate of food by actually applying your tongue to your LCD screen. Not for the germaphobic. [TUAW via Eat Me Daily]

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2009


    Listen to the city—it's trying to tell you something

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    May 13, 2009
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    April 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    New Yankee Stadium Will Make It Easier to Ignore the Game

    Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog took in today's Hal Steinbrenner press conference where, after some mumbling about Andy Pettite and free agency, the underboss turned the show over to agents of Cisco, which is outfitting the new stadium with "1,100 flat screen, HD monitors," which in addition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Shine, Mister? Pete Hamill Solves The Economic Crisis

    We just saw Pete Hamill on Joe Scarborough's morning show. In a blame-the-victim rant, he posited that house-flipping, free-spending citizens hadn't gone through the Depression like he had, owned "five cell phones and one iPod," and therefore had no understanding of the value of a hard-earned Americ ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    April 22, 2008


    The Bent Festival––where hacking is encouraged

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Etiquette Lesson: The LIRR Cellphone Guy

    The antics of those who operate outside of the bounds of societal norms are fab fodder for the tabloids. Whether it's the infamous "Weekend at Bernie's" guys or that cranky Bay Ridge super, sometimes you have to laugh at these curmudgeons and wackjobs despite their bad behavior. The latest entry i ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 25, 2008


    Free speech has a price

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    January 16, 2007
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    July 19, 2005
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    July 20, 1999

    Cancerous Cells?

    Voicing Concerns About Wireless Phones

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