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  • News

    July 24, 2013

    After Hurricane Sandy, Verizon Takes Hostages

    The disaster allows a phone company to provide inferior service at a higher cost

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    How to Make Your Dumb Phone Smart

    As of last autumn, more than half of the people with a mobile phone in this country use a smartphone. By August of next year, smartphone users are expected to make up 80 percent of the market. The writing is on the wall in an extremely legible typeface: Those of you pathetic luddites still trudging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Pick Up A Pay Phone And You'll Hear My Voice

    You remember pay phones. They were popular around the same time as fax machines and messenger pigeons. And there are some left. Even better, there are some that work. So a fascinating new artistic project has hooked up 5000 NYC pay phones so that if you pick up the receiver and call 1-855-FOR-1993 ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012


    . . . And the party don’t stop with PopRally’s latest soiree

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Does Spotify Mean the End of the iPod and Your Music Collection?

    By Dan Moore When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Dunkin' Donuts App Lets You Buy Donuts For A Friend

    [See More Edible News: Pinkberry Rolls Out a Nutella-Like Froyo | Voters Oppose Soda Limits, Back Liquor Crackdown] Are smartphones the new credit cards? Dunkin' Donuts recently launched a app for payment on the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android smartphones. This isn't anything new (Starbucks does t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 25, 2012


    A picture is worth a thousand words

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2012

    'Smart Screens' To Replace Pay Phones

    To be honest, we can't remember the last time we consciously noticed a pay phone in the city (that is, save for ones used in the episodes of Felicity we've been watching on Netflix). But the New York Post reports today that 250 phone booths will get high tech updates within the next month. Now-obsol ... 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 7, 2012


    Who needs the art crowd of 
Manhattan when you got Brooklyn?

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Champions Push To Protect Privacy Of Smartphone Sexters

    ​Bad news, smart phone users: those penis private pics you snapped with your iPhone aren't as private as you'd probably hoped.Senator Chuck Schumer to the rescue.Schumer today announced that he's asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into whether smart phone apps on Apple a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    How to Use Your iPhone in Westchester

    Here is a fellow casually talking on his old-world landline, which is attached to his new-world iPhone. Remember landlines, how good they felt next to your ear, how solid and sturdy and there? We were so young and innocent then! Don't you want to relive those days? This guy does.

  • Voice Choices

    July 13, 2011


    So long as they don't turn into Hal

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    August 18, 2010

    There Is a Vibrant Market for Used (er, Vintage) 212 Phone Numbers

    We bet this phone has a 212 number.​If you have an iPhone 4, you're sort of cutting-edge, but if you have an iPhone 4 with a 212 number, you're a walking statement of ironic cool, one toe in the future with a nod back to the landlines of yesteryear, because 212 area codes are the techy rich ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Americans Getting Fatter, More Honest

    ​Surprise, surprise: Americans have not conquered that unfortunate weight problem that doctors are always harassing us about. According to a government study released today that surveyed adults about their weight by telephone (great way to encourage exercise!), the obesity rate is at nearly 27 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Video: 3rd Avenue Pay Phone Review Finds Them Dirty, Dysfunctional

    Anna Jane Grossman, author of Obsolete: an Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By , offers passers-by a quarter to use pay phones on 3rd Avenue as a way of making the point that no one uses pay phones anymore. A few seem completely unacquainted with the devices. (One guy, conversely, see ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 24, 2009
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    June 17, 2009
  • News

    February 15, 2005

    Unbreakable China

    U.S. imperial ambitions aside, our economy is slipping behind

  • News

    December 31, 2002
  • News

    April 13, 1999

    I'm More Wired Than You!

    Gadgetry Is Not Just an Obsession— It's a Way of Life