The disaster allows a phone company to provide inferior service at a higher cost
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
[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 >>
A picture is worth a thousand words
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 >>
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 >>
Who needs the art crowd of Manhattan when you got Brooklyn?
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 >>
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.
So long as they don't turn into Hal
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 >>
Visit the artists of Bushwick
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!
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
U.S. imperial ambitions aside, our economy is slipping behind
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