I love calling myself a native New Yorker, but today, I’m even more proud to have that distinction. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion plan to improve access to high-speed Internet across New York state. The state will utilize $500 million in “capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.” In the words of the governor’s office, “This represents the largest and boldest state investment in [...]
Do you live in Manhattan? Do you need toothpaste and deodorant hand delivered to you in one hour? Then Amazon Prime Now, a new delivery service announced today by the Internet retail giant, will make that happen.
According to the announcement, there are “tens of thousands of daily essentials” that are eligible for Prime Now delivery, including “paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries,” which is actually pretty solid list of items. As of now, the service is exclusive to Prime members in certain areas of Manhattan – [...]
Currently, I live in Minneapolis, MN, about as Midwest as you can get in these here United States. But I’m originally from New York, and spent the first 27 years of my life there before making the move. As such, I’m pretty partial to explaining to my neighbors about how and why New York is basically the best place ever, ranging from its pizza to its signature brand of aggressive hand-talking. But according to new survey data, New York students may also be poised to prove they’re the smartest in the country, thanks to using a [...]
Today, a judge in New York ruled that the NSA’s collection of phone metadata of United States citizens is, in fact, lawful. This ruling—the result of a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the United States Government—comes just weeks after another suit brought against the federal government in Washington D.C. received the opposite ruling. Needless to say, this is just the beginning of the legal debate regarding the NSA’s surveillance practices.
The suit was filed in US District Court in New York back in [...]
If you’re in the market for a home, you typically run a search on a real estate website with all your required parameters, from price, to location, to size. The result? A list of homes that typically don’t reflect your taste or needs. But what if you could send your agent a collage of pictures giving them a better idea of what you wanted? For example: open floor plans, granite countertops and a large master bath (yes, this is my wish list). Realtors could not only steer you in a better direction, but also make the [...]
I grew up in New York, and there’s one phrase I remember my parents saying a lot as we drove to and from our destinations: “too much rubber, not enough road.” The problems with finding room for all those cars in New York only intensified whenever we took trips to Manhattan—and the worst element of it all was when we tried finding a parking spot. Now that I live in Minneapolis, the problems of parking aren’t quite as bad as Manhattan, but there’ve been more than a few times where I’ve stuck my car much further from my destination than I [...]
It’s no secret that heading out to a bar to have drinks with friends is usually a pretty good time. Hitting a local pub is usually a great way to be social with those you know, and, if you do it right, get to know some folks you don’t. But I just learned about an interesting new smartphone app that’s starting to spread across the United States that looks like it could make the social aspect of being in a bar even better: BarEye, which lets you order and send drinks to friends right from your phone.
Essentially, if you head to a [...]
I wish I had Rentenna when I was looking for rentals in New York (I may have been able to avoid the complete disregard of my landlord for fixing things). Rentenna is a Website that rates apartment buildings and neighborhoods by compiling data through open data sources and other sites. The result is a Pinterest-looking site that gives apartment buildings a score and provides photos and comments about available listings throughout major cities including New York, Boston and Chicago.
Rentenna is set up like a like a typical search [...]
Uber, the company that has been disrupting the transportation space, specifically when it comes to taxi’s has brought back its e-hail taxi app in New York City. The company made the announcement on its blog earlier today.
This past Friday, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission approved Uber as the first participant in a one year e-hail pilot program. This solidifies New York City’s commitment to technology and innovation, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.
Of course this comes months [...]
Now that Google plans to start selling Glass this year, the company is looking for inventors and companies to help make the device appealing to the masses. But will the app market for Google Glass turn into a market like Apple’s $25 billion market?
Last month, the company held a two-day Glass Foundry event in New York and San Francisco for developers. Google said that there were more than 80 new ideas created at the event and selected eight winning teams. Google was very secretive about the event, making participants [...]