Free Wi-Fi Coming to Brownsville, Harlem, the Bronx, and Housing Projects in Brooklyn

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On the heels of a report that New York's tech sector grew faster than almost any other city's--becoming the city's second-largest industry this year--comes more good tech news.

Mayor Bloomberg announced Monday the city will be rolling out free and public wireless corridors to 10 neighborhoods in December.

Alongside monied enclaves like Flatiron and the Financial District, lower-income areas like Brownsville, Harlem, the Bronx, and a slice of downtown Brooklyn encompassing two housing projects will be getting free access to the Internet.

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Want to Know at Which Restaurants People Get Food Poisoning? This App Might Help.

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A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester have devised a program that tells users which restaurants to avoid if they don't want to get food poisoning. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill Yelp for food-borne illnesses. The program, called nEmesis (heh), tracks tweets from dining establishments in real time to determine if users get sick or not. Using geotagged tweets and machine learning algorithms, the program can detect whether or not the tweeter has gotten sick within 72 hours of eating somewhere.

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Seamless and Grubhub Agree Not to Monopolize Online Food Ordering Market, New York State Attorney General Allows Them to Merge

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Two months after announcing their merger, Seamless and GrubHub are finally getting the greenlight from New York state. But it comes at a price: To make sure the takeout barons don't monopolize the "food technology" industry (which is increasingly a thing), Seamless must end its exclusivity agreements with the hundreds of restaurants in serves in New York.

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Use the Sun to Charge Your Phone for Free Across the City

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In a Sandy-wrecked metropolis, New Yorkers learned how vulnerable their phones are once the lights go out; without electricity, nomadic residents were left charge-less at a time when communication with the outside world was needed more than ever. Luckily, as a gift to the city (presumably out of shame for their dead spots), AT&T is launching a program that will harness sunlight to get your smartphone battery up to 100 percent in no time.

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The Mayoral Candidates Talked Tech in Queens Last Night and Didn't Sound PC

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"What type of cellphone do you have, what carrier is it and what's your favorite app?" At 7:30pm, after media and tech folk scrambled into the Museum of the Moving Image off 35th Avenue in Astoria, the NYC Tech Forum began. Hosted by Coalition for Queens--a non-profit organization that promotes the tech community from Long Island City and elsewhere--Sal Albanese, John Liu, Adolfo Carrion Jr. and Anthony Weiner were subject to numerous questions about the realignment of New York City as the next Silicon Valley. Let's just say the phrase "coaxial cable" was in abundance last night.

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How to Make Your Dumb Phone Smart

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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 your sorry way through life with a non-smartphone, with a goddamn dumb phone, you guys are on the losing side of history, and you're destined for the same scrap heap as your lame, embarrassing phones that you can't even use to read the news or track your stocks or check if the L train is running properly.

That's certainly the message of the gadget-cult evangelists, for whom the planned obsolescence of modern technology is a feature rather than a bug. But not everyone is convinced that the only people who deserve mobile access to information are the ones willing to drop hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone. The developers of the Dumb Store, for example, are working to make dumb phones smart.

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The New "On the Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are a Tourist's Dream Come True

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Along with a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA needs a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues, maybe not so soon).

Two summers ago, the agency installed several new kiosks at the subway stations in Bowling Green, Penn Station, Jackson Heights, and Barclays. These "On the Go! Travel Machines" are everything one could want if you're 1) not from New York; 2) drunk, lost and unable to understand the stationary subway map; 3) more of a cab person (you know who you are); 4) two or more of the above. They're basically a combination of HopStop and Yelp!--you can pinpoint an exact route and then see neighborhood/leisure prospects along the way.

And now these $15,000-a-pop machines are coming to a station (77 of them, to be exact) hopefully near you. Hit the jump to see where.

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The MTA's BusTime Will Be Fully Operational Across NYC Next April

In the video featured above, the MTA teaches you, in classic infomercial fashion, how to use their new online service that tells you where the damn bus is anytime and anywhere. The program was started back in January of 2012, in which it was deployed to riders in the Bronx, Queens and strictly on 34th Street in Manhattan.

But, according to news yesterday, it will be available in all five boroughs by April 2014 - Manhattan, this very year. Once the fortified island goes online, Queens and Brooklyn will follow.

So, in due time, you'll be able to go everywhere in the Big Apple and find out just when exactly you missed your bus. It's always by twenty seconds.

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'Coding 101' Could Be Coming To A NYC Public School Near You

Mayor Bloomberg has repeated time and time again that he believes New York City will be the next Silicon Valley. And, in some senses, his dream is coming true: SoHo has become a start-up assembly machine, Long Island City is attracting tech-hybrid manufacturers with its large, abandoned warehouses and the list of NYC-born boom companies is growing faster than you can say "I just checked in here on Foursquare." Needless to say, the Big Apple has gone ebusiness.

So, to solidify the present shift, it makes sense to capture the future minds of New Yorkers. Or, in tech talk, ditch the textbooks and just teach the kids how to code.


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Microsoft Will Bribe New Yorkers With Free Wi-Fi Next Month

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If there's any way to get consumers on your side in the Digital Era, it's to make sure they have connection anywhere and everywhere to the World Wide Web on your tab. In other words, providing free Wi-Fi is a damn smart method of promotion because, regardless if you even want to buy the product, it's a win-win situation for both you and the provider. You get your Wi-Fi and they get your attention.

Case in point: starting November 1st, Microsoft, in a deal with Boingo, will provide Wi-Fi to over 200 spots in New York, in addition to San Francisco and the six subway stations in Manhattan already providing the service, as a part of a media blitz for their new operating system, Windows 8. The free Internet will last until the end of 2012, making us happy cogs in this marketing scheme for at least a solid two months.

The computer giant is hoping that we will surf the Windows Store, which will appear online on October 28th, and eventually buy Windows 8. It's a rough risk to run, though: knowing New Yorkers (and, America, for that matter), the Wi-Fi will be used for Instagramming the brunch you just had and the following tweet about how unbelievably delicious it was.
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