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T-Mobile Wideband LTE reaches New York, Uncarrier 8.0 announced

12/15, 12:17pm

Improved LTE speeds on T-Mobile network in parts of New York City

T-Mobile has activated its Wideband LTE service in New York City, expanding the bandwidth and increasing the speed of its existing LTE network. The carrier has also advised that its latest Uncarrier event will be taking place tomorrow, though rather than inviting members of the media to a location, it will instead be held online.

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Apple prepares Japanese R&D center, Brooklyn retail store

12/09, 11:12am

Williamsburg Apple Store expected to debut in April

Apple is in the process of establishing a research and development facility in Japan, according to the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The disclosure was made in a campaign speech ahead of Sunday's general election. Abe didn't offer any more details except to say it should be "formally announced soon," and rank with Apple's largest R&D centers in Asia. The company has been establishing new offices across the world in the past couple of years, growing R&D beyond the confines of its Cupertino-area headquarters.

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Government could turn to 225-year-old law to force user decryption

11/26, 9:29pm

All Writs Act compels 'reasonable' unlock assistance, gives idea of future circumvention

In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future.

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Left with few options after court ruling, Aereo starts layoffs

11/09, 2:17pm

Over-the-air company to shut down Boston office, some New York workers affected

A ruling from the US District Court in October is causing more hurt than first realized, as Aereo ist now turning to layoffs as a way hold resources for the future. Between offices in New York and Boston, the company is letting go of a large number of employees. More devastating is the coming closure of the Boston office, which Aereo expects to shut down on November 12.

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Court sides with broadcasters, shuts down Aereo live broadcasting

10/23, 9:39pm

Nationwide preliminary injunction granted, company exploring further options for survival

Aereo was dealt another blow in its battle to survive today thanks to a New York court. US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of broadcasters in a 17-page decision, putting a nationwide preliminary injunction in place against the startup. As a result, Aereo can no longer operate its "Watch Now" system that allowed television programs to be rebroadcasted over the Internet.

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Advertising beacons secretly hidden in New York City phone booths

10/06, 4:44pm

Estimated 500 Bluetooth beacons installed as part of city-approved trial

A marketing firm has littered New York City with marketing beacons, a report has discovered. Hidden within phone booths in Manhattan, approximately 500 of the Bluetooth beacons have been installed, with the devices able to help retailers and advertisers track the movements of smartphones owned by passers by, as well as potentially pushing marketing messages to devices.

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Grooveshark to pursue appeal on copyright infringement judgment

10/05, 3:23pm

Grooveshark disagrees with decision as it's based on 'an early iteration' of the service

After record labels were granted a summary judgment from a US District Court judge in New York in September, streaming music service Grooveshark says it's gearing up for an appeal to the the case. The reason for the appeal sounds somewhat defiant, as Grooveshark states it doesn't agree with the decision since it was based on "an early iteration of Grooveshark."

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New York regulators seek concessions for Time Warner/Comcast merger

09/30, 11:30am

Improvement in customer service, expansion of low-cost broadband demanded

Several states are having regulatory discussions in governmental circles about the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger. Two New York state agencies, the Division of Consumer Protection Utility Intervention Unit (UIU) and the Department of Public Service, are taking serious issue with the merger and are demanding concessions. As a result, the UIU's vote on its discussion has been postponed from October 2 until November 13, over "deficiencies associated with the Companies' current substandard customer service" and other issues that is sees as being generated or exacerbated by a combined company.

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Executive confirms Microsoft Store opening soon on Fifth Avenue

09/29, 7:47am

Flagship Microsoft Store several blocks away from iconic Apple Cube store

Microsoft will be launching its first flagship retail location in Manhattan, a few blocks away from Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube store. The software giant has confirmed its Microsoft Store will be taking the place of a Fendi shop located at 677 Fifth Avenue, with executives claiming the store has already been five years in the making.

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Fifth Avenue iPhone 6 line spans 12 blocks; 6 Plus in low US supply

09/19, 10:26am

T-Mobile carrier outlets without any Plus units

While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite overnight temperatures dropping to about 54F. To deal with the wait and the weather, people brought chairs, coats, and blankets.

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Line already forming for iPhone 6 at Fifth Avenue Apple Store

09/03, 4:18pm

Some early campers promoting businesses

People are already lining up at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 6, notes CNBC. Two of them, Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz, are said to have arrived on August 31 in an attempt to beat a previous 18-day camp-out record by one day. Continuing a trend with other recent iPhone launches, Ceballo and Cruz are promoting a company, BuyBackWorld. They in turn were paid $2,500 by two other people -- Jason and Moon Ray -- to give up their positions at the head of the line. The Rays are promoting a VideoMedicine app that lets patients communicate with doctors.

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Lyft caves to NYC regulators, strict TLC-regulated licensure required

07/25, 1:24pm

NYC commission unclear as to what requirements must be met for new drivers

Lyft has conceded many of its talking points to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), but in doing so has forged an agreement to commence operation. Pickups will commence today at 7PM in all five boroughs, but all drivers need to be licensed by the TLC prior to accepting customers. As part of the deal, Lyft will also need to shut down in Buffalo and Rochester to enhance insurance that it offers to riders and drivers.

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Lyft, NY attorney general jousting over reasons for postponed launch

07/12, 1:02pm

Lyft claims NY AG making 'deliberate misstatement' about court hearing

Ride-sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press -- with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting.

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Lyft starting NYC service on Friday despite city government objection

07/08, 5:03pm

NYC officials demanding drug, criminal screening for all Lyft drivers

Ride-sharing service Lyft has revealed that it intends to start operating in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens as initial launch markets in New York City. Calling the areas "vastly underserved by public transit options," the service launches on 7PM EST on Friday, July 11, but is facing significant resistance both from established cab companies and city government.

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Samsung, Globalfoundries project could lead to A9 chips for Apple

07/01, 10:12am

Small-scale production to take place at New York factory

Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders.

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Report claims Microsoft smartwatch spotted being tested in New York

06/09, 8:05am

Elongated flat screen, health monitoring sensors claimed by Microsoft smartwatch report

Microsoft's rumored smartwatch has allegedly been spotted being tested in New York City, according to a report that claims the watch was caught in public a few months ago. The report states the wearable device had an elongated form, similar to the Samsung Gear Fit in terms of appearance, with a flat display on a curved casing designed to fit closely to the wrist.

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New York exerts regulatory power to examine Comcast-Time Warner deal

05/19, 6:33pm

Public Service Commission to conduct investigation over customer benefit

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will take a deep look into the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a statement released from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office. The commission will examine the proposed deal to see if the two companies coming together would be beneficial to Time Warner customers in the state.

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Apple also at work on Madison Avenue NYC store, report says

05/07, 11:10am

Expansion should entrench Apple in Manhattan

Apple is constructing a store at a former bank building in New York City, located at 940 Madison Avenue, sources say. The limestone and marble structure dates back to 1921, when it was home to the United States Mortgage and Trust Company; it has since changed tenants several times, and is currently occupied by a luxury vendor, VBH. Although it has also been renovated several times, the building is said to retain most of its original features, which could be part of the appeal for Apple.

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Apple said to have signed lease on store in WTC mall

05/06, 7:55pm

Joins high-end retailers Canali, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, others for 2015 debut

As we reported last September, Apple was one of the merchants being wooed for the upcoming World Trade Center shopping mall that is set to open in 2015. A new report from the New York Post claims that Apple has in fact signed a lease and will open a new store there when the mall opens, in the main hall on the lower level in the Transportation Hub Oculus under towers two and three. According to the report, Canali, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Mont Blanc and Breitling have all also signed up.

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Briefly: Mobile New York train tickets, FCC fines Florida phone jammer

05/05, 7:55am

MTA, Masabi bringing mobile ticketing to New York train services

The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board has signed a deal with Masabi to introduce a digital ticketing system to the New York train system. Initially rolling out for Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road customers, passengers will be able to buy and display tickets on their smartphone or tablet. While the timing of the system's launch has not been revealed by the MTA, Masabi CEO Ben Whitaker advised to the Wall Street Journal that "planning, training, and testing" with the rail lines means the app could be a few months away from release.

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New York City plans citywide Wi-Fi network by reusing payphones

05/02, 8:19am

Accepts proposals for payphone replacements offering Wi-Fi, extra services

New York City is planning to expand its current free Wi-Fi network across a wider area, the city has announced. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has issued a request for proposals to create the network, which will provide free wireless Internet access across the five boroughs, by replacing its public payphone network.

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Briefly: NYC smart map kiosks hit subway, Google Play Music updates

02/12, 7:41pm

Touchscreen kiosks to help navigate NYC subway starts roll-out

New York City has started to add interactive maps to help passengers of the subway system. Gizmodo reports that the first 18 MTA On-The-Go kiosks have been installed in the Grand Central subway station, with the MTA and Control Group project using 47-inch touchscreen displays that show train arrival estimates, scheduled departures, and a map which helps plan a route through the system with warnings of potential issues. A wider rollout to more stations is expected to take place by mid-2014.

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Briefly: Aereo reopens in New York, Tesla gains Rdio in Europe

02/07, 6:29am

Aereo reopens new registrations in New York City after extending capacity

Aereo has re-opened itself to new subscribers in New York, after rectifying its temporary capacity issues in the region. The cloud-based DVR service will not be allowing for new registrations, reports CNet, with a company spokesperson advising those who pre-registered will get priority for joining the service, with others expected once the wait list queue is shortened. Aereo's other service areas remain unaffected.

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Aereo stops new customer sign-ups in New York over capacity issues

01/31, 2:53pm

More capacity being installed before Aereo welcomes more subscribers

Cloud-based DVR startup Aereo is no longer accepting new subscribers in New York, the company has confirmed. The service, which offers local television broadcasts over the Internet to users, has apparently run out of capacity and cannot take on any more customers in the market, though other markets including Cincinnati, Boston, and Houston, are unaffected by the issue.

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MLB planning to deploy 'thousands' of iBeacons for opening day

01/31, 9:57am

NFL begins limited deployment at Super Bowl

Beginning next week, Major League Baseball will be deploying "thousands" of iBeacons to ballparks around the US, a source claims. The organization is reportedly aiming to have 20 stadiums equipped with roughly 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day, which is at the end of March. These include the parks for Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, and the LA Dodgers.

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Time Warner Cable detail network upgrades in New York, Los Angeles

01/30, 3:03pm

Analog TV switch-off to free up bandwidth for faster connections

Time Warner Cable is planning to improve its Internet and paid television service in Los Angeles and New York under a new initiative, the cable company has revealed. Under the name "TWC Maxx," the company hopes to provide faster Internet speeds, a new TV experience, and a more reliable network, with work on the upgrades expected to start later this year.

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Snowblower shatters glass panel at Fifth Avenue Apple Store

01/22, 9:31am

Replacement could be expensive proposition

A snowblower has shattered one of the glass panels on top of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, Apple has confirmed. The city was bombarded with a snowstorm on Tuesday, and the glass broke later on as crews were attempting to clean up. A store worker tells AppleInsider that although the panel was badly cracked, the shop didn't close and will continue to operate as usual. The location is normally open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, only shutting down in dire circumstances or in preparation for a major product launch.

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Apple products 18 percent of 2013's grand larcenies in New York City

01/13, 9:22am

Public transportation said to be major stalking ground

During 2013, Apple products represented about 18 percent of all grand larcenies in New York City, according to NYPD data obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Approximately 47,000 grand larcenies were recorded; of those, 8,465 involved Apple devices. A retired detective, Joseph Giacalone, comments that many of the thefts happen on the city's buses and subways, where people often become focused on their phones and tablets and don't pay attention to their surroundings. In the past, the NYPD has released promotional material pointing out how easy it is for someone to grab a smartphone and escape if a train is stopped at a station.

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Supreme Court declines to hear Amazon case over NY sales tax

12/02, 3:58pm

Decision effectively upholds existing law

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge against New York's sales-tax law for online purchases, according to a Reuters report. Retailers Amazon and Overstock had asked the court to determine if the tax regulations violate the Constitution, however the decision effectively upholds the New York Court of Appeals' March ruling that sided with the state.

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Intel opening 'Experience' pop-up stores to promote processor lines

11/14, 10:31am

Intel pop-up stores launching first in New York

Intel is opening its own retail stores in the US, in an effort to market devices using its processors. The pop-up "Intel Experience" stores will follow the lead of other producers, such as Microsoft and Samsung, in creating the promotional retail locations, with the first to be opened in NoLita in New York on November 23rd.

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Verizon LTE network in large cities affected by high demand

11/13, 7:59am

Carrier investing $500M to help fix LTE bandwidth issues

Verizon is having issues providing LTE service to customers in large metropolitan areas, claims Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo. The carrier is finding that it is struggling to provide sufficient bandwidth to cover subscriber demand for the high-speed connection in areas such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, and that the quality of the service is suffering as a result.

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GlobalFoundries to build Apple chips at Malta, NY plant, source says

11/11, 3:35pm

Samsung will allegedly help start production

GlobalFoundries is preparing to manufacture Apple A-series processors at its "Fab 8" plant in Malta, New York, a source tells local publication the Times Union. At present, every A-series chip is produced by Samsung at a factory in Austin, Texas. The source indicates that Samsung will help GlobalFoundries get started with the new project, but it's unknown if GlobalFoundries is being contracted by Samsung or directly by Apple.

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Time Warner to double Ultimate Internet speeds in LA, NYC, Hawaii

10/31, 10:34am

ISP looking to reverse

Time Warner Cable is planning to double the Internet speeds of its Ultimate 50 customers, but only in a handful of cities, according to an announcement. First up is Los Angeles, which should shortly see speeds reach up to 100Mbps. By the end of the year, New York City and cities in Hawaii will get the upgrade.

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Google donates 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to victims of Hurricane Sandy

10/30, 1:01pm

Non-profits to use tablets in helping people in areas still affected by Sandy

Google, working with Governor Cuomo, has donated tablets to a New York non-profit in order to help people still affected by Hurricane Sandy, a storm that is estimated to have caused around $65 billion in damage when it hit the eastern seaboard one year ago. A total of 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets worth over $2.7 million at retail were handed to the New York State Community Action Association, and will be provided to a number of locations to help support a range of existing programs.

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Verizon spotted testing 80Mbps LTE network in New York

10/15, 7:30am

Network could reach 150Mbps maximum thanks to 4G cable licenses

Verizon could be working on increasing the speed of its phone network in New York, by performing a new LTE rollout. The carrier has apparently been spotted operating a new LTE network, which is shown to be providing network speeds of around 80Mbps downstream, and peaking at almost 23Mbps for uploads.

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NYPD hands out flyers encouraging Apple device upgrades to iOS 7

09/23, 7:07am

Activation Lock in iOS 7 prompts police flyer promotion

The New York Police Department is taking the unusual step of asking people to upgrade their devices to iOS 7. NYPD officers have been spotted handing out fliers to people on the streets, telling users to download iOS 7 onto their iPhones and iPads, due to the introduction of Apple's new "Activation Lock" security feature.

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Long line begins forming outside of Fifth Avenue Apple Store [U]

09/19, 12:13pm

Traditional lineup seen as barometer of product demand

[Updated with more recent picture] A long line has begun forming outside of Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, photos show. The people are queued for tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c; while the Fifth Avenue store is normally open 24 hours a day, the new iPhones will only become available from Apple Stores at 8AM local time. Apple is expected to close the Fifth Avenue location for a few hours to prepare for tomorrow morning's rush.

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Report: Apple, others may open shops at new World Trade Center

09/13, 7:00pm

Shops not likely to open before 2015, leasing \'war\' underway now

The New York Post is reporting that Australian-owned shopping mall powerhouse Westfield Group has landed a long-term controlling interest in retail space at the newly-rebuilt World Trade Center, and is courting dozens of retailers -- including Apple -- to occupy shops in the Transportation Hub Oculus are under towers two and three. The firm controls about 360,000 square feet of retail space, and is said to be close to a deal with the iPhone maker, even though any store there wouldn't open until sometime in 2015.

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Prospective iPhone buyers set up camp at Fifth Avenue Apple Store

09/06, 1:16pm

Line forms before new devices even announced

A handful of people have already started forming a line outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, reports say. Two people are said to have got in line Thursday night, and were joined today by two people from an Ohio-based company called SellYourMac. Apple won't even be announcing any new products until its September 10th press event; the focuses of that event, the iPhone 5S and 5C, are only forecast to ship on or around September 20th.

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Sprint rolling out 4G LTE in parts of New York City, subway stations

07/24, 11:53am

Brooklyn, Bronx LTE to launch July 30th, other areas to follow

Sprint has revealed that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in New York, albeit in a limited capacity. The carrier will be providing coverage to customers using the New York City subway system in the future, and a number of above-ground locations will also receive 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the coming weeks.

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Motorola sends invitations for New York Moto X launch on August 1

07/19, 5:06pm

Google-owned phone producer to showcase smartphone next month

Motorola has begun to send invitations to members of the media for the launch of the Moto X, being held in New York City on August 1. In a change to the usual device launch, the invitation not only names the device outright, but it also appears to show both the black and white versions of the Moto X's casing.

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Chinese activist at NYU finds iPhone, iPad laced with monitoring apps

06/21, 3:32pm

Blame placed on Chinese government, wife of activist Bob Fu

An iPhone and an iPad given to Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng had spyware preloaded, Reuters sources claim. Chen is famous for escaping house arrest in China and taking refuge in the US embassy in Beijing. The activist eventually arrived at New York University Law School on a fellowship; the spyware, which would've let the Chinese government track Chen's position and monitor his communications, was reportedly found through a screening by NYU technicians. The iPad was eventually scrubbed and returned to Chen at his request, one source says.

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New York attorney general asks phone makers to share anti-theft plans

05/13, 6:31pm

Points to violent assaults over iPhones

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent letters to several smartphone makers asking them to explain what they're doing to deter thefts, Bloomberg reports. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are said to have been contacted on May 10th. "I seek to understand why companies that can develop sophisticated handheld electronics, such as the products manufactured by Apple, cannot also create technology to render stolen devices inoperable and thereby eliminate the expanding black market on which they are sold," reads Schneiderman's letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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ABC to stream live TV broadcasts to mobile apps this week

05/13, 9:58am

Live Button rolls out to viewers in New York, Philadelphia first

Broadcaster ABC is said to be updating its iOS app to offer live streams of shows from local ABC stations later this week. New options for a "Live" button in the Watch ABC app for iPhone and iPad will mark it as the first major US broadcaster that provides live streams of its channels to app users, with the first markets to gain the service being New York and Philadelphia.

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Rains flood Fifth Avenue Apple Store

05/08, 2:35pm

Incident may be linked to 'drainage problem' caused by 2011 construction

Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City was flooded earlier today, according to the New York Post. The store was reportedly hit by heavy rain, which initially resulted only in a slow leak. The leak turned into a pour however, forcing workers to hurriedly move tables out of the way. By 8AM, the outlet was flooded.

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NYPD teams with Apple to combat iDevice theft

02/22, 1:20pm

Measure uses IMEI tracking to locate purloined devices

According to a report in the New York Post, the New York Police Department has assembled a dedicated team to work with Apple to retrieve the stolen devices and identify the thieves. Police attempt to get the IMEI identification number of the stolen device from the victim of the theft or from online records, and submit it to Cupertino. Apple then relays to the police department the current location of the device. Apple's law enforcement cooperation is well in advance of the announced cross-carrier database, expected in late 2013 or 2014.

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AT&T buys $1.9 billion in 700MHz B spectrum from Verizon

01/25, 12:42pm

Should allow AT&T to make significant LTE expansions

AT&T has bought $1.9 billion in 700 MHz B spectrum from Verizon Wireless, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. AT&T says that the licenses should cover over 42 million people in 18 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. As a part of the deal, it will also get AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum in five of those markets.

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Google to bring free Wi-Fi to part of Manhattan

01/08, 1:12pm

Limited to area around Google's NYC offices

Google is planning to launch free Wi-Fi in a part of Manhattan, the company revealed today at a press conference held in the borough. In particular the company will soon turn on Wi-Fi in the western portion of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Most hotspots will be situated outdoors, though some exceptions are being made for a local senior citizen's center, as well as a public housing complex.

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Nearby fire temporarily closes Upper West Side Apple Store

01/03, 11:35am

No ETA on reopening

The Upper West Side Apple Store in New York City has temporarily closed as a result of a nearby fire, accounts say. Smoke from the fire has engulfed the area, and a worker at the store confirms that the Apple Store has been evacuated, and all appointments cancelled for the immediate future. It's not known when the outlet might reopen.

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NYC mayor blames Apple device thefts on crime increase

12/28, 12:14pm

Mayor's office suggests crime would otherwise be down

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is blaming a surge in thefts of Apple products for an increase in the city's overall crime rate, says the New York Times. Bloomberg made the comments during his weekly radio show. Statistics published this week by the New York Police Department show 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than last yea; the number of Apple product thefts, meanwhile, is up by 3,890. "If you just took away the jump in Apple, wed be down for the year," adds the mayor's press secretary, Marc La Vorgna.

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