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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, we’d be down for the year," adds the mayor's press secretary, Marc La Vorgna.
Sites in Texas, California also allegedly under consideration
The states of Oregon and New York may be competing for a chip factory under consideration by an Apple supplier, says The Oregonian. Oregon's economic development agency, Business Oregon, says it is trying to recruit a company operating under the codename "Azalea." A non-disclosure agreement is preventing any more details from emerging, though a similar project --tagged with a "Project Azalea" codename -- is being pursued in New York state.
Cuomo mentions Apple has interested party
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hinted that Apple may be connected to a plan for a chip factory in the state measuring some 3.2 million square feet, the Times Union reports. The factory was recently proposed to economic development officials in the state, but the company or companies behind the deal have been kept quiet. Apple's name has been speculated, but when approached, the Empire State Development Corporation refused to comment to the Union.
User photographs on display in Times Sqaure, NYC
Google is offering users the opportunity to put an image of their face or another photograph onto a sign above Times Square, New York City. The offer is using the tagline "For...", currently used in the company's current advertising campaign for the Chromebook notebook computers, ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Richardson asked suspicious questions, court documents say
The FBI has arrested an airport worker in the case of last week's iPad mini heist at New York City's JFK airport, according to sources and court documents obtained by the New York Post. The man, Renel Rene Richardson, is said to have been outed after Port Authority detectives talked to his coworkers, and learned that he had been asking unusual questions about both the iPads and where forklifts could be found. A forklift was used to load two pallets' worth of iPads into a truck, and might've been used to load even more had the thieves not been confronted by another airport worker.
Police suspect inside job
Two thieves stole $1.5 million in iPad minis from New York City's JFK airport earlier this week, according to the New York Post. The people reportedly made the heist shortly before midnight on Monday, using one of JFK's own forklifts to load two pallets of Minis into a truck. More tablets might've been taken had an airport worker returning from dinner not confronted the robbers; three more pallets were left behind.
Growth 10 times rate of NYC overall
New York City crimes involving Apple products grew 40 percent year-over-year in the period between January 1st and September 23rd, according to new data from the NYPD. 11,447 Apple-based incidents were reported in the 2012 span, while only 3,280 were recorded for 2011. The growth of Apple-related crimes is 10 times that of the city's general amount, which rose only 4 percent.
Still smaller than iPad 2 line
At 10 minutes before the iPhone 5 went on sale this morning, some 820 people were in line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, says Fortune. The site adds that the line was still growing at a rate of about six per minute, and that the event was covered by numerous reporters; nine TV satellite trucks were on-scene. The first person in line was Hazem Sayed, one of the people promoting a company called Vibe. Some other people in line were sponsored by companies like Gazelle, OtterBox and BuyBack. OtterBox had a yellow tent sitting outside the store.
Early joiners exploiting line for publicity
A lineup has already formed outside of Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City in advance of the Friday launch of the iPhone 5. Since preorders are already sold out, lining up at retail stores may now be the only way of getting a 5 on September 21st. A number of the first people in line at Fifth Avenue, however, are reportedly there only for the sake of publicity.
September offering open to all, thousands of hotspots provided
Throughout the month of September, the Wall Street Journal is offering free Wi-Fi across more than 1,300 hotspots in New York and another 1,000 in San Francisco. The New York hotspots blanket the entirety of high-traffic neighborhoods like Times Square, West Village, and Washington Square Park. Popular locations such as Nob Hill and Fisherman's Wharf will be covered in San Francisco.
NYC to earn share of crime system profits
The New York Police Department and Microsoft have constructed a supercomputer to help fight crime. Costing between $30 and $40 million to create, the Domain Awareness System (DAS) uses a combination of CCTV, license plate readers, police reports, and live incident reports to track criminals and help protect the city from potential threats such as terrorist attacks.
Bidding 'severely slanted toward Apple'
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave Apple an unfair advantage in bidding for the retail space it now occupies in Grand Central Terminal, according to a newly-completed audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The report says that last May, the MTA allowed Apple to put forward an offer including $5 million in cash, which other parties had just 30 days to attempt to beat. "The competitive process followed by MTA...was at a minimum severely slanted toward Apple," the document reads.