Up and Comers

19-Year-Old Tech Pro Wants to Revolutionize News, Will Drop Out of School If Necessary

Mr. Meyer demos Fresco for us at a WeWork coworking space downtown. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

John Meyer isn’t sure if he’ll go back to school in the fall.

Currently finishing up his freshman year at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, the 19-year-old’s course load hasn’t taught him much he didn’t already know. After all, Mr. Meyer’s been developing apps — some of them hugely successful — since the App Store launched in 2008, and has been using his earnings to support himself since his sophomore year of high school.

Now, he’s certain his latest project — a news app called Fresco, which launched today — is going to revolutionize the journalism industry. Read More

Programs for Programmers

Take The Flatiron School’s New Course And Become an iOS Expert

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A year and ten days ago, to be exact, Manhattan’s Flatiron School was founded—its mission to turn programming noobs into poachable techies by the end of one intensive, semester-long Ruby course.

Now, the school is expanding its offerings with the launch of a new ten-week iOS program that promises to make you a master of mobile development (in other words: apps. Lots of apps.) Read More

Presents

Is Free Wifi Enough to Entice You to Check Out Windows 8?

Among the locations: Six subway stations. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Quick question: What would Microsoft have to offer to get you interested in Windows 8? Would free Wifi perhaps do the trick?

Starting now until the end of the year–i.e., all the way through the holiday shopping season–Microsoft will be sponsoring free Wifi access at several locations around town, via Boingo Wireless. (San Francisco is getting the same treatment.) The program is already up and running in each of Manhattan’s six wired subway stations, and it’ll be extended to more than 200 unspecified hotspots across the island starting November 1.  Read More