Amazon

Amazon Says ‘Screw It,’ Charges 99 Cents for Fire Phone

It's like an iPhone, but worse! (Facebook)

Customers are so excited about the iPhone 6, they’re willing to pay people to wait in line at the Apple Store for them. Sadly, we can’t say the same for the enthusiasm surrounding the Amazon Fire Phone, whose price has just been reduced to a measly $0.99.

The phone, which has been on the market for less than two months, has already decreased nearly $200 in price, Time reports. Amazon Devices’ vice president, Ian Freed, described the news in a press release today:

Fire is now 99 cents with a two-year contract, plus customers get one full year of Prime included. With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers.

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Startup Rundown: Citymapper App Wins Big MTA Prize and Jackthreads and RebelMouse Apps Are Now On Android

Jolly good show, old sport!  (Photo: Citymapper)

Citymapper crosses the Atlantic Yesterday AT&T and the MTA announced London-based Citymapper as the winners of this year’s App Quest competition, awarding them the grand prize of $20,000 and an extra $2000 for being the “Wish List App.” Citymapper integrates real-time tracking data across all of New York City’s various transportation methods, including subways, busses, and Citibikes. It also tells users how many calories they’ll burn on their trip, so they can decide whether or not to grab a slice on the way. Read More

silicon subway

Snooze on the Train Without Missing Your Stop With This Handy New App

zzzzz (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

We’re still waiting patiently for the long-awaited advent of the Second Avenue subway, an infrastructural punchline since semiconductors were a hot new thing.

But in the meantime, at least we’ve got our smartphones to arrest our sneaky hate spirals. There’s four days left to vote on the entries in the MTA’s AT&T-backed App Quest contest, and the 49 candidates are almost enough to make you forget about all the time you’ve ever spent waiting for the G train.

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startup rundown

Startup Rundown: AT&T Charging Stations Open Around NYC and Square Launches a Coding Camp for Girls

Working at Grind is keeeewl (Photo: Vimeo)

Grind’s a-growin’ We’re wishing a happy housewarming to exclusive coworking platform Grind, which just opened its second NYC location at 39th and Broadway. The company—whose original NYC location is at 29th and Park—offers talented techies and entrepreneurs a functional, comfortable, caffeine-laced space to do their work, outside the confines of the oppressive corporate world. Grind’s new space boasts 1.5 times the square footage of the original, and hopefully that much more gourmet, eco-friendly, ethically sourced coffee. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Is Yahoo Nearing a Purchase of Another New York Startup?

He's in South Korea. (Photo: Flickr.com/gpaumier)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a weeklong whirlwind tour of South Korea yesterday. His meetings include President Park Geun-hye and officials from Samsung, so good thing he packed his suit. [WSJ]

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom spills on how he envisions an Instagram movie: “It’d be superboring, a 30-minute Lifetime special.” At least it would look pretty? [Fast Company]

Yahoo’s checkbook is apparently still open. The company is poking around Qwiki, a New York-based startup that created an app that turns photos, music, and videos into short films. The asking price is a reasonable $50 million. [AllThingsD]

Beginning today, AT&T will roll out 25 solar-powered charging stations across New York for people suffering from a drained cellphone. Now if we can hook up one of these 12.5-foot steel poles to a CitiBike… [New York Times]

The new version of Skype has a Snapchat-like feature. [Digital Trends]

Baby I Can Drive Your Car

Internet Car Will Stream YouTube Vids in Back Seats Next Year

GM CEO Daniel Akerson, improving the American driving experience one cruller at a time. (Photo: GM.com)

General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson wants to turn all cars into rolling iPhones capable of automatically scheduling their own oil changes — nevermind the fact that AAA yesterday announced findings that even hands-free devices cause driver distraction.

Mr. Akerson told the totally chill and low-key Chief Executives’ Club of Boston that integrating 4G technology with automobiles is crucial because people spend 2.5 hours per day on their smartphones and tablets, and only 16 hours a week in cars, Reuters reports. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Hopefully This Is the Last Waze Acquisition Rumor We’ll Ever Hear

Google's possible new purchase.

Is the long saga of ‘Who’s Acquiring Waze Today’ finally nearing a finale? The Israeli startup is nearing a deal with Google to be snapped up for a cool $1 billion. [WSJ]

On the heels of reportedly raising $100 million in new funding, Snapchat is ramping up its sales department [TechCrunch]

AT&T is extending its upgrade window from 20 months to two years. [AllThingsD]

Apple is expected to unveil iRadio, Siri, and a revamped iOS at the company’s developer conference, which kicks off today. [CNET]

Speaking of the new iOS7, screenshots of it have supposedly leaked. It’s very flat, but colorful. [9to5Mac]

Hackathons

Stalk Your Favorite Subway Buskers With the Winner of the MTA’s Transit Hackathon

Soon. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Your smartphone is useful for more than Bejeweled now that there’s Wifi in many stations, and the MTA is trying to use that connectivity to make your commute better. (Just don’t ask when your train is getting a countdown clock.)

This weekend, techies gathered in Brooklyn at NYU Poly’s MetroTech Center campus for the first official, MTA-approved transit hackathon. Participants threw together a total of 17 submissions judged by authorities like Rachel Haot, General Assembly cofounder Matt Brimer and AT&T New York president Marissa Shorenstein. Read More