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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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]
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.
HopStop, Now With Complaints On Monday, transit app HopStop released its new social app HopStop Live!, which lets users update each other in real time on transit issues and changes. (Because the only thing more fun than dealing with transit issues is hearing other people complain about transit issues.) The app is also designed to create communities around Read More
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Employing obscenity in passwords–either for the personal amusement or just to feel alive for once in your sorry life–is a longstanding tradition hearkening back to the AOL dialup days of yore when “b00b!es” was your password of choice. But cellular overlord AT&T has no use for either your filthy mind or adorable nostalgia: as Twitter Read More
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Andrew Auernheimer, better known by his pseudonym “weev,” was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for exploiting an AT&T security flaw that allowed him to collect and publish the email addresses of 114,000 AT&T iPad owners. He alerted AT&T to the flaw before sending the dataset to Gawker, which published it, leading to an FBI investigation.