This Means War
When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders. That is, until one of them fires a warning shot in the air to remind everyone that they’re not happy playing third wheel.
Black car app Gett told Betabeat that as of this morning, all rides within Manhattan will cost $10 for the rest of 2014, no matter how far they are or how long they take.
Real Estate Envy
In a world where your friends can now set you up on virtual blind dates, it’s hard to believe tech could be the solution to any uncomfortable situation.
Lauren McCarthy is a coder and an artist whose strange art experiments put subjects face to face with their deepest social anxieties. She might not be able to cure your crippling awkwardness — or her own, for that matter — but she has designed over two dozen tech-based performances to help you breathe a little easier, even if it just means making a quick getaway.
You know the dilemma: you suddenly realize your lease is running out, you have two precious weeks to find a new place, so you trust-fall into Craigslist. While Craigslist can be a great way to find a quick fix with roommates already included, it’s also unreliable, virtually anonymous, and sometimes downright creepy.
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Every day, we hear more from investors and founders about the growth of the New York startup ecosystem — hell, it seems like there’s a new Demo Day every time we get back from the last one. And wherever there are promising startups to fund, you can bet the money will follow.
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Here’s more #tech for your nightlife.
HouseTab, which publicly launched last week, changes the way users pay for food and drinks at restaurants and bars. From buying drinks for nearby strangers to sending friends meals from halfway across the world, the app has so many functions, it’s hard to keep track of them all.
Google New York
Artwork inspired by digital communication often feels intrinsically cold and inhuman, but it’s not often that a digital art installation manages to impart both void-like isolation, and a creeping sense of being watched. Recording artist Holly Herndon’s latest collaboration with artists Adam Harvey and Simone Niquille, on display digitally with the New Museum, does just that.
Ms. Herndon’s work is available online this month as part of New Museum’s “First Look: New Art Online,” a series of digital art pieces curated by Lauren Cornell. The piece is inspired partly by NSA surveillance, and partly by people’s online surveillance of each other.
Although legislation in most of the 50 states isn’t equipped to regulate robotic self-driven cars, Google is rolling forward with plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars that can be summoned via smartphone app.
Google finally broke its relative silence on its self-driving car pilot program to reporters over the phone this morning. It was the first time the tech giant answered questions from the press about the modern-day Knight Rider-mobiles.
Made in NYC
Still reaching for that six-figure salary? Being employed as an UberX driver will get you close.
UberX drivers in NYC are racking up $90,766 per year — nearly three times as much as yellow cab drivers, who make around $30,000 annually, The Washington Post reports.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office officially announced the sale of the new “.nyc” domains last week, hyping the release alongside city officials and borough chiefs. But Mr. de Blasio isn’t the first New York mayor to take a shot at selling New York on “.nyc.”
That honor belongs to the late Ed Koch, who was the champion of New York’s digital real estate long before City Hall was on board. In 2009, Mr Koch was hired by DotNYC LLC, one of the first companies who tried to sell the city on having its own domain name.