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Metro Tech

Startup Hopes to Make Your Steam Radiator Less Noisy, More Efficient

The radiator. (Photo: Radiator Labs)

Now that winter is coming, there are a lot of annoying things that make us miserable (looking at you, slow-walking tourists), but perhaps there’s nothing more aggravating than the steam-heated radiators commonly found in pre-war apartment buildings. They’re loud, annoying and very inefficient.

Marshall Cox, a graduate student from Columbia University, hopes to change that with his new startup called Radiator Labs. The company is currently piloting a thermal insulated helmet-like device that fits overs existing steam heat radiators and controls the heat output using a fan. Users can control the temperature using an app.  Read More

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Sprint Customers Will Soon Be Able to Use Their Cellphones At Underground Subway Stops

Soon. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Soon, Sprint customers won’t have to look longingly at others who are completing calls underground.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the mobile company and Transit Wireless have finalized a contract to connect their customers at 36 subway stations in midtown and Chelsea by early 2014. The deal also encompasses Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers, since both use Sprint’s wireless network Read More

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A Thousand CitiBike Members Had Their Personal Info Exposed and Nobody Told Them For Three Months

Not an annual member. (Photo: CitiBike/Facebook)

More than 1,000 esteemed CitiBike members had their personal data, including credit card number and addresses, exposed due to a security breach. Gothamist obtained a letter issued to a biker named Cody from the program’s owner NYC Bike Share LLC, which operates under the bank’s name, that several users’ information was exposed because of an URL error. Read More

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MTA Debuts Cell and Wifi Service at 30 Stations to Distract You From Late Trains

~Waiting on the world to change. (Photo: Flickr)

Now social media editors can finally afford to leave their desks and shower. The MTA is announcing later today that it’s rolling out cell and Wifi service to 30 additional subway stops, including Times Square, Columbus Circle, and Rockefeller Center. Prior to today, the only stations that offered the free service included the C & E platform at 23rd Street, two stops on the L line, and several platforms at the 14th Street station. Read More