This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On a hot summer day in New York City last July, Ajohntae Dixon was studying at home when he began struggling to breathe. With no air conditioning in his apartment, the temperature inside surged, and the 15-year-old’s gasping quickly progressed into a full-blown asthma attack under the oppressive heat. He took his inhaler and then tried his nebulizer, but he was still fighting for air. By 8 p.m., Dixon was in the emergency room. And after that overnight hospital stay, he and his mom installed air conditioners in each of their rooms to cut the chances he would have to go back. “I’m not a huge fan of hospitals,” says Dixon, who lives in the Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point. Dixon is homeschooled, but he’s an active teenager and a budding leader in his community. He participates in a “social circus” supported by Cirque du Soleil, where he … [Read more...] about How New York City Is Tackling Extreme Heat in a Warming World
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caption NYC Cyber Command is quietly protecting New Yorkers — and Americans as a whole. source Shutterstock/littlenystock Most people have never heard of NYC Cyber Command (NYC3), but it is perhaps one of the most important government agencies in America’s biggest city. It is responsible for protecting the city from cyberattacks and other online threats that could have devastating consequences for millions of NYC’s residents. Although the Command is nearly two years old, most New Yorkers have no idea what it is or how it began – until now. NEW YORK – In the fall of 2012, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Leon Panetta, arrived to Manhattan’s west side to deliver an unprecedented speech about cyber warfare. Aboard the USS Intrepid, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier now functioning as a museum along the banks of the Hudson River, Panetta … [Read more...] about Inside New York City Cyber Command — a government agency most people know nothing about that’s leading America’s biggest city into the future
BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many. Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry produced mid-range models that left a wide gap in performance. And speaking of gaps, BlackBerry users had to contend with the huge app gap as many popular Android apps were not developed for BlackBerry 10. One that was made available for BB10 users, the New York Times app, will no longer enjoy BlackBerry 10 support beginning next month. If you own a BlackBerry 10 powered handset, and that includes the … [Read more...] about All the news that fits won’t print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music is being looked at quite closely by the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut. At issue is how Apple got music labels like Warner, Universal and Sony to sign off on its streaming music service. The investigation will examine whether Apple put pressure on the record labels to stop supporting free ad-supported tiers of service provided by rival streamers like Spotify.The labels do not like Spotify's free ad-supported level of service that is used by 75% of its customers. Spotify has 60 million subscribers at last count, and 45 million use the free service which requires that they listen to ads. For $9.99 a month (99 cents for the first three months), Spotify Premium does away with the ads, and allows listeners to play any song at anytime, even when they are offline.Back in May, there was talk that the DOJ was investigating Apple for asking the record labels to speak with Spotify about ending its free level of service. There was … [Read more...] about WSJ: Apple Music to be investigated by the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut
By Colin Daileda2014-01-01 18:30:39 UTC With the departure of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city's tech industry loses its most powerful public persona. Replacing him is Bill de Blasio, the former city public advocate who campaigned with a platform that appealed to the everyman, and someone Silicon Alley has greeted with cautious optimism. The new mayor has a robust tech sector plan on paper—one with a big focus on building more of a pipeline between local universities and startup jobs—and he's become something of a crusader for broadband throughout the big apple. But unlike his predecessor, he is unlikely to put the growth of New York City's tech scene at the top of his priority list. He's also expressed some concern over how to regulate companies such as Uber, the taxi-finding app, that disrupt traditional businesses in the city, and he seems unlikely to fill the role of chief digital officer, a position Bloomberg created partly to liaison between Silicon … [Read more...] about How Will New York City’s Tech Industry Fare Under Mayor de Blasio?