New York City

Uber reaches deal with NY attorney general to cap surge pricing during snowstorm

In New York City, where more than a foot of snow could accumulate when all is said and done, Uber is capping surge pricing from Saturday 8 a.m. EST until Mayor Bill de Blasio declares the end of the city’s snow emergency.

Sorry passengers, Uber won't face regulations on its surge pricing in NYC

Uber has won this round of legislative jiu-jitsu with the New York City government. On Friday, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the transportation giant would not be facing regulations on its surge pricing

Gett introduces “Better Fares Than Uber Or Your Money Back” guarantee

Today, Gett, the on-demand black car service centered in the Big Apple, launched its first-ever “Better Fares Than Uber Or Your Money Back” guarantee in New York City. Simply email your Uber receipt to Gett if you find a cheaper ride

New York finally starts to convert payphone kiosks into gigabit Wi-Fi hubs

New York City has talked for some time about converting its thousands of aging payphone kiosks into something useful for the connected community. This week it's started to make good on its promise.

Soon New Yorkers will find international delights at Anthony Bourdain's giant food market

Google is the anchor tenant of a massive redevelopment of the abandoned Pier 57 in New York City into SuperPier. World class chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain will bring an international food market to the complex.

Airbnb reveals that half of its hosts in New York City are breaking the law

Airbnb has released an internal report showing data from New York City hosts, and it would appear 55 percent of hosts are breaking the city's laws by renting out a full apartment for less than 30 days.

Microsoft rolls out surprise Christmas ad showing Apple some love 1:00

Well, this is certainly a bit different. Microsoft's new Christmas ad isn't some effort to mock a rival's product or even trumpet its own, but instead to spread some seasonal cheer by having a love-in with none other than Apple.

New York is using an anti-terror app to keep its people safe

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new mobile app effort called See Something, Send Something designed to bolster New York's "ability to fight terrorism." The app app allow users to send tips to law enforcement officials.
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Rent a mom with NeedAMom, the Brooklyn-based service for New York young adults

Not all of us have the luxury of living in the same city, same state, or even same country as our parents, which is why Nina Keneally has introduced NeedAMom, the service that allows you to rent a mother for the most dire of your days.

NYC taxi cabs to test GPS-based fare meters and mobile technology to fight Uber and Lyft

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is piloting a program that will install GPS-based fare meters in 1,000 of its yellow taxi cabs. The pilot will also replace the irritating “Taxi TVs” with new payment systems.
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Microsoft to open giant NY City store this month, just a few blocks from Apple’s

Microsoft is gearing up to open its first flagship store in New York City later this month. The premises is located on Fifth Avenue, just a short walk from Apple's famous glass-cube site.

GM unveils car sharing program for the Big Apple

General Motors is running a pilot program called "Let's Drive NYC" that gives residents of the Ritz Plaza luxury apartment building access to short-term car rentals and parking in Manhattan.