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Wi-Fi and cell service now available in 36 NYC subway stations

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New York City subway passengers now have access to Wi-Fi, voice, and data services in 36 subway stations. The Metropolitan Transit Authority has outfitted several major stations with the service, including Times Square, Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center, and a bunch of stops on the West Side starting at 18th street, all the way up to 96th street. Wi-Fi is sponsored by Boingo, while cell service is limited to AT&T and T-Mobile at the moment, with Sprint and Verizon on the way soon.

Up next, Wi-Fi and cell service will come to Queens and the midtown area by 2014, followed by the Bronx and East Side Manhattan following. Here's hoping that it all holds up and doesn't crack under the pressure of the daily New York City commuters similar to the problems with the BART Wi-FI service in San Francisco.

[Photo courtesy of Hernan Seoane/Flickr Creative Commons]


Nicki Minaj Brings New York to Standstill

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Nicki Minaj brought Times Square in New York to a standstill this weekend. The "Super Bass" rapper's performance saw 30,000 people descend on the landmark - one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections - on Friday night, stopping all traffic as she launched the new Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone in the US.

The performance also featured one of the world's largest LED displays as Nokia took over all of the hundreds of screens in the square. Fans heard an exclusive remix of Nicki's track "Starships" by DJ Doorly and were filmed to be included in the Nokia music video for the track.

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Snooki’s Ball Moved to Jersey for Ball Drop

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Late Night, Reality, Specials, Cable, MTV, News,

SnookiThere is only one New Year’s Eve ball that falls in Times Square -- and the city of New York is going to keep it that way.

The official ball drop will be officiated by Mayor Bloomberg and Dick Clark, a staple of the annual event.

MTV announced recently that Snooki, of Jersey Shore fame, would be dropping from a ball during their separate celebration, but the city wouldn’t have it.

Instead, Snooki has been moved, appropriately, to New Jersey. The ball arrived on scene early on Wednesday, with a large “Snooki” spelled out in lights affixed to it.

Who knows? Maybe New Jersey just started their own New Year’s Eve tradition.

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Microsoft Kinect NYC launch event

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Microsoft, Video Games, Videos,

Microsoft launched their new Kinect motion sensor at midnight last night in New York City at the Toys R Us in Times Square, and the scene looked quite unreal. Streets were blocked off, long lines could be seen, and dancers wearing "You are the controller" t-shirts entertained the crowd. Overall, the launch appears to have gone smoothly and thousands of people are now discovering this new way to game on their Xbox 360 consoles. If you weren't part of the midnight crowd, you can still get yours for $149 at your local gaming store. For now, check out the video after the jump from one of the many who were outside in the mob.

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New Years Ball on Display All Year

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech,

New Years BallYou probably caught the Times Square New Years Ball on TV last night, but now you can visit it at a later date. The organizers have announced that it will be a permanent attraction for the entire year. The globe is a 12 ft. geodesic sphere and weighs almost 12,000 lbs. It is about twice the size of previous ones. The ball is covered with a Waterford Crystal design named “Let There Be Joy” and Philips’ 32,256 Luxeon Rebel LEDs that create more then 16 million colors in billions of patterns. Oddly enough, we watched last night and only got to see about 3 of them.

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America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10: New York City, Here We Come

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Last week, I compared the premiere of to both The Bad Girls Club and Charm School.  This time around, I actually felt like I was watching an episode of Survivor.  Wednesday’s surprise ending – like the recent Tribal Councils on the CBS program – just made my jaw drop.

Yesterday’s show kicked off with the fourteen aspiring models getting a load of their new NYC digs.  While their pad was definitely impressive, it was not overly done up like the previous homes in LA.  This one actually reminded me of The Real World’s inaugural season in New York.  (Remember that one?)  Thankfully, a room full of bunk beds prevented needless catfighting over space.  There was also one large bed that looked like it had been ripped straight from ’s grotto.  (It was unclear who had opted to share that sleeping arrangement.)

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