Tag: Mobile Applications

Smart Lights Enhance Home Security and Shine a Light on Crime

When it comes to makeshift home security strategies, some people go with a yappy terrier, some choose a battery of fake cameras and others rely on a generic alarm-company badge staked in the front yard. If you prefer the leave-the-lights-on-24/7 technique, or if you rely on old-fashioned timers with fixed schedules, well, we have grim […]

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Maybe We’re Not All Going to Be Gig Economy Workers After All

ImageDrivers for Uber and Lyft during a protest in May at LAX Airport.CreditMark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Not too long ago, the “gig economy” looked as if it just might be the future of work in America. The rapid rise of digital platforms that let people earn money by driving passengers, delivering groceries, walking […]

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Orwellabama? Crimson Tide Track Locations to Keep Students at Games

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sweat from an afternoon under a unrelenting sun and in stifling 100-degree heat had soaked through parts of Taylor Pell’s fraternity pledge uniform: khaki pants, blue blazer, white shirt and crimson tie. But he was embracing the grind. “Games like this is when it matters,” said Pell, a sophomore from Huntsville, Ala., […]

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N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War

The National Security Operations Center occupies a large windowless room, bathed in blue light, on the third floor of the National Security Agency’s headquarters outside of Washington. For the past 46 years, around the clock without a single interruption, a team of senior military and intelligence officials has staffed this national security nerve center. The […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Jeremy Renner App, Which Was a Real Thing

Online trolls have killed Jeremy Renner Official, a mobile app introduced more than two years ago as a gathering place for fans of — you guessed it — Jeremy Renner. The app’s existence had become a running joke online in recent weeks after it was hijacked by people who lacked respect for a safe digital […]

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When Apps get Your Medical Data, Your Privacy May Go With It

Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft. But prominent medical organizations are warning that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy — and they are fighting the change. The battle stems from […]

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Cooking Eggs in the Morning and Shucking Oysters at Night, Thanks to an App

As he wrapped up a brunch shift at the Australian cafe Two Hands in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, Christopher Mortenson saw his phone light up. All afternoon, he had been waiting for the notification: ABC Cocina, an upscale Latin American restaurant in the Flatiron district, needed a line cook. He had an hour […]

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YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter. The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States. The settlement […]

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India’s Restaurants Rebel Against Food Delivery Apps

MUMBAI, India — Aakanksha Porwal, the owner of a small retro diner called Vahnilla & Company, recently signed up for the Zomato food delivery app to make dishes like her veggie cheeseburgers and Kit Kat cakesicles available to a wider audience. She also joined Zomato’s Gold program, where she would offer two dishes for the […]

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Why Uber Still Can’t Make a Profit

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Uber transformed American transportation and changed the United States economy. But a decade after its founding, the once-swaggering company is losing more money and growing more slowly than ever. What happened? [For an exclusive look at […]

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When Children Use Technology, Let Common Sense Prevail

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jessica Grose, the editor of NYT Parenting, discussed the tech she’s using. Tell us about The Times’s new Parenting initiative. Parenting is a glutted field, so we wanted to make sure we were bringing something new to the coverage […]

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Every Parent’s Nightmare: A Teenage Girl and an Uber Driver With His Own Plan

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It was late on a Friday night in a Long Island beach town, and a 15-year-old girl was trying to get home from a party. So, like many teenagers in similar situations, she got in an Uber. The ride-sharing […]

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The Baroness Fighting to Protect Children Online

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Beeban Kidron, Silicon Valley’s latest antagonist, sat on the patio of a boutique hotel near Facebook’s headquarters recently, camouflaged in the local uniform of jeans and sneakers. A member of the House of Lords, she had just flown in from London to attend an international meeting hosted by the social network. […]

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Why You Need a Password Manager. Yes, You.

You probably know that it’s not a good idea to use “password” as a password, or your pet’s name, or your birthday. But the worst thing you can do with your passwords — and something that more than 50 percent of people are doing, according to a recent Virginia Tech study — is to reuse […]

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