Sergio Aguirre is weak, pale. Sometimes he fumbles for words, and it’s not because English isn’t his first language. He’d been on a hunger strike, and hadn’t had anything besides water and tea in four days. We’re standing in the middle of his garage in Willets Point, an almost surreal corner of Queens. Most people, even some New Yorkers, have never heard of the neighborhood or are aware that it exists as a mass of dilapidated auto shops near the entrance to one of the city’s newest sports stadiums. When you show them pictures, on first glance they often ask if it’s in Brazil. They see the garbage-strewn streets – more rutted, soggy dirt pathways than anything else – and the corrugated metal buildings, more reminiscent of a favela than anything people tend to see in an American city. It’s a labyrinth of mechanics, bodyshops, metal recycling, upholsters, and infamously, chop shops, and it’s really here, in the biggest and … [Read more...] about Why Did Mechanics In New York’s Worst Neighborhood Go On Hunger Strike?
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IBM's Watson business unit and the New York Genome Center will test a cognitive computing prototype aimed at allowing oncologists to better tailor cancer care. IBM's Watson unit turnover: Worrisome or the norm? IBM CEO Rometty: Watson, cognitive computing mainstreaming begins IBM forms Watson Business Group: Will commercialization follow? IBM Watson: How the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer was born, and what it wants to do next The collaboration, one of many IBM is planning to widen cognitive computing's footprint, will be the first Watson implementation for genomic research. Under the partnership: The two groups will conduct a joint research study to develop care for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Examine DNA-based treatment options by using Watson to correlate data from genome sequencing to journals, studies and records. Identify patterns in genome sequencing and medical data. Refine Watson's algorithms based on the New York Genome Center's data. Ultimately, … [Read more...] about IBM, New York Genome Center prep Watson prototype
NEW YORK -- A security lapse at a New York international airport left its server backups exposed on the open internet for almost a year, ZDNet has found. The internet-connected storage drive contained several backup images of servers used by Stewart International Airport, but neither the backup drive nor the disk images were password protected, allowing anyone to access their contents. The airport, about 60 miles north of Manhattan, serves hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, and is regularly used by the military. The airport is known for accommodating charter flights of high-profile guests, including foreign dignitaries. READ MORE: Former NSA lawyer says US border plans to demand tourists' browser history, phone data would be unlawful Welcome to the United States: Discriminated, detained, searched, interrogated Here's why airport security takes so long But since April last year, the airport had been inadvertently leaking its own highly sensitive files as a … [Read more...] about Security lapse exposed New York airport’s critical servers for a year
Barnes & Noble announced a new Nook today in New York, and I was able to get some hands-on time with the device, though this "hands-on" time consisted mostly of watching a company rep flip pages and show off the Nook's new features while I, and a crowd of other reporters, took notes. The device comes with a touch display, super compact design, two months of battery life, and may even hold a solution to that annoying screen flash found on all E Ink displays. Although, officially, no press were supposed to touch the device, I managed to get a few fingers on its rubberized exterior. And it feels like the Kindle has some real competition coming. At 6.5 by 5 by 0.5 inches, the Nook is much more compact that previous editions; it almost feels like the Sony Reader Pocket Edition. The matte black device has a sculpted back that makes it easier to hold in one hand. The entire face of the device is taken up by a 6-inch touch screen and the Nook button. Almost all navigation is done using … [Read more...] about Hands On With the New Nook
Edidin at Silicon City Exhibit The heart of the technology world may be Silicon Valley these days, but for a long time, the tech world was actually centered in New York, notably around companies like AT&T and IBM. A new exhibit called "Silicon City" at the New York Historical Society, which runs through April 17, recalls those days and the inventions that ushered in the information age. Walking through the exhibit is a great reminder of the area's contributions to technology and I relished the nostalgia of looking back at products I hadn't seen in years. The exhibit focuses on the period when New York and the surrounding areas were preeminent in technology, from the 19th century until the 1980s, according to Chief Curator Stephen Edidin. He said the exhibit was inspired by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. It begins with an exhibit designed to recall the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair—a theater designed by Eero Saarinen known as "The Egg" and meant to … [Read more...] about Silicon City: How New York Gave Birth to Today’s Tech World