ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In all my years of living in Albuquerque, I have managed to completely miss one of the city's marquee events, the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year, I finally dragged my sorry self out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, caught a school-bus shuttle, and arrived in the dark and cold to huge crowds and hundreds of balloon teams setting up on a massive field.
I knew hot air balloons were pretty. What I didn't realize is just how geeky they can be. Among the usual colorful entries there was a certain contingent of balloons that stood out on my geek radar.… Read more
Airbnb has helped a New York resident successfully appeal a case that made him pay $2,400 in fines for renting out his home on the peer-to-peer rental service.
The city's Environmental Control Board filed the decision (see PDF below) dismissing the charges Thursday. The City of New York now has to give resident Nigel Warren his money back, according to the decision.
City officials initially ruled against Warren in May, saying that he violated a law that makes it illegal for property owners to rent out homes temporarily, mimicking hotel stays.
Warren had rented his room within the … Read more
The largest element on Chrome's redesigned New Tab page -- the Google search bar -- is redundant. If you have gotten into the habit of entering search terms in Chrome's address bar, which Google refers to as the omnibox, then the Google search bar and large Google logo are just taking up space on the New Tab page.
Thankfully, you can return to the old New Tab page, and do so without installing an extension. Here's how:
1. Type or copy and paste chrome://flags into Chrome's omnibox
2. Search for "Enable Instant Extended API&… Read more
New York police cracked down on drivers distracted by their smartphones this past summer to the tune of a 365 percent increase (compared to summer 2012) in the number of tickets issued for texting while driving. Because the epidemic shows no sign of deceleration, New York is trying a different approach by designating rest stops along highways as "texting zones."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the new project Monday. It will consist of installing nearly 300 blue signs across 91 rest stops and parking areas where motorists can pull over and take care of their phone business away from traffic. The signs will carry messages like, "It can wait. Text stop 5 miles."
A teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain, a charter bus company, and an adult entertainment club are among those due to pay fines in a case involving phony online reviews.
On Monday, New York regulators are scheduled to announce agreements with 19 companies accused of posting fraudulent reviews of their services or those of their clients, The New York Times has reported. The companies in question have all pledged to end the practice and will pay a collective fine of $350,000.
Among the companies involved in the case are "reputation-enhancement firms." These businesses post fake reviews on … Read more
SANTA FE, N.M.--My first in-the-wild sighting of Google Glass took place on September 18 in Santa Fe at Station to Station, a nomadic public-art project traveling from New York City to Oakland, Calif., by train. The trip began on September 6 and is organized by artist Doug Aitken and sponsored by Levi's.
My mother recently mused on the popularity of "art happenings" in the 1970s where dancers, musicians, and visual artists would gather to perform, share, and celebrate. She reminisces about her modern-dance troupe invading a college orchestra performance. That's pretty much what Station to Station is, but with a lot more complexity and all of the trappings of modern culture.… Read more