Category Archives: Tech News

NYC tech talent reels in HQ2

Lower Manhattan before sunsetBy now we’ve all heard the news about Amazon splitting it’s HQ2 between Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia. While the split was certainly unexpected, it should come as no surprise that this decision was one driven by talent.

In a further justification of this decision being a good bet for Jeff Bezos & Co, Forrester Research just released an independent report that shows New York City has more tech workers than any other city in the country. The 333,000 tech workers in NYC beat out San Francisco by 23,000.

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Lazy loading in Chrome Canary

Google Chrome

In a good restaurant the food is usually served whenever you are ready for it. The waiter serves the entree after the appetizer. Same with the dessert, it will be served when the customer is ready for it to be consumed. Google Chrome soon will serve media in a browser similar to the way food is served in a restaurant. Via built-in lazy loading.
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FCC admits cyberattacks not real

Back in May of last year, the FCC’s website went down. At the time, the agency blamed it on DDoS attacks – a claim that was disbelieved by many, especially net neutrality supporters because the timing coincided with a relevant segment John Oliver did on Last Week Tonight that presumably drove large amounts of traffic to the site with an intent of voicing opposition to a net neutrality repeal. Continue reading

Let’s Talk GitHub!

A little over a month ago, Microsoft acquired GitHub – the go-to versioning platform for many in the open source community.  We shared a few of our thoughts about this news when it happened, but we’re really interested to hear if other folks think this may change their approach to using GitHub.

That’s why we are thrilled to be hosting a Meetup for Open Source NYC at our office next week to talk about this very topic. Continue reading

E3 2018 - Xbox

E3 2018 Recap

This year’s E3 was all about the games. No new console announcements. No new VR equipment launches. Just a bunch of game announcements to look forward to during 2018 into 2019.

However, during Microsoft’s E3 Conference I heard a couple of things that really peeked my interest that hints at how Xbox is approaching the future of gaming. Continue reading

Online Shopping

Online shopping could become more expensive after Supreme Court ruling

Aside from the obvious convenience and choice that e-commerce has always offered, an often overlooked factor in its success in the US over the years has been the fact that sales tax did not have to be collected by a business if they didn’t have a physical presence in the state that they are selling within.

In effect this has led to the majority of online sales being tax-free – great for consumers and great for companies as they did not have to navigate state and local tax codes. Continue reading

Google’s Duplex AI Assistant: The Future is Here!

Google DuplexAt Google’s annual I/O developer conference a few days ago, Google presented their new AI system – Duplex – which can make phone calls and schedule appointments.

What makes this technology groundbreaking is that Duplex is able to have a very human-like conversation without the person it is speaking to suspect that they are talking to a machine. Continue reading

Tech Day 2018

Pier 94's entrance for Tech Day 2018Yesterday’s Tech Day NYC event, held at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s west side, was jam packed with the kind of bustling energy we’ve come to expect from this annual event, with countless start-ups showing their smart ideas off for potential investors (and each other). Once you made your way in and onto the exhibition floor – no mean feat, even early in the day! – you were met with an overwhelming throng of baby businesses as well as some established companies.

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