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New York City project to use clean energy to fund high-speed broadband, WiFi access

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A new type of housing initiative kicking off in New York City seeks to address two major problems facing the U.S. today: The lack of widespread, high-speed broadband access for low-income residents, and the need to more widely deploy clean energy technologies.

Why it matters: The project is a unique marriage between two of the Biden administration’s top infrastructure policy goals, except on a local level.


Driving the news: Using funding from the New York Green Bank and New York State Housing Finance Agency, the Workforce Housing Group — a New York-based affordable housing development organization — is set to launch a project involving about two-dozen buildings in New York City.

  • These buildings will capitalize on the cost savings of solar power to bring high speed broadband and WiFi access to residents who might not be able to afford it otherwise.
  • One goal of the project is to improve low-cost, high-speed internet access to residents of affordable housing units in East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, according to an announcement set to be made Tuesday.

The details: The project is being funded through a loan to cover the up-front costs of the installation, with loan payments to be offset by the expected energy savings on utility bills.

  • Additional savings from generating solar power would go towards providing free wifi and high-speed broadband connections for residents.

What we’re watching: Brandon Gibson, co-founder of Flume Internet, a New York-based company that will be providing the broadband access, told Axios the project could be replicated by other communities.

  • “We’re not aware of anyone else really doing that around the country,” Gibson said. “[We’re] really excited to set this as a precedent, and we’ll use it moving forward while working with other developers and other landlords in and around the country.”
  • “We expect this innovative structure to serve as a model for further partnerships with housing finance agencies and affordable housing developers as we continue advancing New York State’s equitable energy transition,” said Andrew Kessler, acting president of the New York Green Bank, in a statement.

Source: https://www.axios.com/new-york-city-solar-energy-affordable-broadband-a3207461-b00e-465e-8a1e-140290b5dd3d.html
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New York will be Home to Google’s First Standalone Retail Store

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Google is finally opening a one-stop retail location for its massive catalog of phones, streaming devices, smart home gadgets, and other hardware. Located in NYC near the company’s Chelsea campus, the aptly-named Google Store opens to the public sometime this summer.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/84118/new-york-will-be-home-to-googles-first-standalone-retail-store/
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New Bill Would Ban Bitcoin Mining Across New York State for Three Years

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A new bill that hit the New York state senate on Monday is aiming to put a multi-year pause on crypto mining operations across the state until authorities can fully suss out what that mining is doing to the climate and local environment. Bill 6486 is being spearheaded by state Sen. Kevin Parker, who had previously…

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/new-bill-would-ban-bitcoin-mining-across-new-york-state-1846828277
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New York requires $15 broadband for poor people, promptly gets sued by ISPs

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Internet service providers today sued New York to block a state law that requires ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households.

The lawsuit was filed by lobby groups including USTelecom and CTIA–The Wireless Association, both of which count Verizon and AT&T among their members. Lobby groups for many other ISPs also joined the lawsuit, with plaintiffs including NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, and the New York State Telecommunications Association. The biggest cable lobby group, NCTA, did not join the lawsuit, but a cable lobby group representing small providers—America’s Communications Association—is one of the plaintiffs suing New York.

New York enacted its cheap-broadband law two weeks ago and called it a “first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable Internet for qualifying low-income families.”

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/isps-sue-new-york-to-block-law-requiring-15-broadband-for-poor-people/
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2021 VW ID.4 completes 6,700-mile cross-country drive from New York to California

Volkswagen is on a mission to shatter people’s misconceptions of range anxiety by engaging on an 18-day, 6,700-mile cross-country drive in its 2021 ID.4 all-electric crossover. The trip began in New York City in mid-March and ended last March 30 in Sacramento, California. “We proved exactly what we set out to do with this drive, which was to show that … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/2021-vw-id-4-completes-6700-mile-cross-country-drive-from-new-york-to-california-08667549/
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Target Is Opening Mini Apple Stores Inside Some Locations

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Forget the mall, Target is opening mini Apple Stores inside its retail locations. These dedicated kiosks are twice the size of Target’s current “Apple section” and are run by staff with special training from Apple. Target plans to open mini Apple Stores at 17 locations before the end of February, with more to come throughout 2021.

Large retail outlets like Target have enjoyed a steady stream of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as people grow more comfortable going to malls and other casual shopping spaces, it’s possible that big-box retailers could lose some sales. By replicating the Apple Store experience at a kiosk, Target could keep some of its customers away from the mall and generate more big-ticket sales.

Here are the 17 stores that will open Apple kiosks in February:

  • Monticello, MN
  • San Jose, CA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Allen, TX
  • Hurst, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • North Wales, PA
  • Newark, DE
  • Woburn, MA
  • Nashua, NH
  • Latham, NY

Target plans to open more mini Apple Stores throughout 2021, but the company hasn’t clarified how many of its locations will actually have an Apple kiosk. It’s possible that some Target stores will skip the Apple kiosk due to its size constraints or staff requirements.

Along with the new in-store experience, Target has redesigned its online Apple storefront with organized, easy-to-read icons. The online storefront also emphasizes the “benefits of getting Apple devices at Target,” like easy returns, free two-day shipping, curbside delivery, and 5% savings with a Target RedCard.

Interestingly, Apple still won’t sell Macs in-store or online. It will instead focus on smaller items like the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, HomePod, and Apple Watch. These items take up less space and (presumably) have higher profit margins than Macs. Plus, they require very little troubleshooting, so Target can spend less time training its Apple kiosk employees.

Source: Target via 9to5Mac

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72131/target-is-opening-mini-apple-stores-inside-some-locations/
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Artists outfitted robot dog Spot with a paintball gun in commentary on futuristic killer robots, just as NYDP deploys the same robot

On Tuesday, the New York Police Department reportedly unleashed Spot, the state-of-the-art robotic dog from Boston Dynamics, to do reconnaissance at a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx. Then yesterday (coincidentally?), art collective MSCHF launched their “Spot’s Rampage” installation in which the robot dog was outfitted with a paintball gun that the public could control via this Web interface. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/25/artists-outfitted-robot-dog-spot-with-a-paintball-gun-in-commentary-on-futuristic-killer-robots-just-as-nydp-deploys-the-same-robot.html
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