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In some cities, public payphones will soon be turned into free Wi-Fi spots

The city of New York has decided that for it’s thousands of public payphones that have sat dormant for a long time the time has some to do something with them. The Department of Information and Technology is seeking a contract or partnership for someone to take over the whole operation. These wi-fi spots would also act as advertising spots, some video and some static. This program would allow many people who can not afford broadband service access to the internet. Many of these stations would increase in size and height. The Mayor Bill de Blasio says that this would be a huge benefit to both consumers and businesses.

The idea and plan seem like a great idea but it’s the legal hurdles that always slow down progress. If you are interested in finding out more click on the link below.

Payphones turn into Free Wi-Fi spots

Social Capital is all around, you just have to invest in it

It’s not surprising how so few people ever take the time to talk to a stranger during the day. What if that person in the grocery store was the one you needed to know because they know someone who works in at a company that you’ve been applying to? What about that person you sat next to on the bus this morning? They might have been looking for a fun conversation to have but instead just sat there quietly.

This should not come as a surprise but there are opportunities out there everyday and they all come in the form of a little social conversation. Just saying hi or smiling at someone can brighten their day in ways you will never know.

In an experiment done to find out what kind of experience people would have if they talked to someone on the subway or train or bus, most of what the researchers found was that everyone was interested in talking to everyone. You just have to get over the fear of being rejected. If you say hi, that could start a whole new relationship with someone. It doesn’t have to be a life long relationship but just one that brought some joy to another person’s life. Business from a capitalist perspective is all about how much capital they can grow in a short period of time. The social entrepreneur knows that the best capital you can gain comes, not from money, but from people. It’s your relationships with others that help you to grow your business. Someone you know might know someone who is in need of your services and from there it grows. Money is nice to have, but in the end, it’s your relationships that showed what kind of impact you made on this world. Or a better way of looking at it, which one is more likely to show up for your funeral?

Read more about the social experiment conducted on public transportation

This developer worked with Steve Jobs, now he works for himself

Many tech companies hire students before they even graduate, but this one computer science major wanted to finish his degree to make sure he had something to show for his time. When he finally graduated he had to wait for Mr. Jobs to come back and approve the hire because he was on vacation.

He went on to work on creating the safari web browser app on the iPhone. The experience of working with Mr. Jobs right away was something that surprised the new hire. He didn’t think he would be asked to create something that millions of consumers would be using right away on a product that no one had ever seen before. The experience that Mr. Jobs taught him about work ethics is something he has carried with him since his time at Apple. Now he creates his own apps and works for himself after selling his first company to Motorola.

The key thing that to take away from the article is this. In college he worked on a special webkit on his own time that made Apple recruiters notice his work. It was his ambition to create his own projects while still going to school that helped get him noticed. If your in school, college, or university and all you do is the work your professors ask of you, then you are not doing enough. You are not understanding the point of going to school.

Read more about iPhone engineer and his latest app

Consumer habits affect mobile payment options

It’s no surprise that mobile wallets are becoming the new method of paying for stuff in stores but very few American’s have caught on to the habit of paying with their phones, and why should they? Cash and credit cards are still easier to manage and use at the payout stand instead of asking what mobile payment system the store uses. Imagine standing there trying to download the right application only for it not to work on your phone because your phone doesn’t support you phone’s hardware. Instead of keeping everyone else waiting in line you resort to taking out your physical wallet and paying with a method that has been around since forever.

The idea behind mobile payments is that there has to be a universal system in place for all consumers to adopt it. That makes it very difficult when technology companies keep introducing new methods to paying with your phone. Not every company will be able to support ten different versions, the cost along would take out some companies just by the IT costs involved, so there needs to be a method to dwindle it down to at least two or three. This allows consumers to have at least a few options ready if they want to pay with their phone. American’s compared to the rest of the world still have not caught on with this evolution in payments but it’s a market that many tech firms don’t want to miss out on because of the huge financial rewards. The firm to get it just right will reap huge profits.

Read more about why it’s a hard business model to solve

Tech Startups struggle in the city that never sleeps

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most famous startups in the world. Why? Because that is where all the major investors and resources are to building up major ideas into corporations. A city that has been trying to cash in on the same opportunities has found that it is not as easy as it looks, even if you try to mimic the same model the west coast is using.

In an effort to rival Stanford’s hotbed of innovators, city officials approved Cornell University of turning Roosevelt island into a technology campus. The idea is that it will bring in major investors, the next generation of innovators, and with all that money to the city and fame. The turn out so far has not be great. New York has a different vibe that each city carries with it. The adage that “if you build it, they will come,” seems to be what the city of New York is hoping for. Just because you build a large scale site for building new companies, the major investors are still in silicon valley. They will still have to fly to California to pitch to the VCs of their industries if they are looking for any kind of footing. It’s a tricky investment so when the campus is complete and up and running for a few years, the numbers will show whether it was a wise decision or not. For the major companies that looked promising in the beginning, like Foursquare and Tumblr, the outcomes have not been what everyone hoped for.

Will New York become the next Silicon Valley?

Bionic Capabilities will soon be for everyone

It used to be the case that wearing a hearing aid meant you were getting old. Now you wear them to hear in certain environments where you only want to hear certain things. The world of bionic wear used only be for those with physical impairments now anyone that wants to improve their body in some way or another can opt to use them new devices. Apple has made it easy for those with hearing loss to control the sounds coming into their ears so they can hear better.

The new technology will allow those with any kind of physical loss or impairment to be able to regain their ability of using it again. For adults who have lost the ability to grip things they will be able to improve that and for those with prosthetic limbs they can download new programs that allow them to do different things with them than before.

The hearing aid technology has been around for awhile but Apple has just found a new way of improving it. As an entrepreneur it is your job to find old things and make them new again by applying a new perspective on an old problem. This is just one way Apple has done that using their iPhone and app.

Bionics for everyone are just a click away on this link