Several game companies support an initiative to remove registered sex offenders from their online game worlds.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that more than 2,100 additional accounts of registered sex offenders have been booted from online gaming platforms as part of "Operation: Game Over," a first of its kind initiative designed to protect children from online predators. This is the second major purging, with more than 3,500 accounts belonging to registered sex offenders having been removed earlier this year, Schneiderman said.
Just last month, we put together a gallery of the 20 craziest costumes on display at the PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) Prime 2012 convention in Seattle, Washington, where everything from an unemployed Storm Trooper to a gender-bending Princess Peach could be found wandering the grounds. Now we're switching gears to the opposite side of the continent to bring you another collection of photos, this time from New York Comic-Con 2012, the largest pop culture event on the East Coast.
Like PAX Prime, the Comic-Con show in New York is place where it's perfectly acceptable (and even preferable) to dress up in full garb as your favorite character from a variety of entertainment forms, be it a graphic novel, comic book, video game, television series, or whatever. If you've never been to a cosplay (costume play) convention, put it on your bucket list and thank us later. In the meantime, check out the photos from New York Comic-Con 2012 and thank us now.
Facebook is determined to double up its workforce, and it plans to do that by hiring "thousands of employees" in the Big Apple. The world's largest social networking playground has already begun accepting applications as it prepares to open a new engineering center in New York City next year, the first of its kind in the East Coast. Facebook currently employs around 100 people at its New York facility, compared to around 3,000 employees in California.
Pretty soon it will be nigh impossible to walk around one of New York's popular parks without a Wi-Fi signal bumping into your smartphone. That certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Prospect Park Picnic House and Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, two of New York's most iconic parks now covered with free Wi-Fi courtesy of AT&T. The wireless carrier also added Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan.
Is your Halloween costume full of win? If you're planning to dress up as something totally geeky, -- perhaps you and your significant other will dress up as an iPhone and a Galaxy S II, or a fully functional Nikon DSLR like this guy -- scary, funny, or anything worthy of a larger audience than your local neighborhood provides, Toshiba's giving you a chance to have your mug (and the rest of your costume) plastered on a giant LED screen above Times Square in New York.
A New York appeals court today backpedaled an earlier decision and has reinstated Amazon.com's (and Overstock's) lawsuit claiming that a law forcing them to collect sales tax in New York is "invalid, illegal, and unconstitutional," CNet reports.
Here's the deal. Neither of the above mentioned e-tailers have any kind of physical presence in New York, be it their headquarters or a shipping warehouse. As such, Amazon and Overstock argue that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that says retailers can't be forced to collect sales tax on out-of-state shipments if they don't have offices in those states applies. New York decided to collect sales tax anyway and the original suit against the state was dismissed.
But now a New York appeals court unanimously agrees that "the dismissal of the entire complaint was premature" and wants to see the lawsuit continue. Victory for Amazon and Overstock?
Not so fast. The judges also ruled that, at least in some cases, the state law can be constitutional, so Amazon and Overstock have their work cut for them. What makes this whole situation so important is that whichever side prevails in the end could ultimately shape how business online is conducted, not just in New York, but all over the country.
Following an investigation into the business practices of several LCD makers, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has gone and sued a number of companies on allegations of price fixing, a charge he contends has been going on for a decade.
"Our investigation shows that an illegal cartel eliminated competition in the marketplace for LCD screens, made its own secret decisions to boost prices, and then took steps to make those high prices stick," Cuomo said. "As a result, hard-pressed New York cities, towns, schools, and hospitals spent hundreds of millions of dollars on LCD screens affected by the illegal conspiracy. My office is bringing this case to get those illegal overcharges back."
The lawsuit accuses top-level executives, including CEOs, of attending secret meetings on a quarterly, and sometimes monthly basis to set minimum prices, price targets and increases, and prices to be charged to specific manufacturers. Cuomo's lawsuit also accuses LCD makers of exchanging production information to control output, and coordinating messages to cover-up the entire scheme.
Defendants listed in the suit include AU Optronics, Chi Mei Corporation, CMO Japan, Hitachi, LG, Samsung, Sharp, and Toshiba.
Customers of Time Warner Cable's Road Runner internet service in New York City have a reason to exult. All of them are now eligible for free Wi-Fi internet access across New York. There are literally thousands of free hotspots scattered all over NYC for them, thanks to a deal between Time Warner and Cablevision, which means that customers of both “will be able to access free, unlimited Wi-Fi services in each other’s New York City metro service areas, allowing for a fast Internet connection at designated Wi-Fi zones.” A valid Road Runner username and password is enough to enjoy free Wi-Fi. Of course, there is a dedicated page to help locate hotspots.
Apple has a reputation for being rather controlling when it comes to its hardware and software designs, but a new story coming out of Gizmodo really pushes this perception to a new level. Ex Apple employee Mark Burstiner is in legal hot water with Apple over allegations of theft, but his story isn't as clear-cut as it might sound.
Over a year and a half ago Mark was coming off a shift at the Fifth Avenue New York Apple store, while construction workers were hauling away pieces of a broken step that needed to be replaced near the entrance. Mark was dressed in civilian clothing, and for some unknown reason, asked if he could keep the cracked 250lb glass step that was presumably being hauled away to the dump. The construction crews helped him load up his price, and if this were a normal story, it would end here.
Fast forward to eight days ago when Mark was preparing to move, and decided to list his prize on Ebay. Rather than being mocked and ridiculed for attempting to sell a broken piece of trash, he received several bids, and was eventually contacted and harassed by Apple legal representatives who requested he return the broken step. You could argue the legality of this case on behalf of Apple, or squatter's rights, but either way it is a bizarre story.
Feel free to read his entire testimony for yourself, but can anyone come up with a plausible theory for why Apple would care? It certainly adds evidence to the theory that some people will buy anything from Apple, even trash. The current bid was $6,300 at the time of this posting, go figure.
Congestion problems on AT&T’s network, particularly in New York and San Francisco are no secret, but the solution they are choosing to help alleviate the strain is a tad unorthodox. It appears as though AT&T may be voluntarily restricting sales of the iPhone to New York residents on its website. Considering that New Yorkers can still march over on foot to any AT&T store, I doubt this will accomplish much, but what makes this story particularly interesting is the answer consumerist.com received when talking with an AT&T customer service representative about the issue.
Daphne: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?
Laura: Hi, I was looking at the iPhone 3Gs and the system tells me that I cannot order one in my ZIP code. My zip code is 11231. (Brooklyn, NY) Is this true? Are iPhones no longer available in New York City?
Daphne: I am happy to be helping you today . Yes, this is correct the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone.
Daphne: You don't have enough towers to handle the phone.
Laura: Thank you for your help. So the phone is not available to people anywhere in the city?
Daphne: Yes this is correct Laura.
So far we haven’t heard anything official from AT&T on the matter, but if the statement “New York is not ready for the iPhone” is the company’s new official tag line, well, lets just say the Verizon ad writes itself.