Last Call For Bar Cars On Metro-North’s New Haven Line

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CBS New York

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Bar cars on Metro-North trains could be a thing of the past when the transit agency rolls out new rail cars.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, bar cars are steeped in nostalgia, summoning images of the days before Prohibition.

They have a devoted following on the New Haven line, which is the last commuter rail in the country to offer cocktails in a special car.

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As the New Haven line phases out old trains for the new M-8s, there’s fear this will be the end of the line for bar cars.

“When we moved to town, I got to know a lot of people within them. I live in New Canaan but I know a bunch of people around,” said one bar car regular.


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New Jawbone Era Bluetooth Headset: Small and (Mostly) Sweet

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Once upon a time, there was a company called Aliph, which made a fine Bluetooth headset called the Jawbone. It started making Bluetooth speakers and fitness trackers, and became at least as well known for them as for its original product category. And though it changed its corporate name to Jawbone along the way, it hasn’t released a new headset since 2011.

Until today, that is. The company is announcing a new model called the Jawbone Era. It gets the name of an existing version, but after the current supply of units runs out, it’ll replace both the previous Era and another model called the Jawbone Icon, leaving it as the company’s sole headset.

The most immediately striking thing about the new Era is that it’s tiny — 42 percent smaller than the earlier Era, and also dinkier than the squatter, squarer Icon. Like other Jawbone…

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Greenwich Car Dealership Worker Charged With Sending Lewd Picture To Customer

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CBS New York

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – An employee of a luxury car dealership in Greenwich has been arrested after being accused of delivering more than valet transportation.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the Stamford woman began her day by dropping her car off for servicing at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Greenwich.

Once there, she was driven to her office by a valet at the dealership.

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The woman’s attorney said his client later received lewd text messages from the driver and a photo of his genitals.

“She was stunned. She couldn’t believe it when she first saw it. And then when she connected the dots, she was shocked to realize that this pervert actually was from Mercedes-Benz,” attorney Mark Sherman told Schneidau.

Sherman also said it’s…

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Blackphone Aims to Be an NSA-Proof Smartphone

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By now we’ve learned a lot about how the NSA intercepts private communications, whether it’s tapping into fiber optic cables, bugging laptops before they’re delivered to customers or just collecting mounds of data from tech companies upon request.

Still, a new company called Blackphone believes it can create a smartphone that’s safe from government snooping. Blackphone promises secure phone calls, texts, file transfers and video chats, along with private browsing and anonymized activity through a virtual private network. The phone is a partnership between Silent Circle, which offers encrypted communications services, and Madrid-based phone maker Geeksphone.

Blackphone has lofty goals, but right now there aren’t a lot of details, either on the phone itself or on how communications will stay private. Blackphone says it’s creating a modified version of Android called PrivatOS, and is promising high-powered hardware, but that’s about the extent of what we know.

It’s worth noting that…

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Hover bikes and laser lights: The sci-fi future of cycling

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By Daisy Carrington

(CNN) — Imagine a bicycle that was more than a means to get you to work in the morning, but a personal assistant to boot. It could shield you from oncoming traffic, look up weather conditions in advance, anticipate the road ahead and make adjustments to your journey. Imagine it could also double as smog filter, fit compactly on your bookshelf, and even fly.

Okay, so your bicycle won’t be able to do all those things at once, but hey, any one of those features makes for a pretty cool ride. Want to know what the future will bring? Read on to see how tomorrow’s bicycles might look.

The smog muncher

As a mode of transportation, bikes are about as environmentally friendly as it gets. The Bangkok based Lightfog Creative and Design Company, however, has upped cycling’s already soaring ecological ante with its concept for an air-purifying…

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Snapchat Security Blunder: How to Stop the Spam

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for popular photo-based chat app Snapchat. First, the network suffered a major hack it was warned against months prior. Now, Snapchat users are suffering a deluge of spam that the company insists is unrelated to the earlier attack.

“We’ve heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service,” the company explained on its blog. “We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue. As far as we know, this is unrelated to the Find Friends issue we experienced over the holidays.”

This past holiday season, 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and cell phone numbers were leaked to the public by means of a hacker datadump. The attack occurred via the app’s Find Friends option, which lets you search for people you know via their phone…

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Family Discusses Possibility Of Losing Patriarch To Mars One Project

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CBS Las Vegas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) – For one Utah resident, the realization of his dream might mean sacrificing his family.

The man, 38-year-old Ken Sullivan, is one of 1,058 people selected out of over 200,000 chosen for the next round of consideration in the Mars One project – an initiative that seeks to send 24 humans to Mars for permanent colonization in the not-so-distant future.

If selected, Sullivan would have to say a permanent goodbye to his wife and four young children, as the trip to Mars cannot be reversed, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Norbert Kraft, a medical doctor who is the Chief Medical Officer for Mars One, said that the changes one’s body would undergo after living on Mars would make it impossible to return to Earth due to Mars’ gravity levels.

He noted, “There’s a point of no return for bone density loss.”


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