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'Smart screens' to replace pay phones in NYC | CNET News

'Smart screens' to replace pay phones in NYC | CNET News | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it

New York City is looking to replace its public pay phones with Internet-connected touch-screen tablets.

 

The new touch-screen tablets will be free to access and will generate revenue via local advertising. People will be able to use the kiosks/tablets to get information on local restaurants, nearby stores, tourist attractions, and traffic updates. The booths will also provide access to the city's 311 complaint and information line. And it will offer safety alerts. All of this will be available in multiple languages, the newspaper article said.

 

Eventually, users will also be able to access popular applications like Skype, which allows people to make phone calls over the Internet. And they'll be able to log on to e-mail accounts from the "smart screen" booths. The city also plans on turning the booths into Wi-Fi hot spots, which will provide wireless Internet access to other devices.

 

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How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection.

 

The pay phone has become an obsolete part of the urban infrastructure in the cell phone era, and the question of what to do with these has become a real issue.  Leaving them in their current form is essentially conceding that the city is technologically outdated and some fear that is the wrong message to be visually transmitting in the landscape.  As thousands of geographers are set to desend on New York City for the AAG conference, this is another example of appropriating public space for a communal project that deserves some firsthand investigation (I really want to see one!). 


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I really want to see one of these too. This is very neat and definelty one of the best examples of communities projects.

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sdion's comment, February 26, 2012 12:31 PM
its a really cool concept but one i dont see working out. with anything out there like that for people to take without having to pay for them upfront and no consequences for not going along with the idea of it i dont see many people going out of their way to either return a book or replace it with one of their own.
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1990-USA - Bell Atlantic - Caller I.D.

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Man oh man this is ancient! Bell Atlantic was not only know for public phones but home phones too. The feature for caller ID is one we're all familiar with.

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Michele Torbik's comment, June 27, 2014 2:14 PM
it is so fun to see old commercials for "old school" phones. I remember using the phone as shown in the video before caller id and it was always a mystery who was on the other line. Caller ID has taken out all the mystery for us now haha
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Debate on ill effects of mobile phone radiation rages on - The Hindu

Debate on ill effects of mobile phone radiation rages on - The Hindu | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Debate on ill effects of mobile phone radiation rages on The Hindu The experts brought together by the COAI, a mobile communicator association, included persons from various disciplines ranging from oncology, radiology and molecular to physical...
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I never personally thought about cancer but I have felt that cell phones can be damaging to the brain. Not necessarily pushing this as a fact but it is my personl belief.

 

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LADY ARIES's comment, June 27, 2014 1:06 PM
This is valuable info to be aware.I wonder if it determines the longevity of being on phone
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Today in History - June 22 - mysask.com

Today in History - June 22
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In 1955, the laying of a transatlantic telephone cable began at Clarenville, Nfld.
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Per Jeremiah F. Hayes, “Paths Beneath the Seas: Transatlantic Telephone Cable Systems,  the cable was major because it was the  breakthrough in telecommunications. Specifically it was designed to link both the US and Canada to the UK, with facilities for some circuits to be leased to other West European countries, giving them direct communication with US and Canada. It provided 30 telephone circuits to the US and 6 to Canada, as well as a number of telegraph circuits to Canada. The whole project took 3 years to complete, at a cost of £120 million, during which time the system had to be planned, manufactured and installed, requiring the development of new machinery and techniques for placing the cable in deep waters.

 

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Radiation from mobile phones causing 'infertility' among men: Study - Times of India

Radiation from mobile phones causing 'infertility' among men: Study - Times of India | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
TheHealthSite Radiation from mobile phones causing 'infertility' among men: Study Times of India With higher SAR — a measure of the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body while using a phone of mobile handsets — the public could...
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This seem like a pretty good reason to try other means to phoning a friend. Would you say gentlemen?

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Video: New Yorkers Paying Other New Yorkers To Use A Payphone - Gothamist

Video: New Yorkers Paying Other New Yorkers To Use A Payphone - Gothamist | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Video: New Yorkers Paying Other New Yorkers To Use A Payphone Gothamist While New York City still has approximately 10,000 working payphones, they are mostly just abandoned, decaying mementos from that highly unsanitary era before mobile cellular...
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How about it? Perhaps the trend can spread to other cities and people phone loved ones more randomly at record numbers. Nevermind the possible germ its worth it!

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Michele Torbik's comment, June 19, 2014 5:06 PM
I liked this idea, very interesting way to get others to use a pay phone. Maybe its popularity will grow, i mean just think. Doctor Who has a phone police box as his time machine, so why can pay phones become poplar like that too?
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Public pay phones little used in today's mobile society 스마트 시대, 공중전화는 애물단지?

Click "CC" for Scripts Subscribe to arirang! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=arirangnews The proliferation of mobile phones throughout th...
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Someday There May Be an App for That Pay Phone - Businessweek

Someday There May Be an App for That Pay Phone - Businessweek | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it

Pity the Paleolithic pay phone. Vandals have yanked the handset cord out of its rectangular body and committed unspeakable acts in the booth. Most people don’t even know the coin-fed devices still exist. Once 2.2 million pay phones dotted the nation; now fewer than 500,000 survive, done in by the ubiquity of the cell phone.


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Oi transforms payphones in info centres for World Cup - Telecompaper (subscription)

Oi transforms payphones in info centres for World Cup - Telecompaper (subscription) | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Oi transforms payphones in info centres for World Cup Telecompaper (subscription) During the World Cup in Brazil, payphones of operator Oi offer free access to a number that will provide messages in Portuguese and English with figures on the games,...
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Great for Oi looking out!

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BWI pay phones remade for electronic devices - Baltimore Sun

BWI pay phones remade for electronic devices - Baltimore Sun | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
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BWI pay phones remade for electronic devices
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Out with the old, in with the new.
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This was a smart concept. Possibly adding a pay phone or two in between would be even smarter. Cell phones are not reliable and this would be easy revenues.

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Michele Torbik's comment, June 27, 2014 2:17 PM
How crazy is it to think of how far along phones have come with technology. I rmreber seeing pay phones and now there are charging stations? I mean i definitely fall guilty to using them at airports while waiting to get on the plane, but it is crazy that technology has evolved this much in what? 10 years haha.
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All I'm Saying Is ... why Kathy Griffiths is thinking inside the box for a change. - Southwales Evening Post

All I'm Saying Is ... why Kathy Griffiths is thinking inside the box for a change. - Southwales Evening Post | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
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All I'm Saying Is ... why Kathy Griffiths is thinking inside the box for a change.
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The iconic red telephone box. Comments (0).
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Guess you can have it ALL!!! Interesting enough not sure if I would, but I'll give them an "A" for effort. Now take a sip and phone a friend.

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Tweet from @MichaelaCarte16

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Pay phones are still around! ����
@MitchellCurley http://t.co/gHK3uoiYvm
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Young man @MichaelaCarte16 was stunned to see a working pay phone. What city are you in? Find a useable pay phone and take a photo near it then #payphone or #publicphone . Lets see how many we can find.

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Michele Torbik's comment, June 19, 2014 5:05 PM
It is scary to see how much technology has grown in the form of phones. I remember seeing people use pay phones, now just as this young man has displayed, these phones are becoming scares.
LADY ARIES's comment, June 27, 2014 1:11 PM
This is funny, my son and I were recalling of any pay phones that are still around and we came up with 6,that we have seen lately
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Using public telephones in 1940s/1950s Britain

Using public telephones in 1940s/1950s Britain | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Public telephones in 1940s/1950s Britain, illustrated: red call box, wooden phone booths, coin slots, button A, button B, telephone directories, how to make a call, illegal calls (@finklepepper @chris_manc http://t.co/llOHNm2WKo...
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There may be new ideas and extra incentives to the newer century pay phones, but check out what they looked like years ago.

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Georgetown museum devoted to vintage telephones - Delmarva Daily Times

Georgetown museum devoted to vintage telephones - Delmarva Daily Times | New Uses for Public Phones | Scoop.it
Georgetown museum devoted to vintage telephones
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The earliest "pay phone" featured is a "candlestick phone," so named because of its shape, from about 1900. Attached to it is a little tin box.
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Michele Torbik's comment, June 13, 2014 12:19 AM
It is crazy to think about how phones have evolved over time. It was interesting to learn that phones date back to the 1900's with unique shapes such as the "candlestick" shape.
Courtney McGuire's comment, June 13, 2014 12:46 AM
Wow- so many different versions. My all time favorite was the one with the spin dial that was mainly used in the 1950's if I remember correctly. I just loved how the dial just turned.
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Delightful Japanese Public Phones; Still Good As New!

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The Japanese make use of the United States long departed telephone system. The booths are found in top notch condition and frequently used on a regular. Is it possible the USA are just gadget crazed?

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NY Public Phones - You Should Have Called!

You should have called! Next time, invent the cellular telephone. Or steal Gordon Gekko's. Check out the smug "can you believe this guy?" expression on the f...
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