Marking the end of an era, New York City on Monday removed the last of its storied payphone booths, which have fallen victim to the ubiquity of free Wi-fi and cell phones in recent years.
But Superman fans can take comfort in the fact that Manhattan will keep four of the defunct booths, made famous as the impromptu changing rooms for journalist Clark Kent as he transformed into the Man of Steel.
Over the decades, the phone booths have featured widely in pop culture, from comic books to Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows.
That ended Monday morning, when, in front of assembled media, Manhattan borough president — the equivalent of the mayor — Mark Levine had the last booth housing two Bell System payphones at the corner of 7th Avenue and 50th Street dismantled and lifted on to a flatbed truck.
Levine said on Twitter he was “on hand today to say ‘Bye Bye’ one last time to the famed (infamous?) NYC pay phone.”
“I won’t miss all the dead dial tones but gotta say I felt a twinge of nostalgia seeing it go,” he added.
Fixed-line payphones began disappearing from the streets of New York in the early 2000s as cell phone use spread, and then vanished even faster in the 2010s with the explosion of smartphones.
The final blow came when, in 2015, Manhattan went ahead with the installation of thousands of LinkNYC hotspots offering WiFi and free local calls.
Those new kiosks are to be gradually connected to the emerging 5G network.
“Truly the end of an era but also, hopefully, the start of a new one with more equity in technology access,” said Levine, referring to neighborhoods in northern Manhattan, such as Harlem, that are less well covered by telephone and Internet networks.
According to local media, Manhattan will keep four of the old-fashioned phone booths on the Upper West Side, on West End Avenue at 66th, 90th, 100th and 101st streets.
“Google” allows its employees to move “without reasons” to US states that allow abortion
The US company, “Google”, announced that it would allow its employees to move to other states that allow the right to abortion, after the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to practice that act.
The company’s chief personnel officer, Fiona Ciccone, said in an internal letter to employees that “workers can apply for resettlement without justification or reasons,” and that those receiving applications will be “aware of the situation,” according to The Verge.
Ciccone also reminded workers that Google’s employee benefits plan covers medical procedures not available in the state in which they live and work.
In her email, the official considered that the Supreme Court’s decision “is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women,” noting that “everyone will respond to the decision in their own way, whether it is someone who wants space and time to adapt, speak up, or volunteer outside work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or something else entirely.”
According to an analysis published by The New York Times last month, the coming days and weeks may see 28 states ban or severely restrict access to abortions, most notably Texas.
“Xiaomi” announces its new phone in July… with an “unprecedented” camera
It was reported that the Chinese company, “Xiaomi”, is preparing to unveil its new smartphone, early next month.
It is possible that “Xiaomi” will announce the phone on July 5, which may bear the name “Xiaomi 12S Ultra”, according to the “News 18” website.
And it is possible that the “Xiaomi 12S Ultra” is the first to include the technology of the German company “Leica” specialized in cameras, which will improve the captured images using its own algorithm.
The phone may also be one of the first phones to use the new “Snapdragon 8 Gen +1” processor set.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is expected to include a triple rear camera system, which can include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 48-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens.
— Nikola Balov (@nixanbal) June 26, 2022
According to the leaked specifications, it is possible that the upcoming phone will be equipped with a (QHD + AMOLED) screen that supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and it features an LTPO panel, 12 GB of random access memory (RAM), and a storage space of 512 GB.
The “Xiaomi 12S Ultra” phone can also come with a built-in 4800 mAh battery, to support fast charging up to 67 watts with wired charging, and 50 watts when wireless charging.
The phone will be the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which was launched on the market last year.
Historic discovery… the mummified remains of the extinct giant in Canada
Paleontologists announced a rare discovery in the gold fields of Klondike, the far north of Canada, by finding the mummified remains of an almost complete woolly mammoth burial.
Paleontologist Grant Zazola said in a statement that the animal was “a remarkable and one of the most surprising Ice Age mummified animals ever discovered in the world.”
Zazula is excited to learn more soon about this mammoth cub, which is likely a female named “non cho ga”, meaning “small giant animal” in the Aboriginal language, with intact skin and hair.
The remains were found by digging up permafrost south of Dawson in Yukon Territory, on the border with the US state of Alaska.
It is likely that this animal died more than 30,000 years ago, when woolly mammoths, wild horses, cave lions and giant bison roamed the region.
This is the first semi-complete mummified mammoth found in such a good state of preservation in North America.
A part of the remains of a small mammoth named “Effie” was found in 1948 in a gold mine in Alaska, in addition to another mummified 42,000-year-old in Siberia in 2007, of an animal named “Lyuba” that was the same size as the mammoth whose remains were recently discovered.
The Yukon government said the territory is known worldwide for its Ice Age animal fossils, but “mummified remains with skin and dander” have rarely been discovered.
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