2017 New York International Auto Show is coming . . .

The 2017 New York International Auto Show returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC April 14th thru April 23rd. The auto show will encompass four floors with around 1,000 vehicles on display ranging from the latest vehicle models to future concept cars from a variety of manufacturers.

Product specialists will be on-hand giving presentations as well as standing by to answer questions. The show will also include onsite activities like the Jeep Ride Along and Toyota Driving Experience and no auto show is complete without getting up close and personal with vehicles on display in the exhibit halls.

From coupes to sedans, SUVs to trucks, hybrids, luxury vehicles, classic & vintage cars, attendees will certainly find and have their favorites.

For more information about the 2017 New York International Auto Show, check out the official site at the link below:

http://www.autoshowny.com

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas . . .

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We may only be hours away from Halloween but it most certainly is starting to look a lot like Christmas in NYC.

Winter Village at Bryant Park opened yesterday and will hold an official opening celebration this Tuesday. Winter Village includes a variety of pop-up holiday shops and an ice skating rink as its centerpiece. Holiday shops include shops selling food, clothing, jewelry, candy & treats, artwork and a variety of other products & items. Winter Village at Bryant Park also holds it very own tree lightning ceremony each year.

Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street Herald Square has its Holiday Lane section set up on the 9th Floor. Macy’s holiday window displays should be unveiled in the next few weeks and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held and televised on Thanksgiving Day to kick-off the holiday season. You can also expect to see stores like Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and other department and retail stores unveil their 2016 holiday window displays throughout the city in the coming weeks.

Holiday Lane at Macy’s Herald Square

Rockefeller Center opened their skating rink earlier this month and will hold their annual tree lightning ceremony, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, at the end of November.

You can expect to see stores putting up holiday displays, decorations and merchandise as well as promote sales and discounts over the next few weeks as we approach Black Friday, Cyber Monday and officially kick-off the holiday shopping season.

If you need to get yourself into the mood with some holiday music, check out iHeartRadio’s iHeartChristmas and iHeartChristmas Classics stations on iHeartRadio.com and on the iHeartRadio app.

 

New Apple “TV” App & MacBook Pros

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Apple held its Special Event today in Cupertino to announce a new “TV” app as well as long-awaited updates to the MacBook Pro line.

Tim Cook kicked off the event with updates on iPhone 7, iOS 10 (an iOS 10.1 update was released earlier this week), Apple Pay with iPhone 7 in Japan, Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3 and Apple Watch Nike+ (available starting tomorrow).

“TV” App

Tim Cook announced a new app that will work across Apple TV, iPhone and iPad called “TV” which is meant to create a “unified TV experience” according to Cook. The “TV” app will consolidate all TV content across all your TV apps to work within the new “TV” app. Rather than accessing content across individual apps, “TV” app will be the one stop shop for all content across all those apps. With Siri, live content can be searchable by app or even content. The “TV” app will be available in the US via a software update released in December.

MacBook Pros

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook computer so how better to celebrate than to announce the first refresh of the MacBook Pro line in several years. Tim Cook invited Phil Schiller onto the stage to talk about the new MacBook Pros.

The new MacBook Pros come in two sizes, 13-inch and 15-inch models as well as two colors, silver and space gray. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is 14.9mm thin (17% thinner), 23% less volume, weighs 3 pounds (1/2 pound lighter than the previous generation) and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is 15.5mm thin (14% thinner), 20% less volume and weighs 4 pounds (1/2 pound lighter than the previous generation).

The new MacBook Pros include a Retina Display which is 67% brighter, has a 67% higher contrast ratio and has a wider color gamut with 25% more colors, a Force Touch trackpad which is 2x larger, a new keyboard which utilizes a 2nd generation butterfly mechanism, a new Retina Display multi-touch “Touch Bar” located above the keyboard (more on the Touch Bar coming up) and Touch ID with touch sensor built into the power button. The Touch ID is supported by the new Apple T1 chip with secure enclave to support Apple Pay. Touch ID can also be used for fast user switching.

The new Touch Bar replaces the traditional function keys but does a lot more. The Touch Bar adapts to the software application you are using which creates an incredible level of functionality from system controls (ex: brightness, volume) to formatting controls to even quick type suggestions and predictions. The new Touch Bar is even customizable.

The new MacBook Pros also feature new 6th generation Skylake processors, AMD Radeon Pro or Intel Iris graphics, faster SSDs (up to 3.1GB/s), an all-new speaker design which utilizes a smaller space but provides more volume (2x dynamic range), has an advanced thermal architecture, includes four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports which are backwards compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and DisplayPort 1.2 and can be used for power, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, VGA or HDMI (and on the 15-inch, can support up to two 5K displays) and up to 10 hours of battery life.

While Apple will continue to offer the 13-inch MacBook Air, Phil Schiller also announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro model with traditional function keys and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for avid MacBook Air users.

The three new MacBook Pro models will be available in the following standard base configurations and are customizable in a variety of configurations:

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Pricing for the new MacBook Pros will be as follows:

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The new MacBook Pros can be ordered starting today with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with traditional function keys shipping today and the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar shipping in 2-3 weeks.

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Apple’s October 27th Special Event

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After much waiting and anticipation, Apple sent invites on Thursday to announce an Apple Special Event to be held in Cupertino on October 27th. Apple is expected to showcase new Macs which have not undergone a major overhaul in several years.

A newly redesigned thinner, lighter and more powerful MacBook Pro is expected to be announced at the event. The new MacBook Pros are rumored to come in two sizes: 13-inch and 15-inch models. They will feature Skylake processors (some rumors have even suggested newer Kaby Lake processors), a customizable OLED strip above the keyboard, Touch ID and USB-C ports. The new MacBook Pros will run on macOS Sierra.

There has also been speculation as to whether or not Apple plans to keep or phase out the existing MacBook Air series with some rumors suggesting a phase out of the 11-inch MacBook Air while retaining the 13-inch MacBook Air and other rumors suggesting the entire line will be discontinued.

The Mac Mini and high-end Mac Pro have also been subject of rumors as both lines have lacked a similar refresh in recent years. In addition, Apple discontinued their Apple Cinema Display earlier this year leading to rumors on whether or not Apple might be developing a new display to take its place.

From minor refreshes of the MacBook & MacBook Air at the beginning of the year to the release of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, Apple Watch Series 2, Apple AirPods and iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, 2016 has been quite a year of product releases for Apple. How better to conclude 2016 than to have one more event dedicated to the release of long-awaited brand new Macs.

 

 

Happy 20th to Elvis Duran & The Morning Show

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Nationally syndicated radio morning show, Elvis Duran & The Morning Show celebrates its 20th Anniversary on the air this year. Over the course of this week, the show takes a journey down memory lane looking back at some of the highlights from the show over the past twenty years.

Over the years, the show has only gotten bigger and better due to the positive energy and atmosphere of the show, the unique style of the show, the comradery between the members of the morning show (past & present, in front of the mic & behind the scenes, on & off-air), and in no small part, because of Elvis Duran. Elvis Duran will be getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Elvis Duran & The Morning Show is a show that connects with its fans, listeners and audience treating them more like an extended family than simply as listeners. The show touches on topics that span across the spectrum and is not limited solely to music and entertainment. There is no other morning radio show like it.

Happy 20th Anniversary to Elvis Duran & The Morning Show and to the next 20 years!

Elvis Duran & The Morning Show can be heard on Z100 (WHTZ), an iHeartRadio station in New York weekdays from 6am to 10am ET, on iHeartRadio affiliated stations across the country, on iHeartRadio.com and on the iHeartRadio app. For more information about the show, visit www.elvisduran.com.

2016 San Gennaro Festival

Celebrating its 90th year, the Feast of San Gennaro kicked off this past Thursday, September 15th and runs through Sunday, September 25th in Little Italy. This 11-day festival is an annual celebration of the protector and Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. It has become a well-known and popular annual festival in New York City. The festival is filled with plenty of food, drink and outdoor dining, live music and entertainment, parades and floats, activities and much more.

Speaking of food, you certainly can’t walk through the festival without stopping by some of the food stations selling sausage & peppers, spinach pie, zeppoles, cannolis, pizza, pastas and much more. There are plenty of fine Italian restaurants with outdoor seating, beer gardens (please drink responsibly!) and refreshment stands selling lemonade, iced tea and other beverages. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, take some time to check it out!

Apple’s Sept 7th Event Recap – Part II

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As Apple September events are typically reserved for iPhones, it goes without saying that Tim Cook and the team at Apple planned to announce new phones . . . and they did not disappoint.

Phil Schiller was invited onto the stage to talk about iPhones, specifically, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Schiller touched on ten key points related to the next generation of iPhones.

Design

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while resembling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come in a new glossy Jet Black finish and Black Matte finish. It will also come in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The integrated antennas have been redesigned on the new iPhones.

Home Button

The home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been redesigned and is now force sensitive, utilizes the taptic engine and is customizable.

Enclosure

The enclosure for the new iPhone 7 series is both water and dust resistant.

Camera

The iPhone 7 series include a brand new 12MP camera, optical image stabilization, large f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, high-speed sensor which is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Apple designed image signal processor, Live Photos stabilization and editing and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

The iPhone 7 supports up to 5x digital zoom. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP cameras: one wide-angle and one telephoto lens and supports up to 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

Retina HD Display

The iPhone 7 series includes a Retina HD display which is 25% brighter, has a wide color gamut, cinema standard and 3D Touch.

Speakers

The iPhone 7 series include stereo speakers (one on top and one on the bottom) which are 2x louder than the iPhone 6s series.

EarPods

As rumored, Apple has eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of connections over the lightning jack. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will include EarPods with lightning connector (Apple retail cost: $29) as well as a lightning to 3.5mm adapter (Apple retail cost: $9) in the box.

Wireless

Apple will start shipping Apple AirPods in October. The Apple AirPods are a “breakthrough in wireless design” according to Phil Schiller. The AirPods utilize the Apple W1 chip. Sensors in the AirPods will be able to detect when the AirPods are in your ears and be able to automatically start or pause playing. The AirPods also contain a beamforming microphone.

The AirPods will provide one-step setup across all your Apple devices. “No buttons, no pairing, no switching” according to Schiller. You will simply need to open the case and press connect on your device to get the AirPods to work with your Apple devices.

The AirPods will provide up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge and charging via the AirPods case will allow for up to 24 hours of total listening time.

The AirPods will cost $159.

Apple Pay

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will bring Apple Pay to Japan starting in October.

Performance

The new iPhone 7 series will have the new A10 Fusion chip with M10 motion coprocessor. The A10 Fusion chip is the “most powerful chip in a smartphone” says Schiller with a 64-bit four core CPU. The chip contains two high-performance cores which are 40% faster than the A9 chip and two high-efficiency cores which utilize 1/5 the power of the high-performance chips. The four core CPU is 120x faster than the original iPhone. The new iPhones also have an Apple designed performance controller and a six core GPU which is 50% faster, 2/3 power of the A9 chip and 240x faster than the original iPhone.

Battery

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have the “longest battery life ever in an iPhone” says Schiller with the iPhone 7 lasting two hours more than the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 Plus lasting one hour longer than the iPhone 6s Plus.

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 7 will start at $649, come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and be available in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The Jet Black will come in 128GB & 256GB capacities.

The iPhone 7 Plus will start at $769, come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and be available in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The Jet Black will come in 128GB & 256GB capacities.

Both will be available for pre-order on Sept. 9th and be available on Sept. 16th.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will still be available in 32GB & 128GB capacities.

Closing The Keynote

Songwriter and music sensation Sia closed out the Apple keynote performing her new single “We Are Your Children” and her hit song “Chandelier”.

While there was no talk about macOS Sierra, the Apple website does show that it will be available on Sept. 20th. In addition, there was no mention of a new MacBook Pro so we may see another Apple event before the end of the year.

To watch the entire Apple keynote presentation, go to http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2016.