Airbnb makes the news for good and bad reasons. When it doesn’t service expansion to make it easier to stay between multiple facilities on the same trip, its safety team (and terrible lessors) are becoming the subject of a documentary series.
Now, according to a report from Limit, April 2022 apartment rental inventory in Manhattan, Brooklyn and northwest Queens is 7,699 units. That compares with between 10,000 and 20,000 whole apartment or whole house Airbnb listings across NYC, according to calculations by AirDNA and Inside Airbnb.
New York City banned short-term rentals (less than 30 days) in multi-unit buildings without an owner since 2011, even advertised such listings in 2016. The report did not determine whether the Airbnb service providers followed these guidelines.
Airbnb isn’t just causing housing shortages in NYC – a problem seen in most ‘desirable’ cities around the world. In New York, rents are rising and permits for new apartments are down “by a double-digit percentage,” an Airbnb spokesperson said.
However, the optics of having more Airbnb listings than apartments for rent is not good.
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This technology is said to have blinded satellites and destroyed drones.
Russia is said to be testing new technology on the battlefield as it continues to invade Ukraine. According to a Reuters Reportedly, the Russian government says it is using a new wave of laser weapons. One weapon, a destructive laser called the Zadira, can apparently ignite drones. Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that in one test, it burned down a drone 3.1 miles away within 5 seconds. An older system, Peresvet, is believed to have blinded satellites up to 932 miles above Earth.
The lander is expected to finish its scientific operations by the end of summer.
NASA’s Mars InSight lander will soon no longer be able to send back data and images. It is slowly losing power for a while as dust continues to accumulate on its solar panels. Darker skies than expected over the next few months – also due to more dust in the air – won’t help either.
The space agency believes the lander will not be able to maintain its seismometer by the end of summer.
The new Fire 7 will set you back at least $60.
The new Fire 7 has twice the RAM of the previous generation and is powered by a 30% faster quad-core processor. It also has 40% longer battery life and can last up to 10 hours while browsing and watching videos. Unlike previous Fire 7 models, it now comes with a USB-C port instead of micro-USB. One day I’ll shut up about USB-C, I promise.
The Fire 7 is available in black, denim, and pink colors and will cost you at least $60. It will start shipping on June 29 and is available for pre-order right now.
The leader of the group is the target of harassment and intimidation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has “paused” a Disabling Information Board just three weeks after the April 27 announcement. Officials are said to have decided to close the board by April 27. May 16, but that decision appeared to be on hold after a last-minute attempt to retain board leader Nina Jankowicz. She resigned from the board of directors and DHS today (May 18). Far-right influencers and media outlets have portrayed the board as a tool of censorship and villainy for Jankowicz. The campaigns have led to harassment and threats against board leadership.
A lot of new Sony headphones came out after that.
Sony’s LinkBuds S is clearly designed for a “never out of style” experience, with a transparency mode that lets you adjust to your surroundings as needed. Unlike the open-ear LinkBuds that debuted earlier this year, the LinkBuds S has a more “traditional” closed design, with a shape that resembles Sony’s flagship WF-1000XM4 buds. However, they are much smaller.
The LinkBuds S is now available for pre-order, with availability starting May 20.
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