Column: Xbox One, Playstation 4 - and Apple? - in the Age of Convergence

Microsoft's Xbox One video game console is shown

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Can the new gaming consoles win out over the biggest trend in consumer electronics?

I know you kids think you're "too cool for school," streaming the new season of "Arrested Development" from Netflix on your Apple iPad.

But let me tell you what they were like in my day.

When I was a kid and wanted to watch a movie, my mother would drive me to the video store...

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Pettis prepares for August UFC title bout at new weight

UFC featherweight title contender Anthony Pettis, right (Getty)

(Credit: UFC featherweight title contender Anthony Pettis, right (Getty))

Anthony Pettis earned a UFC title shot when he defeated Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a lightweight bout in January. But rather than challenge Benson Henderson -- a man Pettis already defeated nearly 2 1/2 years ago -- for the 155-pound championship, Pettis chose to go after a more highly-regarded titleholder, featherweight (145-pound) champion Jose Aldo. The two are schedule to face off...

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The A train brings a lifeline back to the Rockaways

MTA officials rode a test train from Howard

(Credit: MTA officials rode a test train from Howard Beach to Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St Tuesday. (MTA))

UPDATED 5/30/13 4:28 p.m.: Seven months after Superstorm Sandy robbed Rockaways residents of their main transit route to the rest of the city, the A train is set to return to the area at noon Thursday.

The above-ground A line in the Rockaways was among the most damaged parts of the transit system after Sandy, and the MTA estimates it costs more than $75 million to repair  the line's mangled...

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Tex, Youk take field in Double A

Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York

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In their first game action since being placed on the disabled list, Yankees Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis went hitless in a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton Wednesday.

Youkilis, who batted third, flew out to rightfield in the bottom of the first inning, popped out in foul territory in the fourth inning and drew a walk in the sixth.

Teixeira hit cleanup behind Youkilis and went...

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The rise of Sunset Park: A diverse nabe with many draws sees revitalization

New Yorkers sit in Sunset Park overlooking the

(Credit: New Yorkers sit in Sunset Park overlooking the New York City skyline. (Jeremy Bales))

Since the 1800s, when thousands of people went to work on Sunset Park’s bustling waterfront, the area has been a magnet for immigrants.

First came the Finns, the Norwegians and Swedes, then the Irish, Polish and Italians, the Puerto Ricans during the ’70s and most recently the Dominicans, Ecuadoreans, Mexicans and Chinese, according to local experts.

Jeremy Laufer, District Manager of...

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Woman burned, house wrecked in Howard Beach explosion

The single-family Howard Beach home was rocked by

(Credit: The single-family Howard Beach home was rocked by an explosion. (Lou Minutoli))

A woman was critically injured after an explosion Wednesdayafternoon in her Howard Beach home, which was previously damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

Firefighters responded to the single-family house at 84th Street around 2:30 p.m. and found an entire wall of the home collapsed, the FDNY said. The fire spread quickly and engulfed the roof, but a team of 106 firefighters got it under control...

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No. 1 line derails uptown

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Service on part of the No. 1 line was suspended Wednesday after train wheels slipped off the track near 125th Street, the MTA said.

At 5:50 p.m., two wheels on a southbound No. 1 train car derailed after pulling out of the 125th Street.

Straphangers were walked onto a rescue train, an MTA spokeswoman said. There were no injuries....

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New York area leads nation's cities: Dept. of Labor


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The New York City area led the nation in job growth over the last year, according to new data released by the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Labor put out the April job growth figures Wednesday and found that the New York-Long Island-New Jersey area saw an additional 160,100 nonfarm jobs between April 2012 and April 2013, the highest jump among big cities.

The agency said...

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Rangers head coach John Tortorella axed after 4-plus years

The Rangers head coach John Tortorella

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The Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella Wednesday, four days after the team’s elimination from the playoffs and two days after defending Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist was noncommittal about signing a long-term contract extension.

“Every coach has a shelf life, and I’ve told every guy that I’ve hired that at some point in time, this is going to change,” Rangers President Glen Sather...

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Mayor Bloomberg targeted with ricin-laden letters threat

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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An anonymous person sent letters containing the poison ricin to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to send an apparent message against his stance on gun control, the NYPD revealed Wednesday. 

Police say one letter, which was discovered Friday, made threats against the mayor, who co-chairs the Mayor's Against Illegal Guns coalition, and referenced the recent gun debates. A similar ricin-laden letter...

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