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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which traced a path of destruction through the New York tristate area in late October, a large portion of New York City’s Manhattan island was left without power. Residents desperate to stay in contact via cellphone, tablet, or laptop kept their electronic gadgets charged up thanks to the generosity of strangers who set up makeshift charging stations where power was available.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.