Uber forms safety board, hopes to restore faith in its drivers

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:31am
Uber's rapidly becoming a polarizing topic, with people either prepared to defend it to the hilt or attack it with similar fervor. Much of that hate comes from a belief that the firm has a lax attitude towards background checks and its passengers saf...

Google To Donate Up To $1 Million Toward Education In Android Pay Charity Campaign

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:28am
 In an effort to kickstart its mobile payments solution, Android Pay, Google this morning announced a holiday campaign that will see the tech giant donating up to a million dollars toward special education projects in partnership with nonprofit This is the first time Google has ever worked with an NGO on a mobile payments campaign, the company notes. However, it’s not… Read More

AWS Lambda Makes Serverless Applications A Reality

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:27am
 Most companies today develop applications and deploy them on servers — whether on-premises or in the cloud. That means figuring out how much server, storage and database power they need ahead of time, and deploying all of the hardware and software it takes to run the application. Suppose you didn’t want to deal with all of that and were looking for a new model that handled all of… Read More

Contextual Search Platform Atlas Is Ivy Softworks’ First Spinoff

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:00am
 Ivy Softworks — a so-called “innovation studio” founded by Napster’s Jordan Ritter in Seattle — is taking the wraps off its first products today. It is launching a contextual information search platform called Atlas; and it’s also unveiling Recall, the first app for the Atlas platform. The launch marks Ivy Softworks’ long-anticipated departure from… Read More

A Misfit Flash wrapped in glitter is still a Misfit Flash

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:00am
Misfit has teamed up with BaubleBar to create a necklace and bracelet for the Misfit Flash that'll provide the wearable with some much-needed style points. Essentially, the Helena Necklace and Bracelet are glittery lockets that keep the device tucked...

ICYMI: Robotic teddy bear, electric glue formula and more

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:00am
Today on In Case You Missed It: Teddy Ruxpin is all grown-up with the artificially intelligent Diro robot that can act as an alarm and keep your kid entertained. London installed solar-powered recharging benches in public spaces that also monitor pol...

Turkey Downs Allegedly Intruding Russian Fighter Near Syria Border

Slashdot - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:52am
jones_supa writes: Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 fighter near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over airspace violations. Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area. Separate footage from Turkey's Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed. A Syrian rebel group sent a video to Reuters that appeared to show one of the pilots immobile and badly wounded on the ground and an official from the group said he was dead. This is the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian military aircraft since the 1950s. The Guardian is following the developments with live updates. Also covered by the BBC, which notes Russian aircraft have flown hundreds of sorties over northern Syria since September. Moscow says they have targeted only "terrorists", but activists say its strikes have mainly hit Western-backed rebel groups. Turkey, a vehement opponent of Syria's president, has warned against violations of its airspace by Russian and Syrian aircraft. Last month, Ankara said Turkish F-16s had intercepted a Russian jet that crossed its border and two Turkish jets had been harassed by an unidentified Mig-29.

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This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:36am
 It took nearly five years and a team of 450 people, but today Quicken Loans is announcing Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage that takes just a few minutes to complete. Quicken Loans sees Rocket Mortgage as the turning point in home financing. It’s home financing’s iPhone, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert tells me. And he could be right. The process takes less than 10 minutes.… Read More

Uber Exec Shares How They’ve Built A Global Business

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:30am
 How Uber emerged from being an underdog into a market leader, how Uber expanded in the U.S. and in international markets such as China, and how partnerships and deals are done in an efficient way. Read More

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year, says WSJ

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:25am
Apple's latest iPhones have been a raging success in China, so the lack of Apple Pay in the nation has been a sore point. That's about to change soon, however, as Apple will bring Pay to China by early February 2016, according to the WSJ. Its sources...

Disney IT Workers Prepare To Sue Over Foreign Replacements

Slashdot - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:13am
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements. This federal filing is a first step to filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination. These employees are arguing that they are victims of national origin discrimination, a complaint increasingly raised by U.S. workers who have lost their jobs to foreign workers on H-1B and other temporary visas. Disney's layoff last January followed agreements with IT services contractors that use foreign labor, mostly from India. Some former Disney workers have begun to go public (video) over the displacement process

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EE's tiny 4G lifelogging Capture Cam goes on sale

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:10am
Not content with offering a variety of smartphones and tablets, EE has expanded its accessory portfolio with a range of broadband devices and action cameras. We've already met the Action Cam -- basically a GoPro with 4G streaming capability -- but th...

Placester Raises $27M Series C Round For Its Real Estate Marketing Platform

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:30am
 Placester, a service that helps real estate agents and brokers to serve their clients and market themselves better, today announced that it has raised a $27 million Series C round. The round includes New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Romulus Capital, both of which previously invested in the company, too. Read More

Yahoo Denies Ad-blocking Users Access To Email

Slashdot - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:30am
JoeyRox writes: Yahoo is running an A/B test that blocks access to Yahoo email if the site detects that the user is running an Ad Blocker. Yahoo says that this a trial rather than a new policy, effecting only a "small number" of users. Those lucky users are greeted with a message that reads "Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." Regarding the legality of the move, "Yahoo is well within its rights to do so," said Ansel Halliburton an attorney at Kronenberger Rosenfeld who specializes in Internet law.

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Startup Battlefield Companies: Where Are They Now? Luka

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:00am
 We were impressed with a company called IO at Disrupt Europe 2014 in London — the service made it feel like you were having a human conversation with a foodie friend who gives great restaurant recommendations, and not the AI-driven machine running behind the scenes. The company didn’t end up winning the Battlefield, but that didn’t stop them from making big changes since… Read More

Amazon starts streaming Prime music and videos on JetBlue

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:00am
Back in May, Amazon said it would bring Prime Music and Instant Video to select JetBlue flights. Fast forward to today, over six months since the original announcement, and the retailer is finally turning this feature on for Amazon Prime customers. I...

ITV launches 'Hub' with a focus on live TV

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:40am
Wave farewell to ITV Player and say hello to ITV Hub. The British broadcaster has revamped its TV streaming service today with an updated design and navigation. The channels are now separated into different tabs with a large video player at the top o...

How Much Privacy Is Too Much?

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:30am
 Government officials are pushing for more cooperation and transparency from tech companies, and in some cases try their hand at hacking in order to pry into encrypted systems. Meanwhile, companies try to implement new features and technologies that will guarantee the privacy of their consumers while making firms technically unaccountable to government warrants and demands. Read More

DIY Computer For Kids Maker Kano Ships Its Build-Your-Own Screen Kit

TechCrunch - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:28am
 Learn-to-code startup Kano is now shipping a 10.1-inch HD display to go with its keyboard plus Raspberry Pi DIY computer kit for kids. Read More

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Engadget - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:23am
Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule,...