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San Francisco demands Uber and Lyft reveal driver pay

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:06
Ridesharing companies have been repeatedly been accused of paying meager wages to drivers, and San Francisco has had enough. City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sent subpoenas to Uber and Lyft demanding that the companies hand over records from 2015 on...
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Apple lists speakers that work with AirPlay 2 streaming

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:29
Today, Apple released iOS 11.4, bringing with it AirPlay 2, Apple's latest standard for streaming audio, video and games to your speakers or TV. One of the key features of AirPlay 2 is the option to play audio through two HomePod speakers in stereo -...
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Nintendo's latest 2DS XL is a tribute to Link's Shield

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:06
Nintendo has a history of dressing up its handheld systems in festive fashions, and the 2DS XL is no different. This time out, the clamshell console is getting a special edition that resembles Link's Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda franchise....
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Color-changing fibers make compression bandages easier to use

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 16:34
Pressure bandages are typically used to treat medical issues around veins that don't return enough blood from your legs or arms. Compression stockings, for example, can help stimulate blood flow, but there's no way to know if the pressure being appli...
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Global smartphone sales recover from a months-long slump

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 16:01
Smartphone sales shrank year-over-year in the fall, leading some to wonder whether the category's halcyon days were finally over. Well, not quite. Gartner has determined that smartphone sales bounced back ever so slightly in the first quarter of 20...
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China is inviting international scientists to its future space station

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:32
With China's Tiangong-1 space station plummet Earthward to a fiery demise back in April, the country has looked forward to its next space outpost. The East Asian nation hopes to have it in orbit by the end of 2022, and is planning to open it up to th...
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'Solo' is Star Wars’ toothless confrontation of robot rights

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:00
Major spoilers for Solo ahead. The most interesting character in Solo is a robot. L3-37, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), is a free-thinking, loud-mouthed Droid who introduces an entirely new concept into the Star Wars universe: robot right...
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FCC approves additional funding for Puerto Rico hurricane recovery

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:43
The FCC approved a measure today that will make additional funds immediately available for ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico will receive $51.2 million for restoration efforts and the US Virgin I...
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What to keep in mind before switching to a mobile-first bank

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:15
The day I got my first-ever paycheck, I scrawled my signature on the back, went to the bank, dropped it off with a kindly teller and left with a deposit slip and a smile on my face. A few years after that, a Canadian financial titan bought my bank an...
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Intel faces age discrimination allegations following layoffs

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:57
Intel's push for greater diversity hasn't helped it avoid trouble. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating claims that Intel's large-scale layoffs discriminated against older employees...
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White House moves forward with China tariffs, but offers few details

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:36
Trump had been threatening to get tough on trade since the campaign trail, and back in March, he introduced tariffs on up to $60 billion Chinese imports. The fees were intended to primarily punish the country for not cracking down on intellectual pro...
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Google Assistant can unlock Schlage's Sense deadbolt

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:15
Schlage's Sense Smart Deadbolt is now compatible with Google Assistant, giving users with enabled devices voice control over their lock. By saying, "OK Google, is my door locked?" or "OK Google, lock my door," Sense owners can check on the status of...
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AirPod-holstering Apple Watch band is equal parts obnoxious and useful

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:54
Just when you thought goofy AirPod shirt-collar pockets were bad, another company comes along to prove you wrong. Elago (not to be confused with Elgato) has come out with an AirPod-holding wristband accessory for the Apple Watch, as spotted by Macrum...
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'Mega Man 11' hits consoles and PC October 2nd

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:33
Last year, Capcom announced that Mega Man 11 would be released sometime this year in celebration of the franchise's 30th anniversary. Today, the company announced the date for that release: October 2nd. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox, Ni...
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Russian search giant Yandex built a smart speaker for its AI assistant

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:12
Russia isn't going to sit on the sidelines while American companies like Amazon and Google conquer the smart speaker world. Search giant Yandex has launched the Yandex.Station, billed both as Russia's first smart speaker and the company's first hard...
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Papua New Guinea takes a month-long 'break' from Facebook

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:53
This week, Papua New Guinea Today reported that the country will block Facebook for a month to evaluate how its residents are using the social network. When exactly this will happen is currently unclear. The country's Communications and Information...
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Uber's 911 assistance is now available in the US

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:32
Uber's promised 911 assistance feature is now available in the US. If you're ever in an emergency, you can now call for help without having to leave the mobile app and lose track of your location. And if you live in certain cities (Denver, Charlest...
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iOS 11.4 will add multi-room and stereo audio to the HomePod today

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:11
Apple will release iOS 11.4 today, which, with the inclusion of AirPlay 2, will bring more functionality to the HomePod. Though other speakers, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home already feature multi-room audio, the HomePod didn't launch with that...
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PlayStation’s annual sale includes a very blue PS4 and ‘God of War’

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:05
To celebrate E3 once again, Sony is doing another Days of Play promotion for PlayStation. From June 8th through the 18th, you'll be able to pick up a special edition PlayStation 4 console (assuming you're not one of the 75 million-plus who already ha...
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Engadget giveaway: Win a pair of Sonos One speakers courtesy of Plex!

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:00
Owning your music catalog is a rare thing for some these days, but since you've got it, flaunt it. Plex for Sonos has recently moved out of beta and includes some fresh new features. This means you can serve up your tunes on Sonos speakers anywhere u...
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