Uber plans to charge riders for their forgotten smartphones and bags, introducing a lost item fee to compensate drivers who return lost property.The $15 (£12) fee has been added to the ride-hailing service in some US cities to reward drivers who return items that have been left behind by passengers.The lost item return fee will initially affect customers in Boston and Chicago, but could soon be added more widely.It is not clear when the lost item fee will come to the UK, where there is currently no requirement to pay drivers for returning lost property.In other countries, where the Uber app includes a tipping service, the company suggests customers tip drivers for returning property.This means that your phone number stays anonymous and is never given to the driver.
(Reuters) — European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.The European Commission and consumer protection authorities in the bloc wrote to the three companies in June, asking them to improve their proposed changes to user terms by the end of September, according to letters sent to the companies and seen by Reuters on Monday.The authorities have the power to issue fines if the companies fail to comply.Representatives of Facebook and Twitter did not respond immediately to emailed requests for comment and a Google spokesman declined to make immediate comment.The authorities’ concerns center mainly on procedures the social media companies proposed to set up for the removal of illegal content on their websites, terms limiting their liability and terms allowing them unilaterally to remove content posted by users.The U.S. trio were given until July 20 to submit new proposals, which need to be implemented by the end of September, the letters said.
BRISBANE, Australia: It's the competition that could save Amazon.com billions in logistics - and QUT's custom-built robot may be the winning solution.Built by a team of roboticists from the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (the Centre), headquartered at QUT, 'CartMan' the logistics robot will pit its item-picking skills against 15 other international robots in the third annual Amazon Robotics Challenge, part of RoboCup 2017 in Nagoya, Japan, on Thursday 27 July.And with a prize pool of US$250,000 for teams that successfully complete the task of picking and stowing objects from a storage system, team leader Dr Juxi Leitner said competition will be fierce."You won't believe how hard is it to teach a robot to see a clear bottle of water among a bunch of groceries, or teach it the best way to pick up a bag of marbles."We opted to build our own robot from scratch - a three-axis Cartesian robot that acts much like a gantry crane you see at ports.With six degrees of articulation and both a claw and suction gripper, CartMan gives us more flexibility to complete the tasks than an off-the-shelf robot can offer."
Thor hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy?That's exactly how the clip for "Avengers: Infinity War," first screened last week at Disney's D23 Expo, but got a second run yesterday at Comic-Con's famed Hall H, kicks off: a battered Thor literally runs into the Milano's front viewport like a bug on a windshield.From there, the clip dives into a whirlwind of scenes showing Iron Man, Star-Lord and Spider-Man in the enhanced suit teased at the end of "Spider-Man: Homecoming."A bearded Captain America (without the uniform) and blonde Black Widow is joining in the fray.The clip capped off a day of presentations which included looks at "Justice League," "Ready Player One," "Stranger Things 2" and Marvel films "Black Panther" and "Thor: Ragnarok."But the footage was enough to hint at one of the most intriguing aspects of the film: the different combination of heroes that can be assembled either in action or dramatic scene.
How a simple online book seller transformed itself into global e-commerce and tech giantAmazon is so firmly established in people’s lives that it’s difficult to remember a time without it.It has become synonymous with online retail ever since it was founded on 5 July 1994 and launched on 16 July 1995.the firm was created by Jeff Bezos (who still remains as CEO), after he left his job at a Wall Street firm and moved to the other side of the United States to Seattle.And it should be noted that Amazon was not actually called Amazon back then.But months later he changed the name to Amazon.com after a lawyer reportedly misheard its original name as ‘cadaver’.
Microsoft has been working with the company Johnson Controls developed a thermostat for a smart home as it calls for GLASS.With GLASS, a user can set the home's temperature, keep track of energy consumption as well as get information on ambient air quality both indoors and outdoors.GLASS is also equipped with Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana, which means that, to a certain extent to be able to control the termostatens functions with their voice.you do not Know to talk to their thermostat, the GLASS also has a touch screen that can be used to control the thermostat.Microsoft has previously stated that it has plans to implement Cortana in everything from refrigerators to toasters so I guess it's not directly wonder that Cortana also looking into thermostats.When the GLASS will be on sale or what it will cost, there are no data on the.
Scientists have created a stretchy gel they claim is five times stronger than carbon steel and could one day be used for bulletproof clothing or to replace hard-wearing joints in humans.The revolutionary wonder-material was developed by researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan, who have spent the past three years developing the composite.While consisting mostly of water, being as soft as jelly and as flexible as cloth it has the potential to stop a bullet thanks to glass fibre woven into the hydrogel – the same substance contact lenses are made of."It's the strongest soft material ever obtained by human beings...I think it could have very good performance against a bullet," Professor Jian Ping Gong, who leads the team, told CNN.Due to its lightweight, flexible nature, it could have the ability to be woven into clothing and helmets to create revolutionary new armour and safety equipment.
This week Amy is joined by Ed and Melissa with special guest Michael Coté, director of technical marketing at Pivotal.Together they discuss IoT's turn to stink, more douchebags, AI takeovers, the rise of the content providers and zombies.(09:00) Legacy software and flooring(18:13) Hey everybody, douchebags aren't newsWe can't even schedule meetings!(33:08) Amazon turns Eddie into Tipper Gore
You can't have a truly enjoyable hike without the right gear, and Mountainsmith is here to provide you with just that.We may be in prime camping season now that the summer is well and truly here, but if you’re looking to get some gear in preparation for next winter’s hikes, Mountainsmith has you covered.The backcountry equipment and outdoor gear company is redesigning its perennially popular Scream series ultralight packs, and is also introducing its new Vasquez Peak series as part of its backpacking tent offerings.While all these new products are making their debut at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market this month, alas, they won’t be available for purchase until January of next year.First, there’s the Scream Series packs, all of which will be redesigned with 210d Robic HT Nylon, a lightweight pack cloth that the company has enhanced by adding a UTS coating.As for specific improvements, the Mountainsmith Scream 55 backpack now offers a roll-top access point with opposing hardware, which allows for top loop cinching as well as side compression closure.
But automated programs will mix in those stunning landscapes with cat photos and duck-lipped selfies, leaving lots of digging left to scout out the best views.One startup is aiming to change that by curating locations from real, human photographers.Explorest is a new iOS photo-scouting app that mixes the best views with tips and insight from local photographers and influential Instagrammers.Explorest is different, CEO and co-founder Justin Myers explains, because the app is 100-percent curated, from the suggested locations to the best times to shoot and even how to get there.While the program allows users to easily pull up directions inside Apple’s native Maps app with a tap, insight from the photographer on just how to get there is available, too, pointing out obscure locations and spots that require a bit of walking as well as noting whether it’s easier to hop on a subway or drive.Along with how to get there, Explorest helps photographers plan by suggesting the best times to visit — including the “magic hour” times for golden hour, blue hour, sunrise, and sunset — and what to pack.
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Uhans are working on several interesting phones for .the second half of 2017, but probably the most interesting one will be the so-called flagship model Uhans I8.It will be following the current trend of 18:9 display aspect ratio as already quite some pieces from other brands recently.Aside the aforementioned 18:9 display aspect ratio the phone should be packing quite some memory capacities with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.As a processor they have announced either Snapdragon 625 or Mediatek octa-core one and personally i would be leaning towards the Mediatek knowing the brand history.For the rear cameras there should be 16MP dual shooter in the back.From the lone released picture of the device it seems that Uhans I8 will feature dual glass panel and the contour is pretty sleek.
This weekend is Disney’s D23 expo, where the company often unveils the first glimpses into what it has in store for the years ahead.Our own Editor-and-Disney-aficionado-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino is down in LA for the event’s early access press day.Disney just pulled back the curtain on a bunch of stuff that’ll appear in the Star Wars Land parks that are set to open at Disneyland and Disneyworld in 2019, and he’s got pics of everything.I expect we’ll see quite a bit more about Star Wars Land (and, hopefully, the tech that’ll power it) throughout the weekend, but here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve seen so so far.Tap that right arrow to proceed through the slideshow — or if you’re on mobile, just scroll.
A month out, it’s pretty clear that the HomePod was one of the star attractions of this year’s WWDC.For a product that had little in the way of actual stage time (and even less in terms of what was demonstrated to journalists) and won’t ship for several months yet, it certainly grabbed a lot of the airtime directly following the event.But it’s hard to tell from the meager time devoted to it just how important Apple thinks the HomePod is.Its “kicker” placement at the end of the keynote would suggest that the company thinks the device is positioned to make a big splash, but the intense focus on music also seems to point to more of a niche utility for many.Is the HomePod a product on the same level of importance as the iPad or Apple TV, or is it simply a souped up version of the iPod Hi-Fi?Anything more than that is pure conjecture.
As Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition leaves it poised to single-handedly shape the future of online grocery buying, Jet.com, the e-commerce site purchased by Walmart in a massive deal last year, reportedly has its own plan in the works to make deliveries faster and easier – at least in New York.That’s according to TechCrunch, which reports Jet is teaming up with smart access provider Latch to install the latter’s Latch R access system in 1,000 New York apartment buildings housing 100,000 residents.A Latch rep confirmed the installation and said there will be "technical integration" between Latch and Jet.According to its website, Latch allows users to unlock doors with an iOS or Android smartphone, smartcard or special doorcode and it provides a visual audit trail of guests, along with management tools to easily add users and share access.That includes time-limited doorcodes for deliveries, not unlike Volvo’s in-car delivery service, which uses digital keys to allow one-time access to vehicles.The Latch system retails for $399 per device with a two-year minimum contract, but Latch says it is currently only supporting sales for enterprise customers.
Netflix has once again flexed its TV muscles at the Emmys, nabbing three nominations in the best drama series category and two in best comedy series.In drama, the noms went to "House of Cards," "The Crown," and "Stranger Things."While on the comedy side it was "Master of None" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."The five total bests the three it received in these categories last year: "House of Cards" (drama series), "Master of None," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (comedy series).It also means that in these two categories, Netflix snagged 36% of the noms.In the drama category, the Netflix titles will be up against the HBO hit "Westworld" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."
Your dream of one day zipping from one city to another in a pod in a pneumatic tube just took one more step toward reality.Hyperloop One announced Wednesday that it successfully tested a full hyperloop.The step into the future occurred in May at the company’s Nevada test track, where engineers watched a magnetically levitating test sled fire through a tube in near-vacuum, reaching 70 mph in just over five seconds.That is but a fraction of the 700 mph or so Hyperloop One promises, but put that aside for now.What matters here is all the elements required to make hyperloop work, worked: propulsion, braking, and the levitation and vacuum systems that all but eliminate friction and air resistance so that pod shoots through the tube at maximum speed with minimal energy.“This is integrating all of the pieces,” says Josh Giegel, Hyperloop One’s engineering chief.
Ants, through their Borg-like powers, are capable of performing complex cooperative feats that make solitary insects look useless.New research published in Royal Society Open Science details exactly how the ants build and maintain these perpetually sinking structures.Instead, they rely on a simple set of rules that, at the group level, results in the construction of a tower.This hive-mind behaviour may not help each and every ant involved, but it’s a classic case where the needs of the colony outweighs the needs of the one.This latest study is a follow-up to 2014 research, in which the Georgia Tech scientists demonstrated how ants use their bodies to build life rafts.The Georgia Tech researchers documented these behaviours by setting up a lab experiment in which a colony of fire ants were placed in a dish, and forced to attempt an escape up a pole (the sides of the dish were laced in talc power to make it impossible for the ants to climb out).
Intel has officially launched its Xeon Scalable Processor range of metallic-tiered server chips, while also taking the time to deny rumours that it is discontinuing the entry-level Pentium G4560 following claims it is cannibalising sales of higher-margin Core i3 parts.Announced back in May, the Xeon Scalable Family is designed to replace the existing Xeon E5 and E7 ranges with a new tiered platform themed around precious metals: Bronze entry-level parts, Silver mid-tier parts, Gold high-end parts, and Platinum flagship parts.While the new parts are based on the Skylake microarchitecture, Intel claims they are 're-architected from the ground up' and in June provided information to back that claim up with details of the new mesh chip interconnect design.'This new architecture delivers a new way of interconnecting on-chip components to improve the efficiency and scalability of multi-core processors.The Intel Xeon Scalable processors implement an innovative "mesh" on-chip interconnect topology that delivers low latency and high bandwidth among cores, memory, and I/O controllers,'' claimed Intel chip architect Akhilesh Kumar at the time.'Cores, on-chip cache banks, memory controllers, and I/O controllers are organised in rows and columns, with wires and switches connecting them at each intersection to allow for turns.
The Nintendo Switch would make a great portable multimedia device if not for the fact that it isn’t exactly a multimedia device.Or rather, it currently lacks one of the most popular entertainment pastimes of the modern age: video streaming.Nintendo did promise that video streaming apps would come in time.And apparently that time is this week with the first streaming app that you can’t have.Not unless you’re in Japan.It might surprise most that YouTube won’t be the first video streaming app on the Switch.