Michael Colon

Michael Colon

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Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies.The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment."Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward," wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers.As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits and have the right to organize collectively.The two companies have previously called for amending current laws to allow for more worker benefits, including paid time off and retirement planning, irrespective of worker classification.
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He has spent over $80 million on five homes since he founded WeWork in 2010.The Journal reported that he cashed out over $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering in July 2019.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann owns some interesting residential real estate.In 2018, Neumann bought a 13,000-square-foot home in the San Francisco Bay Area with a guitar-shaped room for $21 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.The home was added to Neumann's long list of residential real-estate purchases, which over the past nine years have totaled over $80 million.
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Connectivity is central to every other digital experience and while it’s no surprise that data comes at a cost, the issue lies in trying to untangle its complexities.While the industry may agree on the need for simple pricing, this has only resulted in one or two subscription model-variants, designed to appease the largest subset of consumers.This pricing strategy is little more than a blunt instrument when trying to extract real value from data, though to date it hasn’t proven a large enough pain point to dispense with the competitive pricing wars and do something different.5G, however, is set to change all that, shining a giant spotlight on the problems associated with simple pricing models as networks seek to roll out new and more differentiated services.Setting these new 5G services aside for a moment, consider the vast array of elements that can be individualized now when it comes to pricing data plans:Peak or Off-Peak Time Used
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You might want some privacy when consuming porn online, whether that’s going in incognito mode, locking the door, putting in headphones, or all of the above.And while this certainly conceals your activity from a roommate or someone who might look at your search history, researchers have demonstrated that your intimate browsing time is an open book to companies like Facebook and Google.A study published on Monday by researchers from Microsoft Research, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania explores how online porn activity is susceptible to being tracked by third-party websites, and the sensitive and supremely personal information attached to that activity.The researchers analysed 22,484 porn websites in March of last year and found that 93 percent of the pages leaked user data to a third party.The study also found that only 17 percent of the porn sites are encrypted, making user information especially vulnerable to hackers and bad actors.The dark truth is that your sexual data is still being tracked, and according to the study, it’s not just porn-specific sites interested in this data.
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Huawei's Hongmeng OS, which was initially thought to be an alternative to Google's Android, is not designed to be a replacement smartphone operating system, a company executive recently said, according to Xinhua.Hongmeng OS is being developed for industrial use, Chen reportedly said at a media roundtable in Brussels, adding that the company intends to continue using Android.The comments come after President Trump said American firms could resume business with Huawei following a blacklisting that was announced in May.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Huawei has been working on an operating system called Hongmeng OS that was initially thought to be an alternative to Google's Android.Catherine Chen, Huawei's board member and senior vice president, said Hongmeng OS is designed for industrial use rather than consumer smartphones, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported citing a media roundtable in Brussels.
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Zappos, the company that made free shipping and returns the norm in ecommerce, is turning 20.To celebrate, Zappos is unrolling a series of marketing initiatives to bring old and new customers into the fold.To start with, the company is reverting its website to its original 1999 look on July 19 for one day only, bringing back a 110% price-match guarantee on August 12 and offering several items for $19.99.Zappos is also partnering with seven brands for limited-edition exclusive collections.While most of this is a play on nostalgia, Joseph Grusman, general manager of ecommerce marketing at Zappos, said it’s part of Zappos taking a 360-degree approach to marketing and attempting to reach different parts of the customer funnel.It’s coming up with new value propositions.”
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Nokia's cheap as chips smartphone finally get a launch date – and that day is today.You can pick up the Nokia 2.2 from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon right now, and at Very and Tesco later this summer.The price tag makes it the cheapest smartphone to get Android Q."We believe that the latest and greatest innovations in the industry should be available for everyone.With the Nokia 2.2, we’ve brought the pinnacle of AI experiences to more people than ever before," said Sarah Edge, HMD Global general Manager of UK and Ireland."And including features like biometric face unlock with liveliness detection adding extra security to your phone, AI imaging, Google Lens and Google Assistant at the press of a button, we aim to revolutionise the way our fans interact with the phone.
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A pilot test to bring Amazon's controversial facial recognition technology to the Orlando Police Department ended on Thursday, according to Orlando Weekly.The technology is designed to use facial recognition algorithms to find and track suspects in real-time.A police officer uploads a photo of someone's face to the system and receives an alert when Rekognition has found a match within live surveillance camera streams.But technology glitches and a lack of resources meant that the city never got the technology working properly.The news was celebrated by the American Civil Liberties Union, which protested the pilot and said Amazon shouldn't be allowed to sell the technology law enforcement for privacy reasons.A pilot test to bring Amazon's controversial facial recognition technology to the Orlando Police Department came to a grinding halt on Thursday after more than 15 months of testing.
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Almost all the major browsers these days have an incognito or private browsing mode.This offers users some peace of mind to go anywhere they like without fear of web sites tracking them to serve them ads.At least that’s the theory but in practice, there might be other ways sites and even ISPs from knowing your activities.It turns out, there might even be ways for sites to know whether you’re browsing Incognito or not and Google is putting an end to that in Chrome.People use private browsing modes for a variety of reasons and not just because they have something to hide.Some feel that it’s no one’s business to know what sites they visit, especially if it means serving them “personalized” ads.
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Is the 2004 Ashton Kutcher vehicle The Butterfly Effect a good movie?Definitely not, no—but try telling that to me at age thirteen.Professor and Chair, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, whose research includes the study of atmospheric predictabilityThe Butterfly Effect was introduced by Edward Lorenz in the context of atmospheric predictability.But things that are just a little bit larger—an aeroplane, say, or a cumulus cloud—can have an eventual effect on the weather everywhere.That kind of difference would develop in a space of at least four weeks.
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Google Stadia is one of the more eagerly anticipated Google services in quite some time, allowing people to play games on various devices via streaming.The company is also pushing a paid Stadia Pro service, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this paid tier delivers a Netflix-style catalog of titles.Stadia director of product Andrey Doronichev has dismissed this notion during an AMA session on reddit (h/t: 9to5Google).In fact, the executive said Stadia Pro is more in line with console-based multiplayer subscriptions.READ: Don’t hold your breath for cheap games on Google Stadia“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus,” Doronichev wrote on reddit.
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Electric vehicles are touted to be the more eco-friendly option for land transportation but their benefits will be for naught if their power increases the carbon footprint anyway.Ideally, EVs will also get their from renewable sources, particularly solar power.That is exactly the spiel that Tesla is making in announcing its latest V3 Supercharger station right on Vegas strip to power over 1,500 Tesla cars.The supercharging station is located next to the LINQ’s High Roller Ferris wheel and will server many of Caesars Palace.The carmaker says that the station will help the hotel casino reach its goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 30% in 2025.The station itself will be getting its juice from a combination of solar and battery power.
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In the press room at San Diego Comic-Con, early Thursday evening, it's snack time.At the risk of spoiling my dinner, I'm digging into a very particular type of protein bar— the kind that's going to power me through my last story of the day, in more ways than one.Cricket powder to be precise.Now, I'm not sitting here eating a cricket protein bar because I hate convention food .The show takes place a few years after the world has become a frozen wasteland.A train carries what remains of humanity, and even in the apocalypse there's a disparity between the folks in the fancy front of the train and the ones barely getting by in the back.
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For all its flexibility and ubiquity, one thing the Android platform has never been known for is being lightweight.The Android Go configuration was designed to address that but, even then, its base requirements are already on the smartphone territory.There is still some class of people who’d love to be connected to the Internet but have no need for even the most basic smartphone features.HMD Global might be coming to their rescue with an old school Nokia feature phone running Android, at least based on this new leak.What can a feature phone offer that a smartphone can’t?While smartphones have it all when it comes to features and versatility, even those may be too much for people whose primary use case is making calls more than browsing the Web.
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Chevrolet is still hours away from pulling the wraps off the 2020 Corvette C8, but that hasn’t stopped what looks like a leaked image of the hotly-anticipated car’s dashboard from emerging.While it’s aggressively priced in terms of the power on offer versus the competition, the 2019 Corvette C7 can’t exactly be described as distinctive inside.Dreary touch-points like plastic steering wheel shift paddles and HVAC controls, along with a dated infotainment system and bland cabin design hardly leave the current-generation Corvette feeling like an appealing place to sit.The 2020 model is an opportunity for Chevrolet to completely revamp things there and make it feel like a thoroughly modern sports car.That proved to be controversial, with its oddly slope-shouldered spokes.A photo, seemingly one of Chevy’s press shots, was passed to automotive journalist Bozi Tatarevic.
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Yesterday, 17 July, was World Emoji Day, a fake but harmless holiday created by the founder of Emojipedia.The company hired a marketing firm and a technology company to pitch the Unicode Consortium of the pickup truck emoji concept.Unicode apparently did not know that Ford was behind the campaign.Well, in the grand scheme of things it’s not catastrophic, but there’s something deeply unappealing about the idea of corporations controlling the symbols on our keyboards.The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organisation founded in 1991 and tasked with creating and maintaining the standards that ensure text and symbols render properly across devices and various forms of software.It’s also the gatekeeper of emoji and has cultivated an appropriately open process through which people can propose new emoji.
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So you managed to forget retro consoles were a thing?Yes, retro consoles are still coming out.I thought the tepid release of the Commodore 64 Mini and the apparent abandonment of the trend by Nintendo would have put an end to the flow of retro consoles.But apparently we’re going to drag every single gaming device from the 80s and 90s into the 21st century, kicking and screaming.TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine Mini is live on @amazonSome of 50 retro games containing select titles overlap in both the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine lineup.
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Instagram has updated its account disable policy in a way that will potentially result in more accounts getting banned.The change was made in order to ‘more consistently’ enforce the company’s policies, Instagram revealed in an announcement on Thursday.Under the new policy, users face getting their accounts banned if they receive or exceed a set number of violations within a limited period of time, among other things.Instagram has a large list of rules about what isn’t allowed on its platform; posting forbidden content will result in that content being removed and the violation applying to the account.Thus far, too high of a percentage of violating content would result in an account being permanently deleted, causing the user to lose all of their posts, messages, and followers.Nothing about that policy is changing — rather, Instagram announced today that it is building upon it and will also start deleting accounts that get a certain number of violations within a limited time frame.
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We've all heard the saying that individuals learn at their own pace.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an automated, robotic training device that allows mice to learn at their leisure.The technology stands to further neuroscience research by allowing researchers to train animals under more natural conditions and identify mechanisms of circuit rewiring that occur during learning.A research team led by Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist Alison Barth has used the automated technology to identify new, previously unidentified pathways activated when the brain rewires its circuits in response to experience.Their findings are published in the July 17 issue of Neuron.Understanding the algorithm that underlies the changes in the brain's learning circuitry will have important implications for creating engineered systems that use deep learning and artificial intelligence.
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SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket test was supposed to be a simple trial of the rockets that will one day power the SpaceX Starship.The test on Wednesday evening this week was going smoothly, but after around five seconds something unexpected happened.It’s a static-fire test – which means the spacecraft isn’t intended to take off, and is instead tethered down – of a smaller, prototype version of the ship SpaceX hopes to one day send to Mars.The company used a new Raptor Engine, a staged combustion, methane-fueled rocket engine that SpaceX has developed itself.Using subcooled liquid methane and subcooled liquid oxygen, each Raptor is expected to have roughly twice the thrust of the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1D engine.That’s in part down to it being more efficient, though SpaceX also says the engine should have a longer life than previous designs.
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