Uber may soon owe $28.5 million to 25 million riders

Uber may soon owe .5 million to 25 million riders

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Uber may be about to owe a lot of users money

The ride-sharing service announced a $28.5 million class action settlement proposal Thursday in response to lawsuits by riders alleging its “Safe Ride Fee” constitutes false advertising

The proposal will attempt to settle Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which seek restitution for Uber’s $1 “Safe Ride Fee.” Complainants argue the name is misleading and that the company’s driver background checks are not “industry leading,” as Uber previously claimed. Uber allowed drivers with felony convictions to work for the ride-sharing service, according to legal records Read more…

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You can use that odd Snapchat filter on money, too

You can use that odd Snapchat filter on money, too

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Fun with Snapchat filters knows no bounds. We’ve seen dogs being flawlessly turned into Dug from Pixar’s Up, and we’ve seen a guy scare his mom to death with that new face-thinning filter as well

But have you tried using that filter (or Lens, as Snapchat calls it) on money? Some Redditors tried it out, and the results are quite hilarious — and surprisingly convincing.

We tried it out on American, Singaporean and Croatian money, and it worked perfectly each time (see below). Other Lenses work as well, but the face-thinning one (it has no name, like most things on Snapchat, so we’ll just call it that) is by far the best Read more…

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Microsoft's Cortana can now remind you to follow through on email promises

Microsoft’s Cortana can now remind you to follow through on email promises

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Microsoft’s assistant Cortana keeps getting smarter.

Cortana can now send reminders for tasks based on the contents of your inbox, Microsoft announced Monday. The company also added new features that make it easier to organize calendar appointments.

The new reminders feature means that Cortana will be able to remind you to followup on tasks you said you would do in emails. It comes via a collaboration with Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains on Microsoft’s Windows blog.

“People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile up,” Aul writes. “Microsoft Research (MSR) was pursuing an intriguing and powerful idea around this challenge—automatically recognizing when people make commitments to one another in email messages and providing reminders.” Read more…

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Microsoft leaks new HoloLens details

Microsoft leaks new HoloLens details

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Microsoft’s augmented reality headset called the HoloLens has already won over a number of fans eager to try the device, but details about how it works have been scarce

However, a few more bits of information about the HoloLens leaked during a recent event in Tel Aviv, Israel, courtesy of Bruce Harris, a technical evangelist at Microsoft

The device will offer roughly five to five and a half hours of battery life when working on Word documents or email, and about two and a half hours when using it for highly intensive computational work involving detailed renderings Read more…

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5 can't-miss apps: Interact, Jukebox, 'Smurfs Epic Run' and more

5 can’t-miss apps: Interact, Jukebox, ‘Smurfs Epic Run’ and more

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With Apple previewing new iOS features, including a new Night Shift feature, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps.

Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a disappearing messaging app for small groups of friends, a contacts management app and a task management service.

Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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My favorite tech at CES was a smart fridge — but I'd never buy one

My favorite tech at CES was a smart fridge — but I’d never buy one

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My favorite bit of tech at CES 2016 wasn’t a 98-inch 8K TV or a car from the future, it was a fridge. Samsung’s $5,000 Smart Family Hub Fridge.

I’m not going to lie, I totally lust after this fridge. It has a huge 21.5-inch touchscreen, cameras on the inside to take photos of your food, and Instacart and FreshDirect integration. It’s bananas.

Now, let’s forget that I live in a small two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn that barely has room for a compact Dishwasher, let alone Samsung’s gorgeous refrigerator of my dreams. (Let’s also forget that I don’t cook and order from Seamless basically every single day.) Read more…

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Seniors without smartphones can now use Lyft, too

Seniors without smartphones can now use Lyft, too

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Tech-savvy smartphone users aren’t the only ones who could use rides on demand. Senior citizens want them, too.

Lyft has launched a new third-party ride-request service called Concierge catered to seniors seeking rides to doctor’s appointments.

The pilot program, a collaboration with New York City’s National Medtrans Network, was announced by the ride sharing app in a blog post Tuesday. Health care providers can request rides for patients online by inputing just a name, pick-up location and drop-off location—no smartphone required.

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Still using Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10? From now on, it's not supported

Still using Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10? From now on, it’s not supported

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That’s all, folks: Starting Jan. 12, Microsoft no longer supports older versions of Internet Explorer, including IE 8, 9 and 10

More precisely, this means Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for these versions of its browser. You can still use them, but if a new security hole is discovered in IE — and it eventually will be — your browser will remain unpatched and your system will be in danger.

The company strongly urges users to switch to Internet Explorer 11, which offers “improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility” and better web standards support than the older variants of IE. Alternatively, you can start using Microsoft Edge, the company’s new browser which will automatically launch Internet Explorer 11 when backwards compatibility is needed. Read more…

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Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

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Your Twitter timeline is about to get noisier.

Live stream videos from Periscope will soon autoplay inside of tweets on Twitter’s app and website, the company announced Tuesday. The update means you will no longer need to open a separate website or app to watch Periscope streams.

The feature is rolling out to Twitter’s iOS app “over the next few days” and will launch on its website and Android app at a later date, Twitter says.

Once live, the feature will enable videos shared to Twitter via the Periscope app to automatically play in tweets when you’re scrolling through your timeline, search results or another users’s profile. Tapping into a a video will launch a full screen view of the video, along with the comments and hearts you would expect to see in a typical Periscope live stream. Read more…

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The weirdest things we saw at CES 2016

The weirdest things we saw at CES 2016

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LAS VEGAS — CES 2016 got really weird

From watching virtual reality porn to LG’s rollable display, there was plenty we saw around the CES show floor that made us scratch our heads.

In the spirit of getting weird, we asked Twitter users to show us what made them take a second look with the hashtag #WeirdCES. Here are our favorites

They see me rollin’

This lady is handstand riding the @RazorWorldwide hovertrax Hoverboard #CES2016 #WeirdCES pic.twitter.com/AekVooiAoK

— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) January 7, 2016

Typical

Many things make me laugh today. This is one of them #weirdces #ces2016 https://t.co/EVP2ECFvlP

— Nancy Andrews (@NancyAndrews) January 9, 2016 Read more…

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