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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday Nov 15th, 2015 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Justin Robert Young|
|t||TechCrunch reports Uber has added a feature to let drivers set a destination and only pick up riders headed in that same direction. Drivers can only set this option twice a day. Uber has launched the option in Silicon Valley but plans to roll it out internationally especially in China. Sidecar and Lyft have offered their drivers a similar option for a couple years.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/16/uber-drivers-can-now-pick-up-riders-headed-in-the-same-direction-as-them/?ncid=rss#.7yzb2u:VvvA|
|j||AT&T says it will make the 5.2-inch Lumia 950 available for sale on November 20th in the US. The off contract price will be $600 though several payoff plans are available. This is the first flagship Lumia from Microsoft since early 2014. AT&T is the only carrier selling the phone though Microsoft will sell it direct through its store for $50 less.||http://www.pcworld.com/article/3005186/windows-phone-os/microsofts-lumia-950-windows-10-phone-gets-a-nov-20-release-date-on-att.html|
9to5 Google notes the Wall Street Journal says Google will now show public information from the Facebook app in mobile searches. Tapping on such a search result link would take the user to the relevant page in the Facebook app. An Alphabet spokesperson said an agreement between Facebook and Google went into effect Friday.
Withings has announced a third third fitness tracker watch called the Activité Steel for $169. It has a stainless steel case and silicone straps and tracks steps, sleep, and swimming laps. It’s available in black from the Withings website.
|t||Huawei is showing off a lithium-ion battery with a graphite-coated anode that claims to allow fast charging without reducing the life of the battery. Huawei claims the technology could charge a 3,000 mAh battery to 48% in 5 minutes. A 600 mAh battery can reach 68% in 2 minutes. The technology currently needs a special charger and Huawei has no information on when it might become ready for everyday use.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/15/huawei-graphite-fast-charging-battery/|
|j||Motang wanted us to mention that US Internet provider Cox Communications is going to trial to defend itself against copyright infringement claims from BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. The suit accuses Cox of infringement for not terminating accounts frequently used to pirate content Torrent freak notes. Cox has filed a motion asking the court to ban statements equating BitTorrent to piracy. “The Court should preclude Plaintiffs from relying on mere innuendo that BitTorrent inherently allows individuals to infringe Plaintiffs’ copyrights.” The music companies have asked the court to ban Cox’s use of the terms “troll” and “extortionist”||https://torrentfreak.com/bittorrent-usage-doesnt-equal-piracy-cox-tells-court-151115/|
|t||indiegeek64 pointed out on the subreddit that Google is trying to encourage folks to contribute to Google Local Guides with a points system. Writing a review, uploading a photo, adding a new location, fixing an error or answering a question can all earn points. A couple points gets you entered into a contest to win a Nexus handset. 40 points lets you access Google product beta. And comprehensive reviews of 100 locations gets you 1 TB of Google Drive storage. Overachievers above that may be invited to a Local Guides summit. You can check your progress in the contributions tab on Google Maps in Android and iOS.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/16/google-local-guide-perks/|
|j||The Verge notes American Express told iPhone in Canada that Apple Pay will launch in Canada Tuesday.Apple Pay has already launched in the UK and US. Apple Pay is supposed to launch in Australia later this year, as well as Hong Kong, Spain, and Singapore sometime next year.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/16/9745042/apple-pay-canada-launch-date|
|t||Microsoft’s Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) has been released on GitHub under an open source MIT license. According to the Stack, Microsoft Asia Lab hopes to encourage use of distributed parallel computing for solving complicated problems. DMTK is designed on a server-based programming framework to more easily scale and efficiently scale big data machine learning tasks like computer vision, speech recognition and textual understanding. Microsoft Asia Lab says more tools will be added to updated DMTK versions.||https://thestack.com/world/2015/11/13/microsoft-open-sources-its-machine-learning-toolkit/|
|j||Tim Cook told the Irish Independent “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad. Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants.”||http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/tim-cook-apple-wont-create-converged-macbook-and-ipad-34201986.html|
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|VREAKING: Rdio files for bankruptcy||http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/16/pandora-buying-rdio/|
|Uber Is Not the Future of Work - The Atlantic||http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/uber-is-not-the-future-of-work/415905/|
|The ‘gig economy’ is coming. What will it mean for work? | Arun Sundararajan | Comment is free | The Guardian||http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/26/will-we-get-by-gig-economy|
|The gig economy": Does the gig economy revolutionise the world of work, or is it a storm in a teacup? | The Economist"||http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/10/gig-economy|
|The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay | Economic Policy Institute||http://www.epi.org/pay-agenda/|
|DataSpace at Princeton University: An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States||http://dataspace.princeton.edu/jspui/handle/88435/dsp010z708z67d|
|Pay Is Stagnant for Vast Majority, Even When You Include Benefits | Economic Policy Institute||http://www.epi.org/publication/pay-is-stagnant-for-vast-majority-even-when-you-include-benefits/|
|“The gig economy”|
- 1.1 million active drivers (400k US)
- primarily supplemental “extra cash”
- half drivers work >10 hrs/wk and avg. hrs driven falling (more than 10% since beginning of year)
“a third of drivers said they used Uber to earn money while looking for a job.”
- 85% of UberX part time.
- Uber drivers make up 0.1% of US workforce. account of 0.06% private-sector compensation
Gig Economy (non-Uber)
- ELance oDesk (debs, designers, writers)
- Airbnb, JustPark
|Facts & Figures|
According to the Census Bureau,self-employed revenue counted for less than 4 percent of all US revenues from 1997 to 2013. Lowest share was was in 2012-2013
- Self-employed (no employees in business other than self)is 7-8% total employment in 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from 2007 to 2014 the bottom 87 percent of workers faced falling or stagnant wages, and the bottom 80 percent endured falling or stagnant compensation (which includes wages and benefits)
- You can argue about WHY based on your political stance but all sides pretty much agree on the fact of it.
|Pick of the day:|
|Dwayne writes: Here is a great way to save up to $360.|
Microsoft Work & Play* includes one-year subscriptions to the following for $149.00:
Office 365 Home(5 PCs/Macs and 5 tablets. Plus, it comes with 1TB of OneDrive online storage for up to five users.)
Access to 2 million paid Wi-Fi locations via Skype Wi-FI(This is amazing as I travel a lot and every airport this year I visited I had Wi-Fi available)
Skype Unlimited World Calling(Being in Germany and my family being in the states this is great having the ability to call cell phones from skype)
Xbox Live Gold (Duh it is Xbox Live)
Assure Support Plan(This is new this year, last year it was Xbox Music. Kind of disappointed with this one but I Whateves)
$60 Bonus Gift Card(Ok this kind of makes up for the music and this kind of makes it feel like I am only paying $89)
This is my third year jumping on this and it has been worth it every time.
Oh with the Office 365 you have the ability to manage the 5 users which is awesome. A quick email to my mom, sister, cousin from the 365 website and they had office up and running.
Go to www.microsoftstore.com, click on software, Office and Walla enjoy
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
I was catching up on last week's DTNS episodes and heard you talking about how many folks still have Windows XP. I wanted to clue you in on an industry that is refusing to upgrade from that OS.
The Sludge Industry.
What's that? Why it's the entire industry that deals with poo. I spent some time working IT in that industry and moving them away from XP is going to be an almost impossible task. I'm not talking about the office folks but rather the computers that run the machinery that processes the sludge.
Trust me, I and many others, have tried to upgrade those machines but the resistance came from the machine vendors. They only offer their software to run on XP and nothing else. Plus there is a very limited number of vendors for that equipment. For a brand new dewatering plant my company was planning on building out I could find no vendor that offered a system that ran on anything other than XP (and SP1 at that).
The more and more I researched I slowly discovered that almost all the government systems that my company's systems reported were also XP. And their software had to run on XP as well.
Things were getting so bad that we were having to deploy 10+ year old systems just to keep things running. Needless to say we bought a lot of junk off Craig's List and Ebay.
I decided to leave the industry on the day I deployed a Dell Optiplex GX280 to a NEW facility. I'm now somewhere much happier but still have friends that have to deal with that insanity. And oh the stories.
Keep up the Great Work,
|Saturday Nov. 7 Orly airport had a Windows 3.1 system failure which shut down the airport temporarily: a system called DECOR is used to communicate Runway Visual Range (RVR) information to pilots. It was foggy when the system went down.||http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/11/failed-windows-3-1-system-blamed-for-taking-out-paris-airport/|
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