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Uber evades a ban in Canada’s largest city

Toronto's skyline as seen from a ferry

Uber might be facing its worst nightmare in Europe, but it just got a big break in Canada. A Toronto judge has tossed out the city’s attempt to ban Uber (and by extension, other ridesharing services) on the grounds that it’s operating without a taxi license. It’s all about how Uber takes customers, according to the court. Local laws require that drivers accept communication from passengers looking for a lift, but Uber doesn’t do that — you’re simply sending a request that automatically pairs you up with a nearby driver. It’s arguably a technicality (the city contends that Uber still dispatches drivers like other cab services), but the decision is enough to keep app-hailed cars moving in Canada’s largest metropolis. The Toronto City Council now has to change bylaws if it wants to take Uber off the streets.

It’s a different story on the other end of North America, however. Mexico City is proposing rules that would let Uber operate, but only if drivers register themselves and their vehicles. They’d also have to contribute to a transportation infrastructure fund. Uber says isn’t averse to obeying regulations that it believes are competition-friendly, so it may not have to change much to continue business as usual. With that said, its response may depend heavily on what the final rules look like — it may not play nicely if it believes Mexico City is trying to hinder ridesharing and protect the taxi industry.

[Image credit: Dennis Jarvis, Flickr]

Filed under: Transportation, Internet


Source: Reuters


LG to build its third Nexus 5?

We received word earlier today that LG is in charge of building the next Nexus smartphone. However, it will not be based on the LG G4 but an undisclosed prototype. This is according to an anonymous source who spoke to AndroidPit whose identity could not be revealed since the device is still in development.

It is not known why this is the case when the Nexus devices until now have been based on a particular manufacturer’s current flagship. Nonetheless, AndroidPit believes that the 2015 Nexus 5 will at least be smaller and cheaper than the Nexus 6. Sales for that device probably were impacted by its size and high cost in comparison to the Nexuses that came before it.

Lastly, there is no word yet on when this new Nexus 5 will come out. Although, it is expected to coincide with the release of the next version of Android, Android M.

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HTC conducts the ‘blind test’ and the results are incredibly bias

When a company conducts their own social testing on their own product, don’t expect the results to be representative of the whole story, or the truth for that matter.

HTC took to the streets to conduct a ‘blind test’ where devices were put through their paces in a series of tests and the – lets call them victim – had to pick a winner; yep, you guessed it, the HTC wins every round.

First the speed test:

And then erm, sound?

Then, of course, selfies:

HTC marketing, people.

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Sony Xperia Z3+ available to the US through Amazon for $660

So the Sony Xperia Z3+ wasn’t the big update that we were all expecting over the Z3, but it is still a fantastic device with great specs all things considered.

You can now buy the Xperia Z3+ through Amazon in the United States; the model available is the international version, which is compatible with US GSM carriers such as AT&T, and T-Mobile.

The Xperia Z3+ features a 5.2-inch screen, Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor (spoiler-alert), 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7-Megapixel camera.

It’ll set you back $660 for the black and aqua green colors on Amazon, or $675 for the copper model.

You can check the device out on Amazon here.

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Yotaphone isn’t leaving Android after all

yotaphone_2_white_front_backMany tech websites around the world (including ours) reported this morning that Russian manufacture Yota would be leaving Android to go with Sailfish OS on the next Yotaphone. Well it turns out this is false. An earlier Yahoo news story broke that said it would be leaving Android, but didn’t have any confirmation from Yota themselves. However Yota has now made a statement confirming the news is false.

According to Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martyanov:

We do not have any ongoing development of Jolla version of YotaPhone. I can’t say how things will turn in the future. May be Sailfish will obtain a certain market share as mobile OS.

At this point of time, we are fully committed to Android and recently migrated our customer base to 5.0 and working on the next generation of Android OS.

Source: The Digital Reader

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Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

Apple has separated its three time-based categories into separate apps on Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly access the specific feature of the timer, alarm, and stopwatch you want with just a few taps.

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While most of it is self-explanatory, we’ve got some tips for how to get the most out of each of these apps so they work the way you want, when you want.


The Timer app on Apple watch makes it possible for you to set a timer right from your wrist so you don’t have to search out your iPhone to activate or even turn off the alert when time is up.

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Tap the Timer app icon on Apple Watch to open it. Then rotate the Digital Crown to adjust the time. When ready, tap the Start button.

You can switch between a timer that goes from zero to 12 hours and a timer that goes from zero to 24 hours by firmly pressing the display screen.
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‘Shenmue 3’ Kickstarter will offer PS4 copies on disc

You can now get a physical PS4 copy of 'Shenmue 3' on KickstarterIt’s safe to say people are excited about Shenmue 3: Just 48 hours after legendary developer Yu Suzuki launched a crowdfunding campaign, the game smashed its $2 million fundraising goal, pulling in more than $4 million, and setting a couple Kickstarter records in the process. So it’s clear fans of the series are already happy. But just in case you needed another reason to commit, Suzuki’s studio YS Net just posted an update on Kickstarter saying that backers will now have the option of choosing a physical PS4 copy of the game. Previously, the options were: digital copies for PS4 or Windows for $29, or a physical Windows copy for $60. So, PlayStation fans will now also have the option of playing off a disc; there, too, the price will be sixty bucks. If that’s the only reason you were previously holding off on backing, you can still do so: The campaign is open through the evening of July 17th, with the game set to arrive in December 2017.

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Source: Kickstarter


iTunes 12.2: New version a missed opportunity for Apple Music

iTunes 12.2: New version a missed opportunity for Apple Music

Apple released a new version 12.2 of iTunes for OS X and Windows this week as part of the launch of its Apple Music service. The initial reactions from users are anything but positive. But aside from obvious bugs, there’s a bigger problem: iTunes needed a revamp, not more features. By simply adding the subscription service, Apple squandered an opportunity for a fresh start.

Apple released the new version of iTunes late Tuesday. On Wednesday, complaints began to mount, with a number of users experiencing issues with mismatched song titles, artist names and album art. Reviewers generally suggested to hold off on updating iTunes, and one even called the latest version of the app “a disaster.”

But the mishandling of existing music libraries isn’t the only problem. Apple also added its music subscription service as one more layer to an already very complex app: Users can now access their own local music files, the subscription catalog, personal recommendations and the existing iTunes download store, all in separate tabs, with crucial links missing. For example, someone browsing the iTunes store isn’t informed that an album is also available as part of his subscription tier.

This pattern continues throughout the app. The music section of iTunes has a radio tab, which showcases Apple’s new Beats 1 online radio station as well as a number of genre stations. But there’s also a whole separate internet radio section, tucked away in a sub-menu, that also organizes online streams by music genres – except these aren’t streams curated by Apple, but actual radio networks from all around the world. Plus there are podcasts, again in a separate section of the app, even though many are published by the very same radio stations.

There’s also a section for home movies, and one for movie rentals and purchases, which is separate from educational downloads, even though both are somehow available through the iTunes store. Add audio books, ringtones, iOS apps and the ability to manage your iPad and iPhone storage, and it’s all too much of a good thing.

Apple should have taken a cue from the way it manages content on iPhones and iPads, and broken out many of these sections into separate apps. There’s no real reason why movies and TV shows have to live in the same app as Apple’s music service, and it really doesn’t make sense to manage devices with the same software also used to listen to music.

iTunes didn’t need a refresh. It needs to be broken up, and Apple needs to launch an Apple Music app for Windows and OS X in its place.

Filed under: Software, Apple



Sony Xperia Z3+ can now be bought unlocked on Amazon US

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The Sony Xperia Z3+ has been rolling out across the world, but consumers in the US were left with only the Verizon variant. However a few Amazon sellers have now listed the single or dual SIM unlocked variants for sale at roughly $670 (currently).

The Amazon orders are not fulfilled by Amazon and may not be shipped from within the US. That means if you have any issues returns are handled by the seller and not Amazon. Always read the description and other details carefully when buying from marketplace sellers. We should also note that the model number is listed as E6553. It will work with GSM carriers only meaning Verizon and Sprint customers will not be able to use it.

The Amazon product description lists the following specifications:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p FHD (1920×1080), IPS display sRGB 130% TRILUMINOS 700cd brightness X-Reality for Mobile

  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz & Quad-core 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit CPU; Adreno 430

  • 32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM, supports microSD up to 128GB

  • Camera (Main): 1/2.3″ 20.7 MP Exmor RS, ISO12800 Photo/ 3200 Video, 4K video capture and output Steadyshot with Intelligent active mode; Front: 5 MP, Exmor R, 22 mm wide angle, Steadyshot with Intelligent active mode

  • Nano-SIM, works with GSM carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile etc.), 4G works in US

Source: Amazon

Via: Androidauthority

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More ingenious hacks for problems you didn’t know you had

It’s the Fourth of July and while that light show in the sky honors US independence, why not shine a little light on our DIY perseverance? To help celebrate this holiday, we’ve put together a collection of (even more) ingenious hacks that incorporate party essentials: lights, nighttime, fireworks, music, drinks and a bit of wild imagination. Want to watch the celebrations on TV like it’s still the ’80s? Will pumping up the volume help you fight fires? And just how do you innovate something as simple as sliced bread? DIY fanatics and gadget hacker extraordinaires have already done the legwork. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the (slide)show.

[Image: Styropyro / YouTube]

Filed under: Misc, Wearables


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