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Lyft could be getting rid of its pink mustache

Lyft’s pink mustache could be going away. In an interview at WSJD Live, co-founder and CEO John Zimmer teased that the company’s iconic colorful facial hair could be replaced in favor of a new logo, which he wouldn’t reveal. He also said that Lyft had 17 million rides this past October, and even though that’s not as good as Uber’s 40 million monthly rides, it’s still a sign of rapid growth. For reference, Lyft reported just 7 million rides last December.

Zimmer also talked a bit about monthly Lyft subscriptions, which it’s currently testing in a few markets. “You’ll subscribe to Lyft just like you subscribe to Spotify,” he said. You could pay $20 up front, and every Lyft Line ride would then be $2 each, for example. This is similar to Uber’s own test of a $79 “unlimited commute card” for its UberPool service in New York City.

“In the next ten to twenty years, car ownership will be irrelevant,” said Zimmer. This will be especially apparent once the cost of taking a Lyft is less than the cost of ownership. The rise of autonomous driving could contribute to that, he said. “The price point could come down to something like $5.”

Though Zimmer said Lyft is focused on building out its network right now, he added that he’s optimistic about the future of self-driving rideshares. Noting the company’s partnership with GM, he said that autonomous cars will be a critical turning point in the industry.

“In five years, the majority of Lyft rides will be done autonomously,” he said.

Notably too, while Zimmer was on stage he took the opportunity to deny rumors that Lyft reportedly tried to sell itself to suitors like Apple and Uber. “We were never up for sale,” he said.


High tech meets haute couture at Silicon Valley Fashion Week

Pop culture loves to pit fashion and technology against one another. While fashionistas are often portrayed as really really good looking buffoons (looking at you, Derek), techies are rarely seen without being swaddled in their trusty black hoodies. But, as the 2016 Silicon Valley Fashion Week shows, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Silicon Valley Fashion Week 2016 – 30sec from Florence Lumsden on Vimeo.

Nearly two dozen designers and tech companies came together in San Francisco to exhibit their latest creations. Whether they were designed with CAD programs, extruded from 3D printers, controlled with smartphones or embedded with a litany of LED lights, each piece shown deeply incorporates modern technologies. Styles ranged from Renaissance to risque, with some designs geared for everyday consumers and others as wearable artwork. Check out the gallery below to see some of the most jaw-dropping examples from the show.


iPhone 7 With Powerbeats3 Wireless Among Best Buy’s List of Must-Have Holiday Gifts

Best Buy has shared its annual list of “must-have” tech gadgets ahead of the holiday shopping season, with four Apple products making the cut this year.

Specifically, the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro were named to the list in no particular order:

  • Google Home
  • Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Wireless Headphones
  • Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 Laptop
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Oculus Rift
  • Sony PlayStation VR
  • Sony 65” Class LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range
  • GoPro Hero5 Black
  • DJI Mavic Pro Drone
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Microsoft Xbox One S
  • Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
  • iPhone 7
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Rand McNally OverDryve Connected Car System
  • HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S7

Best Buy will be hosting its usual holiday sales events and it is offering free shipping on orders placed through its website until December 24.

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Apple Has Created ‘Detailed Mockups’ of iMessage for Android

Earlier in the year, rumors began swirling around the possibility Apple might launch a version of iMessage for Android smartphones due to the company’s increased focus on services, “which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms.”

The original report pointed to a potential announcement at WWDC, which came and went with no such news, and an Apple executive later commented that keeping iMessage on iOS has the understandable advantage of helping sales for iPhones and iPads.

In a larger piece today discussing the degree to which iMessage’s “stickiness” is acting as the glue to help keep users loyal to iOS, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber briefly outlined these previous rumors and provided further fuel to the flames. Gruber mentioned that he’s “heard from little birdies” that a handful of “detailed mockups” of iMessage for Android have been shared around Apple.

The user interface of the Android app is said to have gone through numerous designs, from one that looks identical to the version on iOS, to another that has a “pure Material Design,” using Google’s design language it developed a few years ago. Gruber still thinks iMessage on Android “might happen sooner or later,” mainly because of iMessage’s new monetized Messages App Store, which could net Apple increased income in its already profitable services category if it translated the app to Android.

I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design.

Apple undoubtedly creates mockups for all types of products and services, the vast majority of which never make it to release, and it’s unclear exactly how far along the iMessage for Android preliminary designs were at the time of their circulation through Apple, or when exactly that occurred. Still, Gruber notes that while an Android version of iMessage “may never see the light of day,” even the existence of such mockups “strongly suggests that there’s no ‘of course not’ to it.”

Apple currently distributes three apps on the Google Play store for Android, including Apple Music, Move to iOS for users who are transitioning from an Android smartphone to an iPhone, and Beats Pill, an app used to interact with a Beats Pill speaker. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said Apple Music is Apple’s way of testing the water ahead of bringing additional Apple services to other platforms, so it’s a possibility that iMessage could be one of those services.

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Duet Display for iPad Gains ‘Pro’ Drawing Features

Duet Display, the app that allows you to turn your iPad into an extra display for your Mac, is today gaining new features designed to turn the iPad Pro into a high-performance graphics tablet able to compete with Intuos or Wacom drawing tablets.

The new “Duet Pro” capabilities allow Duet Display to support the Apple Pencil on a 12.9 or 9.7-inch iPad Pro, allowing users to draw directly on their iPads and have the result show up on a connected desktop app.

Duet Display is also being updated with new algorithms to make drawing more responsive and to allow for better color quality and color correction. Features like palm rejection and hover functionality are included.

Duet Pro will be available as part of a subscription tier that’s priced at $20 per year for both new and existing customers.

Duet Display’s pro features are available on Macs running OS X 10.9 or later and Windows machines running Windows 8 and 10. An iPad Pro is also required.

Duet Display can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99, a temporary discount. [Direct Link]

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New macOS Virtual Keyboard Layouts Confirm Rumors of MacBook Pro OLED Touch Bar

A collection of new assets within the system resources for the virtual keyboard on macOS 10.12.1 essentially confirms Apple will be releasing new notebooks that include a touch-based OLED bar in lieu of the physical function key row seen on all current Macs, as has been rumored for the upcoming MacBook Pro.

On 10.12.0, the System Preferences assets for Apple’s virtual keyboard – which lets users type on a Mac without a physical keyboard – include a number of different keyboard image files covering the physical key layouts used across Apple’s product lineup, including full-height versus half-height function rows and different international layouts. Each file represents an image of macOS Sierra’s virtual keyboard that mirrors the user’s current physical keyboard layout, including a row across the top for function keys, Escape, and a power or eject key.

In yesterday’s 10.12.1 update to Sierra, a new set of assets was discovered by MacRumors reader Gabriel Lorin, revealing an updated physical keyboard layout coming for machines supporting the new operating system version. Three additional sets of layout files are included in system resources on macOS 10.12.1, with each image depicting a virtual keyboard that lacks the standard tactile row of function keys.

The image files do not directly represent the OLED touch bar and its functionality, which will likely be managed using separate preferences, but the omission of the function row entirely in these new layouts leaves no other reasonable explanation beyond those key functionalities being moved to a separate location such as the rumored touch bar.

The significantly redesigned MacBook Pro, which is expected to be at the forefront of Apple’s Mac event on Thursday, has been expected to include an OLED touch bar for some time now, so today’s discovery is just another piece in a long line of rumors and evidence leading up to Apple’s announcement later in the week. The panel is rumored to include Touch ID so users can gain easy access to a locked MacBook and perhaps direct Apple Pay functionality, and the remainder of the OLED keys will change contextually depending on which app is active on the computer.

Besides a 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is believed to be launching a new 13-inch MacBook Air at the event, but recent reports suggest that users may have to wait until 2017 for a refresh to the iMac and a new standalone 5K display.

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Buyer’s Guide: Retina MacBook Pro (Don’t Buy)
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What to Expect at Apple’s ‘Hello Again’ Mac Event

Apple is planning to hold an event on Thursday, October 27, which will focus solely on giving the Mac lineup some much-needed attention. Many of Apple’s Macs have gone more than a year without an update, like the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, while others, like the Mac mini and the Mac Pro, have gone several years without a refresh.

This is Apple’s first Mac-only event in years and the biggest Mac announcement since the Retina MacBook debuted in early 2015.

MacBook Pros

The MacBook Pro received a major redesign in 2012, and four years later, it’s about to receive another complete overhaul. With a new body, radical new features, and revamped internals, the MacBook Pro is expected to be the headlining product of Apple’s October 27 event. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has even called the MacBook Pro “the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.”

The MacBook Pro will continue to be available in 13 and 15-inch size options, but it will feature a thinner and lighter form factor than the current MacBook Pro, bringing it more in line with the 12-inch MacBook.

The body of the machine will not be tapered like the MacBook Air or the Retina MacBook, but it is said to have shallower curves around the edges, a wider pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad, metal injection mold-made hinges, thin speaker grilles next to the keyboard, up to 2TB of storage space, and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with more stable keys that use a butterfly mechanism and single LED backlighting.

At the top of the keyboard, the physical function keys will be replaced with an OLED touch panel (perhaps called the “Magic Toolbar”) with digital keys and buttons that are contextual, changing based on the application that’s in use. A Touch ID fingerprint sensor is expected to be built into the touch panel, giving users a way to more quickly unlock their Macs.

A small processor similar to the processor in the Apple Watch may be built into the panel, allowing it to run on a small amount of energy that won’t heavily impact battery life. It’s possible this will also include a secure enclave to protect Touch ID.

Rumors suggest the MacBook Pro will continue to be available in the same resolutions as current-generation models (2560 x 1600 for the 13-inch and 2880 x 1800 for the 15-inch), but better display quality and energy efficiency are expected.

Leaked images of the MacBook Pro casing sourced from a Chinese supplier suggest it will include just four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, doing away with the MagSafe port, USB-A ports, the HDMI port, and the SD card slot, so MacBook Pro buyers may need to invest in several adapters.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple or an Apple-approved third-party manufacturer will perhaps produce a USB-C MagSafe-like adapter with breakaway functionality to replace the MagSafe feature.

Inside, the MacBook Pro is expected to include Intel’s latest Skylake processors, and high-end 15-inch models are likely to feature AMD’s Polaris graphics chips, able to offer “console-class GPU performance” with a low-power mobile architecture.

Thunderbolt 3 and support for the 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification are rumored for the machine, and drawing on improvements introduced with the MacBook, Apple is likely to use terraced battery technology for impressive MacBook-style battery life that outperforms existing MacBook Pro machines. Faster flash storage, an improved Retina display, and new color options for the body (Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray) are also strong possibilities.

For more detail on the next-generation MacBook Pro, make sure to check out our MacBook Pro roundup.

MacBook Air

The 13-inch MacBook Air was updated with 8GB RAM earlier this year, and it looks like it’s set to get another minor refresh. Rumors suggest Apple is planning to add USB-C ports to the MacBook Air, bringing it in line with the upcoming MacBook Pro and the Retina MacBook.

Aside from the addition of USB-C ports, it’s possible the MacBook Air could get a minor internal spec bump, adding Skylake processors and Thunderbolt 3 support, but it’s clear that Apple is in the process of phasing out the MacBook Air, so major changes are not expected. At this point, the MacBook Air has largely been replaced by the thinner, lighter MacBook.

Like the standard non-Retina MacBook Pro that’s been available for several years, Apple will likely keep the MacBook Air around as a low-cost option, but it’s unlikely to see big changes going forward. Japanese site Mac Otakara says that only the 13-inch MacBook Air will be sticking around, so it’s possible the 11-inch machine will be retired.

For more info on the upcoming changes that could be coming to the MacBook Air, make sure to check out our MacBook Air roundup.


The iMac line was last updated in October of 2015, and it’s due for a refresh, but a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says iMacs aren’t ready to ship. He believes Apple could potentially announce the machines at the event and launch them during the first half of 2017, but this does not agree with previous rumors that have suggested iMacs could debut at the event.

For that reason, it’s unclear if the iMacs will be updated on October 27th. We aren’t expecting to see any exterior changes to the iMac, but internally, Skylake processor upgrades are likely for the 21.5-inch machine. As for the 27-inch iMac, it’s already using the most recent Skylake chips and since no Kaby Lake chips are available, it may not see a processor upgrade.

Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and the latest Polaris graphics cards from AMD in higher-end 27-inch machines are likely upgrades we may see in the 2016 or 2017 iMac. Graphics improvements will undoubtedly be the highlight of the iMac update, as AMD’s latest chips are expected to offer double the performance of the previous generation, measured on a per-watt basis.

For more detail on the iMac, make sure to check out our iMac roundup.

Other Possibilities

5K Display
Apple retired the Thunderbolt Display in June, but its retirement doesn’t signal the end of Apple’s work on external displays.

Apple is rumored to be developing a 5K Retina display with an integrated GPU in partnership with LG, but there’s no word on when it might be released. Rumors haven’t suggested such a display is coming on Thursday, and Ming-Chi Kuo does not believe they’re ready for an imminent launch, but it does make some sense to release it alongside Macs equipped with Thunderbolt 3.

A 5K display would feature the same 5120 X 2880 resolution as the 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, and it could look similar, too. In the past, the Thunderbolt Display has shared the same screen as the iMac, but with an LG partnership thrown into the mix, the sourcing and the design of the display are less certain.

Because a 5K display requires so much bandwidth, even with an integrated GPU, it’s likely only newer machines will be able to drive it. Full plug-and-play support for 5K external displays will require the DisplayPort 1.3 or DisplayPort 1.4 standards, but none of Apple’s Macs or upcoming Macs support it, so that’s why Apple needs to use an integrated GPU.

For additional info on the 5K iMac and what to expect, make sure to check out our Thunderbolt Display roundup.

Mac Pro
The Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since it received its radical cylinder-style redesign in 2013, so it is overdue for an update. Components for a refresh have been available for several years, but it is unclear if Apple will refresh the machine.

There have been no rumors suggesting an update is in the works, but if Apple is planning a refresh, it will likely be just a minor spec bump, introducing the latest Xeon chips, AMD graphics, and USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3 support.

More detail on the Mac Pro and chips might be included can be found in our Mac Pro roundup.

Mac mini
It’s been two years since the Mac mini was last refreshed, and it’s unclear if Apple plans to update it again or quietly retire it going forward. There have been no rumors of a refresh, but there was a two-year gap between the 2012 update and the 2014 update and it is long overdue for a spec bump.

The Mac mini uses the same processors as the MacBook Pro, and there are Skylake chips appropriate for a refresh available. Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C are other possible upgrades the Mac mini could see if Apple is planning to update the machine.

MacRumors will provide live coverage of Apple’s October 27 Mac event both here on and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Related Roundups: iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Buyer’s Guide: iMac (Don’t Buy), MacBook Air (Don’t Buy), Retina MacBook Pro (Don’t Buy)
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How to check your Uber rating – CNET

If you use Uber enough, you’re bound to have a bad experience that made you give your driver a low rating. Maybe your driver keeps getting lost, maybe the car is dirty and falling apart, or maybe the driver won’t stop caterwauling while you’re trying to make a call. But did you know that you get rated, too?

If you’ve ever made a driver wait curbside while you took your sweet time leaving a building or gotten crumbs in the car, you may be an Uber offender. Obnoxious behavior on your part could land you with a low passenger rating behind the scenes, and that’s not trivial. Drivers see your rating when you request a ride, and can ultimately pass you up if your tanked rating makes you look like a liability.

While you can only change your rating through good behavior, you can at least see where you stand. And knowing, my friend, is half the battle.

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You’re nearly there!

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Check your Uber rating

Step 1: Open the Uber app. You’ll see a Menu icon indicated by three horizontal lines in the top left corner, tap the icon to pull up more options. Select Help then Account and Payment.

Step 2: Choose Account Settings and Ratings second from the top. This will bring up a few frequently asked questions and general how-to’s. If you’re curious, this section is worth exploring. But if you only care about your rider rating choose I’d like to know my rating. This will bring up a message that briefly explains how ratings work and gives you the option to submit a request.

Step 3: Hit Submit and after a second of waiting you’ll see your rating out of a five star total.

If your rating is less than awesome

Sorry, only drivers dictate rider ratings (they also have the option to go back and change it) so the only way to improve your rating is by taking more rides with Uber and being on your best behavior. If you really want to reform, Uber lists a few ways to improve etiquette with your diver. You can start by giving your driver an accurate pickup location and putting away the snacks and smokes. So next time you’re in an Uber, be sure to mind your manners. You’ll improve your rating and make your parents proud.


Microsoft event: How to watch and what to expect – CNET

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Microsoft will be holding a special late-fall event in New York on Wednesday, October 26. The event is expected to be Windows-oriented with a focus on hardware — such as the rumored Surface all-in-one device — though mobile devices and hardware accessories (such as a new Microsoft Band) will probably not make an appearance.

Want to follow the event on your own? Here’s all the information you need to know:

How to watch

  • When: Wednesday, October 26
  • What time: Los Angeles: 7 a.m. — Chicago: 9 a.m. — New York: 10 a.m. — London: 3 p.m. — Tokyo: 11 p.m. — Sydney: 1 a.m. (October 27)
  • Where to watch: Check out Microsoft’s livestream here.

What to expect

  • Our rundown on the rumors about what Microsoft will — or will not — announce during the event
  • Microsoft may unveil a Surface-branded device code-named Cardinal
  • Everything we know about Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s next game console
  • Windows 10 will go full VR with Windows Holographic

How to watch the World Series online – CNET

A drought will end at the conclusion of the 2016 World Series. The Chicago Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, and the Cleveland Indians haven’t won a title since 1948. These are the two longest championship droughts in baseball, if not professional sports.

The 2016 World Series begins on Tuesday, October 25, in Cleveland. Fox will broadcast the games nationally, but you don’t need a TV in order to watch. There are four legal options to watch this historic World Series matchup live online.

Fox Sports Go app

If you are a cable subscriber, then you can watch the World Series on the Fox Sports Go app for free (well, for no more than you’re already paying for cable). The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

Sling TV

For cord cutters, Sling TV is your best option to watch the World Series with one caveat: you must live in a market where Sling TV offers Fox. Check out this Sling TV support page to see the available channels in your area.

If Sling TV offers Fox in your market, then you’ll want to sign up for the Sling TV Blue package, which costs $25 a month and includes Fox. With no contract, you can cancel any time, including immediately following the last out of the last game and be out only $25. Better yet, sign up for Sling TV’s free seven-day trial, though if the World Series goes a full seven games, you will miss games 6 and 7 if you sign up prior to game 1. Perhaps the best course of action is to sign up for the free trial on Friday before game 3 and be assured you’ll be able to watch the World Series to completion.

PlayStation Vue

Like Sling TV, Sony’s streaming TV service is a cable TV alternative that doesn’t require a contract and features a seven-day free trial. PlayStation Vue is available nationwide, but live programming is still available only in select markets, so you may want to use the free trial to ensure you get live streaming on Fox in your area. Sony doesn’t offer a list its channel lineup by market, but Cord Cutter News last month charted live streaming of Fox in 18 markets.

If you want to sign up for a PlayStation Vue plan for the World Series, then the Access plan for $40 a month is the cheapest option that includes Fox. To sign up for PlayStation Vue, you no longer need a PlayStation 3 or a PlayStation 4 console. In addition to the PS3 and PS4, supported devices include Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku streaming devices and Google Chromecast devices. At Bat app

The At Bat app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire) is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it’s less useful for tuning into baseball’s postseason because you not only need to prove you are a cable TV subscriber, but you must also be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short: Arvig, AT&T/DirecTV, Brighthouse, Buckeye, Cox, Dish, Optimum, Suddenlink, TimeWarner, Verizon FiOS and WOW.

If you are a subscriber to one of the above pay TV providers, then you can proceed with the $9.99 Postseason Package. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year. Because, as Cubs fans have been known to say for more than a century, “There’s always next year.”

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