Day: April 27, 2019

Uber Admits It Wants To Take Riders Away From Public Transit

“Uber took down the taxi industry and now it wants a piece of public transit,” reports CNN, in an article shared by dryriver: For years, as it aggressively entered new markets, Uber has maintained that it is a complement and ally of public transit. But that messaging changed earlier this month, when Uber released its…

Apple, App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior – CNET

A New York Times report says Apple targeted third-party apps designed to limit phone use after releasing its own screen-time tools. …read more Source:: CNet

Designers Release ‘Aweigh’, An Open Source Alternative to GPS

“A team of student designers and engineers from the RCA and Imperial College have designed an open-source alternative to GPS, called Aweigh, that does not rely on satellites,” reports the design magazine Dezeen. It’s similar to the sextant, calculating positions by measuring the angular distances between the horizon and the sun. ExRex (Slashdot reader #47,177)…

Magnets Versus Laundry Detergent

Soap cleans clothes better than magnets. There, we are spoiling the ending so don’t accuse us of clickbaiting. The funny thing is that folks believe this is plausible enough to ask magnets experts so often that they dedicate a blog entry to comparing magnets and soap. Since you already know how this ends, let’s talk…

‘They’re Basically Lying’ – Mental Health Apps Caught Secretly Sharing Data

“Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports…” writes The Verge. “You don’t have to be a user of Facebook’s or Google’s services for them…

Avengers: Endgame breaks global box office record for biggest opening ever – CNET

The MCU blockbuster keeps smashing records with Hulk-like force. …read more Source:: CNet

Avengers: Endgame best and worst — our global review – CNET

The CNET global crew reacts to the final chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sheer perfection or a waste of time? Spoilers ahead! …read more Source:: CNet

Avengers: Endgame has a physics problem – CNET

Marvel’s massive superhero movie bends the rules of the universe. Here’s how things really work. But warning: This article includes spoilers. …read more Source:: CNet

Amazon’s Algorithm Automatically Fires Inefficient Warehouse Workers

The Verge obtained Amazon documents detailing the firing of hundreds of warehouse workers who failed to live up to “a proprietary productivity metric.” Those firings “are far more common than outsiders realize” — and they’re apparently initiated by an algorithm. In a signed letter last year, an attorney representing Amazon said the company fired “hundreds”…

Avengers: Endgame — 22 things I learned from Marvel’s epic opus – CNET

It’s the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what I learned. Warning: Spoilers ahead. …read more Source:: CNet