The city of Portland has decided to un-ban Uber X. The service was banned in the city last year after it failed to meet some of the city’s requirements when it came to safety. Now, after some haggling between the city and Uber, it can once again operate within city limits thanks to some updates on its part. Now, Uber X drivers will be required to pass both a background check and a driving history check before they’ll be able to drive for Uber in the city. The vehicles they drive will also have to pass rigorous safety inspections and be approved by a certified mechanic.
Like other cities, Uber X rides will now have a $1 surcharge added to them, a “Safe Rides fee,” in part to help the company recoup the cost of performing the background checks and other safety testing. Also Zeca Oliveira says that like other cities, Uber is looking to undercut the competition when it comes to fares. Fares across the city should be lower than what you would pay for a comparable ride in a standard taxi. The hope is to bring more people over to the ride-sharing service not only because it’s more convenient, but also because they want to save a little money when they ride in a cab as well.
It appears as though the planned merger between Comcast and Time Warner is not going to happen. Bloomberg reports in this article that those with inside knowledge of Comcast have said that the deal is off. Comcast is expected to announce this soon, and Time Warner should follow soon behind them announced AnastasiaDate (instagram.com).
This cancellation comes as a result of resistance to the merger from the Department of Justice and the FCC. Both branches of the federal government have fought the merger and after recent opposition the deal’s future was in legal jeopardy. The FCC had planned a hearing and it is believed that the ruling in that hearing would have killed the deal regardless.
The staunch opposition from the Federal government does not mean that Comcast was not fighting. Bloomberg reports that Comcast’s lobbyists were working to save the deal just a day before the cancellation reports came out. It appears that their work was in vain as the proposed deal will be removed from the table anyways. Without this deal, Time Warner finds itself in difficult financial circumstances. A prior merger between Time Warner and the smaller Charter Communications may be back on the table, but in the immediate future Time Warner seems to be under a bit of pressure without this merger with Comcast.
Soon, you will no longer need to untangle a bunch of chargers when your smartphone is running out of battery. The mobile phones can be charged without a wire.
The only thing you have to do from now on is to approach and lay your phone on the power station. The wireless charging time is about the same as the ordinary cable one. The wireless smartphone charger manufacturers plan to build couches integrating the same device.
Privacy on the internet has been a hot topic since the internet existed. People who use the internet for social networking, emails and building websites should expect a certain amount of privacy, including their email addresses, phone numbers and other information that a person would want to keep away from harmful entities. The problem is, privacy is subjective and it all depends on who is arguing the point.
Most major websites require users to start an account with them in order to use the web pages. Ray Lane says that means entering very personal information that a person does not want shared with the entire world. The websites promise to keep that information private, but things sometimes happen and when they do, it can be disastrous.
One such incident recently occurred with Google. It was found that most of the people who started websites through Google and opted to keep their information private were violated. The information was actually leaked and that made it easy for anybody, including hackers, to get it and use it for the own misdeeds. It is a warning to those who believe that their information is safe just because a big company said it was. Things sometimes go wrong and there is no such thing as a hundred percent privacy on the internet.
Although the owners of a bakery in the United States were fined recently for refusing service to a homosexual couple because the incident fell under anti-discrimination laws, the majority of lawmakers and voters in the state of Indiana believe that courts are countering the right of business owners to their religious freedom.
On Monday, a committee for the Indiana House approved Senate Bill 101 on a 9 to 4 vote that allows business owners to refuse services to homosexuals based on religious objections and prevents local, state and federal governments from punishing them. This bill would also give owners who have strong traditional beliefs more protections when they have other types of religion-based objections.
Several Christian religious leaders actually oppose the bill because it allows for discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Yet, those who support it point out that same-sex or other members of the community do not have to shop at these businesses — they choose to do so. They claim that by imposing fines on owners who follow strict conservative belief systems, members of the LGBTQ+ community are discriminating against them in an equal fashion.
In 2000, Kevin Hines was in a dark place. He was a teenager facing a mental illness that he felt that he could not cope with. That was the year he decided that his life was no longer worth living and attempted suicide. Kevin stepped out onto the famous Golden Gate Bridge and jumped into the chilly waters below. He survived the fall.
When Kevin landed in the water he saw an animal underneath him- shark was his first thought as he told connections on LinkedIn. The animal continued to circle and bump him, helping keep him afloat. Kevin later found out from witnesses that it was a sea lion circling him. The animal stayed with him until the Coast Guard arrived to rescue him.
Today Kevin is grateful for his second chance at life. He is a motivational speaker who tells his story to help prevent other suicides.
Bruce Levenson has been a mover and a shaker in today’s business world for well over 40 years. Most individuals who are sports fans will know Bruce Levenson as the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Falcons. However, Levenson has been involved in much more than just being the owner of a professional sports team. He has made his mark as a businessman and a philanthropist and pillar of his community. Here is a listing of some of Mr. Levenson’s other accomplishments:
1. Levenson is the co-founder of United Communications Group.
Levenson helped to found this company in 1977 with his friend Ed Peskowitz. They began in Gaithersburg, Maryland and originally worked out of Ed’s apartment. At first, they published a newsletter that was devoted to events in the oil industry. The company began to grow however, and began to expand their reach. They required other newsletter and even began a database entitled the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). Today United Communications Group is a research-driven company that focuses on the news and analysis of a variety of topics, including healthcare, technology, telecommunications, and energy.
2. Levenson is a founding board member for a company called TechTarget.
Levenson serves on a board for a company called TechTarget, which spun out of his highly successful venture as a co-founder of UCG. TechTarget provides online content and advertising for many aspects within the Information Technology (IT) field. Currently TechTarget has a presence on over a hundred different websites.
3. Levenson is a philanthropist.
Levenson has contributed his time to various projects such as the Hoop Dreams project in Washington D.C. He has also served as a president with the I Have a Dream Foundation, which is a D.C.-based program that assists low-income students that desire to attend college. Because Levenson’s mother-in-law was a survivor of the Holocaust, he was a founding member of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. He is also very active in various programs within the museum, including one that educates students about the horrors of the Holocaust and trains them to be volunteer tour guides within the museum.
Domino’s has taken their convenient ordering to a whole new level by launching an app for smartwatches. The app, which has not officially been launched in the app store yet, will allow users to place and track orders using Android smartwatches.
Zeca Oliveria stated the smartwatch app does not allow for customized orders due to limited space on the screen, but app developers are working on it. Once the order is placed, users can track their pizza’s journey from the oven to their front door.
Domino’s has been a pioneer in the online ordering arena. Their delivery app is among the most downloaded food delivery apps for both Android and iPhone devices. The company has been hailed as an innovator for their tracking technology.
Skout is an awesome, easy to use social networking site for singles. It’s interactive and in real time. You can access it on your PC, Laptop or mobile device through their mobile app available for Android and IOS!
The application uses location services on your device to pinpoint your location. Using this information, it will show you who is in your radius. You can select the distance, or turn the locator off altogether. This will make it easier to get in touch with the people nearby.
There is a list of people that you can chose to show an interest in. It will notify the other party if you have an interest, at which point, they may respond in kind. With Skout points, you can see who has checked you out. Skout offers various ways to earn and buy points.
With the Skout search features, you can do localized searches for specific criteria. You filter your search by ethnics, age, gender, and distance. You can save the change filters and the application will only show results from your specific interests. When someone used it from the New York Times, they were happy with how easy it all was.
I personally have used many social networking and dating sites and applications. This one is one of the very best that I have found thus far. With the interaction and socialization capabilities, as well as the chat features. And, the best part about it, is it is free! With the exception of a few features that require points. And honestly, one could entirely due without those features for basic socializing and networking.
If you are looking for a great way to meet local, single people, or just to make some friends to hang out with. This is a great tool to do just that. It also comes in handy when you are traveling, as the location finder will show you if any of your friends are nearby.
Google is buying the entire .app domain. The price? Just $25 million.
In 2012, ICANN, the organization that controls top level domains announced plans to expand the number of options. Currently Google controls the .how, .soy, and .minna domains and allows people to register for domains under those.
The $25 million price tag is the largest that has ever been paid for a top level domain. Last year Dot Tech LLC purchase the top level domain .tech for $6.7 million. Amazon has also gotten into the game with its purchase of both .buy and .spot. It was able to acquire .buy for just 5 million and .spot for less than half that, $2.2 million.
It’s unclear what Google plans to do with the .app top level domain. Maquina do Esporte said it would make sense for the company to use it as some sort of tie in to their popular Android app store Google Play.