Uber Allows Riders To Tip Drivers via App, Matching Lyft

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart.

Besides the built-in tipping announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money in other ways too.

Riders will be charged by the minute if they keep an Uber car waiting for more than two minutes. Uber also is reducing the time riders have to cancel a ride to avoid being slapped with a $5 fee from five minutes to two minutes after summoning a driver.

Uber won’t take any of the tip money. The San Francisco company will continue to collect part of ride-cancellation fees, as well as the waiting-time charges.

The tipping option, long available in the app of rival Lyft, will start Tuesday in Seattle, Houston and Minneapolis. Uber wants it to be in all U.S. cities by the end of July. The other features will roll out in August.

The attempt to smooth over its sometimes testy relationship with drivers is part of a broader effort to reverse damage done to Uber’s reputation by revelations of sexual harassment in its offices, allegations of trade secrets theft and an investigation into efforts to mislead government regulators.

“These drivers are our most important partners, but we haven’t done a very good job honoring that partnership,” said Rachel Holt, regional general manager in the U.S. and Canada. She is on the leadership team running Uber while CEO Travis Kalanick is on leave.

The expanded earnings opportunities are the first step in what Uber is billing as “180 days of change” for its U.S. drivers. Holt wouldn’t reveal the rest of the campaign.

Drivers are happy about the tips but would like more from Uber in New York City,…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Samsara Smart Suitcase is Overfunded on Kickstarter Because of its Design

Samsara luggage is being touted on Kickstarter as a “smart suitcase” with tech included. However, it would seem that the current crop of smart suitcase buyers are more interested in the suitcase’s design upgrades than additional integrated tech features, which actually some people find unnecessary. Its flagship product is currently 5 times overfunded on Kickstarter, and is […]
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Toshiba Chooses U.S.-Japan Bidder for Memory Chip Biz Sale

Money-losing Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that it has chosen a U.S.-Japan consortium as the preferred bidder in the sale of its lucrative memory chip business, but hurdles remain as an American joint-venture partner is opposing the move.

Toshiba sorely needs the sale, with its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. racking up massive red ink and filing for bankruptcy protection.

Tokyo-based Toshiba said the board of directors selected the bid, totaling about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion), from the consortium of Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, Bain Capital Private Equity and the Development Bank of Japan in the sale of Toshiba Memory Corp.

But Western Digital of the U.S., which has acquired some SanDisk chip operations, including a joint venture with Toshiba in Japan, reiterated its opposition to such a move. It said in a statement that Toshiba “has no right” to transfer the joint venture without its consent.

It said it filed a request for arbitration last week. Toshiba has accused Western Digital of interfering with its sales efforts. Such sales can be sensitive because they involve the transfer of technology.

SK Hynix, a major South Korean chip supplier, confirmed it was a lender to the consortium, “seeking new business opportunities,” but declined to elaborate. Toshiba said Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group of Japan was also a financer for a consortium member, but neither SK Hynix nor MUFJ will have managerial say.

“Toshiba has determined that the consortium has presented the best proposal, not only in terms of valuation, but also in respect to certainty of closing, retention of employees and maintenance of sensitive technology within Japan,” it said.

Damian Thong, senior technology analyst with Macquarie in Tokyo, said the decision reflects how Japan wants to keep the technology, but concessions would be needed from Western Digital.

A fight in court would be detrimental long term, because delays…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

This Company is Creating an Absurd and Futuristic Self-Driving Store on Wheels

A small, Swedish startup company called Wheelys is attempting to compete with Amazon at creating cashier-free stores with automated checkouts. However, after rolling out the first test store in Shanghai earlier this year, the company is now moving on to a completely new concept, even if the technology is a bit untested. This new concept is […]
Source: Mobile Magazine

Demisto Launches Nucleus Partner Program

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 21, 2017 — Demisto, Inc., an innovator in Security Automation and Orchestration technology, today announced the launch of its channel and integration partner programs, called Nucleus, enabling the expansion of its security automation and orchestration offering to end users, while greatly broadening the reach of Demisto?EU?s solution to meet rapidly growing global demand.

To build and grow Demisto?EU?s partner programs, the company has named former VP of Partnerships at Optiv Bob Kruse as its VP of Alliances. Mr. Kruse has 20 years of experience in IT spanning Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure and Information Security. The new Nucleus program will build upon Demisto?EU?s early partner success and will execute on the company?EU?s dynamic product integration growth as it moves to channel and integration partner development as one of its main go-to-market strategies.

?EU?Demisto?EU?s platform effectively addresses multiple trends in the information security industry today — end users saturated with tools that don?EU?t interoperate, alert fatigue from numerous tools, and an insufficient supply of skilled personnel,?EU? said Tera Davis, Managing Director at Critical Start, a leading cybersecurity solution provider. ?EU?With Demisto?EU?s Nucleus Channel and Integration Partner Programs, Critical Start can offer customers a practical solution to integrate threat feeds, drive efficiency for security operations and further maximize the effectiveness of many of the partner solutions we offer today.?EU?

Demisto Enterprise integrates with a growing list of hundreds of security products and collaboration platforms. These integrations equip partners with the industry?EU?s first comprehensive security orchestration platform that includes automation, incident management, and real-time interactive investigation. Integration with disparate solutions is a key tenet of Demisto?EU?s value proposition and enables partners to add more value and monetize their customer base. Also, Demisto was built with multi-tenancy from day one and it provides Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) with an option to…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

VeloCloud SD-WAN Wins Gold at IT World Awards

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 21, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that Network Products Guide, the industry?EU?s leading technology research and advisory guide, has named VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN as the 2017 Gold Award winner in the 12th Annual IT World Awards® for the SDN category.

This global award recognizes ongoing advances such as the innovative VeloCloud SD-WAN SDK and APIs, best-of-breed VeloCloud SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program, and progressive VeloCloud VNF Framework for technology partners. As the leader in SD-WAN, VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN is the choice for Enterprises and Service Providers around the world continuing to reiterate the value of genuine SD-WAN.

VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment and operations model. Both Enterprises and Service Providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links. With VeloCloud, The Cloud is the Network™.

These industry and peer recognitions from Network Products Guide are the world?EU?s premier information technology awards honoring achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry. Winners from all over the world will be honored on June 27 during the 2017 SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner in San Francisco.

?EU?This top award for SDN technology solutions in 2017 by Network Products Guide validates VeloCloud SD-WAN as the leading architecture for on-premises and cloud services,?EU? said VeloCloud VP of Marketing Michael Wood. ?EU?VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN is a key enabler for global enterprise connectivity and productivity delivering exceptional…
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Spotify and Facebook Create Playlist Mashup In Messenger

Spotify and Facebook have rolled out a new tool they believe will make listening to music more social. The tool, called Group Playlists for Messenger, lets people create and build Spotify playlists together within Messenger. Spotify suggests Group Playlists for Messenger can be ideal for parties, road trips, or other times when several people want to collaborate on a playlist. One user, a Spotify subscriber, will need to kick off the playlist and then share it with friends through Messenger. Once shared, anyone in the conversation can add songs even if they’re not on Spotify. The feature is available beginning today.

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Unicode 10 Adds 56 New Emoji

The Unicode Consortium this week announced Unicode 10, which includes 56 new emoji characters and four new scripts. Some of the new emoji include facial expressions (raised eyebrow, hand-over-mouth), more men and women (bearded man, woman in head garb), hand symbols, food (dumpling, fortune cookie), clothing items, animals (dinosaurs, bugs), vehicles (flying saucer, sled), and a curling stone. The Consortium says the new scripts cover some of the world’s lesser-used languages, including Gondi, Soyombo, Syriac, and Gujarati. The Unicode Consortium often offers a preview of its releases before they are made final, but this week it announced and released the final build of Unicode 10. It will be up to operating systems, platforms, and applications to adopt the new emoji. Some of the new faces are already built into Android 8 O.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Phew. New Nuu A3L for you.

Phew. New Nuu A3L for you.

Want to spend less than £75 on your next smartphone? Well, you need to be looking at something like this, the A3L Smartphone from Nuu Mobile. You can put two 4G SIMs in and there’s a 5″ 854 x 480 display. It measures in at 143.8 x 71.8 x 9.8 mm and is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a MediaTek MTK6580 1.3Ghz quad core CPU.

Ideal for “on the go mums and festival goers”, it has a 2000mAh battery, 8GB internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front. There’s also a feature called “SmartWake” which lets you make a shortcut to your favourite apps.

You can boost that 8GB storage via a microSD slow (up to 32GB extra) and Nuu have a UK based support centre with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind and assistance.

The handset is just £74.99 and you can also grab a selection of bright cases for £9.99 – all from uk.nuumobile.com

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  • ZTE's Axon 7 Mini Wins Android 7.1.1

    ZTE today began pushing Android 7.1.1 to its Axon 7 Mini smartphone. Like the same update that reached the larger Axon 7 earlier this year, today’s update for the Axon 7 Mini adds support for T-Mobile WiFi Calling; a wider selection of gender-balanced emoji and GIFs; performance improvements to Google’s Daydream VR; and the latest security patches. ZTE says it also fixed bugs and tweaked behaviors throughout the operating system. Android 7.1.1 Nougat heralds split-screen multitasking and better power management. People who own the Axon 7 Mini can download the update manually via the system settings tools on their phone or wait for it to arrive over the air.

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