Apps Bring Fast Food to Your Doorstep — But It's Going To Cost You

It’s never been easier to get burgers, burritos and other items from fast-food chains delivered to your doorstep. But the convenience can hurt your wallet.

More fast-food companies have been offering delivery by teaming up with food-ordering apps, many of which charge fees or other added-on costs. The chains see delivery as another way to boost sales, but for customers, it can turn a typically cheap meal into a pricier one.

“If you’re not careful, your fees can add up to be more than the cost of the food,” says Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at deal site RetailMeNot.

Fast food companies typically use several online ordering services, and their fees and rules differ, so you’ll need to do some research on your own to know what you are spending. Here’s what to look out for:

Fees With Those Fries?

Many apps charge delivery fees, and the amount can differ widely depending on the city you live and app you’re using. Online ordering apps charged fees ranging from $1 to as much as $11, according to a report last month from analysts at investment bank Mizuho. Typically, the app will tell you what the fee amount is before paying.

Another thing to look out for: surge pricing. Uber Eats, which delivers for McDonald’s, and Postmates, which has partnered with burrito chain Chipotle, charge more during busy ordering times. Both companies notify users that they will be charged more for delivery before they pay. And both companies say they need surge pricing in order to give delivery people more incentive to deliver for them when more customers are placing orders.

Look Out for Higher Menu Prices

Some apps may charge more for menu items than they cost if you walked into the restaurant. Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash all say the prices on their apps may vary…
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Enghouse Interactive Wins Cloud Excellence Award

Phoenix, AZ — February 22, 2018 — Enghouse Interactive, a leading developer of a comprehensive portfolio of contact center software and services, today announced that its contact center as-a-service offering, Contact Center: Service Provider (CCSP), has been awarded the 2017 Cloud Computing Excellence Award by Cloud Computing magazine.

This honor is bestowed upon companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

CCSP is a cloud delivery platform purpose built for service providers who leverage it to build, sell and operate contact center as a service (CCaaS) solutions. Cloud-based contact center solutions shift the financial burden from crippling capital expenditures needed for legacy technology, to a monthly subscription model that drastically lowers price points and barriers to entry. Contact centers become empowered with the flexibility, agility and scalability conducive to growth, available on an as-needed basis.

“CCSP is a proven commodity for service providers to expand into new markets and create new revenue streams by offering enterprise-grade cloud contact center solutions at competitive price points,” said Jacki Tessmer, Vice President of Service Provider and Cloud Strategy, Enghouse Interactive. “We are honored by this award,” added Tessmer, “as it validates the demand for our partner’s CCSP based omni-channel CCaaS solutions. The ability to consume contact center functionality from the cloud, as a service, is a crucial value-add that enhances a company’s internal operations as well as customer satisfaction.”

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce CCSP as a recipient of the seventh Annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Enghouse Interactive is being honored for its achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends.”

About Enghouse Interactive

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Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23

The FCC today published its “Restoring Internet Freedom” rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes the open market, rather than actual rules, will prevent telecommunications companies from acting in bad faith. Pai is doing away with bright-line rules that prevent throttling and paid-prioritization and suggests that as long as companies are transparent about their policies all will be good. Further, the FCC believes the FTC should take on a greater role in protecting consumers. The FTC, however, is a reactionary body that takes steps only after grievances have occurred. The move is seen as a victory for telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon. April 23 may mark the official end of net neutrality rules, but the FCC’s order is the target of litigation. The attorneys general from 21 states plan to sue the FCC in a bid to overturn the reversal. Further, the governors of Montana, New Jersey, and New York have introduced their own rules that compel telecommunications firms to abide by at least some elements to treat web traffic equally. Similarly, some 50 senators have agreed to introduce legislation that would keep net neutrality rules in place, as well as give control over the matter to Congress. Many consumer groups have also vowed to fight the new rules.

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Intel Targeting 2019 5G Launch in Phones and PCs

Intel today announced a range of efforts in the 5G space, including its timeline for bringing new Intel-powered 5G devices to market. The company says it has been developing 5G technology for some now, including virtualized network functionality and software defined networks. It is relying on the 3GPP 5G NR spec and is working with vendors and partners to create an ecosystem of products to support 5G as it rolls out. One of the primary pieces of the 5G puzzle is Intel’s recently announced Xeon D-2100 system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor. It can handle intensive compute and network workloads demanded by 5G at the network edge. Further, Intel has partnered with China’s Unigroup Spreadtrum and will pair a Spreadtrum processor with its own XMM 8000 5G modem. Intel expects to see phones packing the combined Spreadtrum/Intel SoC during the second half of 2019. PCs with embedded 5G are on the horizon, too. PC makers Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft all plan to enable their mobile computers to support 5G connections with the Intel XMM 8060 modem. Intel and its partners will have some concepts on display at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. They also expect to bring these concepts to market during the second half of 2019.

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Google Pixel Buds – Review

The Introduction

When Apple made their own AirPod wireless headphones a lot of tech fans were waiting for Google to show off their own version.

Using their own Pixel brand, Google announced the Pixel Buds at last year’s Google I/O event and the headline feature was  the instant translation system.

Costing £159 though, this is not a cheap purchase. That may be enough to put people off trying them out for themselves. Thankfully Google came to my rescue and agreed to loan me a pair to review.

Google Pixel Buds   Review


Design and fit

Comfort is always the biggest area to look at. After all ,why have an amazing-looking piece of hardware that feels uncomfortable? You’d never want to use it.

I was interested in the design of the Pixel Buds and how exactly they stay in your ears, especially as I am more used to the full in-ear style that hold themselves in.

What Google have done with their approach is have a little fabric adjustable loop on each bud which you can change to your fit. When placed in your ear, this is what tucks in and holds them in place…..in theory.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

The issue I had though was that, at times, they started to come loose and almost fall out. Then, when trying to push one back in, I often found that I activated the Google Assistant.

The sound is good quality, perhaps only let down by the way the headset sits. It rests in your ear instead of going into the ear canal. If they did that then it would block out external sounds better.

The overall design is nice. The buds come in a different colour options based on their Pixel phone range. The materials used feel premium, which is good considering the £159 price tag.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

Just like Apple did with their AirPods, connectivity comes via a square fabric case. This also lets you charge via USB-C – just like the Pixel phones.

Inside the case are two holes labelled L and R with tiny dots in each used to connect with the headset. You wind the cable around the outside edge and it tucks nicely up the middle so you can close the lid.

Inside there are also some lights used to show the battery status and a single button you hold on to enable Bluetooth pairing with your devices.

I have seen videos before where all you do is open the lid and your phone pops up with a notification to connect to the headset, but in my testing this took an age to actually happen, so instead I used the old fashioned button to pair.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

When you look at the Pixel Buds you will notice that there’s no buttons. The secret is on the right bud where a touch-sensitive button is located under the G logo.

Holding this loads the Google Assistant on your phone, and when paired to my MacBook Pro it even lets me use Siri. That’s handy. It also let me ask questions about the weather as well as skipping music tracks.

A quick tap let’s the Assistant know you want to listen to any notifications you have as well as telling the time. This is both useful and great if you are into running.

The only other control is swiping left or right to adjust the volume with a small beep each time so you know you have done it correctly.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

Battery life seemed pretty good. Whilst paired to my laptop I was able to watch quite a lot of Netflix before needing to recharge in the case. This included using the headset for Siri commands too.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

Conclusion

When I saw the Pixel Buds announced at last years I/O event, I was very interested to see just how good they were for music quality. However, most of all I wanted to use the built-in Google Assistant features.

Whilst the instant translation feature wowed many, it was having quick access to answers that I was more interested in and excited to try for myself.

In my two weeks with the Pixel Buds I was pleasantly surprised at the great audio quality and how handy it was having the assistant in my ear instead of having to take out my phone all the time.

The only two real concerns I experienced with the Pixel Buds were the strange way they fit in your ear. They often started to fall out.

Google Pixel Buds   Review

The other concern was needing that square case they come in to be able to pair to devices.

I admit there will not be many people with multiple devices, but I often found that although I had already used my MacBook, I had to put the headset back in the case.

On the flip side, the case does charge the Buds so you won’t run out of battery, it’s just something you have to get used to keeping with you.

The Pixel Buds are on sale here in the UK for £159 over on the Google Store and are well worth looking at if you love the Google brand and want the Assistant in your ear.

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  • LG Refreshes K8 and K10 Series Phones

    LG today revealed two new handsets, 2018 updates to its K8 and K10 mid-range series. Both phones carry over the previous generations’ pebble-shaped contours and 2.5D arc glass, but make advancements in the materials. The K10, for example, has a U-shaped metal frame while the K8 relies on polycarbonate. Shared features between the new K8 and K10 include improved low-light photography thanks to Low Light Noise reduction that’s combined with HDR to eliminate grain and provide more luminosity and contrast. The cameras also gain a new Timer Helper feature that uses the flash as a visual guide during timer countdowns. The Flash Jump Shot feature takes one photo every three seconds and pastes them together into a shareable GIF. Shared specs include LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, FM radio, microUSB, and Android 7 Nougat.

    • K10: The larger of the two phones includes a 5.3-inch 720p display and a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor. It will ship with 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage, depending on the variant. The phone features a 13-megapixel main camera and either a 5- or 8-megapixel wide-angle front camera. The selfie camera can capture bokeh-style shots. Other features include a 3,000mAh battery and fingerprint reader.
    • K8: The K8 steps down to a 5-inch 720p display and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel sensor while the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. It has a 2,500mAh battery.

    LG says both phones will be sold globally, though it didn’t specify if the K8 or K10 will reach North America. The phones come in blue, black, or gold. LG didn’t say when the phones will go on sale.

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    Samsung Will Manufacture Qualcomm's 5G Chips

    Qualcomm today said it has expanded its long-standing agreement with Samsung to use the company’s foundries to manufacture Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets. Samsung’s new 7-nanometer, low power plus (LPP), extreme ultra violet (EUV) lithography techniques produce significantly smaller chips that give phone makers more space in their designs. The 7LPP process also provides significant improvements to battery life. Compared to Samsung’s older 10nm FinFET process, the 7LPP EUV process boosts chip efficiency by 40%, with a 10% increase in performance or a 35% drop in power consumption. Neither company provided a timeline for expected manufacturing of the chips, nor did they suggest when such chips might reach phones or other mobile devices.

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    Broadcom Lowers Offer for Qualcomm, Qualcomm Says No Way

    Broadcom revised its offer to acquire Qualcomm downward by $3 per share after Qualcomm increased its own bid to buy NXP Semiconductors. Broadcom said, “Qualcomm’s board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP’s activist stockholders.” Broadcom would have preferred to see Qualcomm act together with Broadcom to broker the right deal for NXP while still allowing Broadcom to move forward with its own offer to buy Qualcomm. Qualcomm wasn’t impressed with Broadcom’s revised offer. “Broadcom’s reduced proposal has made an inadequate offer even worse despite the clear increase in value to Qualcomm stockholders from providing certainty around the NXP acquisition,” said the company in a statement. “Broadcom has refused and continues to refuse to engage with Qualcomm on price.” Broadcom says it is still committed to buying Qualcomm, but Qualcomm feels Broadcom’s current plan doesn’t properly value Qualcomm and, most importantly, has little chance of success.

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    #MWC18 – Meet the Land Rover Explore

    #MWC18   Meet the Land Rover Explore

    Sadly no, we’re not getting to test-drive a new Land Rover. However, Land Rover have started making phones. This is their first, and it comes via Bullitt Group, the same people who came up with the CAT phones. It’s another rugged handset for rugged lives. It’ll be on show in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress and has a 5″ touch screen that’ll work with wet fingers or gloves.

    Powering the device is a deca-core 2.6GHz 64-bit MTK Helio X27 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage on board. You can augment that with a microSD card. Although it’s supplied with Android Nougat, it’s scheduled to upgrade to Oreo and has a dual-SIM tray.

    #MWC18   Meet the Land Rover Explore

    Around back, a 16 megapixel camera and, up front, an 8 megapixel shooter. It’s waterproof up to 1.8 metres and comes with a factory-fitted screen protector. You get a 400mAh battery and you can purchase add-on battery packs to prolong the life of the smartphone even further.

    #MWC18   Meet the Land Rover Explore

    Costing £599 from www.landroverexplore.com in April, this will arrive with an “Adventure Pack”, which gives you an external GPS antenna, protective case, additional 3600mAh batter and steel carabiner. Other packs will be available, including a “Bike Pack” with a mount for your bike.

    Designed in close collaboration with Land Rover, the smartphone takes subtle design cues from the unbeatably capable and versatile Land Rover Discovery. Taking inspiration from the front grille design through to the headlamp architecture and even the knurled finish of the interior dials, it elegantly reflects the essence of the Land Rover brand. It’s a durable smartphone in a stylish design that is suitable for the office or enjoying the great outdoors.

    #MWC18   Meet the Land Rover Explore

    The phone will be supplied SIM-free so you have the freedom to add your own SIM. As you’ll notice from these images, the phone also has premium topographic mapping thanks to the Skyline augmented reality app from ViewRange.

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  • Truly unlimited everything with Virgin Media

    Truly unlimited everything with Virgin Media
    It looks like Virgin Media are keen to get noticed. The caveat to this particular offer, though, is that you’re already a Virgin Media broadband or TV customer. If you are, listen up.

    First, the facts. Virgin Media use the EE masts, so coverage is very good indeed. They’re pretty open about this and deliver 4G coverage to 99% of the UK population.

    Next, if you’re a Virgin TV / broadband customer, for £25 every month, you get Unlimited texts, Unlimited calls and Unlimited data.

    Lastly, and we’ve checked the terms and conditions on this one, “You cannot share your data connection with other devices – known as “Tethering” – or use your phone for peer to peer file sharing. Acceptable use policy applies”.

    However, we’ve just checked this with their live chat people and…

    Truly unlimited everything with Virgin Media

    Update – This is now confirmed with their PR team too..

    Truly Unlimited does not have any tethering restrictions. 

    Get the full press release here.

    This would be brilliant for data-hungry users!

    This is a 12 month contract and you just need to head here to get it.

    It’s worth noting that they also have an £18 offering for both customers and non-customers which delivers unlimited texts, calls and 40GB of data. That’s plenty 🙂

    All contracts will increase with RPI each July.

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