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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys has taken the wraps off a pair of new routers, one of which is available now and the other that will be launching in a couple of days: the E8350 and the EA9200. Both are targeted at demanding users, though the EA9200 is the higher-end of the two, bringing with it features like dual-band operation and 6 antennas. That doesn't mean the E8350 isn't notable for its own reasons: it brings four antennas, which will meet most users' needs, and the same dual-band operation.

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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Following related rumors, Amazon has confirmed that its grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh will be expanding into New York -- a small part of New York, that is. This follows the service's launch in San Francisco about this time last year, and will soon lead into a larger expansion that continues to grow Amazon's presence in the grocery industry. Starting Friday, those in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn will be able to use the service, which will eventually roll out to nearby regions.

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Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

The average smartwatch can meet a variety of different needs, but that hasn't stopped some companies from launching wrist-bound wearables that are designed for a specific activity. TomTom, as an example, has made a smartwatch designed for golfers. If your activity of choice involves the ocean rather than the greens, there's a smartwatch for you: the Glassy Pro One for surfers. Earlier this week, the wearable went up for pre-order on the company's website for £190/$279 USD, though when it'll start shipping isn't yet known.

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Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

General Motors has been the big focus of this year's automotive recalls, but it seems Chrysler is looking towards becoming runner up, with the auto maker issuing two global recalls that span nearly a million vehicles. The reasons revolve around different problems, with one posing a fire risk and another potentially causing a spontaneous alternator failure, which could also result in a fire or possibly a car crash. Fortunately, no known injuries have resulted from the issues, though there is one known crash that might have been caused by a faulty part.

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Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Kids are notorious for saying dumb things, and now that communication has shifted towards a digital medium, those dumb things are often posted for everyone to see. If a new court ruling is any indication, parents may be held responsible for any legally dubious thing their child posts in the future, whether it is a fake threat or very real cyber bullying. Such is the case for two individuals in Georgia, where a court as ruled that they could be held responsible for a fake Facebook page operated by their son.

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Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

With every information breach that happens involving government surveillance, one thing become increasingly clear: privacy is often an illusion, at least when it comes to your digital life. Whisper is one app that operates under that privacy illusion, at least according to The Guardian, which posted a large piece today calling out the company for what it says are numerous privacy violations, including handing information over to the government and tracking some users. Now Whisper has fired back, lashing out at The Guardian and calling the claims "vicious lies".

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PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

Following the Xbox One October update that was announced yesterday, Sony has revealed an expanded list detailing what gamers can expect from the PlayStation 4 system software 2.0 update. The latest software, which Sony has codenamed Masamune, has already been revealed to include things like Themes and Share Play -- the latest news builds upon this, and includes, among other things, the option to change the home screen's background to one of several colors.

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Keecker HomePod combines a projector and a robot

Keecker HomePod combines a projector and a robot

We've already adjusted to the reality of having small robotic vacuums clean our carpets for us, and so it wont take much to welcome the Keecker HomePod into our homes. Keecker is essentially a home-based robot, which will roll from place to place on command to projector images onto walls and otherwise serve as a mechanical media butler. Because of the HomePod's connected nature and integrated cameras, it can also double as a home surveillance system when the user isn't at home, combining the best of many Internet of Things systems into a single robot.

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Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Hot contention exists between many cities and ridesharing services like Uber, and likewise between the different services themselves, with the two most notable companies -- Uber and Lyft -- frequently lobbing accusations against each other. While both are busy with their respective troubles, competitor Sidecar has slipped in to become the first of its kind to get an airport permit in California. The permit was issued by the San Francisco International Airport, and under it the company will start serving the airport within 30 days.

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