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Portuguese city converts buses, taxis into WiFi hotspots

Portuguese city converts buses, taxis into WiFi hotspots

With the exception of certain passenger trains and buses, having access to WiFi while on public transportation can be hard to come by in most places. That's not the case in Porto, Portugal, however, where the city has converted hundreds of buses and taxis into WiFi hotspots. The massive network of router-toting buses and taxis was introduced this past fall, and is said to offer service to about 70,000 people every month -- taking as much as 80-percent of the WiFi traffic that would otherwise be going through the cellular networks.

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Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

It's not easy being Uber these days. First they're fighting for the legality of their ride-sharing service in a number of cities, then the safety of their drivers and background checks come into question, followed by their CEO facing charges in other countries. And now another blow to their image, this time in the form of a class action lawsuit from two Uber passengers in San Francisco over the company's $1 "Safe Rides Fee." They argue that it's an unfair additional charge and shouldn't have to pay it.

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Facebook offers apology for ‘Year in Review’

Facebook offers apology for ‘Year in Review’

Facebook has given an official apology for its annual 'Year in Review' automated recap feature. No, not for how pushy the social network gets in reminding you about it in your feed, or encouraging you to share it with others, but for how it caused some users to relive the pain of bad memories from 2014. The issue was brought to light by Eric Meyer, who wrote on his personal blog how his Year in Review automatically selected photos of his 6 year old daughter who died of brain cancer earlier this year.

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New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

Airbnb has taken the world by storm. While the original idea for the service may have been renting out an extra room or second property, it's grown so large that now people even rent out the only residence they have. So, if you're a host and someone is staying in your home, where do you go? You now go to "Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?", or, as it's been dubbed, the "Airbnb for Airbnb."

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Sony’s ‘The Interview’ pirated song, claims Kpop star

Sony’s ‘The Interview’ pirated song, claims Kpop star

Just when it looked like Sony Picture's comedy The Interview was able to be enjoyed by viewers throughout the U.S. (and by downloaders around the world) without further scandal or fear from hackers and North Korea, it looks like the movie is about stir up further controversy. Singer Yoon Mi Rae is claiming that Sony used one of her songs in the new movie without permission or compensation, and is now making plans to sue the film studio.

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French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

France's postal service -- La Poste -- is doing what Amazon still dreams of: prepping a drone for delivering packages. Unlike the popular quadcopters dotting the sky, France's delivery drone will have a bit more power with the use of six rotors, and is intended to take packages to more rural areas where it might otherwise be difficult to deliver a parcel. The drone has already undergone testing for the past three months, and is said to be able to deliver in all weather conditions.

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Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or just plain old December 25th, the whole SlashGear team wishes you the very happiest of holidays. We'll be spending the day away from the keyboard (and we hope you can too, unless you got a keyboard as a present), trying to avoid giving out too much unofficial tech support to friends and family.

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Los Angeles may soon have Uber-style app for taxis

Los Angeles may soon have Uber-style app for taxis

Uber is no stranger to offending the status quo, with several taxi and limo commissions making life difficult for them in various parts of the world. The ridesharing service also runs aground in legislation, where cities like Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all take issue with Uber’s business model. Still, for consumers, Uber is dead simple to use, which makes it attractive. Now, the city of Los Angeles says they’re ready to challenge Uber, and are about to vote on creating their own app for taxi services.

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NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there's a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.

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Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft is making some changes, and among them is a new perk for customers: split fare. The feature is now available for those who use the ridesharing service, being presented in the app where users can choose a "Split payment" option and invite up to five other people to join in. Those invited people can then accept the invitation to be added to the ride (and thusly the final fare). This makes it easier for groups heading somewhere to divvy up the transportation cost.

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