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Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber has updated its Community Guidelines to lay down some ground rules for those who use the service to catch a ride. Usually when we hear about the expectations Uber has for people using its service, those rules revolve around drivers, but not today. Instead, Uber is letting you know what you can do to be a good rider.

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VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

Sophisticated mobile photography app VSCO has announced the arrival of VSCO X, a subscription-based alternative to the free VSCO app that brings new film-based filter packs, improved technology, and more. VSCO X is invitation-only at the moment, and it’ll cost a total of $19.99-per-year, though the free app won’t be going anywhere if you prefer it. The service will go live for everyone in the coming weeks.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, T-Mobile is trying to make the experience with DIGITS a little more fleshed out.

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ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

ReSound has announced that it has launched a new hearing aid for kids called the ReSound Up Smart Pediatric Smart Hearing Aid. The device is the only pediatric Smart Hearing aid with Made for iPhone capabilities inside. The Made for iPhone capability allows support for speech and language development, educational skills, and social interaction.

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Yuneec Breeze First-Person View Controller lets you be onboard your drone

Yuneec Breeze First-Person View Controller lets you be onboard your drone

The problem for many people who want to fly drones is that they can be a bit hard to pilot when they are coming towards you. Anyone who has ever found one knows the challenges controls making the drone move in the opposite direction pose. Yuneec has a controller that will take that challenge away and lets the pilot see what the drone sees as if they were on-board the drone. The controller is called the Breeze First-Person View Controller.

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Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Google is launching a new app called Trusted Contacts today, and it's aimed toward making sure you're never truly alone - especially in dangerous situations. With the app, you can name a number trusted contacts who can see your location to ensure that your safe. The app also features some degree of offline functionality, so people will be able to see your last known location even if you're venturing into an area will poor wireless service.

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Amazon Go grocery store fires the human checkout for AI

Amazon Go grocery store fires the human checkout for AI

Amazon Go has just been announced, looking to put a connected spin on grocery shopping. We didn't believe it at first either, but apparently it's true: Amazon is going to open up its own retail store, and when it arrives next year, you won't have to wait in checkout lanes to buy your items. Instead, you'll simply scan your phone on your way into the store, grab the stuff you need, and then leave.

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Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Last week Netflix debuted offline viewing mode, something that subscribers have been wanting for a long time. With the offline mode, users were allowed to download shows and movies directly to their device to watch on the go without having to stream using WiFi or data connections. Netflix has taken steps to ensure that the downloads are as small and as efficient as possible using VP9 content encoding for downloaded content.

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iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

The streaming music market is already a crowded one, but that isn't stopping iHeartRadio, the conglomerate behind over 800 US radio stations, from jumping in. With updates to both its iOS and Android apps this week, the service has debuted two new paid subscription plans that allow users to stream music on-demand, thanks in part to a new partnership with Napster.

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Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

The White House has launched a new augmented reality app called ‘1600,’ and it works by overlaying a 3D version of the White House over the images printed on a dollar bill. The app is simple to use — you just pull up the camera and point it at any dollar bill you have available. The app takes care of the rest, raising a tiny White House on the front of the dollar until it is full size. A helicopter zooms in, people carrying flags appear, and more.

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PlayStation Communities app launches on Android and iOS

PlayStation Communities app launches on Android and iOS

PlayStation Gamers who want to be able to keep up with their favorite communities while on the go can download the new PlayStation Communities app for iOS or Android devices right now. The app aims to make it a snap to keep up with your PS4 gaming friends when away from your console. Communities are meant to be places where gamers with similar interests and preferences gather.

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