Uber CEO: We Can All Agree This Is the Government’s Fault

Earlier today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took a break from overseeing the company’s current legal struggles to roll out his latest argument as for why his company’s thousands of drivers across the country shouldn’t, in fact, be considered employees.

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Source: Gizmodo – Uber CEO: We Can All Agree This Is the Government’s Fault

Apple Is Fighting Trademark for Prepear's Pear-Shaped Logo

In a legal filing, says Apple: Consumers encountering Applicant’s Mark are likely to associate the mark with Apple. Applicant’s Mark consists of a minimalistic fruit design with a right-angled leaf, which readily calls to mind Apple’s famous Apple Logo and creates a similar commercial impression, as shown in the following side-by-side comparison. John Gruber, writing at DaringFireball: Here’s the comparison. I could actually see this being a reasonable objection if Prepear were selling computers or phones or watches. But they’re a recipe app. Their logo clearly looks like a pear, not an apple, and their pear does not even look like an Apple-logo-like pear. Back in the old days Apple didn’t even pursue legal action against the Banana Junior series of personal computers, and their logo was a six-color banana.

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Is Fighting Trademark for Prepear’s Pear-Shaped Logo

Hilary Swank Is on a Mission to Mars in the Emotional First Trailer for Netflix's Away

She’s boldly going where no one has gone before, but doing so means leaving the people she loves the most. We’ve got the first trailer for Netflix’s Away, a new series that sees Hilary Swank joining the first manned mission to Mars—a three-year journey that will test the limits of its crew, as well as the patience of…

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Source: io9 – Hilary Swank Is on a Mission to Mars in the Emotional First Trailer for Netflix’s Away

Hide Files on Your Android With a PIN-Protected 'Safe Folder'

Files by Google is a handy app that helps manage your Android phone’s storage space and securely transfer data to the cloud and other devices. Now, it can also lock your personal files in an encrypted, PIN-protected folder, thanks to its new Safe Folder feature.

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Source: LifeHacker – Hide Files on Your Android With a PIN-Protected ‘Safe Folder’

Apple Analyst Kuo Claims Trump WeChat Ban Could Tank Global iPhones Sales 30%

Apple Analyst Kuo Claims Trump WeChat Ban Could Tank Global iPhones Sales 30%
Sales of Apple’s popular iPhone handsets could potentially fall off a cliff in the near future, plummeting by as much as 30 percent if US President Trump’s executive order banning WeChat stands, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in a research note. While maybe not disastrous, such a precipitous drop in iPhone sales would certainly hit Apple hard.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Apple Analyst Kuo Claims Trump WeChat Ban Could Tank Global iPhones Sales 30%

Uber CEO Calls For 'Benefits Funds' for Gig Workers

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Monday said its drivers should get the “best of both worlds” — benefits and work flexibility. In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Khosrowshahi proposed that lawmakers require gig economy companies to create benefits funds, which would “give workers cash that they can use for the benefits they want, like health insurance or paid time off.” From a report: “Our current employment system is outdated and unfair. It forces every worker to choose between being an employee with more benefits but less flexibility, or an independent contractor with more flexibility but almost no safety net,” wrote Khosrowshahi. “It’s time to move beyond this false choice.” The op-ed comes as Uber and rival ride-hailing company Lyft face a possible injunction in California that would force them to reclassify their drivers as employees. Currently, drivers are classified as independent contractors, which means they pay for their own expenses, such as gas, car maintenance and insurance. Drivers also don’t have benefits like health care and sick leave.

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Source: Slashdot – Uber CEO Calls For ‘Benefits Funds’ for Gig Workers

OPPO's Reno3 5G vs Reno3 Pro vs Reno3 Pro 5G: Why Don't We See More MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Phones?

Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 powered phones, the OPPO Reno3 5G. The Reno3 series has been quite the oddball device line-up this year, as the company has been selectively releasing quite different variants at a rapid pace in different markets – all with different SoCs and slightly differing device specs. We have three of these units at hand, and are going to be taking a closer look at the performance differences of the SoCs.



Source: AnandTech – OPPO’s Reno3 5G vs Reno3 Pro vs Reno3 Pro 5G: Why Don’t We See More MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Phones?

Steer Clear of Short-Term Health Insurance

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, some companies are predicting higher health insurance premiums for 2021. Whether you have recently lost your job—or you’re already thinking about fall open enrollment—there are some types of insurance to stay away from. Short-term health insurance may seem less pricey upfront,…

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Source: LifeHacker – Steer Clear of Short-Term Health Insurance

A "Large Hardware Vendor" Wants A EULA Displayed For Firmware Updates On Linux

The open-source Fwupd firmware updating utility paired with LVFS as the Linux Vendor Firmware Service has seen explosive growth for vastly improving the BIOS/firmware updating experience on Linux. Many major hardware vendors distribute their firmware updates on LVFS for consumption by Fwupd and more than 17 million firmware files have been served. Now though there is a new “large hardware vendor” willing to distribute their firmware updates this way but they want a end-user license agreement (EULA) added…

Source: Phoronix – A “Large Hardware Vendor” Wants A EULA Displayed For Firmware Updates On Linux

Sour Apple Whines And Files Suit Against Food Company With Pear Logo

Sour Apple Whines And Files Suit Against Food Company With Pear Logo
Apple is taking legal action against a small company called Prepear because it says the company’s logo is too similar to its own. Apple is demanding that the company change its logo, which is shaped like a pear. Prepear’s founders say that Apple has opposed their trademark application requesting the company change logos.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Sour Apple Whines And Files Suit Against Food Company With Pear Logo

DARPA AlphaDogfight To Pit Human F-16 Pilots Against Unmanned AI Opponents On August 18th

DARPA AlphaDogfight To Pit Human F-16 Pilots Against Unmanned AI Opponents On August 18th
Are artificially intelligent pilots better at taking to the skies than human fliers? We are about to find out. The final competition in DARPA’s AlphaDogfight trials are set to take place on August 18-20, though virtually instead of in-person because of the Coronavirus pandemic. And don’t worry, nobody will be harmed in this competition (just

Source: Hot Hardware – DARPA AlphaDogfight To Pit Human F-16 Pilots Against Unmanned AI Opponents On August 18th

Fedora Btrfs Activity Continues – New Options To Control Discard, Compression

Fedora developers continue embracing the work on making the Btrfs file-system the default for F33 desktop variants. Their latest progress report indicates new installation options being wired up for the Btrfs support…

Source: Phoronix – Fedora Btrfs Activity Continues – New Options To Control Discard, Compression

Apple iPhone 12 A14 Bionic CPU Could Boast 40 Percent Performance Lift Versus A13

Apple iPhone 12 A14 Bionic CPU Could Boast 40 Percent Performance Lift Versus A13
We’re likely a month away (give or take a week) from the official unveil of Apple’s iPhone 12 family. Analysts are expecting for this to be a Super Cycle upgrade for customers, which means that Apple should see a big increase in sales year-over-year.

So, why would there be an iPhone 12 Super Cycle? Well, we’re glad you asked. The iPhone

Source: Hot Hardware – Apple iPhone 12 A14 Bionic CPU Could Boast 40 Percent Performance Lift Versus A13

Woz is hosting a livestream charity fundraiser for his 70th birthday

While Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hasn’t worked for the company in an official capacity for more than 30 years, “Woz” is still beloved by many in the tech community. As such, it’s no surprise that when he celebrates his 70th birthday tomorrow, the…

Source: Engadget – Woz is hosting a livestream charity fundraiser for his 70th birthday

We’re Waffling Egg Rolls for Breakfast, Because Why Not

To me, the lines between “breakfast,” “lunch,” and “dinner” have always been blurry. Mealtimes are, after all, constructs created to fit the needs of the people, and they vary greatly from culture to culture. The Romans didn’t eat breakfast, and the British have an elaborate “tea” system I have yet to fully grasp.…

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Source: LifeHacker – We’re Waffling Egg Rolls for Breakfast, Because Why Not

There's a Flicker of Hope for a Return to X-Men: The Animated Series

Zendaya hypes up Dune. A new Jurassic World: Dominion set picture teases a familiar location. Get a look at Kelly Marie Tran in Hulu’s new horror anthology. Brec Bassinger teases Stargirl’s grand finale. Plus, concept art from Amazon’s Invincible animated series, Netflix’s take on Reborn finds a writer, and a tiny…

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Source: Gizmodo – There’s a Flicker of Hope for a Return to X-Men: The Animated Series

Prototype Reveals Your eReader Might One Day Fold Just Like a Real Book

In addition to low power consumption and excellent legibility in bright sunlight, E Ink’s electronic paper displays are just as flexible as OLED screens. So while folding phones and tablets are grabbing headlines, folding eBook readers could soon be a thing too, as this prototype from E Ink reveals.

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Source: Gizmodo – Prototype Reveals Your eReader Might One Day Fold Just Like a Real Book

My Dark Journey Into the Soul of a Model Young Republican Candidate

Madison Cawthorn is a handsome guy, if your tastes run towards toothy, muscled blondes. In interviews, the 25-year-old Republican practically gleams with youthful vigor, his locks swept back and gelled à la Richard Spencer. Cawthorn’s age is his selling point; he paints his relative inexperience as a key motivation…

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Source: Kotaku – My Dark Journey Into the Soul of a Model Young Republican Candidate