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Uber CEO Promises Self-Driving Vehicles In 18 Months, Profitability Before 2022, And Flying Cars Within Next 10 Years : Tech : Tech Times

These companies had a terrible 2017 Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is in charge of repairing the reputation of a company besieged by a variety of alleged shady practices and scandals. The ride-hailing service’s future looks bright, though, due to promises that the executive made.  ( Michael Cohen | Getty Images ) Saying that Uber had a bad 2017 is a gross understatement, but the ride-hailing service’s future is looking bright under the leadership of its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Khosrowshahi…

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Using Drones and Netflix in the Andes, but Sidestepping Google Maps

It reminded me of the stories that every correspondent had about using Google or Waze when I used to cover Israel and the Palestinian territories. Your phone would regularly take you in and out of each as if there weren’t a conflict going on, through military checkpoints and down roads that often ended in a wall put up 10 years before. Even if impassable, it was always the shortest route, Google assured. You were barred from Venezuela last year after…

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California’s lax usury laws means out-of-state loan sharks are charging desperate Californians 183% APRs / Boing Boing

California regulates payday loans (good thing, since Trump’s about to kill the federal rules preventing payday loansharking), but not “installment loans” of $2,500 to $5,000 and that means that out-of-state lenders are able to target desperate Californians; they’re getting seven-year loans of $5,000 that cost $42,000 to repay. The underwriters for these loans are ignoring all kinds of warning bells, like borrowers who claim $2700 in monthly income and $0 in monthly expenses. The borrowing is being driven by the…

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iOS 11.3: Features, release date, and how to install

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has pulled the proverbial black curtain off iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s in iOS 11.3, when it’s coming, and how to install the beta. What’s in…

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EU court backs Facebook rejection of class action privacy suit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An Austrian privacy activist can not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can himself sue the company in his home court, the highest European Union court ruled on Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) said Max Schrems could bring a case against the U.S. company and benefit from consumer law as an individual, but could not bring the other claims assigned to him in his home court.…

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iOS 11.3 will let iPhone users switch off Apple’s performance throttling ‘feature’

iOS 11.3 will let iPhone users switch off Apple’s performance throttling ‘feature’ APPLE HAS SHOWN OFF iOS 11.3, a hefty software update coming to iPhone and iPad users later this year.  The most notable incoming improvement is Apple’s battery health indicator, which follows the firm’s confession that it slows down the performance of older iPhones in order to prevent processors from demanding too much power from older Lithium-ion battery packs, which degrade over time and struggle to deliver the peak currents and battery…

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It’s curtains for Nintendo’s ‘Miitomo’ less than two years after launch

Miitomo fans, we have some bad news for you. Nintendo has announced it’s shuttering the social app less than two years after its launch. Miitomo was the Japanese game giant’s first-ever smartphone app, but despite the hype that surrounded its March 2016 arrival, as well as the backing of an outfit like Nintendo, it failed to win the hearts of the masses. Nintendo said it stopped selling Miitomo coins on Wednesday, and will flip the switch on the app on…

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Defying the FCC, New York’s governor has signed an executive order on net neutrality

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his 2018 executive state budget proposal on Jan. 16, 2018. (Hans Pennink/AP) The state of New York became the second state to put itself on a collision course with federal officials as its governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order Wednesday designed to flout the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal its net neutrality rules. The order escalates a deeply polarized battle over the future of the Web and highlights the role states play…

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Subscription service for Mac apps Setapp has 15,000 subscribers a year after its launch

Meet Setapp, the Spotify of Mac apps. For $9.99 per month, you can download and use more than a hundred Mac apps without spending another cent. All those apps are usually paid apps, but Setapp wants to change the model. Setapp was founded by MacPaw, an independent Mac development company based in Ukraine. While they have been developing their own apps for almost ten years, they’ve also worked on a development and distribution framework called DevMate. DevMate was a great…

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Uniform global curbs on cryptocurrency trading may be hard: BOJ official

TOKYO (Reuters) – Policymakers around the world may debate ways to deal with the volatility of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but imposing global, across-the-board regulations on their trading won’t be easy, a senior Bank of Japan official said on Thursday. South Korea and China have tightened regulations but Japan wants to ensure any rules that it adopts won’t hinder innovation, said Hiromi Yamaoka, head of the Japanese central bank’s division on payment and settlement systems. “There’s undoubtedly growing interest among…

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