Category Archives: Technology

Uber May Not Want You to Know This (But We’re Gonna Tell You Anyway!)

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*What’s a good way to steal customers from your strongest competitors? Do what Uber is doing…give your independent contractors burner phones and credit cards! The Verge has managed to acquire “sensitive information” that shows Uber’s ever-evolving strategy to undermine competitors like Lyft. In addition, the company continually relies on interviews with current and former contractors (“brand ambassadors”) to solicit customers from Lyft and others and recruit their drivers – all the while doing double-duty to avoid detection.

And their efforts appear to be working!

The ride-share company has apparently rolled out a national campaign that has already resulted in the lifting  of thousands of Lyft rider cancellations and apparently, Lyft never saw it coming! Uber calls the secret under-handed strategy “SLOG,” (I guess Verge wan’t able to uncover what the letters stand for!) Continue reading

Is Your Smartphone on Useless App Overload? Here’s 5 Useful Replacements!

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*Let’s face it, most of us may own a smartphone, but when it comes to which apps to download, our homepage is filled with useless apps that are doing little more than taking up a lot of storage space.

The Los Angeles Times, quotes a report by Internet analytics firm ComScore, that says 65.5% of U.S. smartphone owners refrain from downloading any new apps each month. That number is surprisingly low, but there are a few reasons that explain why it is.

“People only have so much storage space on their phones, so they really have to be selective about which apps they download,” said Adam Lella, a marketing insights analyst for ComScore, explaining that users only add apps that will truly benefit them.

According to the article most of us smartphone users spend almost half of our time on our favorite app, before even opening up our second favorite; so why bother – we seem to get just about everything we need from app #1.

And while Apple and Google stores try to assist with lists of the most “popular” apps, that doesn’t necessarily let you know the quality of those apps. With this in mind L. A. Times writer has recommended 5 apps you might not know about… Continue reading

‘Pornographic Performances’ Report Condemns Portrayal of Black Women in Videos (Watch)

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*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.

The depiction of women in music videos “creates a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women and girls,” the IBT writes about the recurring theme, which is especially prominent in hip-hop lyrics.

The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg May Become ‘World’s Richest Person’ Thanks to You!

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*Let’s hope you don’t have a problem with social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg, after all, according to an article in the Huffington Post, you’re helping make him the ‘World’s Richest Person.’

With a surge in Facebook’s stock on Thursday  to $76 a share from $71, the net worth of the chairman and CEO of Facebook jumped about $2 billion before he had even finished breakfast. This, only one day after the company announced it had made roughly one entire buttload of money in the previous three months. Continue reading

Feeling Sleepy Behind the Wheel? A New Seatbelt Device Warns You to Wake Up!

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*You’ve got to  love scientists. They never stop thinking outside of the box. Now a group of scientists in Spain are working on the HARKEN device, a seat belt that will alert you and wake you up if it feels you are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.

HARKEN measures the driver’s heart rate and breathing via a sensor system embedded in both the seat belt and seat cover, and if the rates drop too much, a warning alarm goes off.

Jose Solaz of the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain, where the HARKEN device is being developed, said: ‘The variation in heart and respiratory rate are good indicators of the state of the driver as they are related to fatigue. HARKEN can monitor those variables and therefore warn the driver before the symptoms appear.’

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Talking ATM Shocks Users: Gives ‘Free Money’ and Gifts to Loyal Customers (Watch)

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*Imagine you go to the ATM at your friendly neighborhood bank and it greets you…by name. Not impressed? OK, add to that, the talking machine  gives you free money. Uh huh, I knew that would make you reconsider.

Meet the newest Internet sensation, an ATM machine – that’s “Automatic Thanking Machine” – that talks to people and not only gives them free money, but gifts too.

The reactions of shocked customers are priceless and over 3 million people have clicked on the Youtube videos. Some of the stories behind the pictures are quite poignant, too.

Especially the tear-jerker one where…

…Christine Todd had always wanted to take her two boys on a vacation but never could – until the ATM gave her tickets to Disneyland and two $1,000 checks for their education.

Or how about the elderly woman who…

… got a plane ticket to Trinidad to visit her cancer-stricken daughter?

The banks’ senior VP, Chris Stamper, said 12 customers were ‘pre-selected’ and told to come in to test out a new machine.

He added: “Our local branch employees know their customers really well and often have close relationships with them. Some have been through tough times and some are just wonderfully kind and caring people.

“They had no idea what was in store.”

The Automatic Thanking Machine was set up at four Canadian branches: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.

This has got to be the best promo move a bank has ever made. See the touching video of responses below.

Apple Company Cheated Out of $300,000 By Brotha’s ‘Simple But Brilliant’ Scam

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*I guess its clear that some people simply adore their Apple products. The iconic retailer has taken over the tech marketplace with iPhones, Mac computers, and anything else a tech-savvy person could possibly want. Plus, once you buy their products, all you have to do, if you run into trouble with it, is walk right in to any Apply store and a one of their techies will be happy to assist you.

But one customer the company is sorry they ever laid eyes on is 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. The man loves Apple products so much that he allegedly scammed the company – not once, but 42 times, according to Tampa Bay Times’ Patty Ryan. Continue reading