Uber asks drivers to pay $115 for a shot at extra Halloween earnings

A promotion from Uber offering drivers the chance to earn a 33 percent earnings boost in exchange for an upfront payment of $115 is causing controversy, and has lead some to accuse the controversial ridesharing company of charging drivers to work. One damning critique, from NYC-based technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat, argues that the format of the offer is deceptive, as the headline (“Celebrate Halloween early by earning 33% more”) is larger and bolder than the rest of the copy, which clarifies that this is at the expense of $115 from the previous week’s earnings. He also mentions that the format…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Uber by Matthew Hughes #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 02:49PM


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If you can be the person to turn all that numerical gibberish into strong, actionable insight…well, you start commanding major attention. You’ll start drawing a salary to match that talent after mastering the elements of serious data analysis with the Big Data course bundle, on sale now for $45, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals. by TNW Deals #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 10:05AM

The canaries in a coal mine

I’ve seen startups come and go over the years and I was particularly interested to see what happened to August Smart locks today. The company originally tapped Yves Behar to make a better smart lock, one that would meld with the sensitivities of a certain kind of smart home stylist with the high-concept, high-tech design of the Nest thermostat. The products, while beautiful, were unusable… Read More by John Biggs #TechCrunch #Microsoft #tech #gadgets #news


October 19, 2017 at 09:54AM

Can AI predict hit songs before they’ve blown up? This startup thinks so

Being on the lookout for the next big hit is what keeps music publishers and producers awake at night – but thanks to artificial intelligence and neural networks, they might finally get a good night’s sleep. Speaking the Amsterdam Dance Event Tech conference today, Ard Boerd from Goldmund Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe took the stage to present the project he and his team have been working on for the past year: Hitwizard, an AI specifically trained to predict the next big hit to take the music industry by storm. To come up with such predictions, Hitwizard takes into account the various sound…This story continues at The Next Web by Mix #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 09:44AM

What the freelancer income survey reveals about the gig economy

New York-based digital payments firm Payoneer helps businesses and professionals grow a global business. The financial services company work with a broad range of clients from freelancers all the way up through to tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, and Airbnb. Typical clients are businesses that are entirely digital that go global very quickly. What follows is usually the need to pay suppliers that are scattered all around the globe. Payoneer is on a mission of shrinking the world to make it easier for anybody to go global and pay or get paid anywhere in the world. The tech company…This story continues at The Next Web by Neil C. Hughes #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 09:04AM

3 ways your remote team might get cabin fever — and how to combat it

Studies show that employees who work from home can be even more productive than in-office peers. They’re typically happier since they have more control over their lives and schedules. Business owners with a telecommuting staff don’t have to maintain expensive office space or deal with as many facilities management and technology support hassles. But ask anyone who’s ever worked from home for an extended time, and they’ll tell you it can be isolating. You might find yourself talking to your pet — which is fine, as long as your pet doesn’t start talking back! Some home-based workers report an erosion…This story continues at The Next Web by Tricia Sciortino #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 08:54AM

Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands — announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August… Read More by Brian Heater,Ingrid Lunden #TechCrunch #Microsoft #tech #gadgets #news


October 19, 2017 at 08:39AM

How to Use a Limited Color Palette for Better Photos

Color is one of the most important aspects of photography. It can make or break your images. It’s great when nature gives you great color to work with, but you also need to deliberately manipulate colors in your photos, both while you’re shooting and in post-processing. by Harry Guinness #HowToGeek #tech #tips #news


October 19, 2017 at 08:19AM

PlayStation’s $30 PS4 gamepad for kids is totally adorable

Is this controller cute as hell or what? Sony’s teamed up with hardware accessory maker Hori on its new Mini Wired Gamepad, which is designed for younger PS4 players with smaller hands, and it looks nice enough that I want to try it too – despite my giant paws. The $30 Mini is half the price and 40 percent smaller than the standard DualShock 4, making it easier for little tykes to grip. However, it’s a rather bare-bones accessory as it lacks the touch pad, light bar, headphone jack, and motion sensing and vibration functions. For what it’s worth, Sony…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Playstation by Abhimanyu Ghoshal #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news


October 19, 2017 at 03:09AM