California Fines Uber Millions

Uber may be based in the Golden State, but it’s increasingly under more scrutiny by the state’s agencies. First, the California Labor Commission found that one of its drivers was, in fact an employee, not a contractor, and was entitled to all the benefits of a full-timer. Now the California Public Utilities Commission hit the ride-sharing service with a $7.3 million fine for not providing … Continue reading California Fines Uber Millions

Facebook Security Chief Says It’s Time to Kill Flash

Abode revealed three critical vulnerabilities in the last week. The zero-day exploit, made public by the dump of Hacking Team’s data and email, was the most publicized but the company also disclosed another two issues that compromises the security of its users. This comes on the heels of many more security issues that involve the browser plug-in. Steve Jobs famously penned his reason as to … Continue reading Facebook Security Chief Says It’s Time to Kill Flash

Rumor: BlackBerry Prepping Android Phone for AT&T

While BlackBerry would like you to think everything’s fine and there’s nothing to see, the former smartphone powerhouse is attempting to stay relevant by embracing Google’s little green droid. Amazon’s Android Appstore apps currently run on the Canadian company’s devices, but it intends to take it a step further with the imminent release of an actual Android phone. The device was hinted at in March during … Continue reading Rumor: BlackBerry Prepping Android Phone for AT&T

Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry

With the launch of Apple Music, it’s easy to get heady about the state of streaming media. Holdouts like AC/DC are making their music available on streaming services and Taylor Swift made 1989 available on the fruit company’s service. So, war is over (which is also available on streaming)? Not exactly. Prince (remember when he was symbol dude?), is making waves about taking his music … Continue reading Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry

Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot

When the iPhone originally launched, it didn’t come with Apple Music. It didn’t even come with a “Music” app. That was years later. Early adopters who can remember that far back will tell you that it came with an iPod app. Which makes sense. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, the anticipation building up to the event was that Apple put a phone … Continue reading Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot

French Crack Down on Uber, Company Insists its French/Western European CEOs are in a “Hearing”

You know that dream where you punch out that guy you can’t stand? Well French cab companies are living the dream with their recent protests against Uber and the arrest of its French and Western European CEOs. Mon Dieu! The arrests, which an Uber spokesperson described as a “hearing”, capped off days of protests against the ride-sharing company which were sparked by the launch of … Continue reading French Crack Down on Uber, Company Insists its French/Western European CEOs are in a “Hearing”

OPM Hack Causing Greater Harm than Snowden’s Leaks to Intelligence Agencies

The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management leak went from worse to catastrophic. The number of people affected grows with each new report and it may put millions of people who have a security clearance or who’ve applied for clearance in jeopardy of blackmail or — worse — being turned by foreign governments. Revealed during congressional hearings into the matter, Donna Seymour, the CIO for … Continue reading OPM Hack Causing Greater Harm than Snowden’s Leaks to Intelligence Agencies

T-Mobile Introduces Smartphone Leases with JUMP! On Demand

No matter what kind of fanboy you are (iOS or Android), chances are you’re the type of person who absolutely, positively needs the latest and greatest phone the moment it comes out. This can be expensive. If you’re still on a subsidy plan, that means you probably won’t be eligible for an upgrade until the end of your two year contract. If you’re on one … Continue reading T-Mobile Introduces Smartphone Leases with JUMP! On Demand

Drones Shuts Down Aircraft Firefighting Operations

Forest fires in California are serious business —  between the expected heat coming in the summer, the dry winters and the drought, the state is expected to be in for a long, hot season of smoke and flames. One of the first large fires of the season is taking place outside of Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains, forcing evacuations and threatening thousands of structures. … Continue reading Drones Shuts Down Aircraft Firefighting Operations

Streaming Heats Up: Spotify Buys Big Data Firm Seed Scientific

With Apple about to enter its space, Spotify is hunkering down and spending money to shore itself up with the purchase of Seed Scientific. With a client list that included Audi, Unilever, the UN and Beats (pre-Apple buyout, Seed Scientific is an analytics company that will delve into how bands, listeners and brands interact with Spotify — and only Spotify. Possible uses for the data include … Continue reading Streaming Heats Up: Spotify Buys Big Data Firm Seed Scientific