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'Payment by vein' trialled in supermarket

BBC Technology News - September 21, 2017 - 12:06pm
The company behind the technology hopes the new way to pay for goods will appeal to millennials.

Uber really doesn’t want its drivers to be considered employees

Ars Technica - September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm

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SAN FRANCISCO—A three-judge panel at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals appeared to lean in favor of Uber in a case that could have a profound impact on the future of employment and gig economy startups.

On Wednesday, the court heard a consolidated appeal of 11 pending cases that essentially boil down to the same issue: should drivers be considered employees? If so, can they sue as part of a class-action lawsuit? If Uber prevails, drivers will be considered contractors—and they won’t, as is currently the case, receive numerous benefits.

When prospective drivers sign up with Uber, they agree to waive their right to sue in favor of arbitration, a private, quasi-legal process that generally favors corporations over individuals.

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Razer Blade Stealth (13-inch, 2017) review - CNET - Reviews - September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
With a bigger screen and a new, subdued look, the Razer Blade Stealth is more mainstream, but slightly less fun.

The state of the smartphone, iPhone X edition - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
We've come so far.

9 Amazon Kindle Tips and Tricks

Wired - September 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
Your e-reader has some secret superpowers. Here's how to unlock its full potential.

<i>Register</i> Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 11:57am
Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks...

Lectures If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 11:36am
Twisting minds, smashing dreams

Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company.…

10 reasons why Romania&#039;s capital Bucharest is a great place to work in tech

ZDnet News - September 21, 2017 - 11:00am
With high salaries, low living costs, and warp-speed internet, Bucharest is an appealing destination for techies.

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 10:56am
Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation

Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 10:04am
No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes

Slack is distributing versions of its chatroom app for Linux machines that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Has Destiny 2 pleased video games fans?

BBC Technology News - September 21, 2017 - 9:19am
Marc Cieslak gets a chance to blast his way through Destiny's 2 campaign mode.

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 9:02am
Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 8:27am
Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 8:06am
Research suggests maybe the heavy ones should spend less time over people

Being hit in the head by a drone won't necessarily end in decapitation. Thanks to aeronautical boffins, we know now that there is a range of possible outcomes.…

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 7:32am
Parts-maker Delphi wants BlackBerry-mobiles on the road in 2019

As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on.…

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 7:02am
Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute

Bill Gates has said that if he could decide again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.…

Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 6:39am
Japanese company sells memory biz to private equity and WD flings sueballs to stop it

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening.…

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 6:04am
Alternative title for this science paper: Seven-inch bullies humiliate unsuspecting birds

Waterfowl situation... Some alpha ducks bully smaller ducks so much when competing for mates that the beta birds' undercarriages barely take off, so to speak, a new study has found.…

Apple wants you to get very excited about, oh, the App Store - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 5:40am
Commentary: In a series of new ads, Apple wants you to believe that with iOS 11, the App Store will make your life better.

Brain surgery revolution

BBC Technology News - September 21, 2017 - 5:29am
A brain surgeon in the UK has started using 3D printed titanium plates to replace parts of patients' skulls.

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