Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare apps are planning to go on strike Wednesday ahead of Uber's initial public offering.Participants in cities including Los Angeles, New York City and London will join the strike from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Drivers will also hold a rally at Uber's and Lyft's New York headquarters at 1 p.m. ET."Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives and go faster to Driverless Cars," said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, in a statement. "With the IPO, Uber's corporate owners are set to make billions, all while drivers are left in poverty and go bankrupt."Last month, Uber filed for what could be one of the largest tech IPOs ever. The company is expected to go public this week. The New York drivers' demands include greater job security, higher incomes and regulated fare for rides. "Don't use Uber, don't use Lyft," … [Read more...] about Ahead of Uber IPO, drivers plan strike over wages, job losses
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Dr. Helmut Marko is predicting a "three-way battle" for the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.Most predictions after winter testing agree that Ferrari is leading Red Bull and Mercedes as the sport heads to Australia. That is despite the fact that some observers say the new Red Bull-Honda works collaboration is a "question mark."But Marko, a top Red Bull official, told Kronen Zeitung newspaper of the 2019 title fight: "It will probably be a three-way battle between Vettel, Hamilton and Verstappen."Verstappen agrees: "It (the car) feels good to me, and everyone seems very satisfied and focused." Formula 1 Williams' F1 technical director Paddy Lowe leaving team 'for personal reasons' Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe is believed to have left the team on the eve of the Formula 1 season opener in Australia following a horrendous preseason.Joining Williams from champion ... … [Read more...] about Red Bull F1 executive predicts ‘three-way battle’ for drivers’ title
High dynamic range (HDR) is quite the buzzword. There's been an explosion of "4K HDR" TV sets to choose from, along with HDR TV shows and movies from Netflix, Amazon and others. Meanwhile there's "another" HDR with which most people are much more familiar. It's a photography process that's been around for years, in particular on phone cameras. And now it's received a new infusion of publicity thanks to the "HDR+" feature on Google's new Pixel phone. TV HDR and photo HDR have similar goals, but go about it quite differently. Here's everything you need to know about the full range, from Google to Netflix.Display vs. capture Both versions of HDR aim to do the same thing: make the digital version of reality more like what your eye sees in real reality. Both push the limits of what current technology can do, to make it look more realistic. HDR for TVs is essentially a display process. It refers to a TV's ability to recognize specialized HDR content and display it in a way "normal" … [Read more...] about HDR for photography vs. HDR for TVs: What’s the difference?
Anthony Levandowski is the key player in the unfolding legal fight between his former employer, Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo, and Uber, where he now runs the startup’s self-driving program. To put it lightly, the case has shown the dude has some seriously deep—but, crucially, alleged—conflicts of interest. The latest court documents filed this week by Uber to try and move the case to arbitration rather than a trial add another layer of questions to the story. But the documents only seemed to make his actions in leaving Google for Uber even more suspicious. To recap, Waymo asserts in a lawsuit that Uber’s autonomous technology was stolen from it by Levandowski, and that he downloaded confidential trade secrets before abruptly leaving the company to start Otto, which was later acquired by Uber. Levandowski resigned from Google in January 2016; days later he launched the self-driving truck start-up Otto, which newly filed documents show became almost … [Read more...] about The Engineer In The Google Vs. Uber ‘Stolen Tech’ Case Might Be An Evil Genius
Anthony Levandowski, the controversial former Google engineer at the center of the major lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets last year, is the subject of a new extensive, scathing, head-spinning story featured in this month’s New Yorker. One of the many incredible details is an alleged crash where Levandowski took a self-driving car where it wasn’t meant to go, resulting in a Google exec getting severely injured. The story, written by Pulitzer-winning writer Charles Duhigg, alleges that Levandowski modified the software on Google’s fleet of self-driving cars so that they could be taken on otherwise off-limits routes while another executive involved in the project, Isaac Taylor, was on paternity leave back in 2011. When Taylor learned about the changes after his return him and Levandowski got in a shouting argument before Levandowski encouraged Taylor to go for a ride in one of the modified cars with him. While out on the road, the self-driving car got … [Read more...] about The Engineer in the Google vs. Uber ‘Stolen Tech’ Case Really Was Terrible