Edan Alva started driving for Lyft more than four years ago as your typical side hustle. Then he lost his job and began relying on his Lyft wages to pay the bills. It didn't take take long for Alva to realize he couldn't make enough to pay for rent or his son's health insurance. "[Lyft] seemed like a promising solution, Alva said. "It became a feeling of being trapped."On Friday, Alva and about 40 other Uber and Lyft drivers gathered in downtown San Francisco to demand the ride-hailing giants for better conditions. The gig economy workers were protesting for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment. Drivers tried to present the letter at the protest, but weren't able to enter Uber's headquarters. "We'll be back," they chanted in response. Uber drivers demand their labor rights 8 Photos "Drivers need … [Read more...] about Uber and Lyft drivers protest for better working conditions
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Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies. The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment. Drivers plan to present the letter at the protest, which will take place at Uber headquarters at 10:30 a.m. PT."Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward," wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers. "It's time for Uber and Lyft to do right by us."The protest comes as California considers Assembly Bill 5, which could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors as they currently are. As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits … [Read more...] about Uber, Lyft drivers stage protest for better working conditions
If you've shopped for any wireless Bluetooth audio products lately, be it a pair of headphones or wireless speakers, or even a mobile phone, you might have seen mention of aptX. AptX promises "CD-like quality" sound over Bluetooth. This comparison is always suspect, and it's as overused as it is vague. But audio over Bluetooth is definitely compressed -- some of the data is discarded. It simply doesn't sound as good as audio transmitted over other wireless methods or a wired connection. So can aptX help improve the sound of Bluetooth? And if so, how much? Bluetooth audio: A quick primer Before we talk about aptX, we need to start with digital audio and Bluetooth in general. I'll do my best to be brief. Digital audio is a collection of samples of what a sound wave looks like at a specific moment in time. Instead of a steady wave of sound, it's a series of snapshots. With enough of these snapshots, or "samples," a playback device (an iPhone, say) … [Read more...] about Can aptX give you better sound over Bluetooth?
Vaudevillian Dan Leno tickled turn-of-the-century audiences by dressing as a woman. Hulton Archive/Getty Images Singer, actor and television host RuPaul has been touted as the most famous drag queen in the world and has helped bring the campy performance-oriented brand of cross-dressing into mainstream popular culture. In 1994, RuPaul's sassy single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" broke into the top 30 on Billboard Music's pop chart, catapulting the multitalented personality into a successful career with résumé highlights including a high-profile cosmetics campaign, bestselling autobiography and hit reality television series. But RuPaul isn't the first man to become a household name by donning a dress and high heels. During the early 20th century, Julian Eltinge, born William Dalton, became internationally famous for his uncanny ability to act like a lady. Details surrounding his initial interest in mimicking women's fashion and body language are hazy, as origin stories … [Read more...] about How Drag Queens Work
2019 will be a big year for the next generation of cellular technology: 5G. And phone carriers and manufacturers are already announcing their plans to bring it to the masses.On Monday, Verizon announced that it's partnering with Samsung in order to bring a 5G device to market in early 2019. On Tuesday, AT&T also revealed that it'll carry a 5G Samsung phone. Now Sprint is saying it will too.Sprint VP of product engineering and development Ryan Sullivan revealed this during the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit. He told PC Mag, "We're one of Samsung's biggest customers. You better believe we're working with them as well." Sullivan confirmed the Samsung-Sprint 5G partnership to CNET. Now playing: Watch this: Explaining 5G with a game of pool 4:21 Sprint has plans to roll out 5G to nine cities in the first half of 2019, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Phoenix.Samsung is reportedly working on multiple 5G … [Read more...] about Sprint on its 5G plans: You ‘better believe’ we’re working with Samsung