second coming
131 stories
·
0 followers

Ikea's Stuff is Tough To Assemble, So It Bought a Startup To Do It For You

1 Comment
One of the most popular jobs on TaskRabbit, a service that lets you hire workers for quick gigs, is assembling Ikea furniture. So perhaps it's no surprise that the Swedish retail giant has acquired the startup for an undisclosed price. From a report: For now, TaskRabbit services -- where each worker sets their own rates but the company takes 20 percent -- are available in 40 American cities and in London. The majority of its American workers (or "taskers" as the company dubs them) do not receive any health or retirement benefits, as is typical in so-called "gig economy" jobs. While TaskRabbit itself has not been sued in federal court by any of its workers so far, other companies in the industry have been -- numerous labor cases filed against Uber were recently heard at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco. It seems unlikely that Swedish business culture will have any impact on TaskRabbit's workers, the overwhelming majority of whom are ad hoc contractors. Sweden, which generally lacks a similar "gig economy" environment, boasts universal public health care and housing and child care subsidies. Employees in Sweden are required to be provided a minimum of five weeks paid annual leave, and wages are typically set by annual collective bargaining. According to Ikea's statement, TaskRabbit will remain an independent company and will remain in San Francisco -- as such, its taskers aren't considered to be employees.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
21 days ago
reply
Slashdot is now another news lister? That article title is ripped directly from Ars Technica
very large rock orbiting a sun

Grab a year of IPVanish for just $39 for a very limited time, a 50% savings

1 Comment

VPNs are way more common now than they were even just one year ago. People who care about their privacy (which should be everyone) have begun connecting to a VPN everytime they use the internet, but picking the right VPN provider can be a hard task. There are a ton of services out there, and they range in price from free to $100 or more a year. If you haven't already settled into a VPN, today may be the day that you do that.

Are you using a VPN? Here's why you might consider it!

New customers to IPVanish's service can score a 50% discount on its one-year plan with the coupon code PRIVACYFIRST. This discount drops the price down to just $39 for the first year, meaning you are only paying just over $3 a month to keep your browsing more secure.

From our review of the service:

Not only is IPVanish's Quick Connect menu suitable for novice users, there's also a host of settings in the background that advanced users will love. There are over 850 servers in more than 60 countries, and you'll be using one of 40,000 shared IP addresses. Tack on a lack of log keeping and secure connection protocols, and you have a very strong option.

This deal is only good through August 23, so you won't want to wait too long to make the purchase. Be sure to check it out today, and add that extra layer of security while connecting to the internet.

See at IPVanish

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
58 days ago
reply
Check out https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn-reviews/ for real reviews and not promoted discount code affiliates bullshit reviews
very large rock orbiting a sun

Bioware slams the door on any more Mass Effect: Andromeda single-player content

1 Comment

Enlarge / Pretend that planet is Mass Effect: Andromeda's single-player DLC, then look at it wistfully, turn around, and walk away. (credit: Bioware)

Anybody who hoped the troubled Bioware game Mass Effect: Andromeda would get some more single-player content should probably sit down. The game developer chose to deliver bad news to fans on Saturday evening via its official blog, confirming that it would not create any more "single-player or in-game story content" for the game.

If you're anxious to see the game's loose plot threads receive any resolution, you'll have to turn to other means. The game's existing 1.1 patch, which went live nearly three weeks ago, marked the end of any single-player changes, updates, or patches. Multiplayer modes will receive more "story-based APEX missions," Bioware says, and other stories, including those of the fate of the quarian ark, will be shuffled into "our upcoming comics and novels."

This confirms a DLC cancellation rumor dug up by Kotaku back in June. According to Kotaku's sources, EA had already bailed on plans for either add-on DLC or a full-fledged Andromeda 2 sequel after the game's lukewarm critical and commercial performance.

Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
60 days ago
reply
I loved ME 1-3 but Andromeda was terrible.
very large rock orbiting a sun

Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers

1 Comment
Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads. From a report: Apple sued Qualcomm in January, accusing it of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. Qualcomm said in the complaint that Apple is trying to force the company to agree to a "unreasonable demand for a below-market direct license." Qualcomm said last month that Apple had decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017, until the dispute is resolved in court. "While not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm's inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple's instructions not to pay," Qualcomm said in a statement on Wednesday.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
155 days ago
reply
Apple acting like a school yard bully
very large rock orbiting a sun

Apple Receives Patents For Bezel-Free Display, Touch ID Button Embedded In Screen

1 Comment
Apple has just been granted patents for two of the biggest features expected from the iPhone 8: an edge-to-edge display, and a Touch ID button embedded into the screen. 9to5Mac reports: The edge-to-edge display patent has the rather mundane heading "Reducing the border area of a device." It describes how a mostly-flat display can have a curved border area allowing it to wrap around the sides of the device: [...] "This relates to methods and systems for reducing the border areas of an electronic device so as to maximize the display/interactive touch areas of the device. In particular, a flexible substrate can be used to fabricate the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel (referred to collectively herein as a 'circuit panel') of a mobile electronic device so that the edges of the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel can be bent. Bending the edges can reduce the width (or length) of the panel, which in turn can allow the overall device to be narrower without reducing the display/touch-active area of the device." The embedded Touch ID patent is one of many submitted by Apple, describing different approaches it could take. This one re-uses language from a separate patent granted back in February, describing the benefits of allowing a user to authenticate without having to remove their finger from the screen: "Where a fingerprint sensor is integrated into an electronic device or host device, for example, as noted above, it may be desirable to more quickly perform authentication, particularly while performing another task or an application on the electronic device. In other words, in some instances it may be undesirable to have a user perform an authentication in a separate authentication step, for example switching between tasks to perform the authentication." Apple has been granted a total of 56 patents today. For more information, visit Patently Apple.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
155 days ago
reply
I might apply for patent for a car with no steering wheel. One day I'll be rich
very large rock orbiting a sun

Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims

1 Comment

Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters march past the FCC headquarters before a commission meeting on May 15, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)

Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That's when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against websites and other online services. And that's when Americans lost their Internet freedom—according to the current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.

Pai, a Republican and former Verizon lawyer, opposed the net neutrality rules when Democrats held the commission's majority, and he quickly got to work dismantling the rules after being appointed chair by President Donald Trump. To convince the public that the FCC should eliminate rules it passed two years ago, Pai's office yesterday issued a press release titled, "Restoring Internet freedom for all Americans."

The press release says the plan to eliminate Obama-era Internet regulations "will benefit all Americans" by "boost[ing] competition and choice in the broadband marketplace" and "will restore Internet Freedom by ending government micromanagement and returning to the bipartisan regulatory framework that worked well for decades."

Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Read the whole story
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
lywyn
175 days ago
reply
Why doesn't the media call it what it is. He's a shill for the companies. His reasons are so stupid I don't see anyone backing him expect the companies that want control back.
very large rock orbiting a sun
Next Page of Stories