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From GeekWire: Startup Spotlight: Customer-focused telecom software company Audian boasts big growth

Early in his career as an IT executive, Brandon Bazemore encountered a problem many business leaders face. He wasn’t satisfied with the telecommunications options available to him. But unlike many business owners, he decided to build his own solution. The system he started building was a seed that would eventually grow into Audian, a Seattle startup that makes software-based telecom tools for businesses. “I realized I needed a phone system,â€� Bazemore said. “After getting pitched these huge complicated systems by a number of local vendors, I could clearly see there was opportunity in the space. With the advent of software-based… Read More

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From Latest news and stories from Mozilla Testing an Opt-Out System for Firefox Telemetry Collection

Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to change the way Firefox collects usage data (telemetry), and the organization is currently preparing to test an opt-out clause an opt-out clause so they could collect more data relevant to the browser’s usage. […

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From Digital Trends: Logitech ZeroTouch review

The Logitech ZeroTouch phone mount can control your email, music, messaging apps, or communicate with Amazon Alexa all without picking up your phone.
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From Threatpost | The first stop for security news: Neptune Exploit Kit Dropping Cryptocurrency Miners Through Malvertisements

Researchers say the Neptune, or Terror exploit kit has been spreading Monero cryptocurrency miners via malvertisements.

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From Tech Insider: Uber adds new features that let drivers work on their own terms

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Uber is adding a new batch of driver-friendly features to its app. 

This latest round of updates in the app-based taxi company’s “180 Days of Change” campaign focuses on giving drivers more flexibility to manage their days on their own terms. 

One new feature allows drivers to set a time by which they need to be at a particular destination. 

Let’s say a driver who has to be at her primary job by 10 a.m. wants to make a bit of extra cash on the way to work. In Uber’s app, she can now specify when she needs to be at her workplace. The app will connect her with rides that are en route and will notify her when it’s time to head to the office. 

Previously, Uber’s app let drivers set an end destination, but didn’t allow them to set an arrival time. And it only let them set two destinations per day; with the update, they can now select up to six. 

Another new feature notifies drivers if a prospective rider is requesting a trip that’s will take 45 minutes or longer. Drivers will have the option to turn down the ride or, if they want to take it, confirm that they have enough gas and are prepared to sit in the car for awhile.

Thanks to the update, drivers can also now choose in the app which type of rides they’ll accept. They can choose to accept only UberSelect requests, for example. Or they can choose to just deliver food for UberEATS instead. However, as Harry Campbell points out on The Rideshare Guy, drivers cannot entirely opt out of UberPool rides, which require them to pick up multiple passengers. 

It’s only 60 days into its 180 day campaign, but Uber seems to be following through on its promise to improve its service for drivers. Collectively, the new features represent the third major update for drivers since the launch of the campaign. 

The first big update, which came in June, added tipping to the app, a feature long requested by drivers. Since that update, drivers have earned $50 million in tips, Uber said.

The second big update promised improved customer support for drivers. Uber was infamous among drivers for its poor support systems, and in response added a 24/7 support line.

The company has been trying to shore up its reputation with drivers and the public at large after a series of scandals earlier this year and amid growing competition from the likes of Lyft.



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From Digital Trends: What is AMD doing in LA? Giving low-budget filmmakers Hollywood-caliber FX

AMD Studios has set up its first office in Hollywood, where it uses AMD technology to help TV and movie studios tell better stories via customized end-to-end digital production pipelines.
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