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I’ve worked at McDonald’s for 10 years and still make $7.35 an hour

As fast-food workers, we prepare burgers and fries, not balance sheets. We struggle to survive from paycheck to paycheck, without million-dollar annual bonuses or second homes. We often work behind the scenes—or counters, getting little of the credit for billions of dollars in company profits.<p>And …

McDonald's

Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile …

Fixed, An App That Just Raised $1.2 Million, Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

David Hegarty and DJ Burdick cofounded Fixed last fall after Hegarty received five parking tickets in three weeks. Hegarty knew how to contest tickets, but he realized that his friends didn't and often just paid the fine.<p>"I'm a stickler for protesting all my parking tickets," he told Business …

Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Just Made It Easier To Download Movies On Your Phone

But starting this week, users can now search through that endless trove of pirated content directly on their smartphones and tablets now that Pirate Bay has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.<p>Called "The Mobile Bay," the mobile-optimized Pirate Bay offers the full search capabilities …

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Internet of Things

11 On-Demand Music Streaming Services Compared

There’s no shortage of apps to help you discover new music. Some are slaves to algorithms, some depend on human-curation, while some combine the best of both worlds. There’s been a flurry of activity in the music-streaming space of late, with seemingly every company wanting a piece of the …

Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal

Congress passes unlocking bill, and Obama plans to sign<p>Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate …

Possible Moto X+1 preproduction model leaks out

Don’t take it without a serving of salt just yet, but we may be looking at the first actual image of the Moto X+1.<p>These photos hit the inbox of folks over at <i>Android Police</i>, allegedly showing the successor of the Moto X sporting a metal (possibly aluminum) frame and a wooden backplate. Even if the …

Mobile Technology

Apple Confirms Purchase of Book Recommendation Maker BookLamp

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the company said in its telltale yes-we-bought-it and no-we-aren't-saying-more statement.<p>Apple late Friday confirmed it has acquired BookLamp, the Idaho-based maker of a book …

Leaked iPhone 6 Parts Suggest A Much Bigger iPhone Is Coming

A new leak claims to show some of the internal components Apple will use in its iPhone 6. The photos, which were published by French blog Nowhereelse.fr (via MacRumors), show iPhone parts that seem larger than those in the iPhone 5s —adding to rumors that Apple's next smartphone will come with a …