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Lyft partners with Honest Dollar to help drivers save for retirement

In working a full-time job, you are entitled to a certain select number of benefits — usually one being retirement. But in the gig economy, workers who rely on 1099 contracts to make a living off of on-demand apps don’t get the opportunity to save for their futures.<p>For Lyft drivers, that …

Retirement

Headband detects obstacles and guides the blind haptically

Until scientists perfect bionic vision, shouldn't there be a better way for the blind to get around than a simple cane? That's the idea behind Sentiri, a proximity-sensing headband that helps steer users around by motor-driven haptic feedback. It detects objects in the environment using infrared …

Genomics

US Army will test a hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Colorado

General Motors and the US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) are combining forces to create and test a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. It will undergo 12 months of extreme military testing to determine whether …

Energy

Tesla forced to disable autopilot features for Hong Kong owners

Self-driving tech is moving too fast<p>Tesla’s controversial autopilot mode has hit a roadblock in Hong Kong. The electric car maker has turned off automatic steering and lane change functions for Hong Kong owners after city officials asked to review the autonomous features for safety measures, …

Hong Kong

Mars 2020 Rover May Have A Little Flying Helper Drone

Eyes in the Martian sky<p>In April 2009, the Spirit rover got stuck in a sand trap on Mars. Try as it might, its wheels couldn't gain enough traction in the loose sand to free itself, leading to a sad, slow death for the rover. NASA doesn't want that to happen again.<p>Although the Curiosity rover is …

Bitwalking dollars: Digital currency pays people to walk

<b>A digital crypto-currency has launched that is generated by human movement.</b><p>Bitwalking dollars will be earned by walking, unlike other digital currencies such as Bitcoins that are "mined" by computers.<p>A phone application counts and verifies users' steps, with walkers earning approximately 1 BW$ for …

Chill optional: 51 percent of US internet users watch Netflix

Netflix's robust content library has helped it top nearly 70 million subscribers worldwide. Not surprisingly, the majority of those come from the US, where the streaming service has over 43 million customers alone. And, for the most part, people here seem to be fond of it. According to a survey …

Facebook introduces tools to help you stop stalking your ex online

Social network trials ‘take a break’ tools, offering a quick option to hide posts and pictures from a former partner after a user changes their relationship status<p>It is a truth universally acknowledged that a newly single person, in possession of a broken heart, must be in want of social media …

Social Media

Netflix is reportedly rebooting Lost in Space

Lost in Space

Oculus Concepts collects experimental mobile VR 'games' in one spot

Virtual reality is nothing if not an awesome font for weird little experiences, but they can be kind of difficult to find. Some are on Steam, some are available elsewhere. Oculus is hoping that Oculus Concepts, its new section of the Gear VR's Oculus Store will make that easier. Concepts, like the …

Reddit Updates Privacy Policy, CEO Steve Huffman Details Dedication To Protecting User Anonymity

It’s been a busy last few months since Steve Huffman returned to Reddit in July to become its CEO. The company had an eventful summer (to put it lightly), but now as much of the controversy subsides, Huffman and the rest of his team are looking to reduce overall stress and “bring a sense of …

Microsoft's Black Friday deals start now, at prices as low as 10 cents

The newest Black Friday deal is already under way -- and the deals start as low as 10 cents.<p>Microsoft is on a "10" kick because of its Windows 10 operating system (which, the company reminds us, just passed 110 million device installs). Thus, 10 days of deals -- now through November 29 -- with …

Windows 10

The secret hackers trying to bring down ISIS

In July, a threat emerged from an ISIS-associated Twitter account with few followers. The account alluded to an upcoming terror attack at a beach resort in Tunisia. Just a month before, a similar attack left 38 dead.<p>It may have gone undetected if it weren't for a rogue hacker group called Ghost …

Social Media

This fitness tracking app pays you to walk more

Having a hard time motivating yourself to exercise? What if somebody offered to <i>pay</i> you work out? That's the idea behind Bitwalking -- an app, digital currency and marketplace that pays its users 1BW$ (Bitwalking dollar) for every 10,000 steps they take.<p>The idea behind the app is about more than …

Samsung's 'first consumer' VR headset goes on sale

There's a new option for people who need some alone time after Thanksgiving dinner this year -- virtual reality.<p>Samsung's first consumer VR headset, the Gear VR, officially went on sale Friday for $100. Online pre-orders at Best Buy, Amazon and Samsung began November 10.<p>Samsung launched its first …

Lord of the Paranoids: New Yahoo security exec on protecting a billion-plus accounts

Robert Lord doesn't wear a cape, and he doesn't work in a secret lair. However, he does lead a team of cybersecurity workers called the "Paranoids" at Yahoo's headquarters. His mission is to protect everyday people from some of the worst stuff on the Internet.<p>The former Twitter security executive, …

Astronaut Scott Kelly's 'UFO' photo generates extraterrestrial buzz

The truth is out there … maybe. A photo tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly is generating plenty of extraterrestrial buzz.<p>Kelly, who recently broke the U.S. record for most days in space, tweeted the picture taken from the International Space Station Sunday.<p>An apparent ‘object’ in the top right hand …

All configurations of Nexus 6P back in stock at Google Store, shipping in 1-2 days

Going back to at least the Nexus 4, inventory shortages have been the name of the game when it comes to the release of new Nexus devices. Often it can take months or more of fighting and struggling before stock reaches a stable point, as was especially true with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.<p>Keeping with …

Gestures Are Defining Apple Watch

Instead of the touches and swipes that power most of our screen-based computing devices, many of the core Apple Watch capabilities — like checking the time — are powered by gestures.<p>The use of gestures as a user interface may seem like a novelty to many, but, from the research we did over the last …

Smartwatches

Apple may be developing an app to help you avoid the Genius Bar

Leaked screenshots hint at a new app from Apple that would help iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch owners get devices repaired without having to hit the Genius Bar.<p>Images of the app first appeared on a blog called uSwitch.com. Screenshots indicate that users will be able to report a problem and …