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Uber is using Foursquare location data to help pick you up

If you've used ridesharing often enough, you've probably run into problems getting the driver to pick you up at just the right spot. Ever play a frantic game of phone tag as the driver circles the block looking for you? Mercifully, that might not be much of an issue in the near future. Uber is …

10 Quick Ways To Boost Memory, Based On Research - PsyBlog

Boosts in all types of memory come from these simple activities.<p>1. Draw it<p>Drawing pictures of words helps build stronger and more reliable memories, …

The Brain

States Move Surprisingly Quickly in Suing Over Obama Transgender Policy

Less than two weeks after the Obama administration told the nation's public schools that they must honor the choices of transgender students, 11 states filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday to block the directive.<p>The ACLU labeled the lawsuit "a political stunt," and some legal experts said it …

Common Sense

Ex-McDonald’s CEO says raising the minimum wage will help robots take jobs

A former McDonald’s chief executive has warned that raising the minimum wage will spur unemployment as companies will instead employ robots that work for less.<p>“I guarantee you if a $15 minimum wage goes across the country you’re going to see a job loss like you can’t believe,” said Edward Rensi in …

Income Inequality

Airlines Now Charge You to Sit Next to Family Members

Air travel is an unmitigated nightmare. But as <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the airline industry itself has found new ways to make passengers …

Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like 'slot machines'

At Google, Harris worked to ensure that the company designs were ethical: optimal for the user with minimal deceit or manipulation. But, in a "race to grab your attention," Harris emphasized in a recent Medium post, many product designers try to exploit psychological vulnerabilities.<p>To illustrate …

Apps

Google May Publicly 'Shame' Android Smartphone Makers

To address problems getting smartphone makers to add the latest version of Android, Google could turn to publicly shaming them.<p>Google has drawn up a …

Android News

Microsoft is laying off 1,850 to “streamline” its smartphone business, takes $950M charge

Following last week’s news of Microsoft selling off its feature phone business for $350 million, today Microsoft turned its attention to smartphones: the company announced it would lay off 1,850 staff and take a charge of $950 million, including $200 million in severance payments, as it …

Mobile

The Snapchat score is a perfect example of what an ex-Googler calls unethical app design

The tech industry has been busily debating that question since former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris posted a fantastic essay on Medium earlier this week.<p>He writes:<p>And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. They play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and …

Tech Industry

How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

<i>Estimated reading time: 12 minutes.</i><p>“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.” — Unknown.<p>I’m an expert on how …

The Microsoft smartphone retreat continues with another 1,850 layoffs

The hammer has fallen on Microsoft's smartphone division.<p>The company announced on Wednesday morning that it will be laying off 1,850 employees as …

Real Estate