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Uber's year of prosperity and controversy

It was a doozy of a year for ride-sharing service Uber. Flush with cash and an in-your-face attitude, the 5-year-old ride-sharing service went from nascent startup to one of the most talked about tech companies.<p>Few companies pulled off the torrid pace of growth and rapid ascent in valuation of a …

Ridesharing

Jaguar's smart windshield will eliminate blind spots

It's hard to spot every possible road hazard. Mirrors and cameras will show what's behind you, but your car's roof pillars can still hide careless pedestrians and aggressive drivers. They won't be issues if Jaguar's 360-degree Virtual Urban Windscreen comes to fruition. The update to the company's …

'Light Cocoon' is a fabric-wrapped concept car with a 3D-printed skeleton

German firm EDAG Engineering regularly conjures up both futuristic and wacky concept cars, just like the "Light Cocoon" pictured above slated to be showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The company calls it the "ultimate in future lightweight construction," because it doesn't have the typical …

Uber responds half-heartedly to Senator Franken's privacy questions

Uber has at last responded to Senator Al Franken's questions about its controversial vehicle tracking and privacy policies... and if you were hoping for clear answers, you'll be disappointed. The ridesharing outfit's letter mostly reiterates the company's practices and its top-level responses to …

Want To Cash In On Your Paycheck Before Payday? There's An App For That

Waiting two weeks for payday is a pain. Isn’t there a better way?<p>According to startup Activehours, the answer is yes. Their app lets you withdraw money from your paycheck before payday rolls around. You plug in some info about your job and bank account, request a portion of your earnings, and it’s …

The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000

A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was eye-opening: “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed like I was getting ahead. It was typical lifestyle creep.”<p>…

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Requesting A Raise

The problem with asking for a raise is that there are only a few ways it could go right, and so many ways it could go wrong.<p>The best outcome would be getting more money than you imagined, but you’d also be happy with getting exactly what you wanted, and if not that, to at least see a bump, even if …

Solving The Rubik's Cube Of Retirement Savings

Some people can solve a Rubik’s Cube calmly and quickly. Others go round in circles for a few minutes and then quietly give it up. Still others make an intense effort that goes nowhere, and then smash the thing against the wall in frustration.<p>Those different approaches to a colorful puzzle are like …

5 Reasons Housing May Be Headed For Trouble

The housing market has been on a roll recently, with some markets even recovering to their peak 2006 levels. That sounds good, until you remember what 2006 was like. In retrospect, it seems clear that those prices were overly inflated by a boom mentality. Can the same be said for the housing market …