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Emails show ex-Uber boss Travis Kalanick angered regulators when he visited London in 2014

Emails between London's transport regulator, Transport for London (TfL), and Uber, show the two had an occasionally stormy relationship long before the ride-hailing firm lost its licence.<p>One email, released under the Freedom of Information Act, shows a key moment when Uber really angered TfL.<p>Uber's …

The world's first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney -- named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney -- will be the only smartphone in the world that's fully secure and safe enough to hold cryptographic …

Blockchain

Homeland Security details plans to collect social media data on immigrants

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced it would begin collecting social media information for all immigrants entering the country. The announcement, published in the Federal Register a few days ago, and first noticed by BuzzFeed News, states any non-natural citizen will be …

Social Media

A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Thirteen years ago, just as the United States began what was to become its longest war, a futuristic wheelchair hit the market.<p>The iBOT allowed paralyzed people, including many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to stand up by rising to eye level. It also did something no wheelchair ever had: climb …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Google debuts Project Fi group plan: Add up to 5 people for $15 per month each

Starting today, Google’s Project Fi now offers a group plan. Fi users can now have up to six people on one plan, inviting new members at any time for $15 per month. That will get them unlimited talk and text (known as Fi Basics) and like with individual plans, they are only charged for the data …

Unsexy Flexport scores $65 million as software eats shipping

Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry, but most people don’t even know what those words mean. It’s the business of moving boats, trucks and planes full of stuff across the world that’s recently been neglected by technology.<p>Historically, freight forwarding has been handled by a mess of …

Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud

You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex’s media player. The popular service, which allows you to watch TV and movies from your own collection, including those you’ve recorded via an attached digital antenna, is making itself more accessible to …

FCC loses court battle to let cities build their own broadband

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to let cities build their own broadband networks hit a major roadblock today, as a federal appellate court ruled that the commission was overstepping its authority. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said today that the FCC is not …

Ephemeral is developing tattoo ink designed to disappear after a year

Practically everyone who has ever considered a tattoo knows the old parental refrain of “you’ll have it forever.” It’s a fairly stark warning tinged with the regret of a generation covered in inked relics of disco and popular culture past.<p>Some temporary solutions do exist, including the relatively …

Thai Company SCG Develops Custom 3D Printable Cement for 3D Printing Houses and Structures

3D printing with concrete.<p>While 3D printing homes still sounds like something that only happens in science fiction, the technology is coming along …

South-east Asia

A First Look Inside WeWork’s New “Coliving” Spaces

As the popular coworking startup turns to housing, design could be key to making the model sustainable.<p>In January, <i>Fast Company</i> broke the news that the coworking startup WeWork was beta testing its first “coliving” spaces in New York. Today, the company is opening the space–a residential extension …

Nelson Mandela’s fellow ANC activist breaks silence to demand Jacob Zuma’s resignation

Ahmed Kathrada, who stood in dock at Rivonia trial, tells South Africa president to go as scandal mounts over government cash for private mansion<p>One of South Africa’s most revered anti-apartheid activists dramatically intervened in the growing row over President Jacob Zuma’s future by urging the …

South Africa

If you are a white South African, please read this

I was really, really scared to put this online. But that fear, is the exact reason why I am doing it.<p>Yesterday was a tough one for South Africa. …

African Markets Catch Bear Fever

Hopes are fading that Africa’s bond and equity markets will draw more than the most adventurous.<p>A toxic cocktail of plunging commodities prices, …

Stock Markets

South Africa President Jacob Zuma's sacking blunder

<b>To lose one finance minister may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness, and President Jacob Zuma's decision to get rid of two finance ministers in less than a week has been a colossal blunder.</b><p>He sacked the respected Nhlanhla Nene in a surprise move on Wednesday evening …

South Africa is on its third finance minister in a week, and now the rand is going nuts

The shock announcement restoring Gordhan to the post sent the rand surging nearly 5 percent on Sunday evening, but failed to quell a tide of criticism of the president.<p>"This is reckless by President Zuma, he is playing Russian roulette with the South African economy," opposition Democratic Alliance …

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 …

London's 'walk the Tube' map reveals the real distance between stations

Londoners know it, but not all visitors do: sometimes it's quicker to walk than take the tube. The official London Underground map — designed by Harry Beck in 1933 and arguably the most recognizable transit map in the world — is a masterpiece of compressed design, but this can also make it …

A decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online

Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.<p>A decade in, all that officials have to show …

Immigration

What my French doctor prescribed for me in the way of sex

“Do you orgasm every time you have sex?” asks my elderly Parisian gynecologist with a straight face and a heavy French accent. I wait for the punch …

10 Awe-Inspiring Videos of Cape Town

A selection of stunning drone footage and spectacular time-lapse creations showing the Mother City in all her glory<p>Cape Town’s beauty is undeniable. …

Yale unveils new Works with Nest smart lock

The new Yale Linus lock aims to be a fully integrated smart-home security device, and it looks promising.<p>Digital locks are some of the most practical smart-home upgrades out there, but a very legitimate concern is whether they just introduce digital vulnerability to the problem of home …

Home Automation

Uniqlo's big American mistake? Betting on suburban malls

So much for taking America by storm.<p>Uniqlo, the hip Japanese clothing chain known for trendy yet inexpensive down coats, jeans, and t-shirts with …

WTF GIF

Callout

Small movie details that piss people off (19 Photos)<p>By: Travis<p>264 Liked! 48 Disliked 0<p>entertainment<p>People reveal things that sound weird, but …

South African prototype may solve solar power problem

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google.<p>…

Solar Power

Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many …

ANC sues City of Cape Town over logo

Cape Town - The ANC is convinced it has built a “formidable” case against the City of Cape Town, which it accused of “arrogantly” going over the …

Cape Town