Uber's ratings are in the toilet

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Things just keep getting worse for Uber.

With #DeleteUber trending once again following allegations of sexism from a former employee, disgruntled users are taking to the App Store to vent.

Uber’s app currently has an abysmal 1.6-star average rating in the U.S App Store, despite its rank as the No. 10 app overall, according to app analytics company App Annie. Though its lifetime rating stands at 3.7, it’s received 3,941 one-star reviews in the last 30 days, pushing down its overall score.

Many of the poor ratings appear to be directly tied to the company’s policies, rather than the performance of the app itself. Numerous users cite the allegations of sexism and harassment made by former engineer Susan J. Fowler, whose blog post detailing her time at Uber went viral over the weekend. Read more…

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The first manned hoverbike could finally fulfill your 'Star Wars' dreams

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Are you ready to live out your wildest speeder bike dreams? A Russian drone-building startup just dropped some crazy new video showcasing the closest thing we’ve seen to Return of the Jedi‘s famous vehicles IRL.

Hoversurf‘s newest prototype, the Scorpion-3, is a single-seat electric quadcopter that looks to be the world’s first fully rideable hoverbike. The vehicle, which can be controlled by a human pilot or remotely as a drone, could be used in the future for transport, shipping cargo, and more—once everyone gets adjusted to those dangerous-looking propellors spinning right next to the pilot’s legs.   Read more…

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The next iPhone may take care of all your storage worries

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Get ready to say goodbye to those annoying “Storage Full” messages.

The iPhone 8 with two different storage options—64GB and 256GB—according to a new report from Chinese research firm Trendforce. That means the basic model is double the 32GB offered as the lowest storage tier for the iPhone 7.

Here’s the huge downside: the cost. Normally, Apple prices the iPhone at $50 to $100 more for each successive storage level. For example, the iPhone 7 is currently $649 for 32GB, $749 for 128GB and $849 for 256GB off-carrier in the U.S.  Read more…

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Disney's new research could make wireless charging as easy as downloading your email

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Wireless charging is a farce. We’ve basically traded in charging cables for custom-built surfaces that only work if we place our phones right on top of them. 

What we want is to walk into a room and have our iPhone 8 start charging automatically. And it looks like that dream is now a tick closer to reality.

A team of scientists at Disney Research (yes, that Disney), have built a gadget-charging, device-powering room that’s safe for humans, their furniture and décor, if perhaps rather ugly.

In a very dense paper published last week in the journal PLOS One, Disney researchers Matthew Chabalko, Mohsen Shahmohammadi and Alanson Sample describe the development of “Volumetric wireless power for livable spaces.” Read more…

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It's time to start thinking about what Google will name Android O

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Oh, Magic 8 Ball, what will Google call the next version of Android?

If Google follows history, the next version will be called Android “O,” and it’ll be named after a dessert/snack like every other version before it.

The current version of Android is “Nougat,” and even though most phones don’t have the update (a sad reality on Android), Android’s senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer teased on Twitter over the weekend what “O” might stand for:

@dcseifert 🤔 pic.twitter.com/u8nMzjTIO1

— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 20, 2017 Read more…

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