Uber rubbishes MIT’s claims of drivers earning less than minimum wage

How much would you estimate the average Uber driver in the US earns per hour? $5? $10? $15? An MIT study published over the past few days (PDF) will have you believe they bring in median pretax profit was $3.37 per hour, or less than minimum wage in many states. Uber is rubbishing that claim, citing incorrect methodology – and so we might get fresh numbers from MIT this week. The MIT study used data from a survey of 1,150 drivers published by gig economy blog The Rideshare Guy, and found that drivers’ profits, after calculating vehicle and fuel expenses,…

This story continues at The Next Web

Or just read more coverage about: Uber …read more

Source:: The Next Web – Technology

The 2018 Oscars’ running jet ski gag was pure genius

After a contentious year in Hollywood — the year of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the seemingly endless scandals that followed, the year of #MeToo and Time’s Up — it was inevitable that the 2018 Oscars would be somewhat political. And they were, with both grave, serious commentary on diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, and copious derisive jokes aimed at Mel Gibson, “white people with clipboards,” and Donald Trump.

But the real star of the night was a green jet ski, awarded at the end of the evening to Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges to commemorate the fact that his acceptance speech was the shortest one of the night.

For decades now, the Oscar ceremony has been a lengthy affair, usually running three or four hours, and…

Continue reading…

…read more

Source:: The Verge – All Posts

The best Bluetooth speakers available in India 2018

UE Boom 2

Looking for the best Bluetooth speaker? We can help.

We’ve listened to hundreds of these wireless speakers over the years and have put our heads together to form a definitive list of the best ones you can buy.

Curious what Bluetooth speakers are all about?

If you want a quick and easy way to play music around your home or on the go, then nothing beats the convenience of a Bluetooth speaker. Simply charge it up, pair it to your phone, and you’ll be able to play your entire music collection wherever you choose.

While the latest set of audio cans can do amazing things, they previously offered a weak and tinny sound. Improvements in Bluetooth technology meant that they’re able to offer a very capable audio experience in their own right. And, better yet, battery capacities have improved such that you can use a Bluetooth speaker for several days on the trot without needing to recharge it.

But all of them are well worth a place in your tech arsenal, and with that in mind, here’s our list of our top picks for the best Bluetooth speakers around. Some are rugged. Some are stylish. Some are weatherproof and some aren’t fit for the outdoors – read through and take your pick.

This sequel to the UE Boom nails everything a Bluetooth speaker should be. It’s loud, yet detailed. Portable, but still incredibly durable. Plus, even better, the addition of waterproofing turns what used to be the best Bluetooth speaker around for most occasions into the best one for every occasion.

If you’re deep in the search for your next, or first, Bluetooth speaker, you can stop looking now. (But if you’re looking for a little more power, the Megaboom – also from UE – is a great choice, …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news

Best smartwatch 2018: The top smartwatches available in India

A smartwatch is the first and the last companion of your smartphone when it comes to continuous pairing and sharing essential features to boost your productivity, while doing what a watch and a fitness band can do.

Most of us know that wearable technology is still not at that level where the smartphones have reached, but these smartwatches have evolved a lot in recent years. Today’s smartwatches can perform a ton of novel tricks, such as enabling you to search the internet with your voice, tracking your exercise over GPS, and letting you check-out at the grocery store without pulling out your wallet.

There’s a lot to talk about the features but we keep doing that in our reviews, so let’s skip it and take a look at the best smartwatches you can buy in India right now.

Looking for something running Google’s OS? Here’s our best Android Wear smartwatch round-up

The Apple Watch 3 is the most advanced smartwatch available in the market right now. Yes, we agree that it’s very similar to the Apple Watch 2 visibly, but there are some incremental changes internally.

Apple did not launch the LTE variant in India, which was one of the key features this time and one which unnecessarily added up to the price of the watch. The non-LTE variant offers all the smarts of the Watch 2 but with a better battery ife and faster processing. It is still water resistant which means you can take it with you to swim or jog on a rainy day.

There’s a GPS onboard to navigate and track your running, and it also has the latest watchOS 4 software.

Read the full review: Apple Watch 3

Despite a serious lack of original apps, the Samsung Gear S3 is one of the best smartwatch options …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news