Lyft adds driver features because Uber and Lyft can't stop one-upping each other

Mashable - 4 hours 36 min ago

If you can't keep up with every new feature ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft keep dropping, it's not just you. The two have been one-upping each other nonstop in recent months with rider rewards programs, subscription plans, and even customer feedback options

On Thursday, Lyft announced its latest driver "enhancements," just a few weeks after Uber unveiled Uber Pro, a driver reward program to recognize the most committed drivers. Top drivers can earn free tuition at Arizona State University's online program.

SEE ALSO: Uber launches program to reward high-performing drivers

Lyft counters that its three new features coming in December aren't just for select drivers, but for anyone who uses the platform to make some side money or as a full-time job. Rajiv Bhatia, Lyft head of driver product, said in a phone call this week the improvements aren't a response to Uber's driver program, but to make sure "all drivers feel recognized." Lyft already has its Accelerate Rewards program with cash back at the pump and other perks. Read more...

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How to Disable and Deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

How-To Geek - 4 hours 36 min ago

Apple’s iMessage is one of the most popular messaging platforms around, and it’s a great way for Apple to lock people into its ecosystem. As great as iMessage is, there may still be times you need to disable or complete deactivate it.

Some of those times may be down to good old-fashioned troubleshooting (or perhaps you really did make the jump to Android) Whatever your reasons, you will not only need to turn iMessage off on your iPhone or iPad but potentially tell Apple to remove your number from iMessage on the server-side, too.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

How to Disable iMessage on Your iPhone or iPad

Disabling iMessage on your iPhone or iPad is often the first step to take if you’re having issues with sending or receiving messages. A simple toggle off and then back on can often wake iMessage up, and while we might not like to admit it, the age-old suggestion of turning something off and then back on again does work more often than not.

To disable iMessage, head into the Settings app and tap “Messages.”

Complete the process of turning iMessage off by flicking the switch. If you do need to turn it back on, here’s where you would do that too.

How to Deactivate iMessage

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What theme will 'American Horror Story' Season 9 have?

Mashable - 4 hours 38 min ago
Spoilers for American Horror Story: Apocalypse lie ahead.

So, we've got chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and something something about "Yuletide carols"? Ugh, disgusting.

With the killer finale of American Horror Story: Apocalypse finally aired, it's safe to say 2018's Halloween season has come to a close—and for us goblins and ghouls still clutching our moldy pumpkins, that pretty well sucks. 

But never fear, spooky friends. All Hallow's Eve will come again and with it AHS will return for not only a Season 9, but also a Season 10. 

SEE ALSO: How 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' created that princess scene (you know the one) Read more...

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Playing catch-up, Germany throws money at AI

Technology News (Reuters) - 4 hours 43 min ago
Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies.
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Ford CEO open to investors in autonomous vehicles but cautious on VW

Technology News (Reuters) - 5 hours 18 min ago
Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Jim Hackett told Reuters the company was open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG was a "delicate dance."
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The Best Advent Calendars For Counting Down To Christmas With Your Kids

How-To Geek - 5 hours 35 min ago

Tis the season to be jolly and to keep your kids vaguely sane in the run up to Christmas. An advent calendar simultaneously provides them with something fun to do every day while also reminding them of how close Christmas is getting.

Yeah, maybe it’s a little counterintuitive in keeping them calm. Either way, they’re a fun tradition and we’ve checked out the best advent calendars out there for your kids.

Now, it’s worth bearing in mind that you need to get in fast. The best advent calendars sell out quickly so you don’t want to wait around. No one wants a disappointed child because you waited too long and even with overnight shipping it won’t be here in time, right? We’ve covered a wide selection of advent calendars so there’s something for mostly every taste. Many of the advent calendars provide toys or gifts that you can use all year round too, making them good value.

Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Best For Older Kids (Or Kids Who Like To Think They Are): Mouttop Advent Calendar Charm Bracelet ($20)

The Mouttop Advent Calendar Charm Bracelet is a rather cute idea. On the first day, you’re given a charm bracelet with the rest of the month devoted to providing you with a new charm to attach to it each day. The charms represent a mixture of Christmassy style icons, hearts, stars, and other cute things.

The jewelry is made from environmental alloy and is free of any allergens, so it’s decent quality stuff. This is the perfect advent calendar for children that are adamant they’re more grown-up than they used to be but are still keen for cute, glitzy stuff.

Buy on Amazon Best For Variety: Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar ($18)

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13 holiday gifts that give back to a great cause

Mashable - 5 hours 36 min ago

During the holiday season, you'll be shopping for friends and family, and hopefully be on the lookout for nonprofits and causes to support. Now you can do both with just one online purchase. 

Every year, charitable companies and nonprofit organizations sell products and donate some of the proceeds to important causes like LGBTQ youth mental health, wildlife conservation, and refugee empowerment. 

SEE ALSO: 16 seriously impressive gifts that give back this holiday season

To start off your search, here are 13 gifts that will make a difference in the U.S. and around the world. If you decide these gifts aren't the right fit, don't panic: Check out our collection of gift guides for more ideas.  Read more...

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Should You Buy Off-Brand Camera Batteries?

How-To Geek - 5 hours 36 min ago

Batteries are dangerous—they’re practically a bomb—so you need to be careful when you buy them. Sure, they’re not likely to take down an airliner but a bad battery could definitely damage your camera. It also might not work as expected. Here’s what you need to know about buying batteries for your DSLR or mirrorless cameras.

RELATED: Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

First-Party and Third-Party Batteries

The battery that came with your camera is called a “first-party” battery because it was made by the manufacturer of the camera (or at least by a licensee they supervise). It’s the battery with which your camera is designed to work. You can buy additional first-party batteries but they tend to be quite expensive.

Third-party batteries are made by a company other than your camera’s manufacturer. They range from high-quality batteries made by reputable camera manufacturers—like this third party battery made by Blackmagic—to cheap Chinese knock-offs, churned out by factories where safety standards and testing are foreign concepts. It’s a pretty wide range.

The (Potential) Problems With Third Party Batteries

With first-party batteries, you always know what you’re getting (as long as you’re really getting a first party battery and not a counterfeit; more on that later). It’s the exact same as the one that came with your camera when you bought it. With third-party batteries, however, things aren’t quite as certain.

Third-party batteries are almost always cheaper than original batteries. Canon’s LP-E6N battery costs $64 while Blackmagic’s—presumably high quality—replica costs $35. That’s a pretty steep difference. I’ve seen batteries from less reputable manufacturers cost as little as $10—and no, I won’t link to them.

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There's up to 50% off beauty gift sets in Amazon's Black Friday UK sale

Mashable - 5 hours 38 min ago

What can you expect to find in your stocking this Christmas? There will probably be some socks, a genuinely wonderful gift for anyone over the age of 21. There might even be an orange for the traditionalists. You can also bet your bottom dollar that you'll find a beauty gift set of some description buried in that sack.

There are a wide range of beauty gift sets from the likes of Dove, Lynx, and Nivea, that all make the perfect stocking filler for just about anyone. Perfectly timed for this coming Christmas, Amazon has cut the price on a load of gift sets as part of its pre-Black Friday sale, with up to 50% off selected itemsRead more...

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Get creative with Amazon's Black Friday UK sale on photo, video, and music software

Mashable - 5 hours 41 min ago

It's good to have a creative outlet in your adult life. As kids, we run around splashing things with paint, building little cities, and making a lot of noise. But as we grow older, these opportunities to get creative start to diminish, and many of us enter a kind of reverse metamorphosis, leaving our beautiful creative butterfly-selves behind. What a terrible shame.

If the prospect of losing your wings fills you with a deep sadness then now is the time to act. There are a number of creative outlets that are waiting for you, and there is specialised software to ensure that you take flight with grace and ease. Read more...

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Crypto's black Wednesday: Where do we go from here?

Mashable - 5 hours 44 min ago

Cryptocurrencies are notoriously volatile, but even seasoned traders were taken aback by the price action on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Bitcoin is down roughly 15% compared to the day before and is trading at $5,380 on Coinbase at writing time. Ethereum fared even worse, dropping roughly 17% to $171 and losing the position of the second largest coin by market cap to Ripple, which is also down more than 10% in the last 24 hours. 

SEE ALSO: Hublot's new watch is a perfect fit for Bitcoin millionaires

We've seen sharp price drops like these before, but this selloff is notable for several reasons. For one, it came after nearly three months of relative stability in the crypto market; some even pointed out that Bitcoin has become more stable than some of the stocks listed on Nasdaq.  Read more...

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The best Black Friday Android tablet deals in the UK

Mashable - 5 hours 45 min ago

We'll let you in on a little secret. There's this sale called Black Friday, and you can get loads of products at great prices. It's kind of an unknown and most consumers have never heard of it. What can we say, we've got the inside scoop.

Now that you are in the know, you too can benefit from these great dealsBlack Friday has already begun for a lot of retailers, including, which has launched its pre-Black Friday sale is offering discounts on just about everything, including a number of Android tablets that are reduced by up to 37%. You can pick up a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 VE 9.7-inch WiFi tablet for as little as £249.99, down from £399.00, alongside some great priced Huawei tablets: Read more...

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Dell sweetens VMWare tracking stock offer to $120 per share

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 18 min ago
Dell Technologies on Thursday raised its offer to buy back shares tied to its interest in VMWare to $120 per share from its previous offer of $109.
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Little Mix strip down and write slurs on their naked bodies

Mashable - 6 hours 26 min ago

British pop group Little Mix have sent a powerful message out to fans: love yourself.

The four band members — Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock — posed naked with words scrawled on their skin. Words like: slutty, ugly, fat, talentless, odd-looking, flabby, tart, and gobby. 

SEE ALSO: Why You Should Never Be Sorry for Your Selfie

The image has been shared to promote the forthcoming single Strip — the video for which features body positivity activists like Bryony Gordon, Nimco Ali, and Hannah Witton. 

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Take off all my makeup cos I love what’s under it Rub off all your words don’t give a fuck I’m over it Jiggle all this weight, yeah you know I love all of this Finally love me naked Sexiest when I’m confident. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey with us. #LM5 featuring #Strip is coming Friday 16.11.18 The girls x

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The 10 best video games to play while high

Mashable - 6 hours 36 min ago

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.

Marijuana-friendly video games require four main attributes: simplicity, beauty, weirdness, and whoaaa cooool.

Playing games while high can, like most high activities, either be a portal to magical awakenings or scar you for life. Choose the game you pair with your herb wisely! Luckily, we're here to help guide you to Video Game Toke-halla.

Our selection is guaranteed to not harsh your vibe, but enhance it. For your convenience, we've even implemented a contact high rating system: Each game is ranked from one to five trees, depending on how toasted playing it under the influence will get you. Read more...

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Stanley Tucci reacts to Pete Davidson's 'Tucci Gang' sketch

Mashable - 6 hours 47 min ago

Earlier this year, SNL's Pete Davidson paid tribute to someone he considered to be an under-appreciated character actor in a "Gucci Gang" parody as brilliant as it was obvious. 

"Tucci Gang," as the viral sketch was called, was a celebration of The Hunger Games star Stanley Tucci. Tucci told Seth Meyers on Late Night that he was "completely shocked" by the rap tribute.

"I didn't know what it was based on, so my children had to explain it to me," Tucci said. 

"It's brilliant and I was very flattered."

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Fix: My Microphone Doesn’t Work on Windows 10

How-To Geek - 6 hours 56 min ago

Windows 10 may not hear your microphone’s audio for several reasons. All the usual PC microphone troubleshooting steps are still important, but Windows 10 contains a new system-wide option that completely disables microphone input in all applications.

Check Windows 10 Microphone Options

Windows 10’s Settings app has a few options that disable your microphone system-wide, in all applications. If your webcam is disabled in Settings, even desktop applications can’t receive microphone input.

This is a bit confusing. In general, the app permissions under Settings > Privacy only affect new applications from the Store, also known as Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, applications. But the microphone and webcam options also affect desktop applications.

If your microphone isn’t working, head to Settings > Privacy > Microphone.

At the top of the window, check that it says “Microphone access for this device is on.” If Windows says microphone access is off, click the “Change” button and set it to “On.” If access is off, Windows and all applications on your system can’t access audio from your microphone.

Below that, ensure “Allow apps to access your microphone” is set to “On.” If microphone access is off, all applications on your system won’t be able to hear audio from your microphone. However, the Windows operating system itself will still have access.

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Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast, indicating poor iPhone demand

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 57 min ago
Austria's AMS , which makes facial recognition technology, became the latest Apple supplier to cut its revenue forecast, adding to growing evidence that the latest iPhones are not selling well.
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Liberty Global 'not desperate' to sell Swiss business: CFO

Technology News (Reuters) - 7 hours 4 min ago
Cable operator Liberty Global is investing to strengthen its Swiss UPC video offering so it could stand alone if a strategic partner isn't found, CFO Charlie Bracken said on Thursday.
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Jimmy Kimmel's story of having dinner with Emily Blunt's mom will make you cringe laugh

Mashable - 7 hours 7 min ago

Turns out Jimmy Kimmel's family and Emily Blunt's family are pretty close. 

They go on holiday together, they have dinner together, and — in particular — Kimmel is a huge fan of Emily Blunt's mom.

In the clip above, Kimmel decides to share a story that illustrates why he thinks she's so awesome — and it's one that you probably should watch if you're about to eat.

Skip to 4:40 in the clip above for the funny, but also mildly shudder-inducing, anecdote. Read more...

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