Uber, Spin, and Lime scooters are now legal in San Francisco, but Skip is out

San Francisco announced recently that it was expanding its permit program to include Uber’s Jump, Ford’s Spin, and Lime — companies that previously were barred from operating scooters in the city. But the expansion of the city’s scooter operators isn’t all good news: Skip, one of the companies that was part of San Francisco’s original pilot program, wasn’t granted a permit and just sent a message to customers saying that…

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Netflix just announced a massive slate of brand new content for the holiday season

It will be at least a few days before we know everything that Netflix has in store for November, but if you’re looking for some festive content to get you in the holiday spirit, the biggest streamer in the world has you covered. On Tuesday, Netflix revealed all of the original movies and series it plans to roll out over the next two months, as well as all the licensed…

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Delete These Android Adware Apps Hiding on Your Phone

If you have any of these 15 sneaky apps on your Android device, it’s time to go on a digital hunt and delete them. According to Sophos, these adware apps are doing everything they can to hide themselves on your device and inject crappy advertising into everything you do—and more than 1.3 million devices worldwide have at least one of these apps installed. The apps in question are: free.calls.messages com.a.bluescanner…

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Amazon Prime members can now get any cheap item with free one-day shipping

Amazon is already the most popular digital retailer on the planet, but that doesn’t mean Jeff Bezos and the rest of the team are satisfied with their success. The site is always looking for any edge it can get, and according to Recode, that now includes free one-day shipping on almost any cheap product for Amazon Prime subscribers. As Recode’s Jason Del Rey notes, Amazon used to make it difficult…

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: ‘good’ is as good as it gets

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for about a week now, and it has accomplished something remarkable: it’s made me decide to stop saying there are no good smartwatch options for Android users. Released just six months after its predecessor, the Active 2 is a reasonably good option. Some software issues keep it from being great, though. And if your phone isn’t made by Samsung, plan…

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Fortnite’s latest season ends and now the game is gone

Fortnite’s season 10 ended Sunday with a bang, as expected with an end event that would have introduced season 11. The current season of Epic’s popular battle royale shooter was scheduled to end on October 13, after the developer extended it by an extra week. The biggest surprise for players was that the game was no longer playable after the end event started, according to CNET. An explosive in-game, season-ending…

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Lyft joins Uber in suing New York City over limits on cruising time

Lyft filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of New York over regulations that limit the amount of time drivers can cruise certain busy parts of Manhattan without a passenger. The ride-hailing company called for the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s “highly damaging cruising rule” to be eliminated. “Lyft supports comprehensive congestion pricing, which is the most effective way to reduce traffic,” Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in a statement. “But…

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Microsoft has dedicated Office and emoji keys on its new keyboards

Microsoft’s latest keyboards now include dedicated Office and emoji keys. The software giant was previously experimenting with an Office key on keyboards earlier this year, and now the company is launching a new Ergonomic and slim Bluetooth Keyboard that include the dedicated button. The Office key replaces the right-hand Windows key, and it’s used to launch the Office for Windows 10 app that acts as a hub for Microsoft’s productivity…

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Social Security cost-of-living increase to raise benefits 1.6% in 2020

Modest cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients are back. The 68 million Americans who rely on Social Security will receive a 1.6% bump in their benefits next year, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday. For an average retiree who gets a monthly check of $1,460, that adds up to an additional $23.40 a month, according to the Senior Citizens League, an advocacy group. “People are going to be dipping into…

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Three easy ways to block robocalls fast

The FCC recently ruled in your favor in a 3- 2 vote allowing phone companies to block unwanted robocalls and spam texts. Maybe it was the vocal majority who lodged some 215,000 complaints. While the regulator made a bold move in the right direction, however, it didn’t force the phone companies to take action. But regardless of whether the phone companies decide to help us all out by slamming the…

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Beware a New Scam That Asks for Your Bank PIN on the Phone

How easy is it to get caught up in a financial phishing scam? Just ask Twitter user Pieter Gunst. He faced “the most credible phishing attempt I’ve experienced to date,” he wrote, outlining the steps that almost fooled him. His ordeal is a reminder that even the most cautious people can be targeted by increasingly sophisticated scammers. Here’s how it happened: Gunst got a call from someone claiming to be…

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Talk About Getting Ripped Off

After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words. The app-fueled rise of the gig economy is based in large part on the ability of…

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