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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Who’s really taking you for an Uber ride?

Published December 22, 2014 on CNET News
After an Uber driver allegedly rapes a woman in Boston, the ride-sharing service’s background checks come under scrutiny.

Electric superbike rolls out to everyday street drivers

Published November 12, 2014 on CNET News
Lightning Motorcycles’ electric bike — the first to win the Pikes Peak challenge — isn’t only for the racetrack.

Can these gun sensors keep cops safer?

Published November 8, 2014 on CNET News
Technology from startup Yardarm can tell 911 emergency responders if a police officer’s gun has been fired. But Yardarm doesn’t call it a “smart gun” — that would court controversy.

How risky is your Uber ride? Maybe more than you think

Published October 8, 2014 on CNET News
When you agree to Uber’s terms and conditions, you basically sign your life away, consumer advocates say. So then, what happens when a driver hits you on the head with a hammer, as one passenger claims?

Should Uber and Lyft keep passenger ratings secret?

Published September 25, 2014 on CNET News
Beware passengers: don’t vomit, drink beer or annoy your drivers. Drivers are rating you — and no, in most cases, you can’t see what that score is.

The ‘sharing’ economy’s hidden toll on San Francisco

Published August 20, 2014 on CNET News
Under the guise of “sharing,” companies like Airbnb and Uber are cashing in. While they’re providing services beloved by many, their impact is also causing reverberations on the ground.

IBM’s Watson and Bon Appetit team up to create cutting-edge cuisine

Published June 30, 2014 on CNET News
The famous supercomputer and the culinary magazine join forces to develop a cooking app that spews out new and innovative recipes. Fennel-spiced baby back pork ribs, anyone?

Behold JuggaloCoin, a Bitcoin-like currency just for Juggalos

Published April 9, 2014 on CNET News
Insane Clown Posse fans take heed: now there’s a new way to buy black-and-white face makeup, Faygo, and HatchetGear.

Dolby to put Atmos surround sound on tablets, smartphones

Published March 21, 2014 on CNET News
The immersive audio that makes movie-goers feel like they’re inside the film, rather than just watching it, is coming to mobile.

How Israel and Hamas weaponized social media

Published January 13, 2014 on CNET News
More militaries and armed groups are using social media as a weapon of war — but when ground skirmishes are mirrored by cyber-social battles, managing the message can get messy.

Pets.com gives a blast from the dot bomb past

Published November 7, 2013 on CNET News
As Twitter debuts on the New York Stock Exchange, Pets.com and its sock puppet mascot remember the anniversary of one of the biggest busts of the dot-com bubble.

Get Fired Up About Adam Silverman’s New Pottery Book

Published September 26, 2013 on California Home + Design
Scanning a table crowded with 50 of his colorful ceramic pots in all different shapes and sizes, Adam Silverman spotted something he didn’t like. He snatched up a blue crackle-glazed pot and rubbed at a tiny bubble on the surface.

Now you’re a sharpshooter: The smart rifle arrives

Published September 25, 2013 on CNET News
Hit a target at 1,000 yards? No problem. Tracking Point’s computer-enabled rifles let novices shoot moving targets at extreme distances with near 100 percent accuracy. The new era of firearms is upon us.