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Galaxy S21 firmware update begins rolling out in the US addressing serious issues

A couple of significant issues has plagued many owners of the Galaxy S21 smartphone in the US. One of the problems with the smartphone has to do with camera lag impacting owners of the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. Some of those users have been dealing with another issue that led to device overheating. An update to address those … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/galaxy-s21-firmware-update-begins-rolling-out-in-the-us-addressing-serious-issues-23679474/
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Attempting to reform gig work via co-ops

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Ride-hailing service The Drivers Cooperative recently debuted in New York City, claiming that its lack of VC funding would result in better driver pay and lower passenger costs.

Why it matters: TDC’s approach is a direct rebuke to the venture capital-fueled gig economy model.


Details: The organization is incorporated as a “worker cooperative corporation” and currently lets every signed-up driver enroll as a member of the co-op, which means receiving one share in the company and one shareholder vote.

  • The co-op takes a 15% cut of rides (compared to Uber and Lyft’s roughly 20%) to fund its operations, and any leftovers at the end of the year will go back to drivers via profit-sharing.
  • The company says its drivers currently make on average about 30% more than they would driving for Uber or Lyft, and that riders pay slightly less.

The big picture: A number of companies have tried (and often failed) to reform the model popularized by Uber and Lyft, including:

  • Juno: The NYC-born startup promised it would give drivers equity in its company. It eventually sold to U.K.-based Gett and backtracked on its equity promise because regulators wouldn’t allow it.
  • Austin’s indies: A crop of upstarts, including a nonprofit and a Facebook group matching drivers and riders, emerged in Austin a few years ago when Uber and Lyft ceased operating for a year.
  • Dumpling: The startup, which charges drivers a monthly fee for using its app instead of taking a cut from each transaction, recently expanded into ride-hailing after getting its start in grocery delivery. Unfortunately, it’s reportedly also run afoul of some workers with changes made to its apps.

Between the lines: “We’re actually selling things for the price that they cost,” says TDC co-founder Erik Forman, adding that Uber and Lyft’s lack of profits are a sign that their approach isn’t actually working.

  • The argument for the venture-backed model has been that it takes a lot of upfront capital to set up operations and grow very quickly to capture market share and compete with rivals.
  • That’s also meant price wars on all fronts — including price cuts for riders and earnings bumps for drivers — which has mostly been financed by venture capital for the first several years of a company’s life.
  • TDC has only raised about $300,000 via mostly debt and is preparing to raise just over $1 million.

And it’s not the only one to take this approach. Driver’s Seat, an app for drivers to collect and analyze data about their hours and earnings, is also set up as a cooperative. While free for drivers, it sells access to aggregate data and insights to municipalities.

  • Co-founder Hays Witt says the aim is to give drivers back some ownership and control over their work data.

Yes, but: It remains to be seen how a smaller, local upstart can fare in the face of multibillion-dollar public companies that are already household names.

  • While its brand can certainly appeal to many drivers’ and passengers’ sense of using a more “ethical” service, some will undoubtedly prefer convenience or sticking with the familiar.
  • And while Forman sees the technology as a commodity, companies like Uber and Lyft spend tremendous resources on developing, maintaining and fine-tuning their apps to keep drivers and riders happy.

The bottom line: Uber and Lyft proved there’s a market for smartphone-enabled urban transportation — but the quest to meet that demand via a radically different approach to business is ongoing.

Source: https://www.axios.com/reform-gig-work-co-ops-ride-hailing-uber-lyft-ee4848cf-d80c-4fa7-9297-10a19b23196d.html
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The Best Android 12 Features We’ve Found So Far

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The second build of the Android 12 Beta is out, and it’s jam-packed with features. We were already expecting a major visual overhaul with what Google has called Material You, but now you can actually get a glimpse of the new theming engine in this latest release. The Privacy Dashboard is also available to try, plus a…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-best-android-12-features-weve-found-so-far-1847123579
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What Is the Privacy Dashboard on Android?

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Privacy is a growing concern for smartphone users. Apple has been leading the charge when it comes to better privacy features, but Google is improving Android as well. A feature called the “Privacy Dashboard” lays it all out for you.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/733712/what-is-the-privacy-dashboard-on-android/
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How to Connect a PS5 Controller to an iPhone or iPad

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The Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense controller can easily pair with your iPhone or iPad, and it’s fully compatible with many popular games. Here’s how to connect it to (and use it with) those Apple devices.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/729753/how-to-connect-a-ps5-controller-to-an-iphone-or-ipad/
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7 of the Best Lossless Audio Players for Android

FLAAC-Featured.jpg With Apple Music and Spotify announcing support for high-quality audio streaming, there’s a lot of hype around lossless audio files. Apart from these streaming services, if you have your own music in lossless audio format, you can also play them on your Android devices. Here are some of the best lossless audio players for Android. What Is Lossless Audio? This is a file format which preserves all the minute details of the audio track without losing any quality, even when compressed. Lossless audio is high-fidelity (Hi-Fi), with CDs recorded at 1411kbps. In comparison to the MP3 tracks that… Read more14541696.gif

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Which iPhones Will Get iOS 15?

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If you’re like us, you can’t wait for iOS 15 to come out this fall. The latest iPhone update packs a ton of new features, including a Focus mode, improvements to the Photos app, more Health tools, and FaceTime invites for Android users. But which iPhones will support iOS 15?

All iPhones running iOS 14 can run iOS 15 when it rolls out this fall. In other words, if you have an iPhone made 2016 or later, you’re good to go. But maybe you don’t know your iPhone’s release year or OS off the top of your head—that’s fine. Here’s a full list of every iPhone that can run iOS 15.

  • iPhone 12 Series (includes 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max)
  • iPhone SE (2020 Model)
  • iPhone 11 Series (Includes 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max)
  • iPhone X Series (Includes XR, XS, and XS Max)
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016 Model)
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPod Touch 7th Gen (2019 Model)

Funny enough, Apple says that it will continue pushing iOS 14 security patches after iOS 15 comes out. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to use a brand new iOS update, then you can continue to use iOS 14 without leaving yourself vulnerable to malware or exploits.

A developer preview of iOS 15 is currently available to all Apple Developer Program members. Apple plans to launch an iOS 15 public beta, which anyone can download, in July. The official iOS 15 update will roll out sometime this fall.

Source: Apple

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/86956/which-iphones-will-get-ios-15/
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