AT&T bumps upgrade fee to $20, now matches Verizon

Earlier this week, Verizon started charging its customers a $20 upgrade fee whenever they purchased a new phone at full price or on the carrier’s payment installation plans. As is often the case with carriers and their fees, it didn’t take long for AT&T to match Verizon. The carrier bumped its own …

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Lyft’s $12.25 million settlement with its drivers has been rejected

A California judge issued a preliminary ruling Thursday rejecting Lyft’s $12.25 million settlement with some of its drivers. US District Judge Vince Chhabria said the settlement amount would have “shortchanged” drivers, according to Reuters. “We’re disappointed in the preliminary ruling.” Chhabria’s statement appears to be a reference to a recent report that found …

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Cookie Monster's Apple ad 'outtakes' are pure joy

Last month, Apple debuted a reasonably cute iPhone 6S commercial starring Sesame Street‘s Cookie Monster. Today they have done something much less reasonable. They have published some “bloopers” from the original commercial, and they are so cute that I almost fell out of my chair. I don’t know which part …

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European first responders will use DJI drones in rescue operations

DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone manufacturer, announced today that it is training first responders in Europe to use drones in rescue operations. The project, which will be rolled out in partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), a Brussels-based NGO, could improve efficiency and save lives. “Drones are transforming …

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850 airports sign up for a drone notification system

As small drones have become increasingly commonplace, so have reports of close calls by airliners. A recent FAA report tallied the average at four sightings a day, a five-fold increase from the year before. To help address the issue, the American Association of Airport Executives, a trade group representing 850 …

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