Lyft hit with restraining orders from NY attorney general, Taxi Commission

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The New York attorney general and the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) filed temporary restraining orders against ridesharing company Lift today, which planned to begin service in two boroughs of the city beginning at 7PM local time. The company had one sit-down meeting with officials about offering the service, which lets people order rides from registered Lyft drivers using their mobile phones. Lyft then announced it would begin service, despite local officials saying they were still evaluating whether the service complied with local transit laws. Apparently that was a step too far, and both the New York attorney general and TLC have taken immediate legal action to keep the service from running as planned.

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Developer Predicted LeBron’s Move To The Cavs With Website Analysis

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2447539584_48249a4404_z LeBron James is going home. Sports Illustrated just announced that the king will once again don a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. The move was predictable yet few people knew for sure that he would leave Miami — except LeBron’s web developer. Yesterday, a web developer ran Firebug on LebronJames.com. The results revealed several new unpublished pages built the day prior. The pages… Read More

FCC Approves Billions To Bring Wi-Fi To More American Schools

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 10.34.49 AM American schools are set to receive billions in federal dollars to bring wifi to more kids. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved, by a 3-2 vote, a new plan that will deploy $2 billion over a two year period to bring increased wireless Internet capabilities to schools. The program will impact at least 10 million kids each year. The larger E-Rate program that helped… Read More

Jimmy’ll See You Around

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Jimmy is a humanoid robot based on Intel Core i5 technology that walks, talks, makes hand gestures, and uses social media. It is part of the 21st Century Robot Project that provides a forum for makers worldwide to collaborate and build affordable, personalized robots using open-source design files.

See the mind-blowing box art for the new edition of ‘Scanners’ from the Criterion Collection

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1981 was a great year for cinema. Just take a look at the most popular films released then: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Evil Dead, Escape from New York, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, to name a few. But often overlooked is the cult classic Scanners, gore-master David Cronenberg’s breakout film about psychic warriors.

That shouldn’t be the case anymore. Scanners is getting a beautiful new home edition (Blu-Ray, DVD and iTunes) from the Criterion Collection, complete with all new, mind-blowing…

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Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

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sanlitun-apple-store-china Apple has faced a fair amount of state-sponsored criticism in China, a market where the prevailing powers have a stated goal of promoting more home-grown network and IT solutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iOS 7 poses a threat to national security because of its ‘Frequent Locations’ feature, which identifies and provides users a map of their oft-visited… Read More

The arcane symbols on the back of your gadgets could be going away

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The odd, government-mandated hieroglyphs etched on to the back of the iPhone are as memorable as “Designed by Apple in California,” but some could soon be relics: a new bill introduced in the Senate would allow device makers to digitally stamp phones, computers, and other gadgets, rather than physically etching symbols on to them.

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