Uber admits that it has underpaid tens of thousands of drivers in New York since late 2014

The company is working to pay drivers it underpaid based on an accounting error.

Uber says it underpaid tens of thousands of drivers in New York City since November 2014 as a result of an accounting error. The company is now working to pay affected drivers an average of about $ 900 each, an amount Uber estimates to total of tens of millions of dollars.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the discrepancy.

How did this happen? Uber was charging its commission — 25 percent of the fare, on average — before deducting other fees, such as sales tax and black car fees. The company will now charge its commission on the net fare after all the other fees are accounted for. The result: A bit more for the driver, a bit less for Uber.

On a $ 10 fare, for instance, Uber previously took $ 2.50. Now, after deducting a 2.5% Black Car Fee, the 8.875 % sales tax, Uber’s take home will be $ 2.22.

Uber, now valued at $ 69 billion, realized its mistake early last week when it was rolling out a new pricing system that charges riders based on what Uber’s algorithms think they will be willing to pay.

As part of that new route-based pricing, the ride-hail company — which has faced increasing public scrutiny since the beginning of 2017 — also rolled out a more transparent trip report for drivers, which showed what they were being paid versus what riders were being charged as well as Uber’s cut. That was in response to critiques over the company’s lack of transparency over its upfront pricing — with which drivers complained they were being paid less than riders were charged.

Here’s a copy of the email Uber is sending drivers:

A copy of the email Uber sent drivers.

“We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed — plus interest — as quickly as possible,” Rachel Holt, the regional manager of U.S. and Canada, said in a statement. “We are working hard to regain driver trust, and that means being transparent, sticking to our word, and making the Uber experience better from end to end.”

So far, Uber believes this mistake was only made in New York, but the company is doing an audit of its other markets.

The head of the Independent Drivers Guild, a group that represents ride-hail drivers, is also asking regulators to investigate whether Lyft and other Uber competitors like Gett and Juno are doing the same thing.

“We also call for regulators to launch an immediate investigation into ride hail applications fare and payment practices in our city, including but not limited to the practice by Uber and other apps of charging commission on gross fares instead of net fares and the use of ‘upfront pricing’ by Uber, Lyft and Juno to create a secret surcharge above and beyond the commission agreed to by the drivers,” said Ryan Price, the executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild.

We’ve reached out to Lyft, Gett and Juno for comment.

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iPhone 9 to come in 5.28″ and 6.46″ sizes, both with OLED screens, rumor claims

No, the title doesn’t contain a typo. No, the iPhone 8 hasn’t magically become official already. Still, the rumor mill has considered that it’s time to move on from discussing Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone. So, just for today, let’s talk about the iPhone 9. The one that will come in 2018. Apparently this will be offered in two sizes, both sporting much bigger touchscreens than we’ve gotten used to. The small iPhone 9 will come with a 5.28″ display, while the larger model will accommodate a 6.46″ panel. In both cases, the screen tech used will be OLED, and the supplier of the…

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How to Enable Touch ID for App Store and iTunes Purchases

Apart from unlocking your iOS device, Touch ID can be used for various other purposes as well: You can use it to authorize purchases in the App Store and iTunes Store as well as make Apple Pay purchases in physical stores, apps, and websites in Safari. With Touch ID, you no longer have to enter your passcode for making purchases in the iTunes Store or App Store. Simply scan your fingerprint and the purchase will be made.

Setting up Touch ID with the App Store and iTunes Store is quite easy. All you have to do is flick a single toggle in Settings, but you first need to have Touch ID enabled. In this tutorial, we will show you how to get started with Touch ID and enable it to authorize App Store and iTunes Store payments. If you’ve already enabled Touch ID, you can skip to the second part of this guide.

How to Set Up Touch ID on iPhone or iPad

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Go to Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 3: Enter your device’s passcode.

Step 4: Under the ‘Use Touch ID for’ section, toggle on iPhone Unlock.

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Step 5: Next up, you must add your fingerprint. Tap on the Add a Fingerprint button.

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Step 6: Place your finger on the Home button. After you feel a quick vibration, lift your finger and then place it back again on the Home button. Repeat this process until your fingerprint is entirely scanned.

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Now that you’ve added your fingerprint for using Touch ID, you can proceed to the next section to learn how to enable it for App Store and iTunes Store.

How to Enable Touch ID for App Store and iTunes Store Purchases

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 2: Enter your device’s passcode.

Step 3: Under the ‘Use Touch ID for’ section, toggle on iTunes & App Store. This will enable Touch ID for authorizing App Store and iTunes Store purchases. In the same way, you can toggle on Apple Pay if you wish to use Touch ID for authorizing Apple Pay purchases.

Now that you’ve enable Touch ID for the App Store and iTunes Store, the next time you attempt to make a purchase, you’ll be prompted to scan your fingerprint. If Touch ID doesn’t work after several attempts, an option will appear to enter your device’s passcode instead.

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The latest SwiftKey beta release adds support for new typing languages and keyboard layouts

SwiftKey is one of the top choices for Android keyboards out there. It is my go-to and I strongly prefer it over Gboard for a variety of reasons. Regardless of where you stand, the best options offer a lot of language choices for either non-English speaking and/or multilingual users.

SwiftKey already has a large list of languages and dialects to choose from, and the latest beta version adds several more, plus some additional keyboard layouts.

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MateBook X: Can Huawei deliver beauty without compromising power?

The man is sitting at the end of the table dressed in a well-fitted gray suit, highly polished shoes, and a pink shirt, with matching pink handkerchief in his upper left-hand pocket. He’s here to discuss Huawei’s brand new lineup of notebook products in a pre-conference group interview in Berlin.

The man is Wan Biao, President of Mobile Broadband and Home Product of Huawei. He looks fierce and breathes heavily.

Biao asks if anyone has any questions to get things started. Nobody does. I decide to ask something lighthearted about how things are at Huawei right now, just an ice-breaker. His response comes back moments later through his stone-faced translator:

“Are you referring to Huawei Group or Huawei Consumer Business Group?”

It appears the question is going to be taken very seriously. We’re probably here to talk very seriously about the new notebook family.

“In developing our MateBook series, we have a few core ideas,” says Biao. “We want to develop very beautiful products, we don’t want this to be just an industrial product, we want it to be a fashionable product.”

Biao adds: “Considering that businessmen usually travel a lot, [we] want this product to be light, thin [and] at the same time very beautiful.”

The gold MateBook X in Biao’s hand looks immaculate, but Huawei didn’t want beauty to compromise the hardware. Biao assures that it can still deliver in power.

“You may worry about performance, but it carries a seventh generation Intel processor,” he said, of the notebook. Huawei is able to house the high-performance chip inside a 12.5 mm-thick laptop thanks to its “unique heat dissipation technology,” which means the notebook can operate without a fan.

Biao reels off a number of other impressive details about the laptop, including that it’s the smallest 13-inch notebook,” (though I believe this actually refers to its thin bezels, not the device body), it’s the first of its kind to use the Dolby Atmos Sound System, and it’s quiet, thanks to the aforementioned fanless design.

The MateBook X is trendy. Perhaps elegant. It’s notebook for those who don’t want to be seen outside with a noisy, mid-tier Acer device with large bezels and a matte black finish — and can afford to do something about it. I am not in Huawei’s target market.

The MateBook X is launching for €1399 up to €1699 in Europe, though US price details are yet to be announced. You can look forward to it from summer 2017 in both regions.

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