Here’s how ‘employees’ of platform like Uber could get proper benefits

Having a same employer for years on end will soon become history — independent contractors could account for half of the workforce in the US in just a decade’s time. The current labor market looks more like a ‘one-night stand’ — workers increasingly value short-term work arrangements, flexible working hours, and unconventional work spaces. The platform economy’s one-night stand marketplace pioneered by Uber, TaskRabbit, and Deliveroo, however, posed a setback for workers, who are no longer entitled to traditional employment benefits such as sick leave, insurance, and pension. Uber is now stepping up to change the game — it’s urging…

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Google Translate v5.16 adds proper names for several regional dialects, prepares to add app shortcuts [APK Teardown]

Google Translate is getting an update today, but it looks pretty light on features. The main changes appear to center around properly labeling languages. Nine dialects are getting proper names, and it seems the term ‘dialect’ is going out of style, so Translate is now saying ‘region’ everywhere. A look through the APK also shows that we can look forward to app shortcuts in the future.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Dialects are now referred to as regions
  • Updated dialect/region names

Dialects -> Regions

Left: v5.15.

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Google Assistant gets a proper web directory for all the possible integrations and services

One of our pet peeves at Android Police lately (mostly mine and Artem’s) has been the lack of a proper Google Assistant directory on the web. Amazon simply has its Alexa skills searchable from its site, like you would for any product or app or book, but to see if Assistant supports a certain product you had to have a phone/tablet with Assistant enabled, browse to the slightly hidden Explore section which is accessible from the blue envelope thing on the top right of the Assistant screen, and just then you could either search or use the trending and new sections.

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Spotify Sued $1.6 Billion for Failure to Obtain Proper Song Licenses

Spotify has been hit with a $ 1.6 billion lawsuit for allegedly using artists’ music without a license or compensation, according to recently filed court documents.

The suit was filed against the music streaming giant in a California court last Friday by Wixen Music Publishing. The Calabasas, California-based Wixen represents high-profile artists ranging from The Black Keys to Tom Petty, among about 200 others.

Wixen argues that Spotify, “in a race to be first to market” in the U.S., didn’t put forth enough effort to identify the actual holders of the rights to the songs it licenses from record labels. Wixen’s lawsuit alleges that Spotify has been using “thousands of songs” without the correct license.

The lawsuit centers around the fact that, according to the U.S. Copyright Act, there are two separate copyrights for recorded songs. One for the actual audio recording, and another for the musical composition, which comprises the song’s musical notation and lyrics. Wixen is claiming that Spotify only has the licenses for the sound recordings, and not for the musical compositions.

There are, in fact, more than 10,000 songs listed in the lawsuit, including Tom Petty’s “Free Falling,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Calm Like A Bomb,” and others. Wixen is seeking the maximum award possible for each song under the Copyright Act — $ 150,000 — CNN reported on Wednesday.

The streaming giant has long been at the center of a dispute over streaming rights compensation, and how it is split between record labels and publishing companies. Wixen’s lawsuit comes on the heels of a $ 43 million settlement with publishers and songwriters proposed by Spotify in May 2017.

Spotify is also currently facing three other lawsuits filed by songwriters and publishers in Tennessee, Variety reported. For those suits, the accusers are alleging that Spotify used songs without paying royalties to the appropriate parties.

The Wixen lawsuit is only the latest roadblock for Spotify, and it mars the company’s recently cemented plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Rolling Stone. The streaming giant is currently valued at $ 19 billion and is expected to list its shares on the NYSE sometime this year.

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Iceland knows how to do proper political campaign videos

My tiny homeland way up north in the unforgiving Atlantic, Iceland, has parliamentary elections coming up on October 28. It’s Iceland’s second snap election in a row, after yet another scandal brought down the government This time around, a whopping 10 parties are fighting to get their representatives into the 63 seats of the world’s oldest parliament, Alþingi. The competition is fierce and it’s hard to get in the spotlight, so parties have to find creative ways to get the attention of voters — and nobody has done it better than the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA, Samfylkingin) which just released this masterpiece:…

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Twitter DMs should be turned into a proper messaging app

I know Twitter these days can feel like an endless litany of commentary on the actions (and omissions) of the US president and the whirlwind of social discord that swirls in his wake as chaotically as his signature hairstyle. And I’m fully aware that the internet already has a surplus of methods and applications for sending messages between people. But still, I keep faith with Twitter, and I do believe there’s room for it to expand its usefulness beyond the purposes it currently serves.

So why do I want yet another messaging app? The answer is the most essential thing to any messaging app: the contacts it contains. I reinstalled WhatsApp this week after previously deleting my account when it started feeding phone numbers into Facebook’s…

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MyGlass app receives update after almost three years of silence, includes proper power management and notification syncing without disrupting Wear [APK Download]


Nobody could be faulted for assuming Google Glass had been thoroughly abandoned; there were even a few public statements to that effect. That’s why it came as such a surprise when a “minor” update to the MyGlass companion app began rolling out today to a limited number of users. The previous release came out almost three years ago, at the end of 2014, likely making this the longest gap between app updates in Google’s history with Android.

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Ipad Tips And Tricks For Proper Use

iPad’s have become so popular with consumers for a very simple reason: they are absolutely amazing devices. As great as iPad’s are, to get the most out of one you must take the time to educate yourself on the device’s features and how best to operate it. This article contains a plethora of great iPad tips, so read on to learn more.

Remote servers can be accessed by your iPad through VPN networks. You can enable this VPN connection by activating the VPN feature in the network settings. The iPad then will ask for your server address and user name. Connect with that network administrator if the server address is something you don’t know.

It is possible to expand the amount of preview text you get for emails. In the mail section, you can adjust this with the preview setting. Select “5 lines” for example. This saves you time by letting you skim your email at an accelerated rate.

When surfing, use tabs. If you are in the Safari browser you can tap on it and then a menu will pops up. In that pop-up menu, you may choose to open your new link inside a new tab.

Know how to take a screenshot with your iPad. Simply depress the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for just a second. A photo of your screen’s contents will automatically appear in your photo folder for easy access. Be careful not to depress the buttons too long, however, because the device will reboot.

Put an end to WiFi connect messages. Tired of being notified every time you stray into a WiFi zone? In the Wi-Fi section of Settings, there is an option to turn off “Ask to Join Networks.” You can still manually join any network, the iPad will just stop notifying you of every time one is in range.

The iPad does not come with a user manual, but sometimes it is useful to have one. If you’re trying to figure out how to set a particular feature on your iPad, having the manual handy can help. To get a copy, simply visit the Apple website. There you will find a Pdf version that is easy to download.

Do you like to email your iPad pictures to friends and family? There is a really simple way to do this. Just pick the photo you want to share, then press the arrow button in the top right corner. You will see a selection there that you can use to email the photo.

When using your iPad to input a large volume of text, use this time-saving tip. When you get to the end of a sentence, do not type a period. Instead, you can tap the space bar twice in rapid succession. This will automatically insert a period followed by a single space for you to begin your next sentence.

When web browsing privacy is important on your iPad, turn on private browsing. Sometimes the things you are searching for or looking at are highly sensitive or personal, so much so that you don’t want a history. That’s ok, the iPad has you covered. You can turn on private browsing from the Safari menu in settings.

In order to extend your iPad’s battery life, turn on the auto-brightness feature. When you choose auto brightness, your device will adjust to the lighting within your surroundings. This ensures your battery stays charged for longer. The settings area of your iPad has a control for this under Brightness and Wallpaper.

Unfortunately, the iPad does not have a free satellite navigation feature. However, the map’s direction features works great for driving, walking, and even bus directions. To use it, simply tap on “Directions”, found on the top left corner of the maps app, and you will be given a step-by-step guide to your destination.

The iPad is an exceptional tool for both home cooks and professional chefs alike. There are apps for you to store your own recipes or those which provide recipes from experts. There are measurement conversion apps, which help you to figure out your ingredients. There are even apps, which supply ingredient substitutions. Take your iPad into the kitchen today!

Most people do not know that you are allowed to add more than four items to the dock on an iPad. You are allowed to hold up to six at a time. To add something to the dock, press and hold the icon until it shakes, then drag it into the dock.

There are times when battery power must be saved, and a quick way to do this is to shut down all running apps. Double press the home (square) button and you’ll see a row of apps appear at the bottom of the screen. Press the red minus circle to remove those you’re not using and save battery power.

Become a part of the iPad community online. You can learn a great deal from people who use this tool in different ways. It is a chance for you to let others know about things you have learned to do with it. It is especially helpful for finding solutions to any problems you may have with your iPad.

It is possible to view a PDF in two ways. You could either access your PDFs via iTunes and then sync your iPad so you can view your PDFs on your computer, or send the PDFs to yourself via email. Try both ways and see which ones works best for you.

The iPad no longer includes the cool navigation and applications fail to load quickly. Even after clearing out information that you no longer use or need, is it still taking longer than you would like it to when you are trying to get things done? Perhaps you should transfer your pictures and media to the cloud and gain some additional free space. In most cases, this makes the iPad as fast as it once was.

As was mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article, the popularity of iPad’s is no fluke. The reason they are so beloved is that they offer users a number of great features. To ensure that you utilize your iPad to its maximum potential, apply all of the great advice you’ve learned by reading this article.