Uber does its best to look like the nice guy

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Uber is now offering drivers in select cities free financial planning through a partnership with a robo-advisor called Betterment. This announcement is coming on the heels of two huge headlines in Uber-land: the imminent rollout of the ride-hail startup’s first self-driving car, and a federal judge’s rejection of a proposed $100 million settlement with drivers in California in a worker misclassification lawsuit.

Uber is touting the new services as part of its ongoing effort to help its drivers save money and plan for the future. Meanwhile in the background, the company is waging a costly fight to keep drivers classified as independent contractors, arguing that it is a technology platform that connects drivers to riders, not an employer in the traditional sense.

If you listened to the podcast this week you would’ve heard us talking a lot about Uber and how despite it’s recent wins in Australia is hardly the good guy.

Here we see them offering retirement advice for their impending phase out whilst at the same time refusing to the call drivers employees to get out of required entitlements in the US.

Yes, they remain a cheaper & in a lot of ways better service than cabs but there is a lot going on behind the scenes that paints them with a tarred brush.

Source: Uber offers drivers free retirement planning before robots eventually take their jobs – The Verge

New 100kWh Tesla Model S does 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds.

The 100 kWh battery also increases range substantially to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the EU cycle, making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.

Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can also upgrade to a 100 kWh pack, but for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled.

Holy shit balls Batman, that’s quick! The only two cars faster are the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.

Off to sell my kidneys!

Source: New Tesla Model S Now the Quickest Production Car in the World | Tesla Australia

Uber now legal in Victoria but…

All commercial passenger vehicle operators will be levied $2 per trip to pay for the transition to the new system, which will include support for existing taxi licence holders.

The government expects the levy to raise $44 million a year.

Two pieces of legislation will be introduced to allow the changes to proceed.

The government will buy back a maximum of two taxi licences per licence holder.

Taxi fares will also be deregulated.

So every ride I take (taxi or Uber) will be $2 more expensive to:

  1. Pay for this ridiculous buy back scheme of taxi licences (which I’m sure a lot of 2+ owners will be “gifting” extras to relatives soon)
  2. Fill the government’s pockets, whom now deregulating taxi fares have even less work to do for more revenue.

Yay?!

Source: Uber gets green light to operate in Victoria

Photos of slim PS4 leak ahead of expected September 7th release

Not long after Microsoft’s Xbox One S hit stores, Sony will be releasing its own slimmed down version of its gaming console. Pictures of the updated PlayStation 4 console have appeared in an online auction, showing off some changes to the device, including what appears to be a matte finish.

Sony is expected to debut a new version of the console on September 7th, codenamed Neo. It’s not clear if this is the 4K PS4 version, or it is simply an slim update to the existing model.

I’m guessing this is just a smaller PS4 and not the more rumoured powerful “Neo”. But hey, I could be wrong.

What’s more impressive is that the unveil was done via an ad on Gumtree, which is apparently a big thing in the UK too? Who knew!?

The ad, no longer exists. Of course.

Source: Leaked PlayStation 4 slim images emerge online – The Verge

Apple Music wont count towards your Telstra data cap from August 23rd

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From 23 August, Telstra will include a free three-month subscription to three streaming video providers – Netflix, Stan and Presto – on selected mobile plans.

Additionally, from the same date, all the company’s mobile plan customers will be able to stream audio from the Apple Music service without tapping into their data allowance and will receive a free six-month Apple Music subscription.

I could care less about a free 3 month trial with any video streaming provider. You can pretty much fall over a voucher for that walking down the street.

What I do care about is streaming music not counting towards my data cap. I would honestly consider moving back to Apple Music for that or porting my number to the first one to support Google Music.

Source: Telstra announces free Netflix, Stan, Presto on mobile plans | Delimiter