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Uber issues guidelines for passenger behaviour

In this edition of the Worldwide Wrap; Uber issues guidelines for passenger behaviour and experts warn you shouldn't expect any privacy when you hit the "send" button of your e-mail.

Uber issues guidelines for passenger behaviour

Uber has now issued a set of guidelines which define riding rules for Uber passengers. The ride-hailing company advises its riders to follow these rules to make the ride "pleasant" and goes on to say that not following them may result in the rider account being banned from accessing the platform.

One such rule is that contact with the driver or fellow passenger is not recommended after the trip is over.
Via: The tech portal

Personal e-mail is becoming less personal

E-mail may seem like private correspondence and the ultimate convenience. Yet as the recent disclosures by Wikileaks illustrated, experts warn you shouldn't expect any privacy when you hit the "send" button on your email.

With hacking and privacy breaches cropping up with increasing frequency, the stakes are higher than ever.
Via: CNBC

App recognises face of any person in the world

Blippar, the visual search engine, has unveiled a new app that recognises faces of famous people, and will soon let any user add their own face to a searchable database.

The company created a database of 70 000 celebrities and public figures based on the most popular people on Wikipedia. And the number keeps growing. The app is meant for those moments you see a celebrity and just can't quite place what movie they're in. But use cases could be much broader.
Via: CNN

T-Mobile reinvents the phone number

T-Mobile has revealed a radical new way to use multiple gadgets without having several numbers. Called Digits, its new service lets a single number work across everything from phones and laptops to tablets and even some smartwatches.

The service also allows devices to have multiple number - one for work, and one for personal calls or dating, for instance.
Via: Daily Mail

US Congress fights ticket-grabbing bots

US Congress has passed legislation to US President Barack Obama that would crack down on bots that buy batches of tickets online before humans. Using these programs is an "unfair and deceptive practice", the legislation says.

Such software sometimes means that concert and theatre tickets sell out in minutes. Should the president sign the legislation into law, the Federal Trade Commission would be able to crack down on those who use such programs.
Via: BBC

Thermal imaging on track for camera phones

Hunters can now stalk deer with a monocular device, such as the Scout TK, which uses thermal-imaging sensors. Thermal-imaging sensors reveal the location of an animal in the pitch black, effectively giving it as much chance of survival as the predator's victims.

Flir, the company that makes the Scout TK, believes that thermal imaging has a shot at becoming mainstream after smartphones featuring its lenses and sensors hit the market. Some people have used it to check whether the sushi they are about to buy is warm and thus should be avoided.
Via: Financial Times

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