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Online reviews suggest Uber’s sexism controversy isn’t an isolated incident
February 21, 2017

Former Uber engineer Susan Powell who wrote on Sunday about her experience of sexism at the company is not the only employee to report the problem, according to online reviews from former and current employees at the company.

At least eight anonymous reviews about working at Uber on Glassdoor, and one post on question and answer site Quora, refer to a sexist culture.

And the reviews echo Powell's accusations that employee reports of sexism are dismissed through the ranks of the organisation by both HR and management.

One reviewer on Glassdoor said, “There have been multiple instances in which I, or other coworkers, have reported serious issues/concerns (e.g. harassment, privacy issues, among other serious workplace violations), and not once did People Ops [HR] investigate the incident(s), nor provide actionable follow-up.”

Another anonymous Glassdoor reviewer, claiming to be a senior software engineer, posted in April 2016, “There's a culture of sexism and sexist jokes wh..

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The right way to impress someone without sounding like you’re bragging
February 21, 2017

We brag to impress. But there's a fine line between sounding impressive and sounding like a jerk. If you cross that line, you run the risk of making more enemies than friends. Here are some science-backed tips on how to brag the right way.
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How Apple CarPlay could completely disrupt the auto industry (AAPL, GM)
February 21, 2017

Automakers have given up fighting Apple and Google and are now joining the tech giants.

General Motors has made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on its entire model lineup, and other automakers are quickly following that lead.

We got our first real taste of Apple CarPlay a while back, spending a few days with the technology in a 2016 GM vehicle, and the experience was a mixed bag.

But that might have had more to do with the car than with CarPlay.

GM lent us a Corvette Stingray that was CarPlay-equipped. The Stingray was Business Insider's 2015 Car of the Year, and, for our money, it's just about the best high-performance bargain in the market.

So you're really supposed to be thinking about how much giddy fun you're having while driving this sleek beast, not whether you're disconnected from your iExistence while behind the wheel. My first CarPlay test might have been a bit easier had GM lent me an SUV. (Since then, I've put CarPlay through its ..

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Scientists are using Rorschach inkblots to help build better bionic eyes for the blind
February 21, 2017

Hermann Rorschach's famous inkblots are now helping fix blindness. He made 10 of them in 1921, and for a long time they were used to examine someone's personality traits and emotional capacity by analyzing what that person saw in each inkblot. Scientist Richard Taylor is now using them to increase visibility in blind people via bionic eyeballs.

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The iPhone 8 could have a next-generation selfie camera (AAPL)
February 21, 2017

Apple's next iPhone will likely have a next-generation front-facing camera that can sense 3D space as well as enable applications like facial recognition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a recent note to investors.

One application for the new 3D front camera is for games that can show the user's face in the place of a character, according to the note, which was seen by Businesss Insider.

Other applications include facial recognition, iris recognition, and improved selfies.

“We think the advanced 3D front camera system will allow the new iPhone to perform 3D sensing and modeling,” Kuo wrote.

A sensor camera that can locate how far objects are away from it could enable other applications in augmented reality, an emerging technology that Apple CEO Tim Cook is fond of discussing in public.

Apple recently bought Faceshift, a company that worked on AR-related facial transformation technology. The sensor also purportedly includes technology from PrimeSense, an A..

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Google agrees to let a third party audit its ad metrics (GOOG, GOOGL)
February 21, 2017

YouTube has agreed to let a third party audit its advertising metrics amid growing concerns that platforms owned by Facebook and Google may not be reporting their data accurately.

In an announcement in The Wall Street Journal, Google, which owns YouTube, said it will allow the Media Rating Council, an ad industry group, to track ad measurements on the video network. The move will make sure YouTube is accurately reporting viewing statistics to its advertisers.

Facebook also announced it would allow the Media Rating Council to audit its ad metrics following a few recent incidents where the social network admitted it miscalculated some of its ad metrics, angering advertisers.

There hasn't been any evidence so far that Google or YouTube has miscalculated metrics, but the audit by the Media Rating Council should help alleviate concerns from advertisers.

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This personalized watercraft glides above the water
February 21, 2017

The Q2S electric watercraft by Quadrofoil allows riders to glide above the tide at certain speeds.

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The next iPhone could make it so you never have to worry about having enough storage space (AAPL)
February 21, 2017

Apple's Asian supply chain is gearing up to build next-generation iPhones ahead of a launch later this year, and it's generating a lot of chatter about what to expect from the next iPhone.

Research firm TrendForce issued a report on Tuesday with its predictions for Apple's next iPhone, citing “information from the supply chain.”

Lots of details from the TrendForce report line up with current rumors, but there's one new wrinkle it suggests: the “high-end” iPhone could come with only two storage options, 64GB and 256GB.

TrendForce analysts also believe the “next high-end iPhone” will come with 3GB of RAM. Because TrendForce issues reports on DRAM and other memory components, it's a subject that the company is likely to have some authority on in its forecasts.

The iPhone 7 starts with 32GB of storage space for $650, which is an increase from previous iPhone models with came with 16GB of storage space — which was too little, as users found that space quickly ..

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This 3D artist spent over a year turning computer loading icons into playful animations
February 21, 2017

3D artist Raphael Vangelis used stop-motion animation on a variety of well-known computer loading icons.

His project featured 30 different loading screens, from companies such as Facebook, Spotify, and Google.

It took him over a year to complete his designs, having printed and painted pieces by hand, before applying the stop-motion animation.

He wanted to “pay homage” to all the time we waste starring at computer loading screens.

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30 big tech predictions for 2017
February 21, 2017

Technology is disrupting nearly every part of our daily lives.

Smartphones have allowed us to stay connected to each other at literally every moment of our lives, whether it's on our daily commutes or on faraway vacations.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making us more connected than ever with smart home devices that can control our lights and thermostats and order food for us with simple voice commands.

Robo advisors are making investing more accessible and more affordable for everyone.

And the list is growing.

Almost every industry has been disrupted by digital technologies over the past decade. And, in 2017 we expect to see more revolutionary developments impacting our businesses, careers, and lives.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has put together a list of 30 Big Tech Predictions for 2017 across Mobile, Digital Media, Payments, IoT, E-Commerce, and Fintech. Some of these major predictions include:

Autonomous car road tests
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