Uber Technologies Inc. – based in San Francisco – has long tried to argue that it’s a digital service. But a European Court of Justice ruling has confirmed what we already knew: Uber is a taxi hailing app.
Whilst some might hail Uber as a fresh approach to expensive taxis fares, it’s easy to understand why so many taxi drivers are furious about the way that the company has encroached into the market place avoiding all the fees and regulations that they have to pay. Whilst cabbies are paying for licensing, signage, taxi tests and high insurance, Uber drivers are taking their business without regulation.
In a display of pure ignorance, Uber said the verdict would make little difference to the way it operated in Europe. In other words, Uber don’t care about the economic affects that their business is having.
In its ruling, the European Court of Justice said that a service whose purpose was “to connect, by means of a smartphone application and for remuneration, non-professional drivers using their own vehicle with persons who wish to make urban journeys” must be classified as “a service in the field of transport” in EU law.
The news comes just days after concerns about Uber safety was reunited after a driver admitted killing Rebecca Dykes in Beirut. Then there was the news that Uber has been accused of illegal snooping on rivals.
It seems Uber may be lacking in the morals department.
There’s not doubt that the original Amazon Echo was a great success for the company and has bought true smart home capability to homes across the word on an affordable level, and Amazon Echo 2 is a decent update to the 1st Generation. Somehow, Alexa feels a little more intuitive than the first system (but she still has a lot to learn) and there are a range of new features.
Amazon Echo 2 looks smarter
Alexa looks noticeably better this time around. Slightly smaller (a tiny bit wider) but with an attractive fabric coating (hard coating of plastic still available). Fabric options are Charcoal Fabric, Heather Grey Fabric and Sandstone Finish. Plastic finished are Oak and Walnut.
There are still volume and microphone buttons on the top.
Alexa provides better sound this time around
Echo 2 has a noticeably improved sound quality which is much more room filling than than Echo 1 with an improved bass response.
There’s an aux out plug next to the power supply plug meaning that you can plug Echo into your own sound system for improved sound.
7 microphone system
The new version of Amazon Echo boasts a 7-microphone system meaning that Alexa can be triggered from almost anywhere within earshot including in another room.
Echo 2 can play games
Bored? Then just ask Alexa to play a game. She’s go loads built in and you can add more Skills from the Alexa App on your mobile device.
When I wrote about getting rid of Sky TV for money saving alternatives, I didn’t realise just how much I was going to miss the Discovery Channel. This led me to look for alternative (legal) ways of picking up the channel without the need for an expensive subscription.
Thankfully, there is now a way of watching all your favourite Discovery UK programs in glorious HD without the need of getting tied in to a contract. Finally all your favourite TV programs including Goldrush, Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch and Nakes and Afraid in glorious HD.
How to Watch Discovery Channel without a Sky Subscription
And that’s it! You can now start to enjoy all the very best and latest Discovery UK programs within the need to subscribe to Sky TV. What’s more, you’ll also benefit from tons of box sets and movie and you can use the Firestick to browse Youtube and play a selection of games. You can also add Netflix for an additional fee.
Maize starch in medicine, if you’re allergic you’d have to ask why? Well, it seems the pharmaceutical industry uses it as a binder. This means that anyone who suffers from a corn allergy needs to be extremely careful when taking any medicine and ensure that they read the leaflet contained within the packet.
This all came to light recently when my wife had a really nasty cold. The pressure caused by the mucus was causing her to have severe headaches, so she turned to Sudafed tablets as a decongestant. After a couple of days she was feeling even worse and on closer inspection of the leaflet inside the pack it turned out that there was maize starch in them.
In fact, most decongestants have maize in them, which makes them a no-go for corn allergy sufferers.
I did manage to find one product which didn’t contain maize – Nurofen Sinus & Blocked Nose tablets. They contain Ibuprofen and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride (that’s the drug which acts as a decongestant).
It’s a real pain that some manufacturers put maize starch in medicine, and it means that corn allergy sufferers have to be very careful what they buy.
An example of a household recycling setup, mine takes a bit of space but is great for separating the different types of waste which my council collects. My local auhotiry collects all types of waste including food, cardboard/paper, plastic, glass, tin, garden and non-recyclable waste.
I place the clear recycling sacks into two smaller labelled bins with separate bins for glass and tin, to keep it all separate. The food waste bin sits next to it. I’m going to find a better method for stacking them in the future.
I purchased this bin store online which is a great way of keeping the wheelie bits out of site, and helps to keep maggots out of the bin.
We often hear of companies doing their most to retain customers, and there’s no better example than this Pushy Sky Salesperson who repeatedly tries to prevent us cancelling our contract despite us saying 7 times that we don’t want it any more.
I posted the video on Youtube (removing any personal information) and as you’ll hear he was very persistent. In my opinion 3 times is enough!