News Roundup

What You Should Know About Uber’s User Agreement

If you aren’t reading the terms and conditions you may want to start now. Uber is one of the many companies who make users waive their rights to bring the company to court.

There’s been many lawsuits brought against Uber within the past year ranging from surge prices, driver tips and compensation, and airport/toll surcharges. The courts have sided with Uber, although many have argued that the ride sharing company is deceiving it’s customers by obscuring it’s terms and conditions.

The latest lawsuit comes from Boston riders for charging them an $8.75 airport ride fee when the airports fee is only $3.25. The district court ruled in Uber’s favor back in 2016 because riders had agreed to Uber’s terms and conditions. Uber argued they, “reasonably communicated notice of terms, coupled with an opportunity to review those terms via hyperlink…” Whether the rider “bothers to access and read those terms is irrelevant.”

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By signing up for Uber and accepting the terms and conditions riders are waiving their right to bring a class action lawsuit against the company and are agreeing to resolve any issues outside of court. The Boston user’s are now appealing the courts decision.

Google Doc Phishing Campaign

Many users fell victim to a Google Doc phishing campaign which requested full privileges to their Google account. The email impersonated a Google Doc invitation from someone they user knew, with a link to view it. The link takes you to a legitimate account screen which lists all your google accounts. Once you choose which account you want to use to view the document, it redirects you to a permissions page requesting full access for the service called, “Google Docs.”

Google quickly released a statement, “We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs and have disabled offending accounts. We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.”

If you received the Google Doc email (and didn’t find it suspicious that it was totally random) and fell victim to clicking the link (we know you did) the request for access should have alerted you it was a scam. The real Google Doc doesn’t request access to your Google account, it just redirects you to the doc. If you granted it permissions, go to the permissions page of your google account and revoke access to “Google Docs.” You should then change your passwords immediately and set up the safety features google recommends, like two-factor authentication.

This Bra Could Help Save the Boobies

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Photo Credit: Higia Technologies

Julián Ríos Cantú an 18 year-old Mexican was inspired to create Eva (Eh-Vah) after his mom battled breast cancer twice. The bra is equipped with tactile, temperature, and light sensors to detect breast color, texture, and temperature. Women would wear the bra 60-90 minutes a week. At the end of the week an app would generate a weekly report and send it to their doctor. The bra is currently a prototype and still needs to be tested to see if it could actually work.

 

Apple is Offering an Extended Warranty on Products

 

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Linker

Apple Watch Gen 1 users have complained their watch batteries ballooned and displaced their screens. Apple has extended their warranty for an additional two years if repair or issues are related to the battery.

Apple also extended their iPad Pro Smart Keyboard warranty to an additional two years. The program applies to keyboards for the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Customers were experiencing sticking keys, sensor issues, problems with magnetic connector, connection issues and unresponsive keys.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple sent a note to its retailers about the additional coverage. Users will also be issued refunds to customers that previously paid for replacement keyboard. No word on refunds for customers who paid repairs on their Apple Watch Gen 1.

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