Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

June 13, 2019

Uber is trialling a feature that allows customers to stop their drivers from talking. But theres growing evidence that cutting ourselves off like this isnt healthy The mute button was invented in 1956 by Robert Adler, an Austrian-born engineer working for the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago. It was one of the four buttons on his Space Command 400, the first commercially viable TV remote control. The other three buttons…


Uber joins Apple, Amazon as the next tech company to jump into healthcare

March 4, 2018

The Uber Health dashboard brings Uber rides to healthcare facilities for its patients and caregivers.Image: uber Healthcare is big business, and tech companies don’t want to miss out just because they’re busy building smartphones, apps, and self-driving cars. Uber announced its new Uber Health platform Thursday. It’s a way for healthcare organizations to order rides for patients who are receiving care at their facilities. Uber also launched an API so…


These are the tech stories that shaped 2016

August 22, 2017

Image: Brittany Herbert/Mashable Technology doesn’t just change the world it runs it. In 2016, the algorithms, networks and slabs of glass and metal that make up today’s digital tools had a direct impact on our lives in some very unexpected ways. From Facebook’s fake news problem to the Galaxy Note7 literally exploding, that impact wasn’t always for the good, but there were also signs of hope thanks to the promise…


Lyft will work with the National Federation of the Blind on accessibility for blind passengers

June 1, 2017

Lyft is working on accessibility for blind and low-vision passengers.Image: lyft Lyft is working to make its rides more accessible. The ride-hailing company this week joined with the National Federation of the Blind for a partnership that promises to increase awareness of blind passengers’ rights, advocate for effective public policies and expand transportation options for blind passengers and those with low vision. “Companies like Lyft are empowering blind people to…