Uber CEO Would Replace Drivers With Self-Driving Cars

TIME

Once self-driving cars are everywhere, Uber thinks they’ll make up its entire fleet.

Speaking at Re/code’s Code conference, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he loves the idea of autonomous vehicles, like the one Google unveiled on Tuesday, and would happily replace his human drivers with a self-driving fleet.

“The reason Uber could be expensive is you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Kalanick said, according to Business Insider. “When there is no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere is cheaper. Even on a road trip.”

Kalanick’s comments come as Uber is engaged in a PR push over driver pay. Faced with mounting protests over workers’ wages, Uber recently said its drivers can make up to $90,000 annually, although that number doesn’t factor in costs associated with being a professional driver.

Kalanick also said that, over time, the cost of a…

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Google Announces Open Automotive Alliance To Drive Android Into Connected Cars

TechCrunch

Google is hoping to do it again with Android — and cars. The 2007 Open Handset Alliance helped drive Google’s mobile OS from new-kid-on-the-block to dominant force in smartphones. Today, the company has announced the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to attempt the same trick but for cars — persuading a small coterie of car makers and others to join it as founder members of the OAA.

As well as Mountain View itself, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have put their names to the OAA, which is described as “a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014”. The OAA will be focused on establishing a common platform for Android integration with connected cars.

Google notes:

We’re working with our partners to enable better integration between cars and Android devices in order to create a safer, car optimized experience…

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Nokia XL Android Smartphone Now Available At Rs 11,350

MOBILE MASTER

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Within days of announcing the roll-out of Nokia XL in the IMEA region, Microsoft has started selling the phone in the Indian market. This 5-inch Android smartphone is now available at Infibeam and Nokia Shop, other e-retailers are expected to begin sales in the next couple of days.

The smartphone has been priced at INR 11,350 and is being sold in Black, White, Cyan, Orange, Green and Yellow colour options in the country.

Originally introduced along with Nokia X at MWC 2014, Nokia XL comes with 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 5-inch WVGA display and 2000 mAh battery. The phone also packs 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.

The phone is clearly not worth the price-tag and if you really want to grab the smartphone, wait for a few days, the price will most probably come down like it…

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Motorola Launched Moto E – An affordable Android smartphone

Tech In a Bottle

The Moto X and G phones from Motorola enjoyed the attention and appreciation of the public so much, that the news regarding the famous company preparing a smaller and more accessible phone was simply exciting . After many rumors and unofficial information , Motorola Moto E was officially announced today and promises to be an interesting model with a very attractive price.

Since Motorola Moto E was the source of many rumors, its specifications are already known in most part. The phone offers a 4.3 ” screen and 960 x 540 pixels resolution , which is covered with a Gorilla Glass 3 protective coating .

The hardware platform chosen by Motorola is a family 200 dual-core chip from Qualcomm Snapdragon, operating at 1.2 GHz frequency . The company did not disclose the model used , but 200 Snapdragon family is quite small , and the description matches that of the…

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Hands on with the $129 Moto E: A nice first smartphone for feature phone owners

Gigaom

Motorola announced the low-cost Moto E on Tuesday morning and I just left a meeting with the company where I got a chance to get a first look at this new Android(s goog) 4.4.2 phone. Motorola provided me a loaner device that I’ll be reviewing over the next week or so, but I can already share some first impressions and additional information on the Moto E.

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The Moto E is aimed at those around the world still using a feature phone. The company notes that includes around 70 percent of people around the world and 45 percent of those in the U.S. Clearly, the market opportunity here is big. That’s why Motorola held press events today around the world: In New York City, India, Brazil, London and Mexico to name a few. If you already have a smartphone, it’s unlikely you’ll be interested in the Moto E. For everyone else…

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