Today, New York’s City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved measures to enact minimum pay requirements for app-based for-hire vehicles (FHV) like Uber, Lyft, and Juno. The new pay structure is set to take effect early in the new year.
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Ridesharing companies have been around for years now, but they still have failed to make a convincing case they know how to deal with their sexual assault and harassment problems. This week, lawmakers sent a letter to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Via, calling on them to provide more information on their policies around those exact issues.
Another day, another patent lawsuit. Today's below-bridge dwelling plantiff is Taiwanese company VIA.
Hey, look: Vizio's Android smartphone and tablet, which share the same "Via" name, have gone all official, and are unsurprisingly compatible with Vizio TVs and Blu-ray players—meaning these Via products will act as remotes for Vizio's Google TVs.
Via's been on a roll lately with power-efficient products, and the VN1000 continues the trend.
Via's Pico-ITX motherboard was small and powerful to begin with, but their new Mobile-ITX platform is about half the size and supposedly still packs a punch while keeping power consumption low.
Intel's Atom processor is found in virtually every netbook, but others are still trying to get inside your mini-laptop. Independently, ARM and VIA are showing improved chips, but both most likely won't touch what Intel has in store.
The Samsung NC20 is not only another 12.1-inch netbook that's just made its way to the States (more on the NC20 here), it's the first system with a Via Nano processor. (You know, for if you really hate Intel but found that AMD has abandoned you.) And now it's on sale at Newegg for $US550.
Samsung has (finally) become the first major netbook manufacturer to adopt VIA's hot, hot Nano platform, announcing today the 12", fat-batteried NC20.
You may be wondering why every netbook we write about seems to have the same Intel Atom processor. Some of it has to do with Intel's prominence in the entire processor market at the moment (which makes competition from Via little contest), and some of it has to do with AMD not stepping up to duke it out in the tiny laptop arena. AMD simply has no interest in the mini-laptop market, and CEO Dirk Meyer makes it abundantly clear:
Via's Nano and Intel's Atom low-power processors are intended for slightly different purposes, but that didn't stop HardOCP pitting them against each other in performance tests, and coming up with some interesting results. In every single benchmark, the beefier Nano beat the Atom. In particular it was 59% better in MP3 encoding tests, 37% in Divx encoding and achieved double the frame rate in Quake 4. No surprises there: the Nano is designed to draw a little more current (53W against 45W) than the Atom, so it won't make it into quite the same hand-held gizmos as Intel's chip. But the tests revealed that under normal "desktop" usage, the Nano actually drew less power when idling. Looks like Via's got a hot one in its grip: we might expect to see more of this chip.