Fox on Tech: Google driverless taxis

It seems like these days, the market is flooded with ride-hailing apps, each promising better service and lower rates than the next. From Uber to Lyft to Gett, there's no shortage of taxi-alternatives for tech-savvy Americans. Now a new company throws its hat into the ring, and it's one that most people are familiar with. Alphabet – Google's … Continue reading “Fox on Tech: Google driverless taxis”

It seems like these days, the market is flooded with ride-hailing apps, each promising better service and lower rates than the next. From Uber to Lyft to Gett, there's no shortage of taxi-alternatives for tech-savvy Americans. Now a new company throws its hat into the ring, and it's one that most people are familiar with. Alphabet – Google's parent company – has launched its own service, Waymo. The app could save you lots of time, but don't expect any witty banter with your driver – the Waymo fleet is almost entirely self-driving cars.

Officially called "Waymo One," the autonomous taxis are now on the roads of Phoenix for a beta test. So far users are reporting good service with no major mistakes or accidents. But for now, not everyone is able to get on board, only Phoenix residents who have already been using Waymo can request a self-driving car. And for the first few months of the program, there will still be a driver behind the wheel to ensure passenger safety.

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The broader Waymo program launched last year in Phoenix and has around 400 users. The new Waymo One service will be available around the clock and works in a similar way to other ride-sharing apps: you input your destination, the app tells you the fare, and contacts nearby cars for availability. While the beta test continues, Waymo is encouraging customers to bring their friends along for the ride, to help expose more of the general public to self-driving cars.

The program should also be expanding soon as well. Back in October, Waymo was given permission to begin testing driverless cars in California. So if you live in the Golden State, the next cab you hail may not have a driver!

Tumblr pulled from Apple’s iOS App Store after discovery of child pornography images

Tumblr has been removed from Apple’s iOS App Store after sick child pornography was found on the social networking service.

Citing PiunikaWeb, The Verge reports that Tumblr was delisted from the iOS App Store on Nov. 16, although it was not clear why until Tumblr released a statement on Monday explaining the situation.

“Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database,” it explained. “We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

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Tumblr said that it is working to restore its app to the Store.

“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse,” it said in its statement. “As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC [the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.”

Apple’s App Store guidelines stipulate that apps with user-generated content must include a method for filtering objectionable material from being posted to the app. “Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. “hot-or-not” voting), making physical threats, or bullying do not belong on the App Store and may be removed without notice,” it says.

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CNET reports that Tumblr was briefly blocked by the Indonesian government earlier this year over pornographic content on the platform.

Fox News has reached out to Tumblr and Apple with a request for comment on this story.

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

5 awesome apps for family road trips

Nothing says summer like piling your kids, your dog, and 300 pounds of luggage into the family car and heading out on an inadvisably long road trip. And yet millions of us do it every year. Unfortunately, all too often the euphoria lasts about as long as it takes to get out of our driveways.

If you’ll be road tripping this summer, consider downloading a few new iPhone and iPad apps to help the miles fly by.  Here are five tried-and-tested apps guaranteed to keep everyone busy and happy.

1. Mad Libs, Ages: 4 and up, free

If your kid likes silly sentences—and really, what kid doesn't?—then this app is a slam dunk.  Even very young kids can get in on the action with a little help.  The app itself is free, but the books (which contain 21 stories each) cost $1.99 as in-app purchases.  Just so you know, the funniest noun in the English language is “hamster” and the funniest adjective is “hairy.”  You’re welcome.

2. State Plate Bingo!, Ages: 6 and up, $0.99

Can you find all 50 states in a single road trip?  There’s only one way to find out. This app is an ongoing quest for the entire family.  Note: The iPhone version works on an iPad, but isn’t optimized for it.

3. Road Trip Bingo, Ages: 4 and up, $0.99/1.99

Got two kids?  Download the only travel-themed bingo app that lets two players compete head to head, not to mention side by side.  Your kids can scour the landscape for everything from white cars and road signs to snow-topped mountains and airplanes.

4. StoryLines, Ages: 8 and up, free

This creative multi-player game lets everyone but the driver get in on the fun.  Player One types a well known phrase, such as “The early bird gets the worm.”  Player Two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing.  Player Three captions Player Two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase.  And so on.  It’s a lot like the telephone game we all played when we were young, and absolutely hilarious.

5. Geography Drive USA, Ages: 8 and up, $3.99

Despite the fact that only one child can play at a time, this very polished educational app is well worth the relatively high price tag. Players road trip around country, earning fuel and money for correctly answering state trivia questions.  Between rounds, they can return to the garage to get a new paint job, upgrade their car, or just admire their trophies.  And if all that driving gets to be too much?  They can cash in their chips for an airline ticket instead!

Jamie Pearson of TravelSavvyMom.com and BestKidsApps.com contributed this to MiniTime.com.

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Tumblr pulled from Apple’s iOS App Store after discovery of child pornography images

Tumblr has been removed from Apple’s iOS App Store after sick child pornography was found on the social networking service.

Citing PiunikaWeb, The Verge reports that Tumblr was delisted from the iOS App Store on Nov. 16, although it was not clear why until Tumblr released a statement on Monday explaining the situation.

“Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database,” it explained. “We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

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Tumblr said that it is working to restore its app to the Store.

“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse,” it said in its statement. “As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC [the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.”

Apple’s App Store guidelines stipulate that apps with user-generated content must include a method for filtering objectionable material from being posted to the app. “Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. “hot-or-not” voting), making physical threats, or bullying do not belong on the App Store and may be removed without notice,” it says.

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CNET reports that Tumblr was briefly blocked by the Indonesian government earlier this year over pornographic content on the platform.

Fox News has reached out to Tumblr and Apple with a request for comment on this story.

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

5 awesome apps for family road trips

Nothing says summer like piling your kids, your dog, and 300 pounds of luggage into the family car and heading out on an inadvisably long road trip. And yet millions of us do it every year. Unfortunately, all too often the euphoria lasts about as long as it takes to get out of our driveways.

If you’ll be road tripping this summer, consider downloading a few new iPhone and iPad apps to help the miles fly by.  Here are five tried-and-tested apps guaranteed to keep everyone busy and happy.

1. Mad Libs, Ages: 4 and up, free

If your kid likes silly sentences—and really, what kid doesn't?—then this app is a slam dunk.  Even very young kids can get in on the action with a little help.  The app itself is free, but the books (which contain 21 stories each) cost $1.99 as in-app purchases.  Just so you know, the funniest noun in the English language is “hamster” and the funniest adjective is “hairy.”  You’re welcome.

2. State Plate Bingo!, Ages: 6 and up, $0.99

Can you find all 50 states in a single road trip?  There’s only one way to find out. This app is an ongoing quest for the entire family.  Note: The iPhone version works on an iPad, but isn’t optimized for it.

3. Road Trip Bingo, Ages: 4 and up, $0.99/1.99

Got two kids?  Download the only travel-themed bingo app that lets two players compete head to head, not to mention side by side.  Your kids can scour the landscape for everything from white cars and road signs to snow-topped mountains and airplanes.

4. StoryLines, Ages: 8 and up, free

This creative multi-player game lets everyone but the driver get in on the fun.  Player One types a well known phrase, such as “The early bird gets the worm.”  Player Two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing.  Player Three captions Player Two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase.  And so on.  It’s a lot like the telephone game we all played when we were young, and absolutely hilarious.

5. Geography Drive USA, Ages: 8 and up, $3.99

Despite the fact that only one child can play at a time, this very polished educational app is well worth the relatively high price tag. Players road trip around country, earning fuel and money for correctly answering state trivia questions.  Between rounds, they can return to the garage to get a new paint job, upgrade their car, or just admire their trophies.  And if all that driving gets to be too much?  They can cash in their chips for an airline ticket instead!

Jamie Pearson of TravelSavvyMom.com and BestKidsApps.com contributed this to MiniTime.com.

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Tumblr pulled from Apple’s iOS App Store after discovery of child pornography images

Tumblr has been removed from Apple’s iOS App Store after sick child pornography was found on the social networking service.

Citing PiunikaWeb, The Verge reports that Tumblr was delisted from the iOS App Store on Nov. 16, although it was not clear why until Tumblr released a statement on Monday explaining the situation.

“Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database,” it explained. “We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

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Tumblr said that it is working to restore its app to the Store.

“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse,” it said in its statement. “As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC [the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.”

Apple’s App Store guidelines stipulate that apps with user-generated content must include a method for filtering objectionable material from being posted to the app. “Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. “hot-or-not” voting), making physical threats, or bullying do not belong on the App Store and may be removed without notice,” it says.

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CNET reports that Tumblr was briefly blocked by the Indonesian government earlier this year over pornographic content on the platform.

Fox News has reached out to Tumblr and Apple with a request for comment on this story.

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

5 awesome apps for family road trips

Nothing says summer like piling your kids, your dog, and 300 pounds of luggage into the family car and heading out on an inadvisably long road trip. And yet millions of us do it every year. Unfortunately, all too often the euphoria lasts about as long as it takes to get out of our driveways.

If you’ll be road tripping this summer, consider downloading a few new iPhone and iPad apps to help the miles fly by.  Here are five tried-and-tested apps guaranteed to keep everyone busy and happy.

1. Mad Libs, Ages: 4 and up, free

If your kid likes silly sentences—and really, what kid doesn't?—then this app is a slam dunk.  Even very young kids can get in on the action with a little help.  The app itself is free, but the books (which contain 21 stories each) cost $1.99 as in-app purchases.  Just so you know, the funniest noun in the English language is “hamster” and the funniest adjective is “hairy.”  You’re welcome.

2. State Plate Bingo!, Ages: 6 and up, $0.99

Can you find all 50 states in a single road trip?  There’s only one way to find out. This app is an ongoing quest for the entire family.  Note: The iPhone version works on an iPad, but isn’t optimized for it.

3. Road Trip Bingo, Ages: 4 and up, $0.99/1.99

Got two kids?  Download the only travel-themed bingo app that lets two players compete head to head, not to mention side by side.  Your kids can scour the landscape for everything from white cars and road signs to snow-topped mountains and airplanes.

4. StoryLines, Ages: 8 and up, free

This creative multi-player game lets everyone but the driver get in on the fun.  Player One types a well known phrase, such as “The early bird gets the worm.”  Player Two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing.  Player Three captions Player Two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase.  And so on.  It’s a lot like the telephone game we all played when we were young, and absolutely hilarious.

5. Geography Drive USA, Ages: 8 and up, $3.99

Despite the fact that only one child can play at a time, this very polished educational app is well worth the relatively high price tag. Players road trip around country, earning fuel and money for correctly answering state trivia questions.  Between rounds, they can return to the garage to get a new paint job, upgrade their car, or just admire their trophies.  And if all that driving gets to be too much?  They can cash in their chips for an airline ticket instead!

Jamie Pearson of TravelSavvyMom.com and BestKidsApps.com contributed this to MiniTime.com.

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