Last week in the tech sector: new Bose headsets, more 5G Internet and Uber's new ranking policy


Every day, technology forces us to navigate a multitude of complex social situations. However, the big champion of delicate technology-based interactions is the ranking dance we perform with pilots Lyft and Uber. This week, we found that Uber riders with low odds (rumors suggest that the threshold is around 4.6) could soon find it impossible to ask for a car. This is the kind of thing that seems so complicated and frustrating that it would have been a Seinfeld sub-plot if the show was still on the air.

But that was not the only news in the tech world this week. Here's a handy recap of some of the biggest stories you may have missed when you wrote the fan-fic in which Kramer fights Uber after banning him from trying to bring a live cougar he won at the game GMC Yukon's driver.

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Amazon announced a new echo with a screen (and a camera)

The $ 90 Echo Show 5 has a 5.5 inch screen and an integrated speaker powered by Alexa. It has a sliding cover to block the camera in case you fear that Amazon is spying on you while you stand in front of the refrigerator at 15:45 in your underpants, eating grated cheese straight out of the bag. This thing will be extremely inexpensive when Prime Day and Black Friday arrive.

Alexa will now delete your requests from her history if you ask nicely

In addition to its new hardware, Amazon has also provided Alexa with a new feature. You can now ask the virtual assistant to delete your requests from the previous day. In the future, you may be able to ask him to delete all your requests. However, if you want to use this feature, you will need to register, which is not the simplest process in the world.

Motorola has announced a new modular phone

The Motorola Z4 is the latest addition to the line of devices using Moto Mods: interchangeable media that adds features to the phone, such as extra battery storage or a rugged camera. In the end, it's largely a mid-range device, but it's mostly compatible with existing mods, which suggests Motorola is sticking to this plug-in form factor in the near future. .

Sprint has entered the game 5G

Slowly but surely, the next-generation mobile data network is deploying in the United States. Now, Sprint has activated its 5G network in several cities, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Kansas City and Houston. First impressions show that the network is fast – if you have a phone that can connect to it (like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G) and you stay exactly where the coverage is available.

Bose announced the update of earmuffs

Bose QuietComfort headsets have been among the best in noise suppression for years, but the company has now introduced its new $ 399,000 wireless headphones, which promise significant improvements. Bose claims to have optimized the new phones to take calls and fight against background noise, which can make conversations difficult. This would have been very helpful this morning at the cafe, next to a particularly noisy (and failing) job interview. The headphones also have a much more modern design than the flagship models, which gives you the constant impression that you are heading to the airport.

Apple unveiled a new iPod (yes, an iPod)

If you thought the noble iPod was dead, you would be justified, but ultimately wrong. This week, Apple has presented an updated version of the iPod Touch with an A10 chip inside. The upgrade makes the reader powerful enough to handle augmented reality applications and other processor-intensive software. The device starts at $ 199 and probably makes more sense than some comments on the web suggest.