Microsoft-owned search engine Bing has been blocked in China.
"We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps," a Microsoft spokesperson told Mashable.
The news was first reported by the Financial Times. Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator China Unicom told one of the FT's "two sources familiar with the matter" that Bing had been blocked after a government order.
Chinese mainland users had reportedly posted on social media about their inability to access Bing's cn.bing.com, while those outside the country could still access it (we could load the page in Australia and the U.S.). Read more...More about Microsoft, China, Bing, Censorship, and Tech
New York City has been a holdout in the electric scooter craze, but after a city council hearing Wednesday, that could finally change.
The city's Committee on Transportation introduced four bills concerning e-scooters and electric bicycles. Companies like Bird and Lime that rent out the motorized scooters haven't been allowed to operate in the city's five boroughs, despite a growing international presence.
The four bills include a pilot program for shared e-scooters and legalizing e-scooters that can only go up to 15 mph. A similar bill would allow for the use of e-bikes with a max speed of 20 mph, while another creates a conversion program for throttle e-bikes to become pedal-assist e-bicycles. Read more...More about Politics, Nyc, E Bike, E Scooter, and Tech
Want to work out like Thor? Marvel star Chris Hemsworth is releasing his own fitness app.
Dubbed Centr, the app will be available for iPhone and Apple Watch starting Feb. 4, and features workouts, meal plans, and mindfulness exercises all helmed by the Australian actor.
"I believe we all have untapped potential," reads Hemsworth's website statement. "And we all need support to achieve our goals. Centr puts the world’s best in the palm of your hand, to help you develop a healthier body, stronger mind, and a happier life." Read more...More about Apps, Chris Hemsworth, Apps And Software, Tech, and Consumer Tech
On my way home from the gym Tuesday evening, I was pleasantly surprised to see an invite to join Uber Rewards on the ride-hailing app.
I'm in San Francisco and the loyalty program hadn't made it there yet — or so I thought. As of this week, the program that offers perks and rewards based on the number of Uber rides taken expanded with a long list of new areas.
Uber Rewards was first announced in November in nine areas. Now it's also in:
New York City
Western Massachusetts Read more...
There are literally thousands of different headphones, earphones, and earbuds out there to choose from. All have the same idea at heart — to provide you with music without having to play it out loud for everyone to hear. But some achieve this result so much better than others.
Sure, you could just hit and buy the cheapest, but that's not always a great idea either. There's also the issue of different headphones and earphones being good for all kinds of different purposes. Are you planning on listening at home? Taking them on your commute? Do you want to avoid lousy battery life? Go completely wireless? Read more...More about Headphones, Bluetooth, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, and Shopping Electronics