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Stories for Apr. 17, 2014
In Brief

Uber announced today that it will start tacking on a $1 “safe rides fee” to every UberX ride. In a blog post, the company said the extra dollar would go towards security measures, like background checks and driver education. Both Uber and Lyft extended their insurance options to cover drivers better last month. The extra $1 won’t be too much of a cost burden though after UberX cut prices earlier this year.

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Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.

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MLB.tv added Chromecast support for its iOS and Android apps on Thursday, giving baseball fans yet another way to stream America’s favorite pastime to their televisions. As always, live streaming requires a $129.99 MLB.tv premium subscription and in-market games are blacked out. Previously, you could mirror the MLB.tv website from a Chrome tab, but having the option to cast from an app usually improves video quality on Chromecast.