Why Pam Anderson Says She Won’t Use Uber

Don’t expect Pamela Anderson to be using her fame to endorse Uber or any other app-based, ride-hailing service any time soon.

The former “Baywatch” beauty is out with a new public service announcement (PSA) called “The Driving Game!” that slams the ride-hailing industry. As an homage to the classic TV game show, “The Dating Game,” Anderson plays a passenger grilling three male contestants vying to drive her home, and — given the slew of Uber and Lyft drivers who’ve been accused of rape, murder, and other crimes across the country — you can understand why the two identified only as “Ride Hail App Drivers” come off as something akin to dates from hell.

Top Tips for Timely Performance Driving

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As millions of Americans know, daily commutes can be stressful and monotonous. Couple that with winter weather, and staying alert is paramount–especially as road conditions start to deteriorate.
To that point, you never know when you’re going to need to become a Timely Performance Driver.
Timely Performance is a term that describes being present in the moment when driving so you can maximize your car’s performance and react quickly to surprising situations on the road. Based on a recent survey, 75 percent of U.S. adults say they need to become Timely Performance Drivers at least once a week, and those who reported a need to react quickly to a driving situation say they do so approximately 6 times per week.
BFGoodrich Tires has conducted a survey of driving behaviors. The study group included 1,009 adults (aged 18 years and older) living in the continental United States. The sample was representative of the general population in terms of geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic traits.
Overall, 82 percent of the survey respondents say that drivers often face unexpected situations on the road, and 54 percent agree that drivers drive better in potentially dangerous situations.
Andrew Comrie-Picard, a professional race car driver, X-Games athlete, and BFGoodrich ambassador, emphasizes that drivers of any age can (and should) practice Timely Performance Driving by staying alert so they can push their car to its maximum performance in the moments that matter most.
According to Comrie-Picard, key aspects of Timely Performance Driving include:
*Looking far down the road to anticipate potential issues and road hazards.
*Remembering the importance of smooth contol inputs, such as braking, throttling, and steering.
*Anticipating road conditions, such as standing water and slick roads.
*Driving with two hands on the wheel–no exceptions.
*Keeping distance between you and the car in front of you.
Comrie-Picard also says it’s important to ensure that your tires are appropriate for your car and well-maintained. Specifically, he likes the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport tire for its seasonality and performance capabilities during the harsh winter weather months, as well as throughout the year.
Additional information on BFGoodrich Tires, as well as other driving tips, can be found on http://www.BFGoodrichTires.com

¿Cómo hacer un viaje en carretera sin estrés?

(NewsUSA) – Los viajes en vacaciones pueden ser estresantes, pero también deben ser divertidos. La planificación anticipada y el cuidado adecuado del vehículo pueden reducir mucho del estrés que produce un viaje en carretera y le permitirá disfrutar el recorrido.Una lista con los aspectos del viaje lo ayudarán a garantizar que no deja nada importante atrás y que está listo y preparado en caso de emergencia.Cuando es hora de un viaje de vacaciones por carretera, no olvide estos consejos para tener un viaje agradable:–Chequee su vehículo: una revisión completa del vehículo antes de un viaje en carretera debe incluir la verificación de los niveles de los fluidos. Asegúrese de que las aspas del limpia parabrisas y su sistema funcionen apropiadamente. Verifique sus luces, incluyendo las luces altas, para asegurarse de que funcionan. Último, pero no menos importante, no olvide sus neumáticos. Los neumáticos son la conexión entre su vehículo y la carretera, así que debe asegurarse de examinar las bandas de rodadura para ver si hay señales de desgaste."La tracción y las bandas de rodadura están inextricablemente vinculadas. Las muescas en sus neumáticos son muy importantes para que el agua salga y el neumático se sujete a la vía", dice Sarah Robinson, especialista de seguridad de Michelin. "Asegurarse de que sus neumáticos tiene las bandas de rodadura adecuadas puede ser la diferencia entre evitar un accidente y ser parte de uno".–Prepárese: equipe su vehículo con un equipo de emergencia que incluya agua, luces intermitentes, una manta, cables auxiliares, líquido limpiaparabrisas adicional, cargador de teléfono y números de emergencia para asistencia en carretera, así como el número de una persona de contacto en su lugar de destino.–Planifique su ruta: verifique su ruta anticipadamente, si es posible; planifique su viaje para las horas con menos tráfico. Si está pensando en utilizar una aplicación de mapa en su teléfono, utilice el componente de voz; si no la tiene, consulte un mapa en físico para orientarse antes de estar detrás del volante.–La seguridad primero: eso significa que el conductor se debe enfocar en el manejo. Si usted es el conductor y necesita ver su teléfono, enviar un mensaje, tomar un bocadillo o atender a un niño o mascota en el asiento trasero, espere a una parada de descanso o, si es necesario, deténgase a un lado de la vía.–Verifique el clima: especialmente durante las vacaciones de invierno, conocer el clima anticipadamente puede ayudarlo a evitar una tormenta. Si las condiciones son realmente peligrosas, lo más inteligente sería posponer su viaje hasta que el clima mejore.Para obtener mayor información, visite www.MichelinMan.com 

How Safe Is Uber? It Depends on Gender

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It’s shorthand for the potential danger faced by women using app-based, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And if you’re already dismissing how dangerous it can be, you’ve obviously missed the rash of headlines like these from across the country.

• “Uber Driver Charged With Rape Ordered Held After Dangerousness Hearing” (Boston Globe, August 2016)

• “Police Had Tip That Lyft Driver Charged With Sexual Assault Planned To Flee Country” (Dallas Morning News, November 2015)

• “Police: Uber Driver Returns to Rape, Burglarize Passenger at Her Home” (FOX-TV New Orleans, January 2016)

Businesses, Athletes Are Getting in on Game Apps

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – There are few topics that cause as much heated debate and passion as sports — especially football. And in this digital age, mobile technology only enables such zeal — which is probably why sports apps are arguably one of the most popular ways to keep up with a beloved team, as well as help diehard football fans decide who will win a matchup on any given Sunday.Consider this: according to the NFL, 70 percent of fans use a second screen while watching football, use apps to allow for easy access to player stats and analysis, and keep in touch with other fans who are watching the game.1One company that is making itself known as the premier place to go for NFL predictions is Pick Factor (www.pickfactor.com). Why? Because it helps gridiron enthusiasts by analyzing thousands of predictions from top sports websites, blogs, radio, and newspapers such as ESPN, Fox Sports, and CBS Sports, finally coming to a consensus prediction for every game.Think you can pick like a pro? Now Pick Factor has launched its new Pick ’em app that allows everyone to test their own predictions. The app not only helps those entrenched in football warfare (be it recreational, an office pool, or various leagues), but now users can also create their own leagues with friends or compete in public leagues.Jim Omer, president of Pick Factor, says that retired NFL players and sports bars have partnered with the company to create their own leagues in order to have their "own game experience.""Famous athletes and businesses are constantly looking for new ways to engage their fans and consumers. This is a way for them to do that," Omer says."I like to think of it as an innovative sports app that’s fun for football fans, and provides our partners with a unique way to promote themselves."For more information, visit www.pickfactor.com or Jim Omer at jim@pickfactor.com

Protecting Your Kid’s Identity Is Your Responsibility

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – If only we could keep our kids in a bubble, insulated from the atrocities the world would inflict on them. Along with the normal worries any parent has for his or her child, you can add child identity theft to the list as well.
According to IdentityTheftFacts.com, on average, victims of child identity theft have roughly $12,000 worth of fraudulent debt. In this way, it is imperative for parents to treat their children’s information in much the same way as they treat their own information in order to prevent identity fraud.
In addition, a recent Child Identity Fraud Report, sponsored by the Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC) and conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that 1 in 40 households with minor children (under age 18) had at least one child whose personal information was compromised by identity criminals. All of this is to say that, clearly, this is a problem that parents need to pay attention to.
Couple all of this with breaches affecting children in the commercial sector, such as that at VTech Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based digital-learning toy maker, and you have a recipe for future financial disaster that could go undetected for years. In that case, the company admitted that in December of 2015, names, genders, and birth dates of 6.5 million of its child users were exposed in a data breach. About 2.9 million were U.S. children, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.
“It’s a predatory crime that affects families,” Virginia State Police Lt. Robert P. Chappell Jr., of Roanoke, Va., told the Deseret News in a phone interview. “I know how to recognize it and the steps to prevent it, as well as how to deal with the emotional aspects of it,” he said.
One such way that parents can protect their kid’s identity is by keeping their digital footprint and information safe and secure. And now there is a simple cost-effective way to do that with the Gabriel app.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.
For only $50 per year for five users, family members are assured that their communications — when they talk, video, chat, text, email, or share photos or documents — are safe and secure.
No one will be able to see, hear, or intercept your communications other than the party you are in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store its data with any third party, not even VirnetX. It is person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates opportunities for hackers.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending IMs (instant messages) to other Gabriel users.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that are immune to interception.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

How to Bring Movie Magic Home for the Whole Family

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you’re a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll.
* Storybook Lane: If bedtime stories are a nightly ritual in your home, get the little ones involved by creating a storybook station in your living room. When you get home from the movie theater, channel your kids’ excitement over the movie into a creative and educational exercise. Developing homemade storybooks based on their favorite movie characters with added storylines that incorporate their own imagination is a great way to bring the magic of an animated movie home, while encouraging kids to think outside the box and practice writing and artistic skills. Type up and print out their dream story while they act as illustrator to their own personalized story for added fun.
* Mom Time: Animated movie fun isn’t just for kids anymore. If you’re looking for a new favorite online game to help liven up downtime, look no further than games inspired by some of your favorite animated movies. Online games such as “Sandwich Factory,” inspired by Warner Brother’s new movie, Storks, and the family-owned deli meat company, Land O’Frost, are a great way to have more fun with your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home. The game will transport you into an interactive sandwich factory with movie characters: Junior, who appears to “save babies,” and Tulip, who grabs the finished meal from the sandwich maker.
* Chef Corner: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by turning lunchtime into a movie experience. When excitement over a new movie is at its peak, encourage kids to put their chef’s hat on and come up with a custom menu inspired by their favorite characters. Once the menu is set, host a lunch for the whole families where the kids get to play king and queen of the kitchen and share their creation with mom and dad.
To play the “Sandwich Factory,” visit www.landofrost.com/storks-game, and for coupons and more information about Land O’ Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

Protect Your Kid’s Identity

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Much has been made about protecting your digital footprint lately. (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage). And, according to tech experts who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to pay attention — especially when it comes to protecting their children’s privacy using encrypted communications.
The argument against encryption goes like this: it allows those who exploit children to “go dark.” While that is true, encryption is also a powerful tool that can help protect children from those same predators, as well as bullies and others who want to harm your kids. In short, encryption is not just for privacy and security, but also for personal safety as well as peace of mind.
Think of it this way: your phone and other digital devices contain almost all of your personal information — your current and previous locations, your home address, information about your family and friends, records of your calls and texts, email messages, and every website you’ve ever visited. This means that all that information is up for grabs. And in the wrong hands, it can also endanger your children.
The good news is that protecting and encrypting your kids’ information has never been easier or more cost-efficient.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.
For only $50 per year for five users (that’s only $4.17 per month), you can be assured that your children’s communications — when they talk, video, chat, text, email, or share photos or documents — are safe and secure.
No one will be able to see, hear, or intercept your kids’ communications other than the parties they are in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store its data with any third party — not even VirnetX. It is person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates opportunities for hackers.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending IMs (instant messages) to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that are immune to interception.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

Join Billions Around the World and Go for Gold During the Olympics

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s that time of year again–the time when families and friends come together to celebrate with food and open arms. That’s right, it’s almost playoff season, with football, basketball, and hockey playoffs all just around the corner.
With these highly anticipated games come the equally anticipated snacks–from chips and dip to wings and hot sauce. In fact, a lot can be said from people’s usage of dips and sauces, and that usage has increased over the past year.
According to a survey by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, the reasons for using dips and sauces more often include: making more or new foods that need them, using them on more foods or as a healthy option with healthy foods, and cooking or eating at home more. So satisfy your craving for the perfect mid-game snack and bring them to parties in new and creative ways.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you pick the perfect recipe for your friends:
* Survey results show that Asian sauces, horseradish, hot and Mexican sauces are more popular than they were last year, with hot sauce and mustard being used several times a week by the majority of respondents. So go exotic and use bold flavors in your dishes!
* Geography also has something to say about what you should bring to a gathering. People in the Northeast reported a greater affinity for horseradish. Folks in the Midwest loves barbecue sauces. Asian sauces and hummus are more popular in the West and the South is all about hot sauce.
These tips should get your creative juices flowing so you can bring a tasty and unique contribution to whatever playoff party you’re attending. Should you need a little recipe inspiration, however, check out some dishes at www.dressings-sauces.org/recipes.

Battle Lines Drawn Over Fingerprinting Uber and Lyft Drivers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – No less than Sunday school teachers are often subject to it. So why are Uber and Lyft so averse to having their drivers fingerprinted that they suspended service in a major U.S. city?
Fingerprints are widely considered the best way to weed out criminals, but checking them costs more than the simple name-based background reviews the app-based ride-hailing companies have fought hard to continue using across the country.
So a few months after the City Council in Austin, Texas, voted last December to require them anyway for public safety reasons, Uber and Lyft spent $8.6 million on a campaign blitz — described as full of “dicey misdirections” in the city’s largest newspaper — to get voters to overturn the regulations.
It wasn’t even close.
By a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent, voters said: Hell, yes, we want your drivers fingerprinted, just like cabbies and limousine drivers are.
And why wouldn’t they? Consider the following:
* Ride-hailing drivers have been accused of a string of rapes, murders and other crimes across the nation.
* Uber agreed in April to pay as much as $25 million to settle a lawsuit in California that accused it of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers. “Laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon declared.
What makes the Austin vote all the more amazing is that people went to the polls knowing that Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out if the rules weren’t loosened.
“The threat brings to mind what was, for my generation, a famous (humor) magazine image,” an Austin American-Statesman reporter wrote, referring to a 1973 National Lampoon cover of a man pointing a gun at a cute little dog’s head. “‘If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog,'” the headline said.
“Lyft and Uber told Austin, essentially, pass our (favored) regulations or we’ll kill your dog.”
The “dog,” in Austin’s case, the reporter went on to clarify, being their customers and as many as 15,000 (at least temporarily out-of-work) drivers.
Public safety advocates are hoping the Austin vote marks a turning point in the ongoing effort to get the Ubers of the world to play by the same rules as everyone else.
“Until all municipalities require suitable background checks for drivers of these ride-hailing services, we fear continued disastrous consequences as a result of digital hitchhiking,” said Scott Solombrino, co-founder of the National Limousine Association (Limo.org).
Meanwhile, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has offered to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a compromise, and both Uber and Lyft are urging Austinites to contact their City Council members if they want the services to resume.
And, oh, yes, at least one small, start-up ride-hailing company named GetMe — apparently sensing an exploitable opening — has said it has no problem complying with the fingerprinting requirement.