Your Consumer Rights Are Disappearing, But Here's How To Protect Yourself Now

Huffington Post

The proposed rule, ordered in the waning days of the Obama administration, would have required airlines and ticket agents to clearly disclose to consumers all customer-specific fee information, including charges for a first and second checked bag and a carry-on bag, wherever fare and schedule information is provided to consumers. It also would have mandated that the baggage fee information be disclosed, adjacent to the fare, at the first point in a search process where a fare is listed in connection with a specific flight itinerary.


British Airways: Passengers complain about lack of information

BBC News

Passengers stranded at Heathrow airport say that they are being kept in the dark by British Airways airline, as disruptions continue for a second day.


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Engadget

The tough part here is designing the algorithms that will control these self-driving rides, and how to teach the artificial intelligence deal with unavoidable harm. It's tricky and raises the question of which lives are more important, those outside the vehicle or its passengers? When humans make split-second decisions, it's out of instinct and self-preservation -- not programming. But if someone knowingly bought an autonomous vehicle that favored passengers over pedestrians, would they be held liable if a loss of public life occurred?


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U.S. News

Judge Jennifer Eady dismissed an appeal Friday from the company in a closely watched decision that is expected to have broad implications for those working in the so-called gig economy, where people work job-to-job with little security and few employment rights. Such employment, often for companies that use mobile phone apps to provide everything from food delivery to health care, has surged as the Internet cuts the link between jobs and the traditional workplace.


2020 Ford Explorer activates 'mindful mode' for relaxed driving

Engadget

Ford is giving future 2020 Explorer owners the option to KonMari their vehicle's digital instrument cluster if they want to. Taking into account the number of screens people stare at and the huge amounts of information they have to process each day, the automaker has designed a "mindful mode" for the 12.3-inch optional screen. It will give them a way to get rid of all the information that doesn't spark joy on the display, leaving only the fuel gauge, the speedometer, the road ahead and the time it will take to reach their destination on a calming blue background. Ford says the option was created to help reduce drivers' stress levels while behind the wheel, which in turn could help prevent road accidents. Even if it doesn't help calm them down, it could help prevent information overload and confusion at the end of an especially hard day.