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Uber for rich people

Lincoln is launching a new chauffeur service, which will offer users an app to hire a driver. According to Autoblog[1], the service is called Lincoln Chauffeur, and will be available to Lincoln owners in the US in late 2017. Lincoln owners can also use the chauffeur service for other tasks, like picking up children or doing their shopping.

As part of testing the service, Lincoln owners will get eight hours of free service – after which they will be charged £30 per hour.

The Lincoln Chauffeur service is being piloted in Miami, with plans to expand it to San Diego.

Now read: Uber launches pilot for seniors and people with special needs[2]

References

  1. ^ According to Autoblog (www.autoblog.com)
  2. ^ Uber launches pilot for seniors and people with special needs (mybroadband.co.za)

Broadband report: Prohibitive state rules run counter to popular opinion

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows public opinion aligns with city leaders and runs counter to positions held by many states and Big Telecom lobbyists.

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A new poll from the Pew Research Center estimates 70 percent of Americans believe cities should have the right to create their own broadband networks if services are too slow or too expensive. The poll[1], that surveyed 4,151 respondents in March, comes on the heels of a policy endorsement[2] this month by 166 mayors and city leaders who called for city authority to develop networks that give residents more internet options. In their list of policy goals, leaders argued that state lobbying from big broadband had tied their hands by giving state agencies too much power.

“These barriers range from procedural hurdles and referendum requirements to legal and or de facto prohibitions that benefit politically powerful incumbent providers at the expense of local businesses and residents,” the report states. Poll findings reflect a disconnect between public opinion and the lobbying efforts of large internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable. Many have tried to limit competition by creating regulatory requirements that hinder smaller companies from entering the marketplace, according to the broadband advocacy group Next Century Cities.

Such obstacles notwithstanding, the faith in city leadership may be well-placed considering analyst expectations that the federal government will do little to ensure broadband competition under President Trump’s leadership. In January, Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, said the group expected the administration to allow large telecoms to set the national agenda, leaving the job of improving local broadband to local governments. “Cable and telephone companies have scale that makes them strong in the market, but stronger still in lobbying,” Mitchell said in a StateScoop op-ed[3]. “They will push for new rules and limits on local internet choice.

They will seek mergers to make competition even more unlikely.” He highlighted places like Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the city has cultivated diverse and affordable access to high-speed internet services by working with providers, and Lincoln, Nebraska, that has invested in a smart conduit network that allows the city to partner with more ISPs that can use the conduits — underground tubes meant to house wires and cables — to lay fiber and connect residents. The survey also found that 90 percent of Americans think home broadband is important or essential.

The issue of broadband funding is one of the more contentious issues, as 54 percent of survey respondents said they opposed government subsidies that provide broadband internet specifically to low-income residents.

References

  1. ^ poll (www.pewresearch.org)
  2. ^ policy endorsement (statescoop.com)
  3. ^ op-ed (statescoop.com)

Mafia 3 latest news: price, gameplay, DLC and demo

Mafia 3 is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and you can try it out for free. Find out how right here.

Take down the Italian mob in an open world


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Mafia 3 is out now, giving you the chance to take on the Italian mob in an open world ’60s setting. Here’s everything you need to know about the gameplay, deals, DLC, and how to try the game for free.

UK release date and platforms

Mafia 3 came out in the UK on 7 October 2016 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Price and deals

As of April 2017, you can get Mafia 3 from Game in the UK[2] for ?24.99 on console or ?19.99 on PC, while Amazon UK[3] has the PC version for just ?15.33.

You can even still pick up the game’s Deluxe Edition[4] (which includes a DLC season pass) for ?29.99, and the Collector’s Edition[5] (with a host of physical goodies) for ?49.99. Mafia 3 release date UK

Gameplay and features

Set in 1968 New Orleans, you take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran whose family have always been involved with organised crime. Lincoln wages war on the Italian mob in New Bordeaux.

You have to chip away at the influence of your rivals so you can, eventually, go after the top dogs. When you’re not having a good old fashioned shootout, Mafia 3 includes missions such as wiretapping targeted areas (which will allow you to see enemies through walls). You can also upgrade your car and do sneaky things like get your rivals phone lines cut off so they can’t call for reinforcements.

The open world is a key feature and a big improvement compared to Mafia 2.

Play the free demo

If you’re curious about Mafia III, but aren’t sure you quite want to commit to paying full price, you can try the game out for free thanks to a demo. Available on every platform, you can download the free demo from the PlayStation Store[6], Microsoft Store[7], or Steam[8]. You’ll need around 25GB of free hard drive space to try the game out, and will get to try out the game’s whole opening act.

If you enjoy it, and progress you make will be carried over if you then decide to buy the full game. You can get a taste of what to expect in a trailer released to promote the demo:
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Trailers and gameplay videos

During E3 2016, another Mafia III trailer surfaced giving us a good look at 1960s New Bordeaux, complete with shooting, driving, fighting and chopping off peoples fingers.

Take a look at the trailer below:
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If that’s not enough, there’s a 20 minute gameplay clip available too, courtesy of the guys at IGN.

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References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ from Game in the UK (www.game.co.uk)
  3. ^ Amazon UK (amzn.to)
  4. ^ Deluxe Edition (www.game.co.uk)
  5. ^ Collector’s Edition (www.game.co.uk)
  6. ^ PlayStation Store (store.playstation.com)
  7. ^ Microsoft Store (www.microsoftstore.com)
  8. ^ Steam (store.steampowered.com)