New Things in Technology You May Have Missed!

From an article in Forbes magazine:  Here are ten things in technology that happened recently. 

1. LinkedIn joins the "Gig Economy." LinkedIn has recently released Profinder - a marketplace that connects consumers with independent service providers. The service covers more than 140 service areas like design, writing, editing, accounting, real estate and even career coaching. Professionals who have submitted 10 or more proposals will need to subscribe to the site's Business Plus subscription ($60 per month), which will then open them up to unlimited leads.
 
2. Lyft now gives its business users the ability to customize their expense reports. Earlier this year, the taxi-sharing service launched a service targeted at the business community and professionals to help them better segregate rides taken for work or for personal use. Now, the company is stepping that up - allowing users to grab their business rides and put it into an expense report.
 
3. Uber is now offering free rides ... but with no driver. Uber will officially become the first American company to use self-driving cars commercially. The ride-sharing service will offer the autonomous vehicles for taxi rides in Pittsburgh. The rides will be free. But you will have an additional passenger: an Uber engineer just to make sure things go OK. 
 
4. A new tattoo can control your smartphone. Using materials that you can buy in a craft store, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Microsoft have unveiled DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo with a mini-microchip that can enable people to control a device wirelessly..
 
5. How about a Match.com for hiring? Startup company StaffGeek has created a new application that "fuses technology and transparency to create a statistically favorable match" of potential employment candidates. The assessment tool matches characteristics and experience of both prospective employees and the company and uses a proprietary method for selecting and recommending the best matches.
 
6. Google introduces its version of FaceTime, and it's about time. In what looks like a pared-down version of Google Hangouts, the company has released a new video-calling app called Duo. And according to a Forbes review, it's a "no-frills, easy-to-use video calling app. Duo is fantastic."
 
7. Pinterest is offering video ads, and it's also about time. In a move to catch up on its social media competitors, Pinterest has finally gotten its act together and is now allowing advertisers to purchase "promoted videos" that will run mainly in users' feeds but "may appear in search results and other parts of the app over time."
 
8. WhatsApp and Facebook will begin sharing user data for ad targeting. In its newly released privacy policy, Facebook says it will be stepping up how it handles encryption and protecting its users from snooping by advertisers. Except, it seems, for WhatsApp, the messaging service purchased in 2014 for $19 billion by the social media giant. Facebook said that it plans to share information about who your friends are, where they are and what content they like based on data collecting from WhatsApp.
 
9. Google is planning to crack down on "intrusive interstitials" in January. What the heck is that? It's basically an annoying pop-up that users must deal with on your website before they can get to the main content, particularly when they arrive at your site from a search site like Google. If you've got this on your site, Google's going to punish you by lowering your search rankings, according to Search Engine Land.
 
10. Engineers have developed a new, flexible window material that can more efficiently regulate heat and light. The material is inexpensive to produce and can lighten or darken with a small electric charge, according toTech Times, which means it can control the radiation that produces heat. "Such smart and flexible windows are ideal for homes and businesses because they can save on cooling and heating bills," according to the article.