Oct. 8 (UPI) — An accommodation-booking website is offering weary voters an escape from “election stress disorder” with the opportunity to “live under a rock” for the week of the election.
Hotels.com said the Nov. 2-7 stay in a man-made cave 50 feet below ground in New Mexico will be available to book on its website on a first-come, first-served basis at 9 a.m. Friday.
The website said the opportunity is perfect for “those who are experiencing election stress disorder (this is a real thing!).”
The five-night stay costs an “Abraham Lincoln-inspired” $5 per night.
“After you’ve cast your ballot, you can check out of the newsfeed negativity and check in to a man-made cave built 50 feet below ground,” the website said.
Hotels.com said it will also be offering a 20 percent discount on selected properties with “rock” in the name using the coupon code “UnderARock” starting Friday morning.
“Political fatigue is real regardless of the year or election,” said Josh Belkin, vice president of Hotels.com.
“We’re transforming an age-old idiom into a bookable experience, so individuals can relax, recharge, and recover… because who knows what else 2020 has in store for us.”
Optus announced on Friday a new routing product named Game Path where NBN users will be able to pay AU$10 a month for fewer hops of their traffic.
The company is targeting gamers, with users needing to run an application in Windows to take advantage of it. The Singaporean-owned telco said Game Path can “reduce lag on average by 30% — which can mean the difference between life and death in a PC game”.
Optus told ZDNet it was not using any traffic prioritisation, explaining that NBN connections would remain TC-4. Instead, traffic will travel over the fastest available path “using proxy technology, choosing the most optimal/lowest latency path for gaming traffic across the internet”.
“It does this by accessing hundreds of POPs all over the world and constantly analysing the fastest path to gaming servers,” a spokesperson said.
“This will create the most benefit when considering international-based servers.”
The company said in the future it might have the ability to make the routing “100% network-based”, but this would depend on what is learnt from the current offer.
“The app is required to identify the real-time communications traffic on the PC and apply the routing via proxy technology,” it said.
“The more people using Game Path, the smarter it will get overtime.”
On Thursday, Optus-owner Singtel announced its current consumer business chief Yuen Kuan Moon would assume the role of group CEO next year when Chua Sock Koong retires.
Earlier that day, Optus also announced it was partnering with Australian National University to develop a national system to detect and extinguish fires using a mixture of satellites, drones, and robotics.
“We hope to develop a system that can locate a fire within the first few minutes of ignition and extinguish it soon afterwards,” ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian
iPhone owners in the U.S. have less than a week left to claim compensation from Apple for the Batterygate scandal, which could see them awarded as much as $500.
Apple has set aside up to $500m to settle a lawsuit filed against the company, after it admitted hampering the performance of selected iPhone models to improve the battery life of handsets. Apple has never admitted any wrongdoing, claiming that it restricted battery-sapping performance to improve the overall user experience.
U.S.-based owners of the following devices are eligible for a settlement benefit:
- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
- iPhone 7 or 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017
The online claims form for the case allows you to enter your phone’s serial number to check if you have an eligible handset. Claims must be made by October 6.
How big could the payout be?
The amount of compensation paid to eligible iPhone owners depends on the number of claimants who come forward.
The case notice (PDF) says that “Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device, provided that Apple will not pay more than $500 million in aggregate to the Settlement Class Members.
“If the total value of approved claims submitted exceeds the $500 million ceiling, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) will be reduced on a pro rata basis.
“Additionally, under the proposed settlement, if the total value of approved claims submitted by Settlement Class Members does not exceed the $310 million floor, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) may be increased on a pro rata basis, up to a