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Tech Talk: Two apps will offer Houstonians car rides

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 12:44 PM

Two apps that offer a new way for people to get around town are launching in Houston. Also, pizza that stays fresh for three years? This and more in today’s Tech Talk.

== Uber, Lyft coming to Houston ==
Two mobile apps that let drivers make a little cash on the side by offering rides to strangers are launching in Houston – whether city officials like it or not. The Houston Business Journal reports that Uber is joining Lyft in its Houston debut. Lyft launches at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 for a "free ride” debut, and Uber announced it would do the same on a trial basis. The rides will be free for now because Houston municipal law currently prohibits drivers from making money off of this kind of service. Both apps are already popular in other cities around the country. City leaders in H-Town are currently working on enacting new transportation ordinances that may allow such apps to be used. Click here to read more.

== Pizza stays fresh for 3 years – no fridge needed ==
(AP) -- They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat. Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn't require any refrigeration or freezing. Scientists' efforts were long thwarted because moisture in tomato sauce, cheese and toppings migrated to the dough over time, resulting in soggy pizza that provided the perfect conditions for mold and disease-causing bacteria to grow. But on-and-off research over the past few years helped them figure out ways to prevent moisture from migrating. Click here to read more.

== Steve Jobs, video games on U.S. stamps ==
The Washington Post has obtained a list of icons that have been approved to appear on U.S. postage stamps in 2015 and beyond. It includes Apple founder Steve Jobs, video games, the Peanuts (Charlie Brown), as well as Michael Jackson. Click here for the slideshow.

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