ride sharing service uber's public image has never been particularly clean, but this spring its activities is felt to find new the dirty secrets of this here.The Information according to the Uber used in 2014-2016 secret Hell-spyware in the united states the worst rival Lyftin action observation.the thing of news also, inter alia, The Verge.the Software claimed showed, inter alia, Lyft-car locations in the city.Uber drivers seek information on the basis of spread out so that were able to provide competitors with shorter waiting times for prospective customers.in Addition, Uber was able to find out the kind of drivers who worked for both Uber and rival Lyftin.
Google, not being particularly amenable to letting other robots into your life has unveiled its own version, Home.Just by speaking, you can order an Uber, play Spotify, set alarms or just ask questions.Duo, meanwhile, is quite simply Google's answer to FaceTime or Skype, allowing internet video calls.Both are coming for iOS and Android in the summer.Google's next software operating system update for smartphones and tablets, codenamed Android N, has been released as a developer previewThe new system will be named after a tasty treat, and could be called Nerds, Nutella or NougatNew features include split-app multitasking, the ability to reply to messages from within a notification and increased battery efficiencyGoogle has been dipping its toes in low-end VR with Google Cardboard for a couple of years, but is stepping up by bringing it to Android N.A new feature called Daydream will allow certain phones to up their performance to deliver VR, and Google is releasing a Play Store, Street View and YouTube for VR.Google is also thinking beyond the limitations of Cardboard, and has produced a blueprint for a headset which it will share with third-parties, alongside a natty little controller reminiscent of the Siri-powered pointer Apple unveiled alongside the latest Apple TV last year.
Apple is increasing its focus on India after announcing plans to open its first developer center in the country.Apple said it will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Building an ecosystem of top apps is one way that Apple can appeal to consumers who are in the market for a smartphone.The U.S. company has steadily put more attention on India in recent years, in part because India s smartphone market is showing signs of serious growth potential and also to offset some of the company s reliance on China for revenue.That s far behind China, where Apple currently enjoys around 22 percent of sales, according to data from Kantar.The company is seen by many as under pressure from the government — appeasing the state, which is cracking down on overseas tech firms, may be behind Apple s $1 billion investment in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing — while the Chinese smartphone market s slowdown is a key reason Apple disappointed in its recent earnings.
In an effort to improve passenger safety, Uber has updated its Family Profiles feature with the ability to track riders in your closed group from the time they hop in a cab to the moment they reach their destination.The Trip Tracker feature will let you know when one of your loved ones are taking a cab and show you the route they re taking in real-time on a map.That should bring some peace of mind to people who are worried about their spouses, children or parents traveling through the city by themselves.In addition, Family Profiles lets you take care of the bill instead of charging the passenger.That s handy when you share a credit card with other members of your family.Uber says it s now made Trip Tracker available to users across the globe.
Nathan Brenner was found guilty last year by a magistrate of two counts of operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a licence, and one count of driving a commercial passenger vehicle without driver accreditation.But Victorian county court judge Geoffrey Chettle on Wednesday dismissed the charges and ordered the Taxi Services Commission to pay Brenner s appeal costs.He was charged after an undercover officer used the Uber app to travel from the Hilton hotel to South Yarra.The opposition transport spokesman, David Hodgett, says the government has wasted taxpayers money trying to fight Uber instead of regulating the service to provide industry certainty.This is not about taxis versus Uber but rather what ways we can get our city moving in the most efficient way, he said.The time for excuses is over, the Uber Victoria general manager, Matt Denman, said on Wednesday.
The government is yet to make a move to legalise the service in cities like Melbourne, and now the courts have weighed in, seemingly legalising the service.On Wednesday, Melbourne driver Nathan Brenner won an appeal against a A$900 fine he was issued for driving UberX without accreditation, ABC News reported.Brenner was initially fined in December in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, and was also required to pay the prosecution costs of the Victorian Taxi Commission.The Commission has been contacted for comment.She said the government needed more time to consider the court's findings.On the other hand, Matt Denman, general manager of Uber Victoria, welcomed the news but stopped short of declaring the service effectively legalised.
Transport ministry official Nunthapong Cherdchoo told Reuters that the services conflict with existing motorbike taxi services in the Thai capital.UberMoto, which has since launched in India and Indonesia after Bangkok, takes the company s on-demand taxi concept to two wheels.Motorbike taxis are a popular form on transport in many cities in Southeast Asia since drivers can weave the traffic-clogged roads faster than four-wheeled vehicles.This despite UberMoto debuting with the endorsement of the Thai transport police who were represent at the launch event in February.And this is Uber s full statement:Earlier this year Thailand helped Uber achieve a world-first with the launch of uberMOTO, a global pilot and our first two-wheeled ridesharing service.And we re grateful for their support when it comes to using motorbikes as couriers and to deliver food.
Initially, a small percentage of Bay Area drivers will be included in the trial, with the trial eventually spreading throughout the San Francisco area and lasting two months.Sitting in the Uber app s Help section, the calling function is represented by a phone icon.Currently, the Uber app offers self-service options, such as frequently asked questions, though there is a way to contact representatives.Since then I have been emailing support to get my account active again and every time I get a canned reply from different reps, Uber driver Garen Karanyan told The Verge.I would email Adrian and will get a reply from Eugene saying that he stepped in for Adrian.The ride-sharing service agreed to settlements, scheduled for review on June 2, totaling $100 million, though drivers will still be considered contractors.
Rolled out on Tuesday to users around the world, Trip Tracker lets you follow a family member s ride in real time so you ll know exactly how the journey is progressing.Whether you have a spouse traveling for work, a daughter heading home from college, or a parent going to a doctor s appointment – ensuring your loved ones are taken care of when you re not together extends beyond just covering the cost of a ride, Uber said in a post announcing the feature, adding, So, the next time one of your family members is headed out, you ll know when they are on their way, which route they are taking, and when they ve arrived.Of course, it could also be a useful way to find out exactly when your partner s going to walk through the door, handy if you re prepping dinner … or watching a TV show when you should be doing something more productive.Tapping the notification takes you to a map so you can follow the ride s progression toward its destination.Oh, and you don t actually have to be related – Uber lets you decide who s family.The company describes the service as a way to help loved ones, friends, or coworkers get where they want to go while you foot the bill, which sounds pretty darn great if you re the one who s not paying, that is .
If your family uses Uber to get around, you can now have a little more peace of mind by following your family members trips in real time.Uber is introducing a new safety feature that can notify you whenever a member of your Family Profile takes a car, and then you can even follow their trip on a map in real time.Uber introduced Family Profiles earlier this year, enabling users to share one payment method so you could, for example, pay for all of your daughter or son s fares if you re a parent.Of course, you can add anyone to a shared account, whether they re a friend or colleague or loved one.You could already share real time maps of your trip if you chose to, but this new Trip Tracker feature is designed particularly with families in mind.If I was a parent of a teen I know I d find some relief in my parental smartphone panopticon.
Residents must sell their car to get $100 each month to spend on Uber and public transport.The incentive is geared towards reducing the number of cars on the road, and instead encourage property owners and tenants to either use Uber and other taxi companies, or local public transport systems.Uber also promises to cap shared UberPool journeys between the housing development, called Parkmerced, and nearby transport hubs at $5 per journey.Rob Rosania, founder of Maximus Real Estate Partners, which owns the 8,900-apartment development, said: "The immediate benefit to residents will be to decrease or eliminate the need for private car ownership, facilitate a more efficient commute, reduce transportation costs, and minimise the need for parking."The rest can be spent on regular taxis, public transport and other ride-sharing schemes.The move comes just days after IBTimes UK spoke with a Finnish startup called MaaS mobility as a service , which wants to offer a complete transportation service which replaces car ownership with a subscription service for car hire, Uber, ridesharing, public transport and more.
It stores data on every ride you take using the service, as well as the ratings that drivers give their passengers.UK residents can file something called a "subject access request" with a company to find out what data is held about them.Please give me details of the source of this data if available.If you need any more information from me, or a fee, please let me know as soon as possible.It may be helpful for you to know that a request for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 should be responded to within 40 days.If you do not normally deal with these requests, please pass this letter to your Data Protection Officer.Here's what I found:Uber knows where I've beenThe document Uber sent me included the precise locations of where I had requested rides, where each ride began, and where it ended.Five is the best, meaning they were a great driver, and one star means you had a really bad experience.But what you might not realise is that drivers are also encouraged to rate their passengers.I'm not doing that again.Uber stores every email you send itIncluded in the data Uber sent back to me was a record of every support email I've sent the company.Feedback I sent about driversEmails about my request for the dataI've spent over £750 on Uber in less than two yearsThe PDF file that Uber sent me meant that many of the figures weren't readable.
Executives including FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Fred Smith and retired U.S. generals associated with a Washington group that lobbies to reduce America s oil dependence plan to meet with politicians in the nation s capital on Thursday to discuss recommendations for speeding introduction of driverless cars.The proposals aren t likely to gain immediate traction on Capitol Hill, where Republican lawmakers are at loggerheads with the Obama administration on a variety of fronts during a presidential election year.The Obama administration earlier this year proposed spending nearly $4 billion over a decade to accelerate acceptance of driverless cars on U.S. roads and curb traffic fatalities and travel delays.U.S. regulators are expected this summer to release guidelines for preferred rules for driverless cars, in part to coax local governments to avoid pursuing different policies that could subject autonomous vehicles to different decrees when they cross state lines.That would essentially prohibit the kinds of autonomous vehicles Google envisions, as well as driverless taxi efforts under way at ride-hailing companies Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.FedEx s Mr. Smith, an advocate for alternative fuels in the shipping company s vehicles, expressed concerns over regulatory patchworks.Currently, the same tax credit disappears once a company sells 200,000 electric vehicles.
MoreA phone running the Uber application is held above the traffic in central Bangkok December 10, 2014.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/FilesBANGKOK Reuters - Thailand has ordered Uber Technologies and Grab to halt their motorcycle taxi-hailing services, a senior transport official said on Tuesday.The services are popular in Thailand's grid-locked cities, where bikes weaving through traffic jams get people around in a fraction of the time a car takes.There are more than 186,000 motorcycles registered to provide taxi services in Thailand, almost half in the capital, Bangkok, government data shows.UberMoto and Grab Bike services had caused conflict with those registered to provide taxi services, said Nunthapong Cherdchoo, a senior official at the transport ministry.We see the need to cooperate with related agencies and have the intention to operate under the existing law."
On Tuesday, Uber launched a new feature called Trip Tracker, enabling users to track their family members' rides with the service.The Trip Tracker is part of another Uber feature called Family Profiles, which lets you add other riders to a joint family profile, with rides billed to the profile organizer.The idea behind the feature is to track your family members in real time.Then, you'll be able to follow the ride's progress on the map inside the Uber app see below .The Trip Tracker is a welcome safety-related feature from Uber, which has often been under fire for not doing enough to make sure its customers are safe.In April, Uber agreed to pay $10 million to settle California prosecutors' allegations it misled customers about the background checks it performs on drivers.
It s a voice-activated device that looks like a small bookshelf speaker and acts as a voice-recognizing, intelligent front end to music and other entertainment, everyday tasks like calendar appointments, Google s search engine and home automation systems like Google s own Nest.But while Amazon can offer the world s largest retail store and content inventory, Google has search and its immense knowledge and product ecosystem.Users access the always-listening device, according to a video shown during the I/O keynote address, by saying Okay, Google.The video, which showed a typical family employing the device in the morning rush to work and school, indicated that Google Home is designed to work with devices throughout a house, including speakers, TVs and lights via home automation.Google Home, which will only support one account initially, is intended for release this year at an as-yet-undisclosed price.More than a dozen services are already integrated, including Uber, Pandora, OpenTable, Spotify, WhatsApp and Ticketmaster.
The Trip Tracker update will automatically let family members and other loved ones follow each others Uber trips in real-time.Family Profiles, which Uber announced in March, allows users to group up to 10 family members – or friends – onto one account so they can foot the bill for their rides.The new feature will provide details of each person s trip to whoever is in charge of the Family Profile with a notification and the option to view a live map showing the vehicle s route.The ability to share real-time maps of Uber journeys has been around for a while, thanks to the Share my ETA feature, but this requires users to select which people they want to receive the information.The new feature is intended for situations such as when parents use Uber to send their child to school and want to monitor their progress, or making sure an elderly relative gets home okay.Following an initial launch in a handful of markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, Family Profiles are now available in every market where Uber operates.
I m not proud of my lack of political involvement, I guess I ve always told myself that given the current state of politics, a single vote wouldn t make a difference.For most Americans, every dollar counts.Uber has managed the background check process themselves, typically via a third-party, and it only takes a couple of days for a driver to be approved.For startups aimed at disrupting existing incumbents in industries that are heavily regulated, the negative impact on fundraising will be even greater.Unregulated Transportation Options are Filling the Vacuum Left By Uber and Lyft.I m sure that someone could put together a ridesharing platform that works in a limited function, but I doubt it will offer enough trips to make it worth a driver s time, affordable rides or the many accountability and safety measures provided by Uber and Lyft.
Fast forward to today and Hnetinka has teamed up with JustVacay founder Wilson Lee to launch Darkstore, a delivery fulfillment platform for e-commerce brands that is already powering same-day delivery for mattress startup Tuft & Needle.Darkstore works by exploiting excess capacity in storage facilities, malls and bodegas and enables them to be fulfillment centers with just a smartphone, Hnetinka told me.Uber is the largest transportation company that doesn t own a car Airbnb is the largest hospitality business that doesn t own a hotel, Hnetinka said.For deliveries, Darkstore partners with Berkeley, Calif.-based Axle Hire, which charges $5 per delivery for small items and $10 per delivery for something like a mattress.The dark store concept has not yet been brought to the U.S., Hnetinka said, and Darkstore wants to democratize it.Our box is really convenient, but it s still a size that most last mile delivery companies can t deliver economically.
Haseeb Qureshi is an Airbnb engineer who drew a lot of attention last month for his blog post that explained how he negotiated a starting pay package from $120,000 to $250,000 in a matter of a few weeks.Qureshi has an interesting background — he's a former professional poker player with an English degree.Despite getting rejected by all 20 jobs he initially applied for, Qureshi worked his way up by learning how to code on his own, and ended up landing 8 job offers, including positions at Google, Uber, and Yelp.Earlier this month, Qureshi updated his blog post with tips on how to nail your interview and find your dream job.We've put together some of the highlights: View As: One PageSlides