Taxi-hailing apps help potential passengers locate a ride in real time. They simply put their location into an app, which is then sent to designated cars nearby. The first to arrive on the scene gets to pick up the customer. In many locations, users can also pay for their ride using the app, but New Yorkers currently have to pay for their ride in the traditional manner, either with cash … Read more
Uber announced today that it plans to start ridesharing services where other companies, like Lyft and Sidecar, have already tested the waters.
"We've basically really shied away from it because in most cities there are pretty stiff citations, as well as, the potential for a criminal misdemeanor," CEO Travis Kalanick said during a press conference call.
The company emphasized that this was only a policy change and that it has not yet set dates for when it will start rolling out these services. Uber operates in 30 cities and the new ridesharing service would be a cheaper … Read more
Startup Sidecar wants to be the engine of change for smartphones.
The company, formerly known as SocialEyes, today launched its Sidecar mobile app, which has not one but two key features. First, the company says, it lets users share live video (or photos, contact information, and locations) while they talk. Second, it provides free VoIP calling in a variety of scenarios.
The goal is to bust the calling experience out of its limited, old-fashioned ways.
"Until now, voice calling has sat in a silo by itself. People who wanted to do more than talk had to toggle back and … Read more
Earlier this week hopefully I whetted your appetite for more sidecar racing action. As I noted in my previous blog this week, over this past Labor Day weekend (September 4-6 2009) international race promotion Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship held its final event of the 2009 season in Le Mans, France. Today's video clip features highlights and breathtaking footage from the qualifying rounds of this year's final Superside event.
I had trouble finding web video footage of the actual final race, I did however find a very high quality video compilation of the qualifiers that took place on … Read more
The other day I saw a cell phone commercial featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson and Jesse James. The sight of Jesse made me think of an episode of his fun little show on Spike TV, "Jesse James is a Dead Man", where he was the co-pilot for a sidecar race where it was as much his responsibility for guiding the vehicle as it was for the guy officially steering the damn thing. (Trust me, these are not the same sidecars you saw in reruns of "Batman" from the 60s - these cars are high tech and … Read more