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Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber has announced that it will soon begin using its immensely popular app to track the behavior of its drivers. This includes things like tracking overall speed (and alerting drivers when they're excessively going over the speed limit), monitoring how harshly drivers brake over the course of a trip, and even using the phone's gyroscope to see whether or not the driver uses their phone when they should have their eyes on the road. The feature will score drivers on their driving habits, all in the name of making Uber trips safer.

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With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

Wink Relay, the home automation hub's touchscreen wall controller, can now summon you an Uber and track your Fitbit performance. Announced back in 2014 as a flexible way to control the smart home from where you'd normally expect to find your light switch, the update pulls what would traditionally be functionality you'd dig into an app for on your smartphone into a far more accessible place.

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Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

If you use Uber, you’ve probably noticed that most drivers have a streaming service of some sort running, which makes it easier to switch to a type of music the rider likes if they request. Perhaps that’s why Uber has announced a new perk in which drivers located in the US, New Zealand, and Australia can stream music from Pandora without advertisements, though it is limited only to times they are actually driving.

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Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Sharing economy services like Airbnb and Uber have spread all around the world, and many cities aren’t happy about it. The business models are relatively new and many places don’t have established regulations on how to deal with these services; some have dealt with this by banning them altogether, while others have scrambled to alter or enact new legislation. Ten cities have decided to take a more proactive approach, joining together to create universal rules on how to handle such services.

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Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber has teamed up with Capital One to give some of their mutual customers the opportunity to earn free rides. The new partnership concerns the Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne card; when used to pay for Uber rides, those payments will earn rewards that eventually lead to a free ride (up to a certain value). Reward tracking is made available directly within the Uber mobile app.

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UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

Uber has announced that its UberRUSH API is now available to everyone, not just the select partners it was originally open to. The API has already been used in partnership with Google Express, Nordstrom, 1800flowers, and others, but now anyone can take advantage of the service. Existing businesses can use the UberRUSH API to add on-demand delivery to business and more.

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Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber’s great except for those times you can’t seem to get a driver. It may not be a big deal if you’re looking for a quick trip across the neighborhood, but if you’ve got a flight to get to, ensuring you can get a car is imperative. Enter one of Uber’s most-requested features: Scheduled Rides. The service has made the feature live in Seattle as of today, and plans to roll it out to other cities around the globe.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city to transport the elderly

Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city  to transport the elderly

Uber has been given permission to operate in Japan’s Kyotango city, particularly in its Tango region. This community is very small, having a minuscule population of only 5,560 -- it is too small for regular taxi companies to operate, and lacks that transportation option. Most of the population is composed of elderly individuals (those over 65) who have scant options for getting around…that is, until Uber rolls out some cars in the region.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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Walmart to partner with Uber and Lyft to deliver your groceries

Walmart to partner with Uber and Lyft to deliver your groceries

Have you ever wished that someone else could do all of your grocery shopping for you? You just make the list, and then someone shows up at your door with exactly what you ordered. Amazon can deliver a lot of goods to your door, including fresh food options in some locations. However, another major retailer wants to start delivering your groceries.

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