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Drone revolution draws near, but big obstacles remain

BOULEVARD, Calif. (AP) — The drones are coming.<p>Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by …

British 'nano drone' Zano reaches £2m of Kickstarter crowdfunding

Pembrokeshire-based startup aims to make aerial photography and video more accessible: ‘It’s intelligent. It swarms. It takes selfies...’

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Here’s the map you need to keep track of Uber’s mounting regulatory problems

With Uber facing a new ban or protest almost every week, it has become nearly impossible to keep track of all the regulatory conflicts the ride-sharing service is facing as a result of its aggressive expansion strategy.<p>Fortunately, the good folks at Silk, a data visualization company, have compiled …

StartupBlink Maps Startups and Accelerators Worldwide

Ever wonder where the next startup boom might happen around the globe? A close look at StartupBlink might be of help. The site features a world map of startups, accelerator programs, coworking spaces and more.<p>While it’s hard to say exactly how many startups there are on Earth, StartupBlink knows …

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have …

Drones

Uber Suspends Its Uber Pop Ride-Sharing Service In Spain Following A Court Ruling

Uber has suspended Uber Pop in Spain, the company confirmed today, after it received confirmation of a court ruling that bans its ride-sharing service in the country.<p>Uber Pop, a European version of Uber X that uses everyday vehicles and provides bill-splitting options for passengers, arrived in …

Want a cheap, reliable ride for NYE? Download these Uber alternatives before tonight

Getting a ride home on New Year’s Eve is like trying to get a Tickle-Me-Elmo at Walmart on Black Friday: To beat the crowds, you need a plan. Even if you want to pay +$200 for Uber’s crazy surge pricing, it can still be a nightmare trying to snag one of the few available cars.<p>So, getting a safe, …

Uber Could Bring In More Than $100 Million on New Year's Eve

The ride sharing company is poised for its busiest night of the year, after earning $10.7 million on New Year's Eve 2013.<p>On New Year's Eve 2013, Uber had its biggest revenue-generating day in the history of the company. It generated $10.7 million from an estimated ~200,000 rides in 60 markets then. …

Los Angeles

These Apps Will Help You Get Home Safely on New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve was last year’s most dangerous day to drive, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This year, the group is partnering …

Apps

Uber adds $2 surcharge to each yellow taxi ride it hails in NYC

On Christmas Eve, Uber announced a significant change to its Uber Taxi pricing in New York City. The fare increase is simple: Any UberT hailed will …

These cities want to challenge Uber & Lyft with their own cab-hailing apps

When companies like Uber and Lyft come in to a city and start providing rides to people on the fly with the push of a button in a mobile app, passengers aren’t the only ones who notice. Cabbies behind the wheel of city-licensed taxis feel the impact, too.<p>Startups Flywheel and Hailo have sprung up …

What Uber Price Surge Data Tells Us About Where We Live

Uber price surges are notorious for being an expensive inconvenience if all you’re trying to do is get home safely.<p>Earlier this week, Uber’s price surge algorithm kicked up prices to roughly four times its regular rate in downtown Sydney amid a hostage crisis, resulting in an international backlash …

Xiaomi builds from China with 1M smartphones sold in India

In a country with over 1.2 billion, selling a million smartphones in India may not sound like a big deal for Xiaomi. It’s just the start though and …

Uber Says It Plans To Improve Background Checks For Drivers

(Reuters) - Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, one of whose driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it would add new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer.<p>Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for …

Uber indicted in South Korea two weeks after official launch

Uber is facing more heat in Seoul, South Korea, where prosecutors have indicted the car service's local subsidiary with violating a public transportation law, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday.<p>The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office also named Uber CEO Travis Kalanick …

South Korea

New frontiers: Drones deliver a raft of surprises in 2014

2014 wasn’t the year that drones first entered the consumer lexicon, but it did see the notion of using these unmanned vehicles to our advantage …

The Top 11 Travel Trends for 2015

Remember when you actually had to go to an airport check-in counter to get your boarding pass? When calling home from abroad racked up exorbitant …

Hospitality

At California Olive Ranch, Technology Takes Root

Say the words “California and economy” and most people today think of Silicon Valley with its multi-billion dollar valuations and manic focus on what’s going to be the next Square or SnapChat.<p>But drive inland from the Pacific Coast and other valleys open up. Valleys steeped in history like the …

Ridesharing insurance leaves many drivers in the lurch

Ridesharing companies like Uber insure drivers when they're picking up fares, and personal policies are supposed to cover moments when those drivers are waiting for customers. However, <i>BuzzFeed News</i> has learned that it doesn't work that way in practice -- and that's potentially a very expensive …

Lyft now lets passengers split the cost of a ride

It took a while, but alternative cab service Lyft has finally added fare-splitting to its app, the company announced on its blog today.<p>Now, when you open the app, you can tap on “Split Payments” and invite up to five people from your contacts list to split a fare. Though the blog post doesn’t make …

Rise Of The Drone Mapper

Maps built from UAV images are transforming everything from anti-poaching efforts to cemetery management<p>When the U.S. military needed to identify mines in a dangerous valley in Afghanistan, aerial-imagery specialist Tudor Thomas helped build a plane-based system to map it. The project wasn’t cheap. …

Uber Offers Free Rides During Sydney Hostage Crisis

Shortly after several citizens were taken hostage in a cafe in Sydney’s central Martin Place, Uber’s fares surged to four times the standard rates to encourage drivers to pick up passengers in the area; after a backlash on Twitter following the announcement, the online cab service has begun …

This Is How Uber's 'Surge Pricing' Works

The backlash against Uber’s surge pricing in the midst of an Australian hostage crisis on Monday was swift and decisive.<p>Uber riders in Sydney started …

Transportation

Carpooling, The Long-Distance Ride-Sharing Platform From Europe, Comes To The US

Ride-sharing platform Carpooling has been helping connect drivers and passenger together for more than a decade in Europe. Now the company is ready to bring its service to the U.S., providing a platform for sharing long-distance rides together.<p>The company isn’t about getting users from one …

WeWork raises $355M at nearly $5B valuation, plans IPO

<i>Update Dec. 18: We’ve corrected the paragraph about WeWork’s prior funding. A previous version of the story stated that the company had only raised a single angel round in 2012 prior to this funding.</i><p>WeWork, an office-rental company with roots in the tech industry, has reportedly raised an …

Consumers turn to mobile apps during holiday shopping season

With Hanukkah about to begin, Christmas just over a week away, and 2015 just around the corner, consumers are now entering that holiday shopping crunch time. Whether they are hitting their local malls or turning to online retailers, shoppers are now faced with an overwhelming array of options. What …

Uber Responds To Al Franken’s Privacy Questions

In November, following reports that Uber executive Emil Michael had threatened to “dig up dirt” on journalists who criticized the company, Senator Al Franken voiced some concerns about the company in a letter sent to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. The letter contained a list of 10 questions, including …

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