Uber Pricing

Uber will hit you with a penalty if you get to your ride 3 minutes late

By on April 27, 2016 at 4:02 PM.

Uber will hit you with a penalty if you get to your ride 3 minutes late

The days of ordering an Uber and showing up outside to meet your driver whenever you feel like it may soon be a vestige of the past.  The popular ride-sharing service is reportedly planning to start charging riders a fee when they show up more than 2 minutes late to a scheduled pick-up.

Originally reported by TechCrunch, Uber has already begun implementing its new penalty scheme across a number of cities, including New York City, New Jersey and Dallas. The way it operates is rather simple: if a driver is forced to wait more than two minutes, the rider who ordered the Uber will have Uber’s standard per-minute rate added onto their final bill for each minute after the two-minute mark.

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Uber Price Fixing Class Action Lawsuit

Uber CEO to face class action lawsuit over price fixing

By on April 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM.

Uber CEO to face class action lawsuit over price fixing

Despite Uber’s best efforts, the ridesharing company was unable to persuade a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit against company CEO Travis Kalanick over price fixing allegations. According to the suit, Kalanick, through the use of the Uber algorithm which determines rates and surge pricing charges in real-time, effectively conspired with the company’s army of drivers in an elaborate price fixing scheme.

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Drunk Uber Passenger

Drunk Uber passenger falls asleep, driver takes him on a 20-mile detour

By on March 31, 2016 at 11:27 PM.

Drunk Uber passenger falls asleep, driver takes him on a 20-mile detour

Ordering an Uber is a great way to get back home safely when you’ve had a little bit too much to drink. Unfortunately, if you get too drunk and just so happen to pass out in the backseat of your Uber, you’re effectively at the mercy of your driver. While we’d like to assume that most Uber drivers in such situations would take drunken passengers straight home, one Uber passenger in the U.K. had the exact opposite experience.

In a quirky story that has made headlines across the globe (via CNN), an Uber rider in London passed out in the backseat whereupon the driver decided to test his luck and take advantage of the situation. So instead of taking the inebriated passenger straight home in what would have been a quick and painless 4-mile journey, our enterprising hero of a driver instead opted to go on a 20-mile detour before ultimately reaching the intended destination, all in an effort to rack up a more expensive trip.

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Uber Vs Lyft

Need a ride? Clever website compares Uber and Lyft prices in real-time

By on March 30, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Need a ride? Clever website compares Uber and Lyft prices in real-time

There’s no question that both Lyft and Uber completely changed the way we travel. Not only have both services made travel much cheaper, they’ve also made it much more efficient of a process.

Now on the surface, one might think that Lyft and Uber are practically the same, effectively the tech version of Coke and Pepsi. And while pricing between the two competing services is often similar, there are certainly times when one offers a much cheaper ride than the other. There may be instances, for example, when Uber is subject to surge pricing and Lyft is not, and vice versa.

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Ashton Kutcher Jimmy Kimmel

Watch Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel compare their Uber pasenger ratings

By on March 29, 2016 at 10:20 PM.

Watch Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel compare their Uber pasenger ratings

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday, A-list celeb Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel decided to check their respective Uber ratings live on the air. While passenger ratings on Uber used to be a closely guarded secret that were only accessible via various hacks and work-arounds, the ridesharing company this past September finally made such information easily accessible.

Kutcher obviously didn’t show up to talk about Uber, but as one of the company’s early investors, it’s not at all surprising that the topic veered in that direction.

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Uber Recruiting

There’s a special game hiding in the Uber app that only some users get to play

By on March 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM.

There’s a special game hiding in the Uber app that only some users get to play

The battle for top-notch tech talent today is incredibly fierce. With no shortage of established tech players and burgeoning start-ups in Silicon Valley, many companies have come up with increasingly creative ways to identify and lure competent engineers.

In one of the more clever strategies we’ve seen to date, Uber has reportedly been trying to recruit engineers by sending Uber passengers in-app coding challenges while they’re en route to a destination. Originally reported by BusinessInsider, the thinking behind Uber’s recruiting scheme is rather simple; the company targets geographic locations that tend to have a high density of engineers (i.e. Seattle, Boston, Austin) and randomly throws out a coding challenge via the app. Following that, the company patiently waits and sees who decides to take the bait.

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Uber App Icon Design

The reason why Uber’s new app icon is excruciatingly mediocre

By on February 6, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

The reason why Uber’s new app icon is excruciatingly mediocre

Even though Uber is only about 6 years old at this point, the company last week rolled out a redesign for its entire brand. In doing so, Uber completely changed its highly recognizable icon into something that looks like it belongs on the front face of a credit card.

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UberRUSH Delivery

Uber is taking product delivery to the next level

By on January 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Uber is taking product delivery to the next level

After testing its delivery service in New York City for months, UberRUSH finally launched in October of last year. If you read our review, you already know how effective (and affordable) the service can be, but this week, Uber made it even easier for businesses to utilize UberRUSH for same-day deliveries. More →

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Stolen Uber Account Ghost Rides

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

By on January 21, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

What’s the hottest thing you can buy on the dark web today? According to new research, PayPal accounts with at least $500 in them and Uber accounts are among the most expensive items hackers are selling. In fact, it looks like Uber logins, which would let buyers score free rides on the popular taxi service, are even more expensive than Netflix logins and credit card account numbers. More →

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Cheaper Uber Alternative

Uber rival Gett will pay you if its fares aren’t cheaper than Uber

By on January 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Uber rival Gett will pay you if its fares aren’t cheaper than Uber

There is little question that Uber is king of the next generation of taxi killers, but rivals like Lyft have still managed to make a name for themselves. This new breed of transportation allows just about anyone to become a “taxi driver,” and users hail rides using an app rather than trying to flag a car down on the street or call a cab service to order a car. These services are quick, they’re easy, and everyone seems to love them. Well, almost everyone.

A smaller Uber rival called Gett has been making waves recently by offering flat fares and surge-free pricing to lure riders away from Uber, and now the company has a new offer that promises to pay users in New York City if they can find an Uber fare that’s cheaper than a comparable Gett ride. More →

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