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It seems like such an obvious feature, but Uber's car-hailing app did not have a way to easily split fares until this week. Now, at last, users can ride together without worrying about settling up later. Now, riders can just request a pick-up, tap the 'up arrow' near the driver information, tap the 'Split Fare' option, select your friend and hit 'Send.' Then, your friend will get a notification that someone is about to split a fare with them, and then can accept or reject. (But don't worry, they'll accept.) It's the latest feature to an app + service that's truly disrupting the taxi industry at large. Still, pricing remains fairly high, but as soon as normal yellow cabs can become an integral... Read more...
Microsoft continues to purchase smaller companies with intriguing technologies while they wait for Yahoo.  The latest of such acquisitions, Farecast, has managed to slip by without so much as an official press release from Microsoft.So who is Farecast and why did Microsoft find them irresistible?"The Seattle startup tries to predict whether air fares will rise or fall, helping travelers decide when to buy plane tickets for upcoming trips.  Farecast's site also has a section that searches for hotel room rates, then tells Web surfers whether the price is a good deal, or no deal at all."There is no firm information at this time regarding the final price of the acquisition.... Read more...
Russell Beattie had an interesting idea. He observed the fascination that other countries had for using their smartphones and other mobile devices to browse the Web. He started mowser and tried to put the big Web onto the small screen in your pocket. Yesterday he announced that he's giving up the effort, and offers a cautionary opinion to others that might try developing the same market: forget it. In other words, I think anyone currently developing sites using XHTML-MP markup, no Javascript, geared towards cellular connections and two inch screens are simply wasting their time, and I'm tired of wasting my time.The argument up to now has been simply that there are roughly 3 billion phones out... Read more...
The paperless office was forecast years ago - and never happened.  But the global airlines body IATA has set the stage for the paperless air transit system, by placing what it called the last order for paper tickets, ever. "In just 278 more days, the paper ticket will become a collector's item," said Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association. The changeover from paper would not only cut airlines' costs by $9 for every traveller but would also mean the industry -- criticized by environmentalists for its part in global warming -- would save 50,000 mature trees a year, he added. It's great that it will save trees,... Read more...