Sure, UberX might get you to your destination for less money than a taxi, but do you want to arrive safely? That will be an extra dollar. Not really, but sort of. Uber has added a $1 surcharge to UberX rides. Called a “Safe Rides Fee,” the company says the cash will help offset the cost “an industry-leading background check process, regular motor vehicle checks, driver safety education, development of safety features in the app, and insurance.” You know, basic stuff that Uber needs to do to make sure you’re not being picked up by a serial killer or in a car that’s going to lose a wheel once you get on the highway. Uber’s been doing that stuff already, but taking on the cost itself – a move that’s ultimately made it lose cash on every ride. It’s not unreasonable that it might pass the buck literally on to its customers, but it could have probably come up with a name for the charge that doesn’t sound like you’re going to die if your don’t pay up. Our only question: If our Uber starts texting while we’re on the road can we have our dollar back?
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A handful of those eager to install the Windows Phone 8.1 preview just got an additional perk for being early adopters. NokiaNewsIreland has discovered an unannounced (and now unavailable) open beta for Twitter’s Windows Phone 8.1 app that makes much better use of Microsoft’s mobile OS than the regular client. For a start, it now ties into the Photos Hub — it’s now easy to browse the pictures you’ve tweeted, even if they didn’t come from your phone.
The test build also ties into your Me tile by launching Twitter when you want to post an update, and app-based sharing is once again functional. It even addresses a longstanding annoyance by jumping to your latest mentions rather than making you wade through past replies. Twitter hasn’t said when the new features will reach the officially sanctioned release, but the apparently polished state of the beta suggests that Windows Phone owners may not have to wait much longer.
Source: Windows Phone Store
Slingbox has pushed out a handful of updates for SlingPlayer on iOS and Android, adding new features on both platforms. On the Android side, Slingbox joined forces with sporting-app Thuuz. Now if you have to skip watching the Giants game for work, SlingPlayer will let you know Tim Lincecum is using his secret mustache powers to pitch a no-hitter . If you can sneak away from your meeting for a “bathroom break,” a link within the app will instantly tune you into the hair-raising action. The sports app won’t be integrated into the iPhone version of SlingPlayer until this summer, but iOS users can still download it on its own to try out now.
While iOS users will have to wait until football season for Thuuz, they did get a little something new this week.Up until now, if you wanted to sling some Scandal to your Apple TV via Airplay you’d have to sacrifice your phone for the duration of the marathon. If you tried to back out of the app to respond to your bosses emails (he’s probably wondering why you’re watching Scandal instead of working) your video would stop playing. The update allows you to put the app in the background, so you can start streaming and then go back to your game of Angry Birds (you’ll beat those piggies eventually, we promise). Keeping with the exclusive theme, right now the feature is iPhone only. However, the plan is to bring the fun to the iPad this summer — just in time to use your tablet as a second screen during premiere season.
Today Yahoo is rolling our Flickr “3.0,” a completely redesigned approach to its photo-sharing apps on Android and iOS. In addition to offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+, Flickr on mobile now features Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. We especially like the new option to view each photo’s metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more.
Download the new Flickr app, and you’ll see that it looks very much like Instagram, even beyond the new filters feature. You now have the ability to comment on, like and share photos, and there’s a feed view that echoes the experience of scrolling through your friends’ latest uploads on Facebook’s ultra-popular acquisition. Finally, you can also shoot and edit 30-second video clips and add filters.
Should you drop Instagram or your other photo app of choice for Flickr, though? That depends on how willing you are to create a Yahoo account — previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, but the latest update eliminates those two options. In any case, you’ll find the download links below.
Via: The Next Web
Whilst the Nokia X wasn’t exactly the flagship high-end spec’d out Android device we were hoping for from Nokia, the camera that is bundled with the device has some pretty nice settings, and we all know Nokia can make a pretty good camera (app).
If Google’s own camera app doesn’t quite do it for you, then the guys over at XDA Developers have managed to port the Nokia X camera software to pretty much any Android device running version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or better.
These settings that the Nokia X camera app features include: ISO sensitivity control, the ability to display a live intensity histogram, configurable noise detection, redeye reduction, anti-banding, and more.
What’s more is you don’t even need ROOT access. Think this is something you fancy trying out? Download the file from here and install it on your Android device. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Telenav wants its latest Scout update for iPhone to stand out from other nav apps by giving what it claims 80 percent of us want while driving: gas, coffee, or food. You can now select a spot serving one of those sans typing and be sure it’s decent thanks to a user feedback feature that even accounts for the time of day. Then, Scout will only search places on the road ahead, not behind, to efficiently re-route you — a feature surprisingly lacking in most GPS apps. Other new tweaks include a guide to the closest and cheapest parking, real-time ETA info relayed to your loved ones and the ability to report traffic conditions, even when not navigating. All of this is free, though it only works in the US and certain features, like offline and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, require a $24.99 in-app buy.
While we’d seen rumblings that it was in beta testing, Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android made its official debut today. This means that those who fancy Mountain View’s mobile OS can take a gander at files that reside on a Windows or Mac machine that’s safely docked in the office. The Remote Desktop app has been available on the desktop for quite some time, and now the same access is available through Chrome on Android smartphones and tablets. For those who prefer Apple’s devices, an iOS version of the software should be on the way soon.
Since Google decided to scrap the SMS app in Android 4.4, developers have scrambled to fill the gap. Apps including Textra, HelloSMS and EvolveSMS have helped raise the bar for SMS apps on the platform, along with HoverChat, an app you might previously have known as Ninja SMS. Like its rivals, HoverChat utilises the traditional list-based inbox, but it’s how the app handles incoming messages and notifications is what sets it apart from the rest of the competition.
Despite its goofy name, Facebook’s Chat Head feature has proved to be somewhat of a revelation. Assigning a floating chat bubble (normally with someone’s face inside it) to a contact, users can respond quickly to friends no matter what app they are using at the time. HoverChat takes the same approach with its “HoverHeads”, but lets you tailor them to fit your needs. In that respect, you can choose which of your friends will get their own chat bubble when they text, quickly pop-out a chat windows from your inbox, make them semi-transparent (perfect for when you’re reading) and even send encrypted messages. Unfortunately, encrypted messaging is limited to messages sent between HoverChat users, meaning the majority of your outgoing texts will not take advantage of the app’s additional privacy measures.
The app’s customisation features don’t end there either. HoverChat also includes a fully-featured store that serves themes, fonts and custom HoverHeads, with both free and premium options available. Although you’ll probably want to see your significant other’s face inside heart or star shape (softie), premium HoverHeads are often animated. Got a nerdy mate? There’s an “Geek” GIF avatar that’ll do the job. Despite the rise of messaging apps like Whatsapp and Snapchat, SMS still serves a purpose, at least for now. If you find yourself in the midst of a text message onslaught, HoverChat and its HoverHeads will have you multi-tasking like a maestro.
Technology problem? Easy, just hit the Mayday button (if you have one) or sign up for Google Helpouts and within a few minutes, you’ll instantly connect to an expert. Compare that with selecting a healthcare plan, or making trips to the clinic, and medicine can seem a little old-fashioned. Better is looking to change that with an iOS app that offers both a concierge to help you navigate your HMO’s bureaucracy, but also to offer instant access to the physicians at the Mayo Clinic when you’re feeling unwell. The app is launching from today, setting you back $49 a month, and while it’s currently not covered by any insurance plans, there are some incentives to help soften the blow.
Time for some quick Android news that will be in and out of your face before you know it. Evleaks gave us a nice little list of custom back covers for the Moto X+1 that show us the Moto Maker will have a ton of choices for the new device. New Google app icons rumored to be hitting our devices soon, and you can already download them courtesy of the awesome developers in our community. Enjoy the vid!