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Uber Eats Gains Apple Pay Support

Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:33 am PDT by
Apple Pay is now available as a payment option in the Uber Eats food delivery app for the first time, allowing users who make food orders to pay with a credit or debit card stored in the Wallet app. The addition of ‌Apple Pay‌ will make food ordering through Uber Eats a more streamlined process as payments will be able to be approved with Face ID or Touch ID instead of through full billing...

Uber Riders in Select Cities Can Now Buy Snacks, Electronics, and More Following Partnership With 'Cargo'

Friday July 20, 2018 5:42 am PDT by
Uber this week announced a partnership with startup "Cargo," which aims to increase the wages of rideshare drivers by providing them with small containers filled with goods that riders can buy during their trips (via TechCrunch). Despite the new partnership with Uber, Cargo will still support drivers of other ridesharing apps. Cargo works by providing drivers with a free Cargo box filled...

Uber Updates iOS App With New Features Aimed at Simplifying Pickups

Monday July 16, 2018 6:44 am PDT by
Uber today announced new tools for its iOS app that aim to simplify and streamline stressful pickup situations for both riders and drivers. To start, there's a new "Spotlight" feature that will light up the rider's iPhone display with a bright, color-specific hue. The driver will be notified to which color has been chosen, so when the rider holds their iPhone in the air they'll know exactly...

Uber Announces Partners for Expansion Into Car Rentals and Public Transport

Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:25 am PDT by
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today announced a series of updates and expansions coming to the Uber mobile app, which will provide users with "a great variety of transportation modes" all in one place. Uber's new updates include the ability for customers to gain access to bikes, car rentals, and public transportation tickets, all in addition to the app's traditional ride-hailing services. To...

Uber and Waymo Agree to Settle Case Involving Uber's Alleged Theft of Self-Driving Technology

Friday February 9, 2018 7:59 am PST by
Over the past five days, Uber and Waymo have been entangled in a court case over Waymo's allegations that Uber stole its self-driving LiDAR system. Today, the two companies have announced that they reached a settlement agreement, under which Uber will pay Waymo a 0.34 equity stake, "amounting to about $245 million at Uber's recent $72 billion valuation" (via CNBC). Additionally, Uber has...

Uber's Latest App Update Restores Siri and Apple Maps Integrations

Wednesday February 7, 2018 5:41 am PST by
Uber yesterday updated its iPhone app, and while the release notes do not mention any specific changes, the latest version appears to re-enable the ability to request a vehicle for pickup using Siri or Apple Maps. After updating the Uber app, we were successfully able to ask Siri to hail us a ride, while tapping on the Ride tab in Apple Maps once again listed Uber as one of the ride-hailing...

Uber's Siri and Apple Maps Integrations Have Disappeared

Wednesday January 31, 2018 7:52 pm PST by
Uber's latest app update appears to have removed several important iOS integrations, with the service now unavailable to both Siri and Apple Maps. If you ask Siri to get you an Uber, a feature that has been available since the launch of iOS 10, Siri will say that Uber hasn't activated that feature. In the "Siri & Search" section of the Uber options in the Settings app, there's also no longer a ...

Hackers Stole Data From 57 Million Uber Drivers and Customers, Uber Paid $100K to Hide Attack

Tuesday November 21, 2017 1:42 pm PST by
Uber suffered a massive data breach last year that exposed the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers, reports Bloomberg. The attack occurred in October of 2016 and included personal information from 50 million Uber riders and 7 million Uber drivers. Two hackers reportedly accessed a private GitHub repository used by Uber's software engineers and then used those credentials to...

Uber Removing Apple-Granted API That Could Have Let it Record a User’s iPhone Screen [Updated]

Thursday October 5, 2017 1:50 pm PDT by
When the Apple Watch was first released, Apple gave Uber what's known as an "entitlement" to run a special API to improve performance of the Uber app on the wrist worn device. That entitlement made headlines today when security researchers told Gizmodo that Uber could have used it to record a user's iPhone screen even with the Uber app just running in the background. In a statement, Uber...

Uber App Offers Basic Sign Language Tips to Chat With Deaf or Hard of Hearing Drivers

Friday September 29, 2017 3:54 am PDT by
Uber has rolled out an update to its iOS app that enables riders to learn basic sign language on the go so they can communicate better with deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers. Uber announced the new feature in a post on its website, where it said the ride-hailing service had "thousands" of deaf drivers in the United States alone, and that the update was in support of National Deaf Awareness...

Uber Adding Feature to Let Drivers Provide More Rider Feedback

Tuesday September 26, 2017 10:32 am PDT by
Uber today introduced a new feature for its iOS app that allows drivers to provide feedback when giving a rider a rating of less than five stars. As outlined by The Verge, drivers are now asked "what went wrong" when providing a four star rating or lower. Drivers can then choose from reasons like wait time, patience, number of riders, attitude, wanted a new route, or other. Riders who...

Uber Falls in Line With Settings in iOS 11 That Limit Use of Location Services

Thursday September 21, 2017 3:42 am PDT by
Uber has updated its iOS app to fall in line with new options in iOS 11 that let users limit an app's use of location services (via The Verge). With iOS 11 installed, it's possible to restrict the gathering of location data by any third-party app so that it can only access the device's location status when the app is in use. Uber has faced criticism in the past for tracking users'...

Uber to Pull Feature Allowing Riders to Be Tracked for Five Minutes After a Trip

Monday August 28, 2017 11:43 pm PDT by
In an effort to better protect user privacy and improve its image, Uber has decided to remove a background GPS tracking feature that allows riders to be tracked for up to five minutes after a ride ends, reports Reuters. Uber is expected to announce the privacy change starting on Tuesday, with the update expected to roll out to iPhone users this week. The same update will be made to Android...

Uber Updates With In-App Chat Between Riders and Drivers

Thursday August 10, 2017 7:20 am PDT by
Ride hailing app Uber today announced an in-app chat feature that lets riders and drivers communicate with one another without leaving the app. Uber said this update allows drivers to better communicate with riders when sudden road closures or other delays happen en route to the rider's location. Riders can also send chats to drivers to indicate where they're waiting for the car, or give a...

Uber's In-App Tipping Feature Expands to 121 Cities Across North America

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:35 am PDT by
Uber in June announced plans for a "180 Days of Change" initiative that added a new long-desired tipping feature for drivers. Tipping was initially limited to Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston, but Uber said tips would be available to all U.S. drivers by the end of July, and the company is making good on that promise. Starting today, tipping is rolling out in 121 cities across North...

Uber Users Can Now 'Request a Ride for a Loved One'

Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:26 am PDT by
Uber yesterday introduced a new ride-hailing feature in its mobile app that lets users request a ride for a friend or family member in a different location. Uber announced the news in a blog post on its website, suggesting the feature would let users "request a ride for a loved one" such as a senior with limited mobility who doesn't have an Uber account or a smartphone. Now, when you set the...

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Wednesday June 21, 2017 2:40 am PDT by
Uber founder Travis Kalanick has resigned his position as CEO, following a series of controversies and scandals that have recently dogged the ride hailing company. Five major investors demanded Kalanick's immediate resignation on Tuesday in a letter delivered to the chief executive, according to The New York Times. After "long discussions" with some of the investors, Kalanick agreed to step...

Uber App Gains Long-Desired Tipping Option

Tuesday June 20, 2017 11:37 am PDT by
Uber today announced a new "180 Days of Change" initiative that's designed to improve working conditions for its drivers and bolster its public image. As part of the upcoming changes, Uber plans to implement tipping, a feature that drivers have long desired. Tipping is currently available in the Uber app in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston, with Uber pledging to add more cities over the next...

iOS 11 Users to Gain More Control Over Apps' Use of Location Services

Wednesday June 7, 2017 3:46 am PDT by
Users of iOS 11 will be able to restrict the gathering of location data by any third-party app so that it can only access the device's location status when the app is in use. Previously the security setting only applied to certain apps that chose to offer it – as well as to developers wanting to test their own app's use of location data – but it appears Apple is extending the setting for...

Apple Music Marketing Exec Bozoma Saint John Reportedly Leaving Apple for Uber [Updated]

Tuesday June 6, 2017 8:43 am PDT by
Last week, news came out that Bozoma Saint John -- Apple Music and iTunes head of Global Consumer Marketing -- was planning to leave Apple, without any indication given as to why Saint John was leaving Apple or where she planned on working next. TechCrunch is today reporting that the former Apple executive is now looking to head to Uber, although her specific role at the ride-hailing company is...