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Uber riders do not have to make stops manually during their trips anymore, as Uber has updated its service to allow passengers to add multiple stops. 

 

All the riders would have to do is to tap ‘Where to?’ on the app, and select the ‘+’ box. Users are allowed to add up to three destinations, as well as adding and removing stops during an ongoing trip. After the stops are added, the fares will be displayed.

 

The introduction of the new feature would mean that drivers do not have to depend on a rider’s directions. This would also mean that drivers don’t have to update the destination along the way.

 

 

Public transportation is set to be revolutionized yet again thanks to Seabubbles, whose goal is to be the water taxi equivalent of Uber. Its prototype was unveiled at the Viva Tech Conference in Paris, and its design resembles a futuristic egg.

 

Founders Alain Thebault and Anders Bringdal are working to raise 20 to 30 million Euros (approx. RM95 to RM143 million) to turn their concept into a reality. Apart from greatly reducing road traffic, these water taxis are 100 percent electric and emit no CO2, utilizing a battery system that runs on clean energy. There is also a self-charging dock which also ensures the cleanliness of the waterways. Similar with Uber, Seabubbles will have its own mobile app that riders can use to book rides online.

 

The current version of the Bubble has five seats, inclusive of the pilot seat. The Bubbles are designed to prevent seasickness alongside producing zero noise and zero waves. The taxis were created as a joint effort between the car industry, the nautical industry and the aeronautic industry. They will begin their demo roll-out in selected cities next year.

 

You can check out the company’s site for more information on Seabubbles.

 

 

Uber has just admitted that it has underpaid thousands of drivers in New York City for as long as two and a half years.

 

According to the company, the error was a result of an accounting error. Specifically, Uber miscalculated its own cut of the commission. Instead of taking 25-percent of the fare after local taxes and fees have been deducted, the company took 25-percent off the fare before the deductions were applied.

 

Rachel Holt, Uber’s Regional General Manager in the U.S. and Canada, said: “We made a mistake and we are committed to making it right by paying every driver every penny they are owed, plus interest, as quickly as possible.”

 

Uber is expected to pay affected drivers an average of around US$900. This incident is expected to cost Uber about US$45 million in total. Drivers are eligible for a refund if they have completed a trip since signing the 2014 agreement, regardless of whether they’re still actively driving for Uber.

 

 

All you have to do is key in the UBER3RDBDAY promo code within the Uber app. Do keep in mind that that the maximum discount per trip is RM5, which means you can’t just hitch a ride to Singapore and expect to be entitled to the 33-percent discount.

That’s not all, in conjunction with its third anniversary, Uber will also be bringing its services to three additional cities in Malaysia: Langkawi, Alor Setar, and Miri – bringing the total number of Malaysian cities where Uber is available to 12.

Unless you’re some kind of sadist, the thought of having to travel and search for a parking space within the heart Kuala Lumpur during rush hour should leave you trembling in fear.

But that doesn’t mean you should completely avoid attending meetings that are held in the city center, because from now until February 26, 2017, uberX rides within the Klang Valley that are shorter than 4km will cost you a flat rate of RM0.99!

Bear in mind that the RM0.99 fare isn’t applicable for scheduled rides, and that if you were to be caught in unexpectedly heavy or standstill traffic, the fare will revert back to the standard time and distance calculation rate. The RM0.99 fare will still be applied during peak hours when surge pricing might be in effect, however.

For many people, the recession of 2007-2008 is still fresh on their minds. Going through another downturn, and so soon, would be dreadful. However, terrible policies and unnecessary political confrontations between nations could plunge the world into another recession.

And it’s not like we’re not feeling the effects of a slow global economic growth, already. Several countries have seen their projections contract.

 However, some business sectors have shown tough resilience in the face of unpredictable economic outcomes. Here is a look at some of those industries and the lessons they can offer on flexibility, and why venturing into one of these particular categories could keep you safe from a serious downturn during a future economic shakedown.
 

1. Trucking

The growth of the trucking industry is strong — especially in America. Trucking is responsible for  70 percent of the U.S. freight sector. A primary way to ascertain the strength of any industry is the number of jobs it’s created. Truck Driving Jobs currently lists more than half-a-million jobs available.

And that figure doesn’t even take into account the other, indirect jobs this industry creates, such as the mechanics servicing the trucks and employees of the companies selling the trucks and their parts.

 

2. Virtual learning

When the economy slows, people strive to improve their skills, to find better job opportunities. This is where virtual learning comes in. This industry provides the education needed by people seeking to advance their careers in a tough and competitive business world. It just doesn’t have the brick walls.

A 2015 growth forecast projected that the elearning industry will exceed $107 billion.

 

3. Ride-hailing services

Uber operates in more than 500 cities around the globe. In a 2015  Business Insider  report, Uber was described as the world’s biggest employer, offering 50,000 driving jobs per month. The rise of Uber in the ride-hailing industry has seen several competitors build up around this over-$40 billion dollar industry.

What makes the ride-hailing service particularly attractive is its receptiveness to the technology ecosystem. The most advanced tech companies in the world today have made important contributions to this industry. Even a hard-hitting economic recession is unlikely to its solidity.

 

4. Online marketplace for homes

From real estate to hospitality — think Zillow and Airbnb — online marketplaces are increasing their staff strength to accommodate exploding growth. Airbnb was famously born out of two founders’ difficulty in paying their rent. It has since grown into a multi-billion dollar business relied on by families that want to put empty guestrooms or whole homes to use.

This sector sees increasing growth. An example is an online marketplace dedicated to manufactured homes, where home sellers do not need to worry about a location before commencing construction.

 

5. Contract blogging

Blogging is a business that offers several income opportunities. More businesses are moving to include content marketing in their growth strategy or plan to increase content-marketing budgets. Being a blogger means you may well see several businesses competing for your work.

 

6. Ecommerce

As buyers cut down the number of times they visit brick and mortar stores, in favor of discounted online shopping, ecommerce businesses will see their growth increase. The rise of ecommerce has seen several big-name stores close their outlets.

This development means more ecommerce stores will open in more countries around the world, especially in developing countries where demand is still high.

 

7. Online sports betting

One of the largest sports-betting platforms, Bet365, boasts of having more than 10 million players. Data from Statista shows that the online sports-betting industry may well top $53 billion dollars by 2018.

 

8. Online marketplace for professionals

As the gig economy shifts online, and more people get connected to businesses via the internet, online marketplaces for professionals will see increased growth.

We can thank LinkedIn for the rise of this business model. What supports the growth of this business model is that job-seekers and employers alike embrace it. For example, The Sawaya Law Firm, based in Colorado, encourages its attorneys and lawyers to use professional marketplaces to connect with more people.

The unpredictability of our economy will see more customers embrace the notion of lower-cost but still experienced online professionals. And these professionals will be less vulnerable to the economy, come what may.

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It’s hard to believe that Didi Kuaidi, a company with more than 250 million users and a value upwards of $16 billion, is such a new company.

This time last year, in fact, it didn’t exist at all. At that point, there were still two competing apps and services, Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. The fight was fierce – and in February of 2015, the two decided that if you can’t beat ’em, merge with ’em. The merger is helping Didi battle Uber as the US-based startup expands across China.

We’ve put together an infographic to help it all make sense.

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In recent years, Asia has experienced a ride booking boom. Uber is aggressively attacking Southeast Asia, while Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi is still fighting hard to gain a strong foothold in the region – sometimes unsuccessfully.

GrabTaxi is the only home grown app gaining traction across large swathes of Asia. Born out of Malaysia (where it’s known as MyTeksi), it’s experiencing a rapid and colourful growth story across Southeast Asia. The start up recently became one of the Southeast Asia’s only home grown start up “unicorn” companies, with an estimated billion-dollar valuation.

Here is a visual timeline of how GrabTaxi went from soliciting business door-to-door in Kuala Lumpur to raising US$340 million in funding – a quarter of a billion of which is from Softbank – and entering six markets across Asia in under three years.

 

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