Why you can never make money doing Uber Pool

What is Uber Pool?

This has got nothing to do with the lottery or gambling industry, but it is Uber’s version of Car Pooling. Visit Wikipedia, for an in depth explanation of car pooling

Carpooling (also car-sharing, ride-sharing, lift-sharing and covoiturage) is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car.

By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving. Carpooling is also a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel as sharing journeys reduces carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces. Authorities often encourage carpooling, especially during periods of high pollution or high fuel prices.

Drivers and passengers offer and search for journeys through one of the several mediums available. After finding a match they contact each other to arrange any details for the journey(s). Costs, meeting points and other details like space for luggage are agreed on. They then meet and carry out their shared car journey(s) as planned.

So basically carpooling is done in advance! where riders and drivers agree on various details in advance. The driver knows who he has to pickup from where and can plan his route efficiently. The driver gets to fill his car with the maximum number of passengers it can carry, which is is the core of the idea of car pooling.

Now UBER comes out with UBER pool, which is an on-demand car pooling service. What happens is that drivers have to cruise around waiting for pings (trip requests) from potential passengers.

Passengers have the ability to choose between a regular Uber Taxi service or a Uber Pool service where they understand that they will be sharing the ride home with a stranger at a discounted fare.

Drivers will be notified through the ping whether it is a UBER taxi or UBER pool ride and the driver can choose whether to accept a pool request. If he accepts a pool request, he has to travel to the first pickup point. Since he is already on Uber pool jobs, other requests can come in and sometimes even while he is on the way to pickup the first passenger. It is up to him to decide who to pickup first.

This service while in theory sounds fantastic! It has left a bad experience for both drivers and passengers. Do a search on Google for the details.

The problem is with UBER! for trying to make a car pooling service which requires advance booking and proper planning into an on-demand taxi service.

What is happening is people who need a taxi! using Uberpool and expecting taxi service while paying a highly discounted rate when compared to the normal taxi rate.

No joy for the driver who has to drive with Uber pool prices and no booking charge. Worse! if the driver receives NO Pings after picking up the first passenger. He has no choice but to send that passenger to the destination at highly discounted UBER Pool Price. On too of that, UBER deducts 30% commission as finder’s fee or whatever fee for providing the UBER App! for that ride.

Just received a pool request. Got to go. Leave your comments below.

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Bye bye Cable subscription.

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Watch instantly on Fire HD, Amazon Fire TV, game consoles, smart TVs, mobile phones and other streaming devices.

Cable subscription is so expensive and old school compared to this.


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I never knew Social Media Marketing could be this easy!

I heard about SocialAdr from a friend of mine but was hesitant at first, because it sounded too good to be true.  She told me, “All you have to do is enter your web page details and other members promote your URLs to their social media profiles automatically.  It literally takes 5 minutes to get setup.”

So I figured, “What the heck!”, I may as well give it a try.

I signed up for the ‘Free’ account and found the Setup Wizard super easy to use.  With the ‘Free’ account you have to setup all your own social media accounts (only once though) in order to get started.  Next, I shared 5 other members’ links, which was as simple as clicking a single button.  I had to do this first in order to earn “credits” which can then be spent when other members share my links.  Then I added a couple of my own web pages and a short while later started receiving notification that they had been submitted to a list of social media sites.

Wow.  And this was just with the ‘Free’ account!

I was impressed.

It was clear to me that the paid accounts were worth it, so I upgraded to the ‘Social Addict‘ package (the big daddy!).  With their ‘Lazy’ accounts you don’t have to do any sharing, all you do is enter your own web page details and their army of free users does all the work.

It’s been about 2 weeks now and I’ve received thousands of social media mentions…on AUTOPILOT.

If you’re like me and know good value when you see it, you should definitely give SocialAdr a try.

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360 Panorama Photography in Singapore

A web hosting company in Singapore, teamed up with a photography company to offer 360 Panorama Photography services together with web hosting.

What is 360 Panorama photo?

Good question. To explain that click on the examples below.

360 panorama
360 Panorama taken at Punggol

360 Panorama Photo
360 Panorama Photo taken at night with HDR

More details at 360 Panorama Photography in Singapore

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body

The replacement for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is finally here. Main differences listed below in the table. Is it worth the upgrade?

If you are using it to shoot video, then there is a clear improvement. Other than that, not much increase in the MP.

This may be a good time to go out and get the 5D Mark III as the prices would be coming down.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

22MP full frame CMOS sensor 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor
6 frames per second continuous shooting Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
61-point AF system 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
ISO 100 – 25600 range with 50 – 102,800 expansion ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion
1080p HD video recording with manual controls 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images

Spare Battery or Power Bank Charger?

Never thought I would see the day when I would need one of these but it came. A Power Bank Charger. In fact, I now have two.

We are all so dependent on our mobile phones for things like texting, checking social media, directions, selfies and even pokemon, it is no surprise that all this eats into the battery life.

Solution is to buy a spare battery. Cheaper solution would be to get a power bank which is most of the time, at least 50% cheaper than the original hand phone battery.

360 degree Photo and Video

Got hooked when I saw some immersive 360 degree like images where you can use the mouse to scroll left, right, top and bottom to view all angles of the image. This technology has also moved to video where you can view all angles of a video at the same time.

After some research, found out that it is more technically challenging to shoot and publish 360 photos than videos. A search on Amazon reveals the following for shooting 360 video Camera. Just shoot and publish on YouTube and done.

Photos on the other hand need to be stitched together. You need a stitching software for this. Then you need a viewer to view the results.

Where sharing 360 videos are concerned, YouTube has helped a lot by standardizing the viewing platform. 360 photos do not have such a platform to share easily.

During the study, we discovered the tools to shoot, stitch and publish Panaromas online. It may be very easy to publish a panaroma but to publish one in high detail requires some skill.

One of the main items besides your camera, that is required for panoramic photography is the rotator arm which rotates the camera on the nodal point of its lens. Failure to do this would always result in problems stitching the panaroma together.