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Anything that does not fit perfectly but is still perfect.

Can Grab or Uber monitor your driving pattern and use that as a reason to ban!

According to one driver in Singapore! they can. Below are the screenshots.

Average Hard Braking Events 4!

Average Sudden Acceleration Events 7!

 

How can GRAB provide such details on the way the driver drives! But cannot provide clear information on the driver’s earnings?

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To all those drivers who are banned! from Uber or Grab in Singapore! Consider it a blessing.

If what I said is wrong! please let me know in the comments.

Uber in Singapore

While the Uber service has come under fire in most countries with taxi drivers attacking both Uber drivers and its passengers, the service operates peacefully together with its rival Grab, which is backed by the Government.

In order to level the playing field so as to maintain the peace between Private Cars used as Taxis and Taxis, new rules and regulations were put in place.  In addition to that, additional requirements for child seats! were placed on cars doing Uber and Grab services. See “Private Hire Cars not exempt from child seat requirement, But Taxis are.

Then there are the additional services like GrabHitch which is unique to the GRAB ecosystem. This falls under the real car pooling system where a private car owner can select and pick up a rider traveling his way.

This has been abused by some retards! who found that it is cheaper to travel by GrabHitch! than the Public Bus or MRT system! when you have a group of 3 or more passengers.

Reason is, Under the Public Transport system, fare is based on the number of passengers. Under GrabHitch, fare is based on the distance.

While the authorities in Singapore have successfully managed to allow Uber, Grab and Taxis to coexist in the environment, something must be done to the misers who exploit the system for their benefit and use public resources for it.

My suggestion is for GrabHitch pricing to be charged by the number of passengers! and not by distance!

This is required in order to protect the public transport charging system.

In the mean time, kudos to the Singapore Government for being the first in successfully having UBER operate peacefully together with Taxis! even though UBER claims to just be the technology partner and not a Taxi operator and the ones who are bearing the brunt of all this are the Uber Drivers.

UBER Cheap Rides

Uber! The service which uses private cars to double up as taxis has enforced the saying “shooting yourself in the foot”, in every country they start operations in.

The start off low key with advertising just by word of mouth, in a new country.   With false advertising, they are able to convince car owners to literally trust Uber! to decide the cost of providing a service, which costs Uber nothing, while Uber charges a commission rate to car owners for providing the service. All due to false advertising.

Problem starts when Uber gets greedy and starts to lower fares through the app. As long as the fares are not lower than taxis, they are ok. But once they become lower than taxis!  they attract attention.

Uber says lower fares are good for consumers. True.
Uber says lower fares means more business for its drivers. Not True.  It is more money for Uber as Uber collects a percentage of the price it quotes.

Consumers love cheaper fares and will always support Uber and the saying is true in any country.  Taxis are always more expensive than Uber! in most parts of the world. That I feel is because that in every country, the Taxi Industry and Tourism Industry is controlled by the Government of that country.

But then why is Uber seen in negative light all around the world? Is the Taxi and Tourism industry so tightly linked with the Government worldwide?

Are Taxi prices dependent on what the Government sets! Is UBER trying to be a World Government! for Taxis!

 

How I quit smoking within two months

I used to smoke for more that 30 years. During this period, I tried to quit a few times but failed. Longest period I managed to stop smoking for was a good whole 3 weeks. Always got drawn back to the habit when chilling out with friends who were smokers. I tried various methods to quit from nicotine patches to gum and what not but nothing worked.

I was introduced to e-cig by a friend. I then went on to research more into it and was shocked on finding out the difference between vaping vs smoking and how the tobacco and medical industry were actually bed partners. I also read many stories of how others managed to kick the smoking habit for good through vaping. With all the benefits of vaping, it was a surprise to learn that it was banned in a few countries due to some myths about vaping.

All this info just increased my determination to give vaping a shot. Managed to order a kit online and waited for it to arrive. It contained a 3-month supply of juices. Price paid for it was well worth it considering the amount I would have spent on cigarettes.

I all honesty, vaping is truly an alternative for real smoking. Whenever I felt the need to smoke, I would just take a few vapes and it felt like as though I just had a few puffs. The best part is that the juices I got were nicotine free. This means that it is not the nicotine that keeps smokers addicted, but the sight of the smoke together with the feeling in the throat knows as throat hit.

I still hung out with my friends who were smokers, but things were different now. When they smoked, I vaped and the urge to actually smoke was not present.

This went on for a couple of months and the frequency of vapes I did started reducing. This was not because I was controlling it but it was because I just started losing the desire to vape. Slightly after a couple of months, I stopped vaping altogether because the urges were totally gone. It has been over two years now and I have not had a vape nor a smoke since.

Further Reading

E-cigarette studies, research and reports

Link to Vapesourcing Homepage

UBER killed the Chauffeur Service Industry

Uber provides rides on demand, which is similar to the process of booking a taxi in any country.  Initially when it started, it was in direct competition with the Chauffeur Service Industry as it offered Limousines on Demand with its “Uber Black Service”.

Next step forward was allow normal vehicles into the ecosystem, making it in direct competition with the taxi booking system in whichever country this was implemented.

How they spread so quickly worldwide by just providing an application! without having to bear any of the costs or responsibilities for providing the actual transportation service and by actually charging those responsible for providing the service (The Partners)  a 20 to 35 percent charge which Uber sets, is simply an amazing business concept.

The best part comes in the form of fare surges! which Uber deems appropriate according to the rules of supply and demand. This happens when there is a sudden catastrophe and Uber comes to the rescue with “Helicopter Taxi” pricing. They (Uber the app provider) still get between 25% to 35 percent for each trip.

The industry grew because UBER offered a better option and cheaper option for Taxi Booking in every country without dipping in its own pockets for having a Taxi Fleet in these countries.  Yet UBER posted a lost of a few billions.

Did UBER kill the Chauffeur Service Industry? They could have if they did not get greedy!

 

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WAZE and your Privacy

Just to highlight some points taken from an article posted on Digital Trends.

Registered users can earn points which unlock additional features in the app, but this comes at the cost of privacy such as knowing your travel patterns, speed of travel, the routes you take and so on.

If your account is linked with FaceBook, all these info would be made available there too.

Link to the full article here.  Waze is a privacy accident waiting to happen

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 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.