Uber Rewards is rolling out. Here’s how the perks work – TechCrunch

Uber Rewards is rolling out. Here’s how the perks work – TechCrunch

Did you blow enough money on Uber to get Diamond status? A lot of users are finding out tonight as Uber rolls out its rider loyalty Rewards program to San Francisco and a slew of other cities. The feature calculates how much you’ve spent on Uber and Uber Eats in the last six months awards you perks like no-fee cancellations if you rebook, guaranteed prices between your two favorite spots, and free car upgrades. Uber confirms to TechCrunch that Rewards

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Instagram will now let you regram posts across all your accounts

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TechCrunch reports that Instagram is finally introducing an official regram feature to its iOS app, so you can share the same post from multiple accounts that you run. That should make it easy for content creators looking to promote their work on their personal and brand accounts, as well as businesses with multiple profiles for different audiences. Credit: TechCrunchInstagram’s iOS app will let you publish a post from all the profiles you manage on your device The feature is gradually

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Digital tools are vital for refugees hoping to start a new life

When Lily Eftetahi arrived in Greece three years ago as a refugee from Iran, she spoke neither Greek nor English. She had countless questions about how to start a new life as a refugee, but wasn’t sure who to ask for accurate answers.  That changed when she discovered Refugee.Info, a set of digital resources for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Hungary who want to know how they can work, which documents they need, whether they

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Microsoft Teams is growing ridiculously fast

A report from Spiceworks shows that adoption of Microsoft Teams – the Slack rival from Redmond – is growing rapidly and is set to become the second-biggest workplace chat app by 2020, surpassing both Slack and Google Hangouts. The findings come from a survey of 900 IT companies distributed across the US and Europe. Spiceworks found that the penetration of Microsoft Teams grew from 3 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2018. This growth can be attributed partially to

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SwiftKey adds a surprisingly handy search bar to its Android keyboard

SwiftKey adds a surprisingly handy search bar to its Android keyboard

I’ve been switching between Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey for the past couple of years as my default Android software keyboard, because both of them offer compelling features. However, I’m partial to SwiftKey because of its arrow keys for moving around text – and I now have another reason to stick with it. The Microsoft-owned service now has a search bar built into the keyboard, so you can look up anything on the web, share the search results instantly, or even

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Facebook Messenger bug resurfaces chats from years ago

Facebook Messenger bug resurfaces chats from years ago

Facebook’s Messenger service is acting up in the weirdest way for some users: it’s resurfacing conversations from the past automatically, with some chat threads dating back years, reports The Verge. The bug causes old conversations to show up in the Messenger tab on Facebook’s site, and they look just like new unread chats. The company told The Verge that it’s looking into resolving the issue as soon as possible. Facebook better hurry before it spooks or upsets users: one person

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Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit – TechCrunch

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit – TechCrunch

A true apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrong-doing, a show of empathic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused, and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t an apology, it’s a hollow ploy for forgiveness. That’s the kind of “sorry” we’re getting from tech giants — an attempt to quell bad PR and placate the afflicted, often without the systemic change necessary to prevent

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WhatsApp is finally adding stickers – TechCrunch

WhatsApp is finally adding stickers – TechCrunch

WhatsApp is finally adding stickers to its hugely popular messaging app. The company said today that support for stickers will roll out to Android and iOS users over “the coming weeks.” Initially, the app’s 1.5 billion users will have a seemingly limited selection with the first packs provided by WhatsApp’s own design team and some “other artists” chosen by the company. However, that’s likely to change in the future since WhatsApp will allow anyone to add stickers that can be used

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Opera Touch for iOS is great for people with small hands and big phones

Opera Touch for iOS is great for people with small hands and big phones

Opera today announced the general availability of its newest mobile browser, Opera Touch for iOS. Its killer feature is the ability to surf the Internet on Apple’s latest big-screen phones, especially the truly gargantuan iPhone XS Max. Opera first launched its Opera Touch browser on Android earlier this year. Today marks the first time it’s available on Apple’s mobile devices. To celebrate, the company has created this (somewhat cheeky) promotional video. Feature wise, it shares the same attributes as the

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China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing is fighting fires at home around passenger safety, but overseas the ride-hailing giant has moved into another new market after its taxi-booking service began operations in Japan. The service has gone live in Osaka, the city of nearly nine million people, and parts of the surrounding area including Kansai International Airport. The Didi Japan app links passengers up with drivers from 10 local taxi companies, and Didi said it will use an AI-based dispatch and fleet management system

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