Remember the age-old taxi practice of ‘longhauling’?
Some Uber and Lyft drivers are deploying that same strategy, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Drivers, which are taking longer routes on purpose to increase fares, say it’s “the only way” to receive a fair share of what they are owed.
But instead of taxi longhauling, which typically affected passengers’ cost, ride-hailing companies such as Uber are responsible for covering any over-charge.
This is because passengers pay a fixed upfront rate based on a predetermined route, and drivers are paid by the actual trip’s mileage and time. Uber and Lyft typically make 25 percent commission from a trip, and drivers take the rest of the fare, not including fees and taxes.
While an Uber spokesman told the Journal that longhauling only occurs on less than 1 percent of trips, the strategy shows disagreements that continue to plague the relationship of ride-hailing companies and their drivers.
Google is tracking user movement even when it is told not to
An investigation published by the Associated Press reveals that many Google platforms on Android products and iPhones tracks users’ location data even when users choose privacy settings that are supposed to prevent that.
Although Google says location history can be turned off at any time, the AP reports that’s not true.
Here’s part of what the report says:
For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like ‘chocolate chip cookies,’ or ‘kids science kits,’ pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.
Trying to pick between the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X?
Both phones cost $1,000. In an article, Business Insider compared the two devices. Here are some of the differences that were cited:
- Galaxy Note 9 is bigger and heavier
- Galaxy Note 9 has a larger screen
- iPhone X has more powerful processors
- Galaxy Note 9’s battery is bigger and should last longer
- Galaxy Note 9 has a headphone jack and a pen
- Both phones are water resistant and support wireless charging
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