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13. November 2018

Waymo Set to Debut Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service to Select Arizona Users in December

Waymo’s commercial driverless car service is set to launch in early December, according to someone familiar with the company’s plans (via Bloomberg). The service won’t be branded as a „Waymo“ platform, however, and will receive a new name and compete directly with car-hailing apps Uber and Lyft.

The launch will be small, with only a couple hundred authorized riders in the suburbs around Phoenix, Arizona and covering about 100 square miles. This is the same tactic that Waymo has used in previous tests, and reports about the upcoming autonomous ride-hailing service being tested in Arizona began appearing one year ago.

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12. November 2018

Lyft Announces ‚Lyft Rewards‘ Loyalty Program Coming in December for Select Riders

Lyft today revealed that a loyalty program for its customers, „Lyft Rewards,“ will begin rolling out for select passengers in December, allowing these users to be rewarded for using the service.

The program will work by tracking each time you use Lyft to get around, netting you points for every dollar that you spend on the ride-hailing service. With enough points, you’ll earn rewards like an upgrade to Lyft Lux or discounts on a future ride. In the app, Lyft will show you how close you are to your next reward.

The company says that it will continue to work on Lyft Rewards over time, and is brainstorming future additions to the service, including [...]

 
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1. November 2018

Apple Adding iPhone 5 and Additional Macs to Pilot Program Allowing Repairs of Select ‚Vintage‘ Products

Normally, an Apple product becomes vintage once five years have passed since it was last manufactured, meaning that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) will no longer repair or service the product.

In late January, however, Apple launched a pilot program that permits Apple Stores and AASPs to continue servicing select vintage products, subject to parts availability. The program started in the United States and Turkey with the Mid 2011 iMac and expanded worldwide with the 2012 MacBook Air in August.

Now, Apple is further expanding the program to include the iPhone 5, which became vintage on Wednesday. In an internal document, Apple says [...]

 
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11. September 2018

Instagram Tests Video Tagging Feature Among Select Users

Instagram is testing a new feature that allows users to tag friends in videos (via TechCrunch). The option uses the same icon that users normally tap at the bottom left of tagged photos, but instead of overlaying the content with tagged names, the button links to a separate page listing all the people tagged in the video.

The new page, titled „People in this Video“, also lists users that the original poster wants to notify of the shared content. As it stands, the videos don’t copy over to the tagged users‘ profiles like tagged photos do, but that could change if Instagram opts to roll out the feature globally in future.

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