Reviled by taxi unions and under scrutiny for its surge pricing practices, Uber is a pretty controversial app. And working for the taxicab startup, two writers recently found, is also far from a perfect experience.
GQ writer Mickey Raplan played the part of an UberX driver for a week and wrote about it, witnessing the typical bad behavior a cab driver sees on the job. Says Mr. Raplan:
“Just for the record, I have been waiting in this brat’s driveway for fifteen minutes while he (I’m just guessing here) stared at himself in the mirror and (again, just guessing here) debated exactly how many rope bracelets still qualifies as casual. I won’t notice the pimp cup he and his friends are sipping from until they get out of the car, which is probably a good thing—I’m a bit of a neat freak, and I’ve never enjoyed so much as a Nutri-Grain bar inside my car.” Read More
If you were ever wondering how to behave on the off chance that you’re accused of rape one day, do not follow Vine celeb Curtis Lepore‘s lead.
Here’s the back story: Mr. Lepore and Jessi Vazquez, known as Jessi Smiles, met through Vine, the six‐second video sharing service that’s mainly popular with teens. They started dating, and weren’t shy about broadcasting their relationship to their Vine and Twitter followers. Read More
The relationship between celebrities and the papparazzi is murky. Stars love to complain about the marauding photogs, but we have a sneaking suspicion that, as the great Jay-Z once said, half the time they’re calling the paparazzi on themselves.
Well, there’s a new app in town (isn’t there always?) that’s making it even easier for celebrities and the paparazzi to find each other. Called Celeb Spotter, it’s being launched in mid-March for photographers and celeb journalists. Later, it’ll also be open to the general public and celebrities’ PR teams to tip off the paps to their clients’ whereabouts. Read More
The Scandinavian research lab responsible for the iPad-charging rocking chair, the indoor cloud and this weird, human-sized bubble say they are working on their “most revolutionary invention so far” (if it works) — a device that translates animals’ thoughts into human language.
mSpy has been helping people monitor each other’s phone activity since 2011, and the London-based company is now setting up shop in New York City’s Financial District.
Founders Andrei Shimanovich and Alex Herts, of Belarus, started the company in 2011. Mr. Shimanovich was looking for a way to keep tabs on his rebellious teen sister, while Mr. Herts saw his former company almost fall apart because of a digital security breach. Read More
You know America’s politics is headed in a great direction when competing factions are communicating via doge memes. Read More
Austin Kleon has just released his latest book, Show Your Work, which is a manual for artists and entrepreneurs that hate the idea of self-promotion, but want to find an audience for their work. If you want your work to get discovered, here are Austin Kleon’s 10 rules for sharing like an artist. Read More
Imagine this was your job: you had to wake up every morning, read and watch what was going on in the world, and then, even if you didn’t actually feel this way — in fact, in spite of the fact that you didn’t feel this way—react with outrage about all of it.
Increasingly, this is Read More