uber it

Uber Finally Admits They’re a Taxi Company, Applies for License in India

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 9.27.42 AM

Uber has always dodged taxi regulation with a Silicon Valley pitch that they’re not a taxi company, they’re a “platform” for connecting drivers to riders. Finally, India has gotten them to drop the shtick.

On Wednesday, Uber applied for a license under New Delhi’s Radio Taxi Scheme, according to an Uber blog post published late last night. In order to comply with the local laws, Uber is going to have to add a panic button to their app, have over 200 cars on the road and maintain a 24-hour call center. Read More

Wearable Tech

New Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Shoes Vibrate to Give You Directions

They're not the coolest looking shoes, but they vibrate to give you directions. (Facebook)

We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.

Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination. Read More

The Olds

3G-less Martyr May Starve Himself to Save the Telegram

(Photo: Wikipedia)

Next month, the last telegram in the history of the entire world will be sent — unless one Indian wire fiend has his way.

India is the only country left with a government-run telegram service. Incredibly, 5,000 of the missives are still sent daily in India, USA Today reports. But state-owned telecom company BSNL hemorrhages $23 million per year on the quaint medium, so they’re bowing out of the telegram biz on July 13. Read More