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Uber rage ceases California, Pokmon Go makes the Apple Watch hype wall and Super Mario might be running against time when it is necessary to revenue. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December 23, 2016. And dont fret yule make it through 2016.
It looked like the California DMV had scored a rare PR victory over Uber when it rescinded the restoration on Ubers 16 autonomous test vehicles, effectively objective the companys San Francisco pilot service. But Uber opposed back with a splashy, well-documented convoy taking its autoes and bringing them to their new home in Arizona, where theyll start service in the coming weeks with the State full approval.
Ubers hoping this was transformed into a black eye for California, since itll make them appear anti-progress. But CA is being very reasonable with their autonomous exam permit requirement, so well see how the return to the state goes for Ubers self-driving automobiles if and when it happens.
Well, Niantic made good on its timeline for Pokmon Go for the Apple Watch. Its here! But its also not that great. I tried it out for all of about five minutes, before realizing it doesnt fix any of their own problems Pokmon Go has as a game, and it succeeds only in constructing “i m feeling” bacd about my lethargy. The Pokmon Go dedicated hardware is a much better add-on for the core experience.
Super Mario Run is a record-breaker, but can it go the distance? The number of users who are spending in-game is falling off very quickly, but that kind of induces sense dedicated its buy model. Still its also continuing to face negative reviews because of how its structured, and Nintendo likely isnt too keen on spending on its carefully built brand credibility on mobile titles that look designed to drive in-app spend.
Encrypted communication app Signal has pushed an update that will work around state-controlled censorship in places like Egypt where its been blocked, which is great news. The app also set stickers and doodles in the update because its not ALL just about privacy all the time sometimes its about fun.
Ahead of its IPO, Airbnb might be looking to de-risk some of its business by building flight booking into its service offerings. Rather than face increased acceptance of its rental model, it seems to be encountering more resistance from regulators and from building owners and management companies, so varying the ways in which it constructs money is only logical. And even if hosts can skirt these rules, itgets downright awkward.
Ubers been upfront about why it wants more access to user place data, but some were detecting that it appeared to be tracking their locating even days or weeks when they are last opened the app. Well it turns out thats not Ubers fault, but the flaw of an iOS Maps extension made available to developers in September. Basically, if you use the Uber integration in the native iOS Maps app, youll insure the icon indicating the app is utilizing your locating, and its actually nbd.
Good news! Features of Autopilot that havent been enabled on newer Tesla hardware, ironically because the new hardware is so much better, should be coming back sometime next week.Celebrate!