Uber Adding 50,000 New “Driver Jobs” a Month, Up From 20,000 in May

I’m always in awe when I use Uber.  Though many think of it as a service that disrupts cabs, I think the majority of people use it instead of alternatives – not cabs.  When I speak to Uber drivers they tell me stories of picking up teens to take them from school, making deliveries, being the “designated driver” so nobody else has to, and of course driving people from here to there.  People USE Uber, not as a default (oh, I’ll take a cab) but as an integrated part of their life. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, recently spoke at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference, told the audience that “Driver jobs” are an Uber-created metric used to quantify new drivers on its platforms. These jobs are global — Uber is available in 45 countries — and while they aren’t jobs in the traditional sense, they do signify opportunities for people to make money by picking up passengers through the app.”

via Uber Adding 50,000 New “Driver Jobs” a Month, Up From 20,000 in May | Re/code.

Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out

Fantastic article about applications for IoT with the aging population.  GigaOm really gets it right.

“Aging in place is a killer application area for the internet of things. If you or your grandmother can control her lights and coffee maker from a smartphone or easy to use tablet, that’s great. It’s even better if you can be discreetly apprised of her level of activity and alerted if she doesn’t take her pills on time.”

via Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out — Tech News and Analysis.

Harvard Phases Out Office Landlines. Is Your Workplace Next?

When HarvardX set up new offices, they didn’t get landlines.  Not sure why any of us need landlines anymore….  “Nothing says “dragging education into the 21st century” quite like abandoning technologies of old. And, like it or not, your landline is quickly becoming about as pragmatic as the Pony Express.”

via Harvard Phases Out Office Landlines. Is Your Workplace Next? | Big Think | IdeaFeed.

11 Reasons Email Is the Worst

Most people who use social media of some sort have figured out that the best way to reach someone is via the place they spend the most time.  Send a tweet, FB message, or text and you are much more likely of getting a response than in email.  But email is unavoidable.  This article from Gizmodo is funny and all-too-accurate.  “Email is one of those things that’s just a part of your life, period. Most of us know someone who has closed their Facebook account or refused to join in the first place in a little foot-stomping stand by their ego, and you might even know someone who is thrilled with themselves for not owning a smartphone.”

via 11 Reasons Email Is the Worst.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat

Twitter chats, or using the hashtags for Twitter chats, is an invaluable resource for finding what you’re looking for in what can seem to be a disorienting environment.  New Twitter users often don’t know where to start, and the stream of comments seems overwhelming.  Finding a chat that suits interests is one way to find direction.  This is from TNW.  “Whether you’re a Twitter pro or newer to the network, whether you plan to host your own chat or if you look forward to participating in others, a bit of advance preparation could help. Here’s what we’ve discovered so far to help you make the most of Twitter chats.”

via A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat.

Who invented the ice bucket challenge?

Who hasn’t been wondering?  Slate did an investigation.

“People have been getting wet and cold for charity for a very long time. “Polar bear plunges,” in which people willingly fling themselves into frigid bodies of water, are held all around the world, with Boston’s annual event dating back to at least 1904. There’s also a proud tradition of dumping buckets of liquid on people’s heads, with the Gatorade shower emerging as a canonical NFL celebration sometime in the mid-1980s.So, who thought to combine charitable coldness with bucket-enabled dousing? Settle in, because this is a circuitous tale.In his Aug. 12 Slate piece, Oremus says the challenge “came from a dare that was circulating among a group of pro athletes, including golfer Greg Norman and motorcycle racer Jeremy McGrath.” Indeed, pro golfers were pouring cold water all over themselves back in June. The Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel explains that Chris Kennedy, a golfer on a minor-league circuit in Florida, was the first, on July 14, to focus the freezing fundraiser on ALS research.”

via Who invented the ice bucket challenge? A Slate investigation..

With New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon

This is not a surprise – we have Uber for families and UberX and Ubers with WiFi – now they can take advantage of this network for package delivery.  Uber is disrupting things we could never imagine it would disrupt – who would have thought the share economy would grow as it has.    “Uber is already an expert in getting you from door-to-door. Now, the company wants to figure out how to deliver stuff to your door as well.”  From Wired Magazine.

via With New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon | Business | WIRED.