Uber Won’t Surrender to Its Chinese Rival in the World’s Ride-Hailing Market Battle

Uber app in ChineseSan Francisco-based Uber had already established itself as a leader in the U.S. market when Chinese-owned Didi Dache first released its own mobile application for on-demand taxis in June 2012 in China. Yet since Uber quietly moved into the country in late 2013 with a soft launchin expat-friendly Shanghai, the American company’s imminent failure at the hands of its Chinese competitor has become central to the story.

 

Continue reading

Audio walking tours enter the digital age in Cape Town

VoiceMap, a recently-launched mobile application for iPhones and Android devices, is using cutting-edge GPS technology and the age-old art of storytelling to change the way people experience cities. “VoiceMap is a publishing platform for location-aware audio tours – or, with less jargon and more poetry, a way of seeing the world through another person’s eyes,” explains CEO and co-founder, Iain Manley.

After downloading the app and selecting a route, VoiceMap users can put their phone in their pocket and follow a storyteller’s voice through a particular neighbourhood, while anecdotes, commentary and opinions play automatically at specific GPS locations.

Continue reading