Uber and Lyft servers crashed because of demand in many markets around the country last night. Halloween one of the rideshare companies’ biggest nights saw a huge spike in demand from users and drivers.
Several Uber riders complained of being stuck out of the system due to server errors and being locked out of the app. In most cases, this only seemed to last a few minutes. Lyft too experienced server errors with customers and drivers which appeared to last a little bit longer than their San Francisco based competition Uber.
Uber drivers were all smiles last night because of price surging. The ever popular “price surging” increases fares when demand is high and there are fewer drivers on the road. Rates shot up to as high as 5 or 6 times the usual fare across Los Angeles throughout the evening. But this didn’t seem to slow down requests for rides.
A rainstorm that sent revelers of the West Hollywood Halloween parade running for cover, may be partially blame to for the earlier ride surge. More than 500,000 people attended the event this year.
Uber is still trying to get more drivers on the road. Uber is offering a $500 signon bonus for Lyft drivers who sign up to drive for them.
*promotions vary by market and are subject to change at any time.
Here are some other Uber/Lyft related posts:
Uber Wooing New Drivers With $1000 Signon Bonuses and guaranteed $40 an hour.
More about the companies:
UBER -- has a more conservative demographic of users. This is very likely because when they launched Uber originally they were just a black car aka town car service. Then they launched UberX which is the program where everyday folks drive their cars and began to compete with competitor Lyft. Uber operates in 160 cities globally and has raised about 4 billion dollars in investment cash. www.uber.com
LYFT - definitely has a more relaxed demographic of users. This is very likely because it’s logo is a pink mustache. It’s an easy way to identify their army of cars around town. They’ve raised 1 billion dollars in investment cash and operate in about 70 cities across the US.
What if you could get your morning coffee in an edible coffee cup ? No, I am not teasing. This goodness actually exists. Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen has made the most eco-friendly coffee cup on the west coast.
The Los Angeles based coffee house serves up drinks in an edible waffle cup. The cup has a thick coating of chocolate to keep your coffee hot and especially tasty.
Coffee lovers will be delighted to know that Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen exclusively brews with Stumptown Coffee. Don’t know Stumptown? Great founding of the company and they take their coffee pretty damn seriously.
I have heard it is quite magical to the palette. So how much are you going to spend for your brew and edible cup? Continue reading
Traveling can either be exciting or a real buzz kill. Exciting when you get there and everything works out. A buzz kill if you pay more than you want to at a hotel you’re just not feeling. Hotel Tonight is a same day booking app for hotels that is changing that– the expensive part at least.
Hotel Tonight let’s you search and book hotels right from your phone. You can see reviews and look at other hotels in the city too. I like this app for several reasons. They have hotels for all kinds of budgets, no hassle booking and what you see is what you get.
This app came to the rescue twice this year with pretty good results. First, in Austin, TX when I made my booking for the wrong week. Using Hotel Tonight I got a nice selection of chain and boutique hotels in a wide range of prices . There were pluses and minuses . The biggest one for me being a lack of hotels with close proximity to downtown where all the action is.
Ultimately, I ended up Continue reading
Lacoste men’s boots are on fire this fall in America. One of my favorite designs so far is the Sherbrooke . Aren’t a big Lacoste person? Not a total surprise. In America it’s been a well kept secret of the north east elite and trendy banker types.
Lacoste has always been hot in Europe. The company has been around since around the 1930’s and has been trendy for nearly as long. Now, Continue reading
I recently made the switch to DIRECTV after years of being frustrated with the worlds shittiest cable provider in my opinion — Time Warner Cable. A few weeks before I was invited to a market research group on cable and satellite TV providers.
This focus group sounded like your typical market research study. They asked us to use words and pictures to describe the feelings you get when your cable or satellite provider does certain things. Therapy about my damn cable provider. Imagine that…well not quite.
Halfway through the group they said it was about DIRECTV. I was impressed with features like a voice controlled remote, unlimited cloud DVR storage, and setting my DVR to record from anywhere.
Curiously enough, with this group Continue reading
For those of you whining about the end of Breaking Bad I bring good news. The long awaited and very talked about spin off Better Call Saul has a premier date– sort of and a short trailer.
TV junkies who tuned into the Breaking Bad marathon on AMC over the weekend got a sneak peak at of the prequel? sequel ? Producers aren’t quite sure if it’s going to be either one or a mix between the past and the present yet.
Better Call Saul will feature Bob Odenkirk as Saul, Walter White’s lawyer from the Breaking Bad series. There’s no official word from AMC on whether or not Continue reading
Someone in LA has been flying a drone over the LAPD station in Hollywood and filming. All the snooping has the boys and girls in black a little pissed. According to some legalese on TMZ there’s not much they can do about it either.
“As long as the drones are flying lower than 400 feet they are out of FAA flying space and perfectly legal.” All this talk about drones in the mainstream is sparking big consumer interest. Still confused about what a drone is ? I’ll explain.
Drones are mini aircraft that you can fly via remote control. To the average person they may look like high tech flying toys. Don’t let their toy like appearance fool you. Continue reading
San Diego Comic Con 2014 is well underway. HBO kicked off their Game of Thrones panel with a funny blooper reel from season 4. The Game of Thrones cast won an MTV movie award the day before for best OMG moment. They still do the MTV awards? Well…
Since waiting sucks HBO did give curious fans at San Diego Comic Con a little taste of next season by introducing a few new faces that will join the Sunday night cast. From the looks of it we’ll learn a lot more about Prince Oberyn Martell’s hometown of Dorne and we’ll get to meet a few of his children and his brother the king.
Why can’t they just make this show year round? Love it! The cast of Game of Thrones has been quite popular at San Diego Comic Con this year. Posing for lots of fan pics (atleast according to Instagram) and hamming it up interviews. Check out the clip after the jump. Continue reading
This Tron style motorcycle is hot. Why did I have to find this ? Why is the me of 2071 so desperate to have this ? This isn’t CGI it’s oh so real. Here ‘s a YouTube video of the bad boy in action below.
According to a website I spend way too much time on ….
“ This TRON style motorcycle is a fully functional and street legal bike that is powered by a Suzuki 996cc engine. While riding on the TRON motorcycle you lay in a flat position akin to the TRON movie. For only $55,000.00 you can tear up the streets TRON Style.
If you have a hard on for bikes here are the specs: Continue reading
Until 2 days ago I had no idea what the hell the Share A Coke campaign is. I rarely drink a Coke unless it’s at a bar accompanied by Captain Morgan’s or Bacardi. So I was REALLY clueless. Then my Snapchat and Instagram feeds started to blow up with the photos of the specially designed bottles with familiar names. Research time!
Coke launched the promotion in the UK back in 2013 and saw a measurable amount of success. So much so that they decided to give it a full launch to about 80 markets around the globe this year. The Share A Coke campaign was heavily promoted during the FIFA World Cup and like many Americans shouting for team USA I guess I missed those adverts too!
From what I have read it hasn’t been as successful in the US and other places as it was in the UK. I blame that on poor marketing! Last January Coke posted it’s first quarter loss in 15 years and some speculated this campaign would help it snap back. Although, a 1 percent drop on 12 billion dollars in revenue is hardly going to force them to close their doors.
From what I have read it hasn’t been as successful in the US and other places as it was in the UK. I blame that on poor marketing! If I just found out about it then their marketing department needs a restructure. I would have been Instagraming and Tweeting with all of my other namewhore friends. There was never any mention of ordering directly from Coca Cola or regional vendors to get the product for special occasions or people. Where is the custom bottle option ? Coke we’ll pay!! Continue reading