A lovely day… for a commute to the airport?Â
New York City is served by not one but three major airports, and you’d think that would make it blissfully easy to fly into or out of Manhattan. In reality, trying to get to any of those airports results in a painful decision between the lesser of many evils, including costly hired cars or affordable but inconvenient trains.
Increasingly, New York’s business travelers are turning to Uber to get them to their airport of choice, hoping that the traffic and surge pricing gods smile in their favor. Today, Uber launches a new service that will free you from mundane earthly traffic — if you’re an efficient packer and don’t mind the cost.
Uber Copter: NYC to JFK in 8 minutes or less
It’s called Uber Copter, and it might just be the new best way to get to JFK. The service launched earlier this summer, but initially only to Uber’s top-tier customers. Today it’s open to everyone, and the company was kind enough to invite me for a quick spin.
The process of booking a Copter ride is easy, which is the most amazing part of the whole service. I arbitrarily chose the Bowery Ballroom as my point of origination and the amazing TWA Hotel as my destination. I entered my chosen time of departure and, in addition to the usual UberX and Uber Black offerings, the app also gave me a new listing for Uber Copter.
For the price of $199.82, the app not only reserved me a helicopter ride from the heliport on the southern tip of Manhattan, but also lined up an UberX car on one side to get me to the heliport as well as a second car to get me from the JFK heliport to the hotel. This was all done completely seamlessly.
Everything’s handled through the same Uber app you know and love.Â
This process, stringing together multiple means of travel to get you where you need to go, is called multimodality and this is Uber’s first foray into providing it to the masses. It won’t be the last. Down the road, look for the Uber app to bundle in things like scooters and bikes, depending on the situation.
But today we’re talking helicopters and, after a short jaunt down from the Bowery to the Manhattan heliport in the back of an UberX Toyota Camry, the Uber app chimed to prompt me of my next mode of transport. This time the app listed the means of conveyance as a Black Bell 430 and, instead of a license plate number, it listed the tail number of the helicopter — a nice touch.Â
After a quick check-in at the terminal and a short safety briefing, I was escorted (along with four other passengers) out to the helicopter and, after a second short safety overview, away we went. Less than eight minutes later we touched down at JFK.
The views certainly beat what you get on the 678.Â
Yes, just eight minutes to get from downtown Manhattan to JFK.
There, another UberX was waiting to pick me up (a Mitsubishi Outlander this time), and again the app seamlessly picked up my journey to my final destination.
Now, there are certainly plenty of ways to book helicopters out of Manhattan, but Uber is unique in enabling this ease of multimodality. And, while that near-$200 cost is high, it is more affordable than some other helicopter services. Putting it in more relevant perspective: I’ve seen rush-hour surge pricing of well in excess of $100 to make that same route in the back of someone’s Prius. Personally, I’d spend the extra money to get in the choppah.
Be prepared to get cozy with your fellow passengers, especially if you’re traveling with a film crew or two.
But cost isn’t the only strike against. Baggage might be a concern. Passengers are limited to a personal item (purse or small laptop bag) plus a single piece of baggage that must meet TSA regulations for carry-on size (that is: 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches). If you’re packing heavy for a fortnight-long tour of Europe, you might want to stick with Uber Black.
And there’s one final restriction that makes this a bit of a deal-breaker for me: no Android. Yes, Uber Copter is iOS-only for now, but I’m told that’ll be changing soon.
And what about other routes? Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, told me that they’re looking at other ways to deploy Uber Copter, but for now the Manhattan-JFK route is all that’s in the cards. The company hopes to deploy its broader Uber Elevate service in 2023, but until then, if you need to get to JFK in a hurry and your travel budget allows it, Uber Copter is here and it’s well worth the premium.
From here to JFK in eight minutes or less.Â
Pixel 5 announcement: How to watch Google’s Launch Night In event on Sept. 30 – CNET
Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Google It’s been a busy month, and next on the agenda for virtual phone announcement events is Google with its Sept. 30 “Launch Night In.” Google previously unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its…
Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G.
It’s been a busy month, and next on the agenda for virtual phone announcement events is Google with its Sept. 30 “Launch Night In.” Google previously unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its next flagship, the Pixel 5, and the upcoming Pixel 4A 5G, both of which will have support for 5G. The invitation for Google’s September event confirmed that “new Pixel phones” would be among the products unveiled, along with a new Chromecast and a new Nest-branded smart speaker.Read more: Pixel 4A officially has the best camera for the money
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The Pixel 5, like Google’s previous flagship phones, has been poorly protected from leaks (or perhaps, as CNET’s Lynn La suspects, the leaks are part of an intentional strategy on Google’s part). We got a first look at the design of the Pixel 5 on Monday, when photos surfaced along with details about the new phone’s processor, display, cameras, battery life and more. Rumors suggest that Google’s next flagship will include a hole-punch camera, a fingerprint sensor on the back (unlike the Pixel 4, which swapped it for Face Unlock), wireless charging and no headphone jack. Not much is officially known about the Pixel 5, other than its support for 5G, but leaks suggest a price of 629 euros (roughly $735, £575 or AU$1,035), with color options reportedly including green and black. The phone’s on-sale and release dates are not yet known.An apparently leaked image of the Pixel 5.
Google’s new Chromecast streamer (code-named Sabrina) has also attracted a flurry of rumors. According to photo leaks, the device will come with a remote, a first for the Chromecast family.Google’s virtual Launch Night In event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30, streaming online at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. BST). The stream will likely be hosted on the company’s YouTube channel, but we’ll update this story when a link becomes available.
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Arm-Nvidia Deal: Britain Assessing Impact of Sale, Minister Says
Britain is assessing the impact of the sale of chip designer Arm to US company Nvidia, including commitments to keep its head office and staff in Cambridge, Eastern England, digital minister Caroline Dinenage said.”We are currently working very hard to understand the full impact of this move and what potential impact it may have on…
Britain is assessing the impact of the sale of chip designer Arm to US company Nvidia, including commitments to keep its head office and staff in Cambridge, Eastern England, digital minister Caroline Dinenage said.”We are currently working very hard to understand the full impact of this move and what potential impact it may have on the future, and from there we are able to consider what steps we may wish to take,” she told lawmakers early on Tuesday.Nvidia, the biggest US chip company by market capitalisation, has agreed to buy Arm from Japan’s SoftBank for $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,93,572 crores).Dinenage said ministers would consider commitments made by SoftBank and Nvidia to maintain Arm as a successful British business “incredibly carefully”, and the government had already had discussions with the parties involved.The decision whether to intervene in the deal would be taken by the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport after considering the relevant information, she said.Arm, the leading tech company in Britain, lost its independence in 2016 when it was sold to SoftBank after the Japanese conglomerate pledged to retain the company’s headquarters in Cambridge, England, and increase jobs.Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang has made similar commitments.Arm’s energy-efficient architecture underpins processors made by Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm and others, making the technology ubiquitous in smartphones as well as present in a host of other devices.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
How to stream Xbox One games on your Android phone – CNET
You can now stream Xbox console games on your Android phone. Xbox Xbox has unveiled its new remote streaming feature for Android phones called Xbox remote play. It’s available in the new Xbox app (beta), Xbox said Monday, and you no longer have to be an Xbox Insider to use the feature. “With Xbox remote play, you…
You can now stream Xbox console games on your Android phone.
Xbox has unveiled its new remote streaming feature for Android phones called Xbox remote play. It’s available in the new Xbox app (beta), Xbox said Monday, and you no longer have to be an Xbox Insider to use the feature. “With Xbox remote play, you can connect to your console and have access to Xbox One games already downloaded to your console including Xbox Game Pass titles,” Xbox said. “You’ll be able to play on one device at a time so all your progress, achievements and saves stay up to date and synced whichever device you choose to play on.”
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Here’s what you’ll need to use Xbox remote play:Here’s how to use Xbox remote play:Download the Xbox app (beta)The app will guide you through setup of your Xbox consoleYou’ll need to test your home network, console and controller through setupYou can download the Xbox beta app in the Google Play store now. Currently, remote play excludes backwards compatible titles from the original Xbox and the Xbox 360.Read more: The best Xbox One games for 2020
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