Tech Bytes: Uber pulls out of three German cities

Uber pulls out of three German cities

After getting into numerous legal tangles with lawmakers in Germany, ride-sharing app Uber has pulled out of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, leaving Munich and Berlin as the only cities in the country where the app service still operates.

In Germany, a court ruled that Uber drivers need to have a valid taxi licence in order to operate, and many prospective drivers found it too time-consuming and costly to get the proper paperwork in order, leaving the company short of cars on the road.


Indoor location tracking with Apple's new app

iPhone users can download Apple's newly released Indoor Survey app.

The app uses radio frequency data, Wi-Fi and iPhone sensor data to map out the interior of a building, and provide location tracking, even indoors.

The description of the app on the iTunes store reads: "Enable indoor positioning within a venue using the Indoor Survey App. By dropping 'points' on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through."


Google Keep adds drawing support

Google Keep, the company's cross-platform note-taking and reminder service, has now added drawing support to the usual images, lists and voice notes that you can store on it.

In order to use it, users can tap the pen icon on the Keep home screen, and they will see three pen styles and 28 colours to choose from.


Skype founders plan to build self-delivery robots

Starship Technologies, a company founded by Mr Ahti Heinla and Mr Janus Friis, two of the original founders of Skype, has announced plans to create self-delivery robots.

While many delivery services now are looking at and testing drones for delivery, Starship's robots are small, six-wheeled electric robots that can travel on the street or pavement.

The robots are capable of carrying up to 18kg.

The company has plans to launch a pilot programme in the United States, United Kingdom and several other countries next year.


New Star Trek TV series will premiere in 2017

Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of 2009's Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, will be executive producer of a new Star Trek show through CBS Television Studios.

The show will premiere in January 2017 on CBS.

A press release said: "The brand new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilisations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966."

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe