source Google Plus Google began deleting user accounts from its Google+ social network this week. Among the accounts that got deleted were those of Google’s own executives. In addition to providing important records about company history, the lost Google+ accounts were a rich trove of information about the people running Google; sometimes silly and whimsical, other times eerily foreboding. Business Insider took screenshots of some of the best posts by Google execs to ensure that they wouldn’t be lost to time. Google+, the search giant’s failed attempt to create a Facebook-killing social network, officially died this week. The company began deleting user accounts, permanently erasing profiles, photos and other content posted on the social network – including the profile pages of Google’s own executives. The purge of Google+ accounts from the likes of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, current CEO … [Read more...] about From humping turtles to Larry Page’s pancakes: 31 of the most bizarre Google+ posts by Google execs that we’ll miss the most
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For many people, hybrids offer the balance between electric cars and internal combustion cars, giving you range when you need it, but with the benefit of lowered emissions and running costs.While many are racing to get electric cars on the road, there's a wide selection of hybrids to choose from, both plug-in and "self-charging". Here are the top models to consider.Best SUV hybridsThere's no doubting that SUVs hold the most appeal at the moment, offering convenience, great road presence and comfort. Opting for a hybrid SUV also cuts also offsets some of those higher running costs. We're listing plug-in and regular hybrids here.Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 13.8kWh battery, 30 mile electric range 2.4-litre petrol, CVT All-wheel drive Prices from £36,755 The Outlander has dominated this segment for a number of years, enjoying a run with relatively little competition and doing a lot to boost Mitsubishi's appeal in the UK. The Outlander isn't quite as refined as some premium SUVs, … [Read more...] about Best hybrid cars: Self-charging, SUVs and plug-in hybrids you can buy today
caption A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo. source REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Thanks to a massive population of 23 million, snarled traffic, and poor public transportation, Cairo has become a test bed for transportation startups. Uber and U.A.E.-based Careem each launched bus services aimed at serving Cairo’s low-income population in December. But they are competing with local bus startups Swvl and Buseet, as well as other transportation startups serving other niches. An Uber exec told Business Insider the Middle East’s expanding young population makes it an ideal place to invest after Uber pulled back in several markets in 2017 and 2018. The founders of Swvl and Egyptian autorickshaw-hailing app Halan said they think the transportation needs in emerging markets are so great that no single provider will be able to dominate the market. But … [Read more...] about Uber is locked in a battle to fix Egypt’s $8 billion traffic problem, and its success could decide which tech giant will dominate the Middle East and Africa
caption Wheely drivers follow a code of conduct, which includes wearing a suit and tie and opening the door for passengers. source Wheely Luxurious Russian chauffeur app Wheely launched into London last year. CEO Anton Chirkunov said that the company is trying to attract drivers in the capital away from Uber. I tried Wheely on two occasions – once from my flat to Gatwick Airport (£75, or $97), and once to Heathrow (£70, or $90). It was more like having a personal driver than being in a taxi. I’ve lived in London for more than five years, and getting around is officially becoming exhausting. Over the last few years I’ve become relient on Uber for when I’ve been in a rush, carrying a lot of stuff, or just feeling too tired or lazy to get on public transit (which is almost always). However, ever since Uber lost (and then regained) its license in London – and drivers started protests demanding better treatment and an … [Read more...] about I tried Uber’s luxurious London competitor Wheely, and it made me think it’s possible for money to buy happiness
If you say you saw this coming, I don’t believe you. In 2018, electric scooter-share stole the mobility show. They arrived unannounced in cities. They provoked fierce council meetings and protests. They launched debates about who owns sidewalks, anyway, and what role regulators play in bossing around big business. They sucked up VC dollars, mountains of them, as upstarts crowed about the revenue generated per scoot. They got damaged and fixed, they launched their own new gig economy jobs. Why it happened is part crystal clear, part murky. Thanks to Uber, Lyft, and bike-share programs, the smartphone-toting masses have become more comfortable with the idea of using vehicles they don’t own. Traffic is on the rise (thanks in part to ride-hail!), which no doubt pushed some sick n’tired commuters to try the two-wheeled things that just showed up. The scooters are also easy to ride, even fun. Putting Insta-friendly models and celebrities on the things probably didn’t … [Read more...] about 2018 Was the Year of the Scooter. What Happens Now?