July Tech Savvy


Want to know your Lyft or Uber passenger rating?

Ratings are a two-way street with both Uber and Lyft. Of course, as a passenger you can rate your driver. Yet passengers are rated too, by their drivers. To find your average Uber passenger rating, open your Uber app and tap the menu bar in the top left corner. Then follow this path: Help > Account > “I’d like to know my rating.” Tap “Submit” on the explanation page and your rating should then appear. Lyft has no such system, however their support team may send your average passenger score to you if you request it. Want to improve your score? Be nice to your driver and show up at your pickup location on time.


Forget apps…here comes the voice-controlled future.

Soon, we won’t be fumbling around with a gazillion different apps, trying to figure out which one turns off the sprinklers in the front yard… Apple Siri, Amazon Echo and now Google Home all point to the future of digital living. When it comes to voice plus smart machines vs. finger taps on a phone, voice wins, hands down. You don’t want to use a weather app, you just want the forecast. Your customers won’t go to your website and download an app; they’ll interact with your business in some way by voice. That future will arrive in the next five to 10 years. Will your business be ready?


Skip the airport – just hop in your e-jet and fly!

By 2018, owning your own battery-powered VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) two-seater could be one step closer to reality. That’s the plan for the Lilium Jet, being developed in Germany under the auspices of the European Space Agency. This Jetsons-looking aircraft sports “fly-by-wire” joystick controls, retractable landing gear and gull-wing doors. Its developers claim it will have a top speed of 250 miles per hour and could be available to the public as soon as 2018. Designed for daytime recreational flying, it’s quieter – and safer – than a helicopter, thanks to its battery-powered ducted fan motors and intelligent, computer-controlled takeoffs and landings. And pricing, according to its developers, will be far less than similar-sized aircraft.


Is your mobile website stressing people out?

Of course, page-load times can affect conversion and brand perception. But did you know they also affect user heart rate and stress levels? According to a 2016 study on mobility by Ericsson, page-loading delays lead to an average 38% jump in heart rate. Remember the last time you watched a horror movie? It's about that stressful… Not how you want your visitors to feel. To keep your page loads painless and your visitors happy, make sure your website is mobile-friendly. It needs to be quick and easy to navigate and engage with. You have a lot at stake in your website – and making it stress-free for visitors could make a big difference.

-HubSpot Blog