Great article (see link below) in the WSJ about a smart home in San Francisco custom built by a Google executive. Smart home technology is definitely trending and here to stay in my opinion. The once unthinkable is becoming a reality!
On a related note I will be speaking on a CNET smart home tech panel at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I will definitely be writing about the greatest and latest in smart home products following the event. Stay tuned!
Uber, my favorite transportation app that connects you with drivers in your area to schedule a car service, finally launched in Miami on June 4th. It’s motto, “Moving People; tap a button, get picked up in minutes”, is an accurate description of the services this amazing company offers. Already a prevalent method of transportation in several big cities around the US such as NYC and San Francisco, Uber has had a hard time getting the State Legislature’s approval to launch in Miami as the taxi lobby has been pushing back. It’s been a long journey for Uber, but after months of lobbying and thousands of petitioners voicing their support, Miami joined the ranks of some 120 Uber-friendly cities around the world. As reported by the company’s official Blog, this new method of transportation will be “better, faster, and over 25% cheaper than a taxi.” If you still haven’t given Uber a shot, download the app and order your ride using my Uber code, mo692, to get $30 off your first journey. Redeem it at uber.com/invite/mo692
These last few weeks social media apps have taken large strides. If you haven’t updated your apps recently I highly recommend that you do so ASAP. When updating my own apps I recently noticed Yelp, Facebook and Youtube have made some big and long awaited changes.
Yelp has finally made it possible to post reviews directly from your phone, until now you could only draft reviews on your phone before having to post from a desktop. I already use Yelp as my compass to good food this change will result in even more reviews being posted and therefore making Yelp more reliable. With this ground breaking update I will be posting many more reviews from my iPhone about the Miami food scene. Follow me on Yelp for advice on my favorite (or not so favorite) places in Miami.
An updated Facebook app will reveal that Facebook has adopted the concept of hash tags. You can now use and search for hash tags to see what others are talking about in certain categories, just like Twitter and Instagram.
Frequent users of YouTube will be interested to know that the latest update allows users to continue watching videos while they search for the next video to watch.
If you didn’t know now you know. Enjoy your awesome updates and have a good weekend!
I had heard a lot of buzz about Uber and I am now glad to say that I just had a first-hand experience using the transportation app on a recent trip to New York. I was about to take a cab into the city when my friend Stevie suggested that I use Uber, he said “Uber is paramount to the invention of the wheel in terms of an advance in modern transportation”. I gladly listened to his advice. It took less than five minutes to download the app, put in my credit card info and like magic (BAM!) an Uber car appeared. For those of you who don’t know, Uber is an incredible taxi/car service which fully functions via an app.
- When you open the Uber app, you choose between a taxi, a black car, or an SUV.
- The base price, price per mile and price per minute will then be displayed. The app will also give you a price quote based on your destination.
- Uber uses GPS to show your location as well as the closest car option. Based on your car choice and location, it will give you a fairly accurate time estimate of the driver’s arrival.
- Uber will then display a picture of the driver you choose along with his/her rating (five stars being perfect) so you know exactly who is coming.
- Should you need to contact the driver, you have the option to either call or text message the driver.
- Once the driver is on his way, you can watch as a small car inches towards your location on the map.
- A text message alerts you that your driver has arrived.
- The best part comes next: When you reach your destination, simply exit the car and your credit card is charged the fare + 20% tip. You do not need to sign anything, make change, or even show your credit card.
- Immediately after the trip has ended, you will receive a text message receipt of the exact amount charged.
As a result from the rating service, the drivers are all very courteous and pick you up in extremely clean cars.
Here is the bad news. Although Uber wants to come to Miami, our current taxi/car service regulations do not allow for the service to operate here. I say if it is good enough for NYC and if it is good enough for San Francisco, then let the service operate and have the market decide! The taxi situation in Miami is a disaster, particularly at peak times and busy weekends which is exactly when Uber is most useful. It is well known that Miami has a bad reputation for dirty taxis and equally as many rude drivers. Uber is the yelp of transportation and forces accountability on a broken industry.
This is not just a blog post about a great service but a call to action for anyone in Miami who has ever waited over an hour on a rainy night for a taxi, for anyone who has ever had to walk 30 block on New Year’s Eve and for anyone who has sat in a foul-smelling cab with no AC and a rude driver. Please follow Uber Miami on twitter and support them in their quest to bring this great service to Miami.
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I’m a Miami Beach native and a true Miami fan, having received my JD/MBA at the University of Miami. I also have an affinity for cajun food after spending four years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I attended undergrad at Tulane University. I’ve studied abroad in South America and Spain, and traveled to some of the coolest cities across the globe – and I can tell you hands down that one of the most exciting cities in the world is right here on Miami Beach.
Born and raised on Miami Beach, and now working as a luxury real estate agent on Miami Beach, I am truly passionate about all that this city has to offer. From restaurants and bars, to beaches, events and art, there is something for everyone.
One of the greatest parts about being a real estate agent on Miami Beach is that I learn something new about this city every day. This blog gives me the opportunity to share my experiences with you.
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