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Now Anyone in India can Book Uber Cabs without Downloading the App

Booking a cab with the help of an app can be a tricky task, especially when you don’t have the app installed and you need a cab urgently

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November 30, 2016: Booking a cab with the help of an app can be a tricky task, especially when you don’t have the app installed and you need a cab urgently. It is a time-consuming task. First, visit the app store, download the app, install it and then proceed to register or log in.

Understanding this problem, Uber has now allowed users to book cabs using a browser without installing the application. The feature is available in all the 29 cities where the company operates.

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The Company’s new feature, “Dial an Uber” lets people book a cab without downloading the application. To use this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open https://dial.uber.com in your phone.
  2. Sign up or log in.
  3. Enter your mobile number.
  4. If automatic location detection does not work, enter your location in the search box or point on the map.
  5. Request for a ride. After this, users are connected to call with the driver.
  6. Pay the driver in cash after the ride is completed.

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The company started testing this feature in August.

In India, where feature phones users are more than the Smartphone users, the feature will help Uber reach to millions of users. The move is aimed at emerging markets, where phones with low inbuilt storage and poor data connectivity issues need such solutions.

Head of Engineering in Uber India, Apurva Dalal, said in a press release, “Dial an Uber offers a convenient choice to customers looking to book a ride and is a testament to our focus on using our technological edge to make mobility reliable and accessible for everyone.”

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Ola, the rival app of Uber, introduced changes in its platform to appeal to millions of Indian users. People could book an Ola can via text message.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?