Sexual assault, as we all know in the United States, is a hot topic currently and it continues to evolve into a much larger crisis by the day. To date one in five women and one in seventy-one men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime according to the CDC. Twenty-four people per minute experience domestic violence and/or sexual assault in the United States which is more than 12 million people over the course of a year. Continue Reading →
Wearable technology has become more fashionable with more technology features day by day. One of the newest to come to market is the high fashion Blinq ring which provides the same functionality you get from a smartwatch. Blinq ring just launched their Kickstarter Campaign with a goal of $25,000 with $27,051 already pledged and 25days to go. Their campaign is All or nothing meaning it will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, November 5 2017 1:23 PM CST. Continue Reading →
In celebration of passing 2 million rides RIDE | AUSTIN hosted a scavenger hunt at marquee Austin locations starting ending Sunday June 25th at 9pm. 30 RIDE | AUSTIN t-shirts were hidden across the city – with ride credits ranging from $25-$250. In order to participate people needed to activate promo codes, take a picture with the RIDE | AUSTIN t-shirt at the location they found it, and upload to their social media tagging RIDE | AUSTIN and using #RAHUNT #2MRIDES. Continue Reading →
Last week Uber and Lyft returned to Austin after leaving the city high and dry over a year ago after Austin voted 56% to 44% against Proposition 1 which would have allowed ride-hailing companies to continue using their own background check systems. As of May 7th Austin went ahead with plans to require fingerprint background checks and other regulations. Both Uber and Lyft then announced they will no longer operate in the city as a result of the loss. As the entire city was effected by Uber and Lyft‘s abrupt departure Fasten and RIDE Austin stepped in to fill the car hailing and sharing needs of the city. Continue Reading →
It’s the day all of us Americans have waited for, it’s Election Day! Though Trmp and Clinton’s campaigns have both been entertaining and controversial I think we are all ready to find out who our next President will be.
As a distraction from various news outlets about the election why not benefit from Election Day with these freebies and discounts from companies across the nation. FYI, word on the streets is the Krispy Kreme line is longer than usual.
- Krispy Kreme – free doughnut of your choice to anyone wearing a sticker indicating he or she voted. The offer is good only on Election Day – and you can go here to see what locations are participating.
- Bertucci’s – Free cannoli with purchase of an entree
- Bob Evans – 30% off your total bill after 2 p.m.
- BurgerFi – $5 conflicted burger (normally $8 or $9)
- California Tortilla – Free chips and queso with any purchase when you say one of three secret passwords: “I’m with queso,” “Make queso great again,” or “I vote for queso.”
- Chuck E. Cheese – Get a free personal size pepperoni pizza with any pizza purchase with coupon code #5253.
- East Coast Wings & Grill – Five free chicken wings when you order an adult entree
- 7-Eleven – Get a free cup of coffee on election day at participating stores. Deal is available through 7-Eleven mobile app.
- Firehouse Subs – Firehouse is offering a free medium drink if you wear you “I voted” sticker on Nov. 8.
- Gold’s Gym – Bring a valid “I voted” sticker and get free access to Gold’s Gym on election day. You can find locations here.
- Great American Cookie Company – You can nab one free cookie at participating locations when you show your “I voted” sticker.
- Harper Collins – Get 30 percent off and free shipping on ballot books with promo code VOTE 2016. Offer good on select titles.
- Lyft offering a 45-percent discount for election day rides
- Macy’s – Election Day sale at Macy’s offers an extra 20 percent, 15 percent or 10 percent off select items with promo code VOTE.
- Marco’s Pizza- Marco’s Pizza is offering a voucher for a free medium one-topping pizza for customers who vote for Marco’s Pizza on Nov. 8 here.
- Maven — $5 off rides all day November 8th (Maven is GM’s ride-sharing app)
- Nestlé Toll House Café – Free chocolate chip cookie with an “I Voted” sticker
- PF Changs – Order takeout and get 20 percent off with promo code VOTE20. Offer is valid on Nov. 8. Enter promo code online or reference when ordering online.
- Regal Theaters – Watch Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” at 7 p.m. on election night. Tickets are $5 and popcorn is 50 percent off for Crown Club members (it’s free to join). You can see locations here.
- Schlotzksy’s –Buy one Mac and get one free on election day with code 4207.
- Uber – First-time Uber users can get $20 off their ride with the promo code “VoteToday.” The Uber app also has information on polling locations.
- White Castle: Get a free gallon of iced tea with purchase of a Crave Case. Customers must present a coupon in the restaurants or use the promo code: USA if ordering online.
- YMCA – Some YMCA locations are offer childcare so parents can vote on election day. The service is free for YMCA members, nominal charge for others. Go here to see if your location is participating.
- Zipcar – More than 7,000 Zipcars across the country will be free from 6-10 p.m. on election day. They can be reserved online or through the mobile app.
Happy Election Day and hope you all get to enjoy all the freebies in your area while we wait to see who our next President will be!
Information from: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/election_day_2016_freebies_and.html and various news sites.
There’s an old saying “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” which sums up the Uber and Lyft situation that happened in Austin, Texas over the summer. I’m an Austin native and I can attest that the traffic situation in Austin is ridiculous. I have witnessed road rage, people constantly flipping the bird and people laying on the horn in rush hour traffic. I’ve also seen allot of drunk driving coming from a night out on the infamous 6th street.
When Uber and Lyft came to Austin it was heaven sent; less people on the road and less drunk drivers. It was like it happened overnight; instantly most people in the city either had the Uber or Lyft app. This summer our glorious days of using Uber or Lyft were no longer. Austin passed a new law requiring that ridesharing drivers MUST be fingerprinted as part of their background check. Unfortunately because of this new law Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin. They argue that fingerprint background checks present an unnecessary regulatory and operational burden.
As all of us ride sharing customers frantically looked for another ride hailing app the former Uber and Lyft drivers were also looking for a new ride sharing company to work for. I tried a few other ride sharing apps and wasn’t happy with my options till I installed the fasten app. It pretty much works like the Uber or Lyft app showing the live map of where your ride is after you requested a ride. It also shows your fair in real time and alerts you of bad weather or traffic. I have found now using the fasten app for a couple months there is a lot of former Uber or Lyft drivers now work at fasten.
The fasten app is very simple to use once you download it and set up your profile it’s smooth sailing and just a swipe away from ordering your ride. The app is free and my experiences with fasten have all been VERY pleasant. I suggest trying the fasten app out and see if you like it as an alternative for Uber and Lyft.