Ford Motor Company announced the launch of its first pilot program that will offer self-driving delivery services in the Miami and Miami Beach areas. The next time you order food or coffee from Postmates, you may be surprised that a self-driving vehicle is delivering your items.
How does it work? The restaurant receives your order and prepares the package. The vehicle is dispatched to the restaurant. A restaurant staff member then loads the order into one of the vehicle’s three locker compartments. No worries, your beverages won’t spill because the lockers have two cups holders in each compartment.
The self-driving vehicle then proceeds to either pick up more orders or continues directly to drop off your purchase. Once the vehicle arrives at its destination, you receive a notification with a code to access the locker system and retrieve your order.
“We have a shared vision with Postmates that to help people unlock the best of their cities,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. Postmates allows you to purchase items from more than 250,000 merchants across 250 cities.
“When you combine the power and reach of self-driving vehicles with the deep knowledge of the Postmates team, the scale and scope of the expertise we put into action grow exponentially.”
In January 2017, Postmates became the first to test short distanced deliveries through robotic technologies and continues to work on innovates ways to improve services. “Ford’s self-driving technology has the potential to not only make our delivery network faster and more efficient but to ultimately connect more customers to more local businesses,” said Vivek Patel, Vice President of Business Operations at Postmates.
Through this collaboration, Ford and Postmates hope that the Transit Connect self-driving vehicle will help provide insight for new development ideas, mobility solutions, and decrease traffic congestion and emissions.
Get ready to celebrate 20 years of Ultra Music Festival! Whether you’re a local or visiting Miami for the festival, here are useful apps to make the most of your experience.
Ultra WorldWide App
Ultra Music Festival launched the updated version of their app on Monday. It features profiles on all the artist performing this year, a list of prohibited items, a FAQ section, and an interactive passport. The passport section awards you points, based on your attendance to Ultra Music Festival events. You can earn silver, gold or platinum status. Though it’s subject to availability, platinum status can land you access to special viewing platforms for select artist performances. Bonus points can be attained if you attend an Ultra event on a continent outside of your home area.
Before and after your full days at Ultra, you may want to fuel up on food. Yelp lets you filter by what’s hot and new in Miami, price, delivery, offering a deal or whether the place is open. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, you can choose to filter places from ($) one dollar sign to (4) four dollar signs. Guess how many dollars sign to eat at Salt Bae’s new place?
Keep your friends! Let’s face it, sometimes your friends want to pick up the first round of drinks. If they keep insisting to pay for your drinks, do them a solid and send them cash via the Cash App. You know, in case they’re the type of friend to keep tabs.
You probably already use this app. Now, Uber is offering an Express POOL option to save you money. It has you walk a little to a meeting point, but offers a more inexpensive fee for pool rides, fewer detours and a more direct route to your destination.
Pay by Phone App
If you’re getting to the festival by car, make sure to have the PayByPhone app for mobile parking payment. Save time by adding your Vehicle Type, State, License Plate and a card on file for payment. If you’re lucky enough to find metered parking near the Bayfront Park mayhem, you’ll be able to quickly pay for your parking spot on the app and receive notifications to extend your parking time. Own a smart watch? You’ll be able to view notifications with a “flick of da wrist.” If you’re staying on Miami Beach, you’ll need the Park Mobile app to park in that area. Yes, a different app. Miami likes to be extra.
Google Photos APP
Back up and sync your phone’s photos on the Google Photos app before attending the festival. If you party hard, do this as insurance that you will have your photos in the google cloud. You know… in case you accidentally jump too high on the Swedish House Mafia’s comeback set (not confirmed, just rumors) and your phone happens to fall out of your pocket. Thank us later.
Sound Hound APP
At the festival, this app will help you identify a song you enjoyed from a set. You may currently have Shazam, but Sound Hound picks up sounds in loud areas. You can sing a song that you don’t know the lyrics to and it will deliver the results. Remember that most artist launch new music at Ultra, don’t expect it to pick up tracks that may not be online yet. It also has an integrated assistant, you can say “Okay Hound, play Let You Down by N.F.” and it will play a snippet of the song for you. If you connect your Spotify, it will play the whole song or music video.
MDT Tracker APP
If you’ll be relying on public transportation, Miami-Dade County has the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker. This app is useful for planning your trips, estimating travel time, locating a bus route, viewing Metro Rail’s arrival/departure times and more.
Take a few minutes to set up these apps to enhance your Ultra experience. While at the festival, share your photos on social media using hashtags: #20YEARSOFULTRA and #MiamiCrowd
Shopping for everyone on your list can be daunting. That’s why the Miami Crowd team lined up some hot items for women, men and children.
2017 VIZIO SmartCast™ M-Series™
(Starting at $799.99 for the 50” and ranging to $2,999.99 for the 75”)
The new Vizio Smart Cast is a great upgrade choice from your current display. The display is powered by XLED Plus, which provides local dimming that enhances bright levels and fine tunes the quality of 4K Ultra HD. Your black images will appear as deeper blacks and vivid contrast. You’re able to easily stream from your phone to your display, due to the thousands of Chromecast enabled-apps. The Vizio Smart Cast also pairs with Google Home, where you can use your voice to control your display. Using simple voice commands, such as “Hey Google turn down the volume.”
Google Home Mini & Smarter Coffee
Google Home Mini ($49) launched in stores on October 19, 2017. It helps you with everyday routines around your home. It comes equipped with far-field microphones. This helps the Mini hear you over music that’s playing or background noise. It’s available in three color – Chalk, Charcoal and Coral. If you pair the Google Home Mini to other smart devices such as the Smarter Coffee Machine ($249.99). You can say “Hey Google, brew me a coffee.” The coffee machine will start brewing. It can also detect when you arrive home and it will automatically start brewing.
Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy Note 8 comes with an S pen on the bottom right corner of the device. S pen can be used to jot down quick notes on the home screen. You don’t even have to unlock your phone. It brings a Dual Camera with Optical Image Stabilization on both lenses. You can also multi task between apps, by using the side by side view on the Infinity Display. Additional specs include:
Internal Memory includes 64GB ROM12 , 6GB RAM. Expandable memory of up to an additional 256 GB8.
Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP68 Rating, which tests submersion up to 1.5 meter for up to 30 minutes.
Peel set out to do away with the bulkiness of phone cases. Peel produces ultra thin iphone and android cases. The cases include minimalist styles with glossy and matte finishes.
Catalyst Airpod Cases
Catalyst provides the first ever case for your Apple AirPods ($24.99). The case is made of soft silicone that protects from scrapes and scratches. The case also allows for easy access to the lighting port and comes with a carabiner that’s detachable. The carabiner makes it easy to attach your AirPods to on-the-go accessories such as a book bag, purse or clothing belt loops.
It can be used for iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and all Qi Compatible Cell Phones. It charges up to 1.5 times faster than normal wireless charging. It uses two ways to charge: Normal Charging (5V/2A) and QC Fast Charging (9V/1.8A). Its sleek and modern design makes it an elegant charger option. Additionally, its LED indicators, non-slip pad and ultra slim only 8mm make it simple and convenient.
The new GMAS130 offers a new face design, with an automatic step counter display. It displays your fitness achievements with a percentage indicator. It comes in four pastel shades including mint, pink, black and white. This versatile design makes it perfect for use at work, gym and more.
This portable cube sized audio speaker, will give you less to carry because it fits in your palm. The battery life ensures up to 12 hours of playback. Its Bluetooth capability and hands-free calling make it a useful tech device. You can use it outdoors and indoors. It’s also dust proof and splash proof. Available in seven colorful options.
A straightforward and useful gift is a box of One Fresh Cup Coffee that includes 10 or 36 serving options. You use it by setting the filter on your cup and pouring hot water over it. There are more than 7 flavors and tea options.
The Clarins Advent Calendar brings 24 days worth of skincare and makeup surprises. It’s simplifying what to buy and summing up essential travel sized items. Items include:
Beauty Flash Balm, Mascara Supra Volume, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Deluxe Travel-Size, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact, Joli Rouge, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, Cleansing Milk, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, Toning Lotion, Eye Contour Gel, Extra-Firming Mask, Hydra-Essential Silky Cream, three charms to clip onto your key-chain and three gift tags for your special note.
Unique clothing pieces are always nice too. Children can run around in a fun, functional and hooded Trestles poncho ($57.00) from Kindhood. It’s ultra soft, dries quick and has a pocket pouch for children to keep their hands warm.
If you’re raising a bilingual child, you may want to check out Vince and Soph’s online apparel shop. Its collection features sweatshirts with sayings such as “who needs santa when you have abuelos,” and onesies that display “bebe bilingue.” You can also find accessories as low as $9.99.
What if you could stop carrying your charging accesories, what if I told you the future is here and now. Would you believe me? There’s a company that brings us the future. Chargello offers rapidly-charging batteries.
In 2015, Freddy Sidi founded and based the company out of Wynwood. The company offers a global network of chargers. More than 20 countries and 4,500 venues offer Chargello, more than 100+ countries are expected to follow by the end of 2018.
What does this mean?
You can visit a partnering restaurant and have dinner, while being able to charge your phone. Even better, the portable charging stations are compatible with all smartphones. Not only that, Chargello’s devices allow smartphones to charge 3x faster than any regular outlet charger. It also charges six mobile phones simultaneously.
The next time you’re out of battery, you don’t have to go home to charge. You can visit Casa Tua, The Confidante Miami Beach by Hyatt, Rik Rak Salon and many other locations in Miami. Have a drink. Have dinner. Get your hair done. And most importantly, charge up.
There’s more! Chargello has an app that helps you determine the closest location offering the handy dandy portable charger.
Mitsubishi Motor’s Lancer LE brings you technology and styling at an affordable and competitive price. Miami Crowd staff members were given the chance to drive around the 2017 Lancer LE for a week. Here’s what we summed up:
Interior features add to the city lifestyle in Miami, which include aluminum pedals, black headliner and pillars, gloss black finishing and a 6.5” Display Audio System (DAS) with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
The pricing is affordable. The limited edition Lancer is price at MSRP of $19,795.
Limited Edition trim is available in all Lancer exterior colors, the interior receives a custom design with black fabric and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob, brake lever, armrest and door trim exclusive to the LE trim.
Limited edition exterior features include bold new black painted exterior finishes on its 16” wheels, roof, upper front grille garnish, fender garnish and door mirrors.
The car is compact, yet has enough space for families to fit a child’s seat and large stroller in the trunk.
“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.” 2017 marks the 100th year of Mitsubishi producing cars. It’s no wonder the Lancer LE is equipped to be a competitive car for Miami drivers.
Amazon fired up Miami at the eighth annual Hispanicize conference. Amazon showcased their latest Fire and Kindle devices, and hosted a discussion panel. Amazon’s expo space gave guests the ability to test out devices such as the Kindle, Fire Tablets and the Fire TV. Amazon also held a Literary Panel Discussion on self-publishing where they welcomed nearly 100 guests at the JW Marriott Marquis.
The panel was moderated by Amazon’s head of publishing, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Carlos Lievano. The panelfeatured commentary by best-selling author and internationally acclaimed broadcast personality, IsmaelCala, as well as KDP published authors, SusanaMohel and Luis Eduardo Baron.
Amazon’s self-publishing tool Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) provides writers and publishers a seamless and free way to make their eBooks available to Kindle readers around the world. Amazon has also launched the Kindle Create (beta mode) to help authors easily covert a Word document into an eBook.
Amazon Direct Publishing allows you to get to market fast, make more money, keep control and publish in digital and print. Publishing can take less than five minutes and the book will appear in the Kindle store within 24-48 hours. The royalty earned can be up to 70% on sales to German, Indian, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian, Mexican and Australian customers. As the publisher or writer you can control your rights and set your own listing prices as well as have the ability to make changes to your books at any time. KDP gives the ability to publish Kindle eBooks and paperbacks for free.
AirPods, the courageous move from Apple. Apple has had success for years, with it dissipating as innovation slows down. But there’s something different with these headphones. Yes, they’re pricey at $159 but they’re worth the cost. The head phone market has had a long success with Beats, and runners up Bose. But these AirPods come with a familiar look and feel.
The style is the same minus a wire. With improved Bluetooth capability and Apples new W1 chip these headphones are a definite GO! No, they don’t slip out of your ear, no they’re not hard to pair. To set up, you simply open the case and press the button on the back, voila you have Bluetooth head phones. The case may look like dental floss, but its’ purpose is for storage and charging. Speaking of battery life, the AirPods hold a 5-hour charge and the case 24 hours. If you’re an Android user, you’re in luck. The AirPods can be paired with any android phone capable of Bluetooth connectivity. The only complaint, why didn’t you create these years ago, Apple?