Photos: Brits & Aussies rule, hip-hop legends eschew Outside Lands Fest ’17

In only its 10th year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival has quickly built itself a prominence rivaling the Coachellas, Lollapaloozas, Bonnaroos and Glastonburys.

It wasn’t all sunny vibes this year though, as legendary American hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest canceled their Saturday main stage set, a move that was announced to fans about 10 minutes before the scheduled set.

Brits and Aussies ruled the festival instead, with headliners Alt-J and Gorillaz on Friday, Aussie artist Empire of the Sun on Saturday, and The Who and Above & Beyond on Sunday.

Here are some photos.

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The first good value SF Bay Area Hilton award redemption I’ve ever seen

Hilton announced a bunch of changes to its loyalty program yesterday (here and here are good summaries).

It got me checking out the new program, now called Hilton Honors instead of the old Hilton HHonors with the weird double H.

The simplified program and app design looks good:

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Here’s what Uber told its human drivers about its new robot drivers in San Francisco

Uber introduced self-driving cars in Pittsburgh a few months ago, and now they’re in San Francisco as well.

Don’t worry, you’ll still have a human in the driver’s seat.

They just won’t be driving. They’ll be enjoying the sights with you.

Here is the Q&A Uber sent out today:

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Uber is finally doing something to shorten wait times at airports

When there are more drivers than ride requests at the airport, Uber makes drivers park in a cell phone waiting lot where they enter a digital queue in order to receive requests.

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Problem is, at SFO the waiting lot is about a 10-minute drive away, so passengers usually have to wait at least that long after requesting a ride home. Continue reading

This airline is offering 2X loyalty miles on flights through Sept. 30

Frontier is a weird airline. They have 50% off sales that require promo codes. Round-trip flights for $30. They charge for carry-on bags. And they are one of the last airlines to still have a miles-based loyalty program (only a few days left of this for American).

Now, they are offering double loyalty miles on all flights through September 30. Continue reading