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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:02

Is Pokémon Go the Uber disrupter?


Uber, the ride-sharing app that digitally disrupted the taxi industry, is now old news as Pokémon Go drivers offer their services.

One such example is enterprising Novacastrian, Mathew Wrightman, who is advertising his services on Gumtree.

For $30 an hour, or $50 for two hours, Wrightman will take Pokémon Go groups to PokeStops and gyms, as well as hunting elusive pocket monsters.

Wrightman cites his credentials as an experienced Ingress player, Niantic Lab's precursor to Pokémon Go. All Pokémon Go landmarks are based on Ingress portals.

Wrightman will also provide power to recharge smartphones for an additional $5/hour, or as a complimentary service for those on the red team.

Wrightman's savvy eye for business opportunities in this brave new Pokémon Go world is similarly joined by Virgin Mobile, offering people free charging while they browse the store, "fuel up and go" walks promoted by coffee shops and cafes, makeshift lemonade stands at parks labelled 'Poke Marts' and even animal shelters recruiting volunteer dog walkers.

Earlier this week Pokémon Go received negative publicity about the iOS app requiring full Google permissions though version 1.01, which resolves this issue, has since been released.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.



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