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This app will help you avoid paying Uber surge prices tonight

It's no secret that New Year's Eve is the biggest night of the year for Uber. On this same night last year, the company delivered 2 million rides to people coming home from bars and parties after ringing in the new year.

When there's high demand for Uber on holidays like New Year's Eve, there's also bound to be surge pricing, the feature that charges you higher prices for an Uber ride during periods of high demand.

If you're looking for a way to skip surge pricing altogether, an app called SurgeProtector might solve your problems.


There's a weird way to fix your iPhone if it's acting slow — and it takes less than 30 seconds (AAPL)

If your iPhone's not properly displaying app updates or if it's acting slow, there's a weird — and incredibly simple — thing you can do that could fix it.

We first saw the trick over at AppAdvice, though the first person to discover it out appears to be developer Zachary Drayer.

Here's what you do:

First, go into the App Store.

Then, tap one of the buttons at the bottom — it doesn't matter which — 10 times quickly in succession. You must tap the same button 10 times.

You'll see a blank screen like this for just a second.

...and that's it! You've now successfully reset your App Store's cache, emptying out the temporary storage that can cause your phone to act sluggish or cause your apps to fail to update.

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This mysterious startup brought me a delicious, free pizza in 20 minutes

Last night, in search of a quick and easy dinner, I opened up Easy As Pi, an app that's been sitting on my phone for some time. I pushed a button — and twenty minutes later, I was eating a hot, fresh, fancy-pants pizza.

Better yet, it was free: Easy As Pi is so new, they're willing to give all of its users a free pizza just to try it out. 

On its website, Easy as Pi, also called Pi Pizza, calls itself a "hyper-fast artisan pizza delivery service," which seems about right.

The interface is a lot like calling an Uber: Set your location, choose your pie, and they make it really quick and bring it out to you. I ordered my pizza a little after 6:00pm; I was eating at 6:20. 

It's not a new concept — there's a one-button pizza delivery app that's literally called


Someone in Russia changed this guy's Steam account and he can't change it back

On Christmas Day, hackers took down popular online video gaming site Steam. As Steam fixed the problem, some sensitive information about users was accidentally exposed.

Steam tells Business Insider that it has the situation under control and no one needs to "take any action" if they suspect their account was revealed that day.

If they still think their account was hacked and needs attention, the spokesperson told us users should contact support at help.steampowered.com.

But it seems like Steam has some other problems with account security that need to be addressed.


Facebook's Oculus Rift VR headset will launch without its super-cool hand controller

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, made by Facebook subsidiary Oculus VR, is on track for release in early 2016, but its very cool Oculus Touch controller will be delayed until the last half of the year, the company said in a blog post today.

The funky-looking Oculus Touch controller is designed to actually map your hands into virtual reality.

While you're holding the paddles, you can actually wave your hands in front of your face and see it reflected in the virtual world. It grants a lot more interactivity while you're messing around in cyberspace.

So it's a huge bummer that the Oculus Rift will come with a Microsoft Xbox One controller instead,


Apple has a clever idea to let you pay your friends right in iMessage (AAPL)

Soon, you could send money your friends money from iMessage or a number of other apps on your iPhone.

According to a December 2015 patent filing unearthed by Quartz' Ian Kar, Apple may soon be making a push into the payments space by letting you send your friends money right inside apps on your phone like iMessage.

The patent filing shows two users talking in iMessage.

There's a "Make Payment" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Presumably, when you tap that button, you could send money to a friend — likely using your banking or credit card information stored with Apple Pay.


Google’s $500 million Dropcam is getting brutal 1-star reviews in the App Store (GOOG, GOOGL)

The reviews for Dropcam are in, and they don't look so good.

Wi-Fi camera company Dropcam sold to Google's Nest for $555 million in June 2014.

In June 2015, Nest announced its first new product since Google acquired it for $3.2 billion last year — a smart camera called the Nest Cam, the first real product integration between the two companies. 

The new device was heralded as a big improvement over the previous version of Dropcam, promising higher resolution video, better night vision, improved audio capabilities, and a sleeker hardware and app design.

But users on Apple's App Store,


An Apple shareholder is trying to make the executive team more diverse (AAPL)

An investor is lobbying Apple to hire more "people of colour" to its executive team, Bloomberg reports

Apple's executive suite currently has one non-white person, Denise Young Smith, according to the company's website. Six out of the company's eight directors are white. 

The resolution was submitted to SEC by Antonio Avian Maldonado II, an investor who owns just 645 Apple shares, in September. Apple gets to choose whether the motion is included in its annual shareholder meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. 

Apple told Bloomberg that "the company has no power to ensure that its recruits will accept offers." Business Insider has reached out to Apple for comment. 


Why cancer treatments like the one Jimmy Carter used are suddenly gaining traction

We may be at the beginning of a revolution in how we treat cancer.

For years, doctors have treated patients using a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to try and stifle the disease.

But in the past few years, doctors have started using a promising tool: immunotherapy.

Unlike chemotherapy, which involves administering powerful drugs that kill both cancerous and healthy cells (most healthy cells can repair themselves), immunotherapies harness the power of the immune system to help it identify and knock out just the cancerous cells.

Recently, former President Jimmy Carter


The $75 pillow from startup Casper is not worth the price

Casper, a startup that makes and delivers mattresses, has expanded its product line to include a $75 pillow

That's a lot to pay for a pillow. Is it worth it? In my opinion, no. 

Casper sent me a pillow to test out and it wasn't for me. I would not recommend it for most people. 

There is one key benefit to buying Casper's pillow. The company says it will let users test the pillow for 100 days, and then return it for free if they don't like it. So if you're interested in trying the pillow, it is theoretically risk-free. You don't need to take my word for it — you can give it a shot yourself. 

However, if you're wondering, here's my take: I think the pillow is too soft for my taste, and I think it's too expensive.

Let's tackle those two complaints in reverse order.