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GM shutters Maven car sharing business

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General Motors is shutting down its Maven car sharing service, having already put the business on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. The automaker launched Maven back in 2016, and up until recently it was operational in seven markets across the US and Canada.

Like other such services, Maven offered access to a vehicle when required, without the need to lease or own one full-time. Rentals could be by the hour, day, or even month, with insurance, fuel, and other costs all bundled into a single fee. Unlike rival car sharing platforms, however, Maven also allowed existing owners of GM family vehicles to share their cars hourly or daily, as part of a peer-to-peer sharing option.

In addition, Maven offered gig drivers – such as those working for Lyft and Uber – access to cars when required. Until now, the company’s services had been available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit/Ann Arbor, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Toronto.

Now, though, it’s winding down for good, a GM spokesperson confirmed. “We’ve gained extremely valuable insights from operating our own car-sharing business,” Pamela Fletcher, Vice President of Global Innovation at General Motors, said in a statement to SlashGear. “Our learnings and developments from Maven will go on to benefit and accelerate the growth of other areas of GM business.”

Maven’s car sharing service was already suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, and will not resume. Gig services operations, meanwhile, have already been very limited, a GM spokesperson confirmed. They will continue to wind down. Maven currently has around 230,000 members, and approximately 1,400 in its fleet in total. GM plans to contact customers directly to help them find an alternative service they can use.

The exact timeline of the shutdown will vary by market, but GM expects Maven to have ceased operations completely by later this summer. That’s assuming government restrictions in COVID-19-affected areas don’t interfere. Maven assets and resources will be transferred to other areas of GM, and could form the basis of new businesses.

That may well include new GM fleet services, though right now the automaker isn’t saying what, exactly, they could comprise of. It’ll be the responsibility of GM’s Global Innovation organization to figure that out, the division responsible for things like shared mobility, EVs, autonomous driving, and more.

[Updated to add Maven user statistics]

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The Secret Photos Feature That Makes Your Hidden And Recently Deleted Photos More Secure

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Much like with Notes, you can now set passwords for the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums in Photos and keep them locked and secure. This MacOS Ventura feature is enabled by default. You would be required to key in your Mac computer’s login password or use Touch ID to gain access to either of the two albums.

This is especially useful for people who regularly transfer photos into a secret space within the Photos app so that other people who may have access to the machine won’t be able to snoop and view private shots that easily. You can keep photos from being displayed in your library by following these steps:

  1. Launch the Photos app.
  2. From the sidebar, hit “Library.”
  3. Pick the photo or group of photos you’d like to conceal.
  4. Choose “Image” from the menu bar that runs along the top of the computer screen, then hit “Hide [number] Photos.”
  5. Click “Hide” to finalize.

Marked photos will then be moved into the “Hidden” photos folder, which can be accessed by going to “Library” again in the sidebar and hitting “View” from the menu bar in order to “Show Hidden Photo Album.” Since the password-lock feature is automatically turned on for the secret folder on MacOS Ventura, you may be required to enter your login password or use Touch ID (if you have it set up) to display hidden photos again.

In addition to hidden photos being password protected, other users who hop on your Mac computer will not be able to just check out or recover any newly deleted photos. Photos that were moved into the Recently Deleted album can be restored and moved back into the main Photos library within the period of time stated for each file.

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Sony Just Kicked Off A Huge ‘End Of Year’ Sale On PS4, PS5 Games

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In all, there are just over 800 items on sale across both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Not everything is games, however, as there are some expansions, add-on packs, and other forms of DLC that are also included in the savings. Filtering out the extras, it’s closer to 600 (573 or so) games and game bundles.

There is, of course, plenty of older stuff in the mix like 2013’s “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,” “Knack,” and “Murdered: Soul Suspect” (wow, remember that one?). But there are also a fair number of newer titles that are being discounted as well. If you were curious about “Gotham Knights” or you really want the X-Factor Edition of “NHL 23,” both are up for grabs at around 50% off. But if you want something that moves a little faster, there’s also the Digital Deluxe version of “Sonic Frontiers” for 30% off ($48.99).

If you want to check out the full list, you can find it over at the PlayStation Store or hop onto the online shop via your PS4 or PS5 console. Just look for “End of Year Deals,” or open the intrusive ad Sony most likely dropped in your system’s main menu.

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The Best SUVs Of 2022

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The Suburban is the largest SUV that Chevy offers, and it’s perfect for hauling large families, lots of luggage, trailers, or whatever else you want it to. The 2023 Suburban recently launched with GM’s latest Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, but other than that, not much has changed over the past few years. The thing is, it doesn’t need to, as the reason the Suburban remains a perennial bestseller despite being one of the oldest nameplates on the road is simple: space. There are very few passenger vehicles on the market that offer such a cavernous interior as the Suburban, which means buyers can usually look past the SUV’s other shortcomings.

It might be huge, for example, but the interior isn’t always up to scratch in terms of quality, especially in higher trims where prices start to creep uncomfortably close to true luxury rivals. Its base suspension is also just okay rather than great, and suffice it to say, it’s far from the most efficient SUV on the market. But, all those things matter less if you’re just looking for a big car that can haul people or cargo with ease, and for that alone, the Suburban retains its title as one of America’s best SUVs.

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