Articles tagged “apps”

Language App Competition Is Growing But the Best Features Aren’t Free

Language App Competition Is Growing But the Best Features Aren’t Free

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

It's easier than ever to pick up some key phrases (or more) before a foreign trip, but travelers should do some research to figure out which option is best for their needs — and how much it will cost.

4 weeks ago

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Kankanit Wiriyasajja and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

If you build it they will come — and text. Is Line Village Bangkok a next-generation theme park? We'll see.

2 months ago

Chefs+Tech: The Tricky Business of Comparing Delivery Apps

Chefs+Tech: The Tricky Business of Comparing Delivery Apps

Kristen Hawley, Chefs+Tech

You can't judge the success of a food delivery app by counting the number of users who simply open the app.

3 months ago

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Chris Rovzar and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Is there a viable market for renting hotel rooms by the minute instead of hanging out at Starbucks for awhile? There are a few apps trying to find out. Meanwhile, this could be beneficial for some hotels if they can sort through the logistics.

4 months ago

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Facebook app now enables users to tap a Book Now button and has easy to use tap to call or messaging features with the venues. This is an important step by a company with a mammoth user base.

6 months ago

4 Apps and Services That Help Travelers Stay Safe on the Road

4 Apps and Services That Help Travelers Stay Safe on the Road

Colin Nagy, Skift

You don't need to be climbing Mt. Everest for it to be wise to take advantage of a few think-ahead travel services.

7 months ago

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Smart destination marketing organizations will recognize that civil rights isn't just a hot-button political issue — it's a crucial part of a destination's identity, and with the right tech, it can draw visitors accordingly.

8 months ago

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is there a big enough market for travelers to track flights through push notifications and wait weeks or months to buy instead of going to a website and entering their itinerary details? Hopper, Hitlist, and others think Millennials and others will shop this way but there is skepticism about how large these businesses can become.

8 months ago

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to new tech platforms and technologies such as voice-activated search with Amazon Alexa, the advantage, in the short term, goes to the big travel tech and marketing companies, including online travel agencies and metasearch companies, because they have the engineering staff and other resources to address these disruptions.

9 months ago

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

9 months ago

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With Lola's acquisition of Room 77's metasearch tech, Room 77 essentially becomes a consumer insights and hotel search test lab for Lola. Room 77's original founders have essentially exited the business: Google licensed its tech and hired the bulk of its employees, Expedia acquired Room 77's pioneering room-view tech, TrustYou bought Room 77's Checkmate hotel-messaging app, and now Lola picked up the remaining technology.

9 months ago

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google is using its Google Flights capability to power its new Artificial Intelligence-filled Assistant to respond intelligently to queries about travel. The service's inability to respond to queries about your existing travel itineraries, however, is a huge missed opportunity for now.

10 months ago