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Articles tagged “apps”

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.

4 days 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Event Booking App YPlan Raised $38 Million But Was Sold For Just $3 Million

Event Booking App YPlan Raised $38 Million But Was Sold For Just $3 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another app-based start-up has failed to live up to the hype. And we're still waiting for a company in the tours and activities field to translate marketing buzz into a scalable and profitable business.

1 month ago

New Google Trips Mobile App Uses Gmail to Source Reservations, Recommendations

New Google Trips Mobile App Uses Gmail to Source Reservations, Recommendations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google already had Google Maps when it added Google Flights in 2011 and later hotel metasearch and booking. With the launches of a destinations app, which pairs flight and hotel bookings, in 2015, and now the Google Trips app for organizing reservations and making tours and activities recommendations, Google's travel business is slowly, if steadily, becoming pervasive. Google can afford to bide its time -- it is, after all, Google.

3 months ago

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

Greg Oates, Skift

Although Visit Orlando's new AI-powered travel app still has kinks, it shows the power of machine learning to provide more contextual and customized information to travelers — most of the time.

3 months ago

Radiologist Offers App for In-flight Medical Emergencies

Radiologist Offers App for In-flight Medical Emergencies

Associated Press

During in-flight emergencies, it isn't only the passengers and crew that need help -- medical personnel need some guidelines, too, and that's where the airRx app comes in.

3 months ago

Audi Launches Rent by Hour Plan in Hong Kong and Looks to Gridlocked Beijing

Audi Launches Rent by Hour Plan in Hong Kong and Looks to Gridlocked Beijing

Bloomberg

The race is on for auto manufacturers and car rental companies to adapt to on-demand ride-sharing and other mobile services. Audi is the latest carmaker to get involved although China could turn out to be a tough market to break into.

3 months ago

Corporate Travel Companies Still Trying to Figure Out Mobile Tools

Corporate Travel Companies Still Trying to Figure Out Mobile Tools

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Travel managers seem to know that they need to get a better handle on mobile use — the question is how travelers will respond to clear-cut recommendations.

3 months ago

Airbnb Tests Standalone Guide and Restaurants App

Airbnb Tests Standalone Guide and Restaurants App

Eric Newcomer and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Airbnb is going to be a player in local activities and possibly restaurant reservations, both of which are a focus of its new -- and still unreleased -- app. Google aims to get more involved as well.

4 months ago

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Better technology, including the availability of mobile weather and other apps for pilots, is a contributing factor in a drop in fatalities in private plane crashes. Assuredly there are other factors behind the decline but getting better apps into the hands of pilots and co-pilots, and reducing paperwork so they can concentrate on flying the plane, is definitely a positive development.

4 months ago