Articles tagged “apps”

Hot Springs as Wellness Destination Takes Hold in U.S.

Hot Springs as Wellness Destination Takes Hold in U.S.

Leslie Barrie, Skift

This week in wellness news, the hot springs movement gains traction in the U.S. Meanwhile, mental health apps aim to address the rising tide of anxiety in the U.S. Admirable, yes, but it’s debatable whether apps that gamify the quest toward beating anxiety can really catch on.

6 days ago

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning.

5 months ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

6 months ago

Hotel App Six Travel Claims to Measure the Real Influence of Influencers

Hotel App Six Travel Claims to Measure the Real Influence of Influencers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hotels and other brands would welcome a tool that enables them to accurately tally the number of bookings that can be directly attributed to various influencers. But it remains to be seen how effectively Six Travel can deliver on its promises.

8 months ago

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

The app sounds like a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether all of the incumbent transit systems, with their vested interests, will hop along for the ride.

8 months ago

Travel Booking Is Finally Coming to Instagram

Travel Booking Is Finally Coming to Instagram

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Facebook enabled airlines and hotels to build booking functionality into their Facebook pages years ago, it was a total bust. But Instagram and Whatsapp seem to have an engagement level that was missing last time around, making these e-commerce moves appear to be a lot more feasible.

9 months ago

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Dennis Schaal, Skift

What's clear from the report is that Facebook and some travel apps are sharing way more personal information than they had admitted to. The backlash will undoubtedly pick up steam, although Facebook seems to have largely escaped condemnation from this latest disclosure.

10 months ago

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Associated Press

It's remarkable that what started as a rule violation turned into a useful app for beachgoers, instead of just a drawn-out fight.

10 months ago

Delete Didi Movement Shakes China Ridesharing Service

Delete Didi Movement Shakes China Ridesharing Service

Bloomberg

Whether it's an airline (United) or a ridesharing service (Didi and Uber), a corporate reputation can be pummeled in a social media minute. Didi executives claim they are now emphasizing safety as the number one priority and making growth secondary. At least they are saying the right things.

1 year ago

WeChat Pay May Be Missing a Global Expansion Opportunity

WeChat Pay May Be Missing a Global Expansion Opportunity

Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

Maybe WeChat Pay will change its mind about how far it can reach globally, especially if, as the writer posits, "one day, chat plus wallet will be as obvious a combination as mobile phone plus camera."

1 year ago

The Era of Personalization in Event Tech Is Finally Here

The Era of Personalization in Event Tech Is Finally Here

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Tools are finally emerging that empower event professionals with the insights they need to better understand how attendees operate at events and the value created for sponsors. It's about time, and these tools will only become more useful over time as event planners learn more about what makes their gatherings successful.

2 years ago

HNA Is Trying to Streamline Its Travel Services With New $7.5 Billion HiApp

HNA Is Trying to Streamline Its Travel Services With New $7.5 Billion HiApp

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

All the details about HNA's HiApp are still not out, but this story makes the case that the company would be wise to offer services across its travel portfolio in one place.

2 years ago