Articles tagged “apps”

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

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.

1 month ago

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

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.

1 month ago

Radiologist Offers App for In-flight Medical Emergencies

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.

1 month ago

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

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.

2 months ago

Corporate Travel Companies Still Trying to Figure Out Mobile Tools

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.

2 months ago

Airbnb Tests Standalone Guide and Restaurants App

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.

2 months ago

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

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.

2 months ago

Business Travelers Are Using Mobile Apps — But Not Necessarily the Way Employers Wish They Would

The holy grail for a travel manager would be an all-in-one app that travelers would actually want to use while staying within company policy — and on the radar in case of emergency. Goals are good.

4 months ago

Corporate Travel Embraces Chat-Based Apps With Hyper Travel Acquisition

Chat-based apps that use real travel agents are getting a lot of buzz; we're interested to see how they will fit into the corporate travel space.

4 months ago

Membership-Based Apps Try to Make Their Marks in Travel Booking

Several of these apps blend online and offline, and most are leveraging membership fees as a way to prosper. You know how this goes: One or two may prosper and the rest will be a footnote.

5 months ago

Google Is Planning on Launching a Travel Assistant App

Google tends to favor digital products over human-facing services but it's possible that a new "travel assistant app" could blend the two. Then again, they've tried this before.

6 months ago

Kayak Adds a Bot to Slack to Expand Booking Via Messaging Apps

Give Kayak credit for going where the users are and building a travel-search app on top of Slack. Is Slack the optimum way to plan a trip? Hardly. But there will be some users, who are chatting at the office in Slack all day, who could find it convenient. Messaging apps such as WhatsApp would be fertile ground as well.

7 months ago