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Dining App, Reserve, Offers Check-Free Dining...For a Price

February 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

You’re hungry. You’re indecisive. You shirk unnecessary human contact. Don’t worry, now there’s an app for that--it's called Reserve.

Jared Leto, Jon Favreau, and Will.i.am are among the celebrity investors in this mobile dining app — or rather, "digital concierge," per its website — which lets foodies in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco secure seats, and automatically pay the tab, at over 100 different restaurants. (Chicago: you’re up next.)

Reserve users enter the size of their party and specify a window of time in which they’d like to dine; the app notifies them when the seats are locked down. It’s not readily apparent what distinguishes this process from the old-fashioned method of calling ahead, except for removing all that pesky immediacy. It is helpful that restaurant options are limited to a “curated” selection of quality spots, rather than overwhelming users with every Yelp-reviewed eatery around.

More intriguing is the payment system, which takes a cue from Uber. (One of that ride-hailing app’s founders is also behind the scenes on Reserve.)

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Headed to Colorado? This Adventure Travel App Can Help You Get Off the Beaten Path

February 18, 2015 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers looking to discover lesser known outdoor adventures in Colorado should worry not - there's an app for that.

Gociety, a Denver-based startup, is a social network for adventurers. The free site allows members to share and connect with the rest of the Gociety community about outdoor sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Users can get recommendations from locals or join in on already planned outings with other members. Aka - you can meet up with locals who might be hiking or climbing in an area that you would not have discovered otherwise.

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MSC Cruises' New App Lets You Tour Ships and More (No Dramamine Needed)

January 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

How you remotely toured a cruise ship in 1989: Go to the mall, find the temporary “ship deck” installation by the escalator, sidestep some inflatable Mylar palm trees and procure an informational pamphlet from a cruise line salesperson in a sailor hat.

How you remotely tour a cruise ship in 2015: Download an app.

Last week, MSC Cruises announced the launch of their mobile app that lets smartphone users, and prospective cruisers, take virtual tours of the fleet’s 12 ships. The free download lets you explore the nooks and crannies of each ship – from staterooms and restaurants to spas and theaters – while offering a litany of other features: like cruise itineraries, background info about destinations and ports, global positioning features that let you track the movements of the fleet, and even live onboard webcam feeds. (Which is really the cheapest way to travel, when you think about it.)

Overall it’s a pretty solid idea from MSC, which cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally throughout other worldwide waters. Download the app here to start cyber-surfing in preparation for your next cruise IRL.

[Image: msccruisesusa.com]

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Travel App Review: Let RideScout Do the Navigating in 69 Cities

December 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Booking a plane ticket to a new city is, for the most part, fairly easy. It's the arriving in that city which can be a headache, figuring out how best to explore and get around. Fret no more, because that's all RideScout's specialty.

This newish mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, helps travelers get from point A to point B faster and smarter using some GPS technology and an easy-to-use interface. RideScout gathers together all the ground transportation in the area and presents it as simply as possible, including directions, estimated cost, and arrival times, ensuring that you get where you need to go by cab, public transport, car-sharing, or biking.

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This App Allows Free Texting on Airplanes. #Blessed

November 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Picture it: You and your friend are seated aisles away from one another on a plane. The devastation sets in. How are you going to pass the next few hours? The stranger to your left seems uninterested in your running commentary on the sub-par in-flight movie options and relative attractiveness of each flight attendant. This is serious.

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Not Sure What's Rocking the Treetops? A Shazam for Birdcalls Can Help

September 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

By now, we’re sure most of you are familiar with Shazam, the smartphone app that can listen to and identify a song by artist and title. The audio recognition technology is absolutely amazing, helping us name that tune whether it's playing at a bar, in a hotel lobby, or during the climax of a movie.

The concept might seem most useful for the partying and nightlife crowds, but as fate would have it, the technology has slowly been making its presence felt in one of the travel industry’s most quiet, observant segments: Bird watching. Outdoor enthusiasts have harnessed the power of audio recognition software to begin creating apps that identify animal calls, specifically birds, in the same way that Shazam recognizes a song.

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Red Bull Air Race Releases Free Game, Kisses Your Productivity Goodbye

September 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.

Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races ends—there's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2—but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.

Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.

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Travel App Review: ClaimAir Uncomplicates Airline Compensation

September 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight delays and cancellations suck. Period. But since the U.S. government has levied guidelines on how airlines compensate travelers who experience flight disruptions, the situation has improved. Still, those strict rules and guidelines for payouts can be very confusing, and it's no wonder the casual flyer still has no clue what's due to them.

Luckily there's now an app for that.

Enter Claimair. This handy mobile app is basically the perfect flow chart if you have a cancelled flight, excessively delayed arrival, denied boarding, or facing lost baggage. So next time you're blood pressure is rising, step away from the gate and tap on this new app.

Start by choosing your flight inconvenience, then input flight details and answer a few questions directly in-app. ClaimAir will then display a result of what is due to you options on how to go about claiming it.

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What Kind of Role Does a Smartphone Play in Your Travel Style?

August 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

We cover a lot of smartphone applications that help make life on the road a little easier. And, without question, these products of technology in our pockets allow us to take shortcuts with our trip planning that were not possible in the past, from driving directions and virtual guidebooks to researching hotel prices from a café.

In that sense, the smartphone has eliminated the risk of “getting lost” while traveling, ensuring we always have a safety net at our side. They also double as our cameras, and have eliminated the need for casual travelers to carry two pieces of equipment.

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EasyJet’s Polarizing Decision to Text Customers

July 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week, EasyJet launched a service via its mobile app that will text customers step-by-step instructions throughout the process of boarding a flight. Using sensors placed throughout the airport, the app detects where a passenger is and sends call to action type information via text message.

For example, when a passenger approaches the boarding gate, they will receive a text message advising them to take out their boarding pass and, where appropriate, passport. The thought behind the service is that it will help reduce wait time caused by disorganized passengers.

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Travel App Review: 'Rotten WiFi' Locates and Rates WiFi Signals Around the World

May 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Finding reliable WiFi while on the road is finally, hopefully as simple as opening up an app on your smartphone.

A handy new iPhone app helps users sniff out the fastest free wifi and 3G networks on the go. Rotten WiFi isn't just a tool to rate the performance of a signal; it's also a social network to warn potential network users of bad hotspots and redirect them to the best connections.

Whether you're in an airport, hotel, cafe, convention center or government building, you can easily find the fastest available free network and see what other visitors have said about it.

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Travel App Review: 'Views On Top' is Like the Child of Instagram and TripAdvisor

May 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Planning a vacation is hard enough when you think of all the decisions to be made, from picking destinations to choosing airlines and hotels. That's why we're pretty excited to check out this new travel app that marries photo-sharing sites and TripAdvisor. Views On Top lets travelers browse photos from their destination and cherry pick what they'd like to see.

Its target are the time poor travelers, as the app allows users to check out stunning shots of locations shared by either locals or other tourists. It even assists in travel photography; perhaps you want to get your own shot of the Taj Mahal at dawn or the perfect capture of Copacabana Beach from a secret roof deck, well snap-happy visitors can share tips for snapping that perfect shot.

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