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Google Maps / Uber / iOS / Android / Mobile Apps / → All Tags
Grabbing a ride from the friendly folks over at Uber just got a little bit easier, as everyone’s favorite mapping software now includes integration with the rideshare service.
The latest update from Google Maps on your mobile device now supports Uber, and if you have the Uber app on your phone as well, Uber cars show up alongside the usual options (driving, public transportation, walking) when searching directions.
Delta / Airlines / Airline News / In-Flight WiFi / Android / In-Flight Entertainment / Apple / iOS / → All Tags
We already knew that Southwest Airlines was all about up-in-the-air text messaging, and now it looks like another major carrier is flipping the switch on a different type of WiFi connectivity. Delta has done the WiFi thing from like the very beginning, but now they are looking to try something a little bit different and with a cheaper price tag.
The carrier is quick to remind everyone that Delta Connect and Gogo are available on equipped flights within the continental US and spots up in Alaska, but what is new is the ability to connect with family, friends, and colleagues beginning at just $2 per flight.
Alaska Airlines / Google / iOS / Travel Tech / Android / Airlines / Airline News / Travel Apps / → All Tags
We’ve seen Alaska Airlines try a whole bunch of different things and ideas, as the carrier seems quick to try out new strategies to better their airline. Just recently they’ve been turning around their planes quicker, as they’ve started to send passengers off the plane from both the front door and the back door. Also, let’s not forget their slimmer seats, in-flight power, and other improvements and upgrades to their airplane insides. Well now it looks like they’re adding yet another feature, as they’re embracing Google Wallet.
If you’re not familiar with Google Wallet it basically allows you to beam funds over to friends, family, or your bookie right through your mobile device—no need to stop to the ATM. It also gives you the capability to store traditional cards and other wallet clogging papers right within your phone, and that’s where Alaska Airlines come into the picture.
iPhone Travel Apps / iPhone / Android / Blackberry / Android Travel Apps / Layovers / Airports / → All Tags
There's been quite a bit of excitement over the new Smart Layover app, which claims to be a lifeline for travelers stuck with a long layover. Thus, we put it to the test on one of our recent trips and, while the idea is definitely a good one, we were left a little confused by all the hype.
Despite what the name would suggest, we don’t find this app particularly valuable when it comes to finding things to do in an airport during a layover. In some cases, such as DIA/Denver International, there are no listings even available for offers within the terminal walls, which is a problem others have also reported. When we found ourselves in an airport that did offer deals, it was typically of the shopping variety; an example is a few bucks off headphones or something.
National Rental Car / Cars / Rental Cars / Mobile Apps / iOS / Android / Travel Tech / → All Tags
One of our favorite things about National Rental Car is that you can pick your own car right off the aisle. Sure there are some limitations to what you can choose and when you can pick it, but for the most part it’s a pretty generous feature. Assuming you join their Emerald Club and book a midsize car, you are then allowed to select anything from the Emerald Aisle. If you’re lucky there are usually a few upgrades sitting right there and are yours for the taking—if you like the red one, take the red one.
Now things have gotten a little bit better, as National Rental Car has recently released a brand new mobile phone app. Available in both iOS and Android flavors, the new app brings a lot of what you’d expect. Make reservations, manage bookings, use discounts, find coupons, and that kind of thing is all available with the latest version of their mobile software.
Alaska Airlines / Airlines / Airline News / iOS / Android / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / → All Tags
Downloading mobile apps for your phone or tablet is usually pretty simple and straightforward. This is still the case when it comes to accessing the online offerings from Alaska Airlines, but this month you’ll get a little bit more with your download. Things are still totally free, but the carrier is actually kicking in a few bucks for help out a good cause.
The airline is partnering up with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to help out all the coral—and fishies—doing their thing within the reefs over in the islands. Every time someone downloads an Alaska Airlines mobile application during the month of August a dollar will go to help out the ocean life. The minimum contribution will be $30,000, and things run through the month of August.
US Airways / Tech Travel / Android / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / Airline News / → All Tags
They might be a little late to the party—like years late—but it appears that US Airways is finally ready to start doing the mobile app thing. Just this week they released their very first piece of travel technology, and so far it is available in just one flavor—Android.
Expect a lot of the same from the US Airways app that you get from the competition, as you’ll be able to manage all the bits and pieces of your travel itinerary. Check-in for flights, book airfare, locate airline clubs, and of course load up that mobile boarding pass. Speaking of which, they’ve got some kind of spot right within the app where you can store and collect all your boarding passes in one convenient location.
United / Tech Travel / iOS / Android / iPhone / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / Airline News / United Airlines / → All Tags
When it comes to staying in touch with what your airline and airplane is doing there’s nothing better than an official airline app. All the airlines pretty much have them—except US Airways—and now United is adding a few new features to their offerings.
The latest version of the mobile app is still a version one release; so don’t really expect anything too radical or ridiculous. However, it now provides a few new options that will keep you moving when you’re on the go.
Piles of newspaper and old magazines are no longer an issue for Virgin Australia and their airline lounges, as they’re getting ready to go digital. We’re sure some periodicals will be kicking around in paper format for quite some time, but we still think their latest move is pretty darn clever.
It sounds like visitors to the Virgin Australia lounges down under will soon have access to well over 2,000 different publications thanks to PressReader. Basically you’ll connect to the wireless network, fire up the app, and then start perusing plenty of newspapers and magazines from nearly 100 countries across 50 languages. Local favorites like The Australian and Gold Coast Bulletin are available, but feel free to digitally flip through the Los Angeles Times as well. They promise complete digital replicas of each and every edition, and often things are available through PressReader before they hit the newsstand.
Google Maps / Travel Technology / Winter Travel / Active Travel / Android / iOS / Skiing / Ski Travel / → All Tags
In case you missed it we’re in the middle of the winter, and pretty much everyone has been hit with the snow—especially those in the northeast. It’s definitely time to take a break from the shoveling and plowing, and make your way onto the slopes. Skiing down the mountain is way better than playing with the snow in your driveway, and now Google is even here to help you find your way.
Adding to their mapping empire, Google just recently revealed that they’ve got the scoop on a whole bunch of ski resorts. Their latest addition boosts their offerings by another 38, as they add to their collection of ski resorts and mountains across the United States and Canada. Different lines indicate lifts, trails, difficulty, and even the path to the best hot toddy by the fire. Okay—maybe not that last part, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that was buried in there somewhere.
Airport Restaurants / PHX / Airport Food / Travel Apps / Android / iPhone / Airports / Airport News / → All Tags
We’ve got a good feeling that many of you will find yourselves at the airport at some point during the holiday season. It may be on your way to visit friends and relatives, but we’re even more hopeful that you’re at the airport flying somewhere fun to avoid friends and relatives.
No matter how you end up at the airport you’re going to need a bite to eat while you’re wandering the terminals, so thankfully HMSHost and their food-from-your-phone technology is back with a new airport and new restaurants.
To many people - critics and investors alike - Google may seem like a privacy-violating advertising platform built that has some really innovative search and social media technology. But the Mountain View company wants you to know they're committed to being so much more. It's not just that they harvest all of the data based on the information you seek and the people with whom you interact. They also want to be know where people travel, where people eat, and where people shop.
Or more precisely: Google already knows where people do all of those things (the company even published a nice infographic of where Americans traveled last summer). What the search giant actually now wants to know is where you travel, eat, and shop. And to get its hands on that data, it's going to help you. "Help."