Travel

Travelocity Exec scooped up by HotelTonight

Travelocity Exec scooped up by HotelTonight

A fledgling travel app called HotelTonight has managed to land a new Chief Marketing Officer that is none other than Travelocity exec Beth Murphy. This is a huge win for the startup as Murphy brings a whole lot of experience from her leadership roles at Yahoo, Digg, Visa, Intuit, and of course Travelocity, which is right up the same alley.

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Google Maps Updated to Include Weather Conditions

Google Maps Updated to Include Weather Conditions

Hear that? That's the sound of Google making another type of online service obsolete. Google today announced an update to Google maps that, working with Weather.com, will show you what kind of conditions you'll be looking at for your weekend trip to the mountains. All you've got to do is open up Google Maps, type in your address, and select the Weather layer from the list of options in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Current temperatures and conditions are shown all around the world and Google hopes this will make travel easier (or at least a bit better planned out) than ever before.

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American Airlines replaces in-flight screens with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

American Airlines replaces in-flight screens with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

Up in the air, Junior Android! Samsung is taking to the skies with its Galaxy Tab 10.1, inking a deal with American Airlines to put 6,000 of the Honeycomb slates into the premium cabins of select transcontinental and international flights. Rather than the existing in-flight entertainment system, AA will use specially customized Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets bearing extra memory.

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Magellan Reveals WiFi enabled RoadMate 5175T-LM GPS

Magellan Reveals WiFi enabled RoadMate 5175T-LM GPS

With the adoption of smartphones, many consumers are relying on their phone to direct them to their destination rather than a GPS. Why clutter your life with two devices when you can easily make do with one? This is no doubt one of the reasons Magellan is rolling out the RoadMate 5175T-LM; it has built in WiFi, a web browser, and a new more robust trip planner called TourDirector. A portable web browser with no data plan does sound appealing, but can these new features keep the GPS competitive in the evolving smartphone world?

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Google ITA Travel Search Acquisition Approved But Conditions Apply

Google ITA Travel Search Acquisition Approved But Conditions Apply

Google's acquisition of travel software company ITA for $700 million has just been approved today by the U.S. Justice Department after 8 months of deliberation. It was a difficult decision because the acquisition could obliterate competition in the travel search industry. Travel websites such as Kayak and TripAdvisor depend on the ITA software and fear they would lose access to it once Google acquires the company. Luckily for them, the Justice Department has set some conditions in their approval.

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Room 77 Finds You The Best Hotel Room, Not Just Best Hotel

Room 77 Finds You The Best Hotel Room, Not Just Best Hotel

Travel planning is being kicked up a notch. Instead of just searching for the best hotel, you can now search for the best hotel room. A startup by the name Room 77 is building a database of more than 425,000 hotel rooms at 2500 properties with information such as room category, square footage, bed type, and even proximity to an elevator. But most interestingly, is its tie in with Google Earth to bring you Room View, which simulates the actual view you would see from a particular hotel room.

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$100 Gets You a Mysterious Package Aboard Any Airplane (so Long as You’re a TSA Agent)

$100 Gets You a Mysterious Package Aboard Any Airplane (so Long as You’re a TSA Agent)

So you're ready to get aboard a flight and you've decided you'd like to place your bag aboard a different flight. Why would you want to do that? You're a TSA agent and you'd like to test the system with $100 bill. You take your totally mysterious bag, you head over to a JetBlue flight, you hand that one hundred dollar bill to the doorman, and poof! You've got that bag aboard, unaccompanied by you.

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