“Room Key, Meet Smartphone.” Starwood Hotels has just announced that it will be rolling out mobile check-ins and digital room keys. That means that you will soon be able to skip the lines and check into your hotel room with your smartphone, and even enter your room using your smartphone! While this is definitely an exciting and innovative step, I think this also stresses even more emphasis about smartphone security and not losing your smartphone. What do you think about this?
MONEY: New “Coin” card to become the one card to rule them all? For a limited time, pre-order one for $50 or FREE.
The latest chatter in the technology blogs and news columns lately have been about the new Coin card, and it is one that I felt I absolutely had to feature in this blog because of the solution it provides to the age-old issue for miles enthusiasts: “How do you know which credit cards to stuff into your small wallet?” The Coin card will provide its cardholder with the option to store up to 8 credit cards, debit cards, or rewards cards inside of it. When you want to switch cards,…… (click read more!)
If you frequent airplanes, you will come to memorize (sometimes word for word) the on-board safety instructions that each airline crew is obligated to tell you. Normally this is a time when most passengers and frequent flyers will tune out the cabin crew by reading Skymall or playing around with their smartphones. Yesterday, Virgin America released their new safety video, and it is definitely one that is hard to ignore. Check it out! Personally, I like it when airlines put a little bit of a twist on the safety instructions–like…… (click read more!)
Over the past couple of years, I have been watching the rise in the number of peer-to-peer ride sharing companies gaining traction, notably SideCar and Lyft. Not only are these options cheaper than taking a taxi, but the experience is completely different: it’s like having a friend pick you up and take you somewhere. I recently joined the Lyft community both as a driver and as a passenger. I thought it would be a fun experience to get to know some more folks in San Francisco, and also because I…… (click read more!)
American Airlines has been rigorously changing their public image and product in order to rapidly change its 2013 financials to prove to investors that they are successfully emerging from bankruptcy. In addition to the new airline branding of their planes, American recently announced the introduction of new lie-flat seats in business class for transcontinental travel and in their new 777-300ERs. Here’s a quick video about the update. While they certainly are going to be gearing most of their updates for the business traveler—as opposed to those in economy—it is exciting to…… (click read more!)