Municipalities, government agencies and other public organizations produce a lot of information. Public transport companies doing eg timetables and Finansinspektionen information about the fund companies' market values. The information is quite inaccessible, but creative appmakare can use it to create flexible services for us consumers. To make this easier launched II Foundation recently the site Data Hotel. Here everyone can upload their open data for free, and appmakare can access them. You can read more about how this works on the site Open Data.
It is a truly global phenomenon.Yet, just as Uber s attempts to shake up the taxi market has met resistance, Airbnb finds itself a victim of its own success as cities and countries wake up to the fact that the cute new kid on the block has been transformed into an 800lb gorilla.This is certainly how the company likes to portray itself – a platform that allows the little guy to build up a complementary industry, one that increases the size of the hospitality pie rather than takes a slice from existing businesses.In a statement to the Observer, it said: It is disappointing – but not surprising – to see attacks on new forms of travel that put money in the pockets of local residents and support small businesses outside hotel districts.But not all governments and authorities buy into the home-sharing concept.They buy three or four flats in the city and it s too much.
They have all these vehicles they use in the film, and sales tax on the gas goes to the city.Advertisement"I was there on Monday and the Royal Ground coffeehouse on Fourth Street was jam-packed with extras who were there for a shoot, and I'm sure other storefronts were affected," Albre said.The creative services director said the producers chose Marin because "they wanted a little bit more of a suburban environment that was close enough to a major airport such as San Francisco with an existing film community.Chris Stewart, Novato's economic development manager, predicted that Marin's attractions will sell themselves."As the entertainment world slowly migrates northbound to San Francisco from Los Angeles, the city of San Rafael could say, 'Hey, guys, we are a potential destination,'" Eyler said.Eyler pointed out that "Blue Jasmine," a 2013 Woody Allen movie featuring Cate Blanchett, was partially filmed in Sausalito and Tiburon.
Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminium, Facebook s new HQ would garner universal Likes.The first phase of Gehry s masterpiece opened last year, boasting one of the largest single-room office spaces in the country.Plus the structure blocked access to the Bay for anyone not welcomed within these sacred orange hallways.Gehry s first Facebook HQ building, code named MPK20" Image: Facebook In fact, all of Facebook s previous Menlo Park development has been for employees only, but that s about to change, as Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.So in addition to two giant office buildings 21 and 22 , there will be a 200-room hotel, a park slicing through the two buildings, and a bike bridge that will allow people to travel through the complex to access a bayside trail which had previously been closed off :Facebook is pitching the whole project as more open and permeable to the community—though such overtures have their limits, of course, given corporate security needs.I mean the more I look at this thing it feels like one of those Japanese bridges that are built with extra tight turns to trick the evil spirits that are following you into drowning.
Today is a very special day, for it marks the introduction of WEEKLY THEMES.The first step is to make a plan, of course!Thus, this week s theme is SHOW ME YOUR PLANNERS!Finally, a nod to posts you may have missed this week:Tigrisan has a question about challenging hotel cancellation fees when the cancellation window is not revealed until confirmationSara McGuire has a fascinating piece about good and bad names for your new startup tl;dr: name it after me Snacktastic has posted her second in the Snackerspace series, a mid-week adventure into the internet of terrible and delicious snack ideas.I tweeted the BK mac and cheetos at her earlier; still waiting for my cut.What are your plans hehehe for the weekend?
In 2014, NCMEC estimated that at least one in six reported endangered runaways is a victim of sex trafficking.There is no immediate solution to ending this form of modern-day slavery, but a number of initiatives and groups are aiming to make a dent in the statistics with the help of TraffickCam, an online service and accompanying smartphone application designed to catch traffickers who post photographs of their victims online.Created in 2015 by the Exchange Initiative, TraffickCam helps combat sex trafficking by asking people to upload photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel.Using your photos and the thousands of others already in the database, authorities can attempt to match specific rooms with those found in uploaded photographs of potential victims in hopes of narrowing down the identity of the perpetrators.Open up the TraffickCam smartphone app, snap four photographs of the hotel room you re staying at, note which hotel and room you re in, and submit it.You can download both the iOS app and Android app in their respective app stores.
Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminum, Facebook s new HQ would garner universal Likes.The first phase of Gehry s masterpiece opened last year, boasting one of the largest single-room office spaces in the country.Plus the structure blocked access to the Bay for anyone not welcomed within these sacred orange hallways.Gehry s first Facebook HQ building, code named MPK20" Image: Facebook In fact, all of Facebook s previous Menlo Park development has been for employees only, but that s about to change, as Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.So in addition to two giant office buildings 21 and 22 , there will be a 200-room hotel, a park slicing through the two buildings, and a bike bridge that will allow people to travel through the complex to access a bayside trail which had previously been closed off :Facebook is pitching the whole project as more open and permeable to the community—though such overtures have their limits, of course, given corporate security needs.I mean the more I look at this thing it feels like one of those Japanese bridges that are built with extra tight turns to trick the evil spirits that are following you into drowning.
Vacations are supposed to be a stress-free experience, but finding the right accommodations can be anything but.Stayful is a next-generation app that promises to go beyond booking and put the entire hotel experience in customers hands.Whereas other apps scour the web for last minute deals on hotels everyone has heard of, Stayful wants you to make the most of your trip by staying in independent and, perhaps, under-the-radar hotels at a better price.Once you re in the hotel, take advantage of the Stayful concierge to chat with the hotel and front desk, make adjustments to your room, order food, or otherwise explore the amenities your temporary lodgings have to offer.From there, guests will have a seamless mobile experience, and hotels themselves will be able to gain insights into their guests experiences and address problems efficiently.So the next time you re headed out of town, consider the app that claims to save travelers an average of 22 percent on their reservations, and skip the chain accommodations for something that may be a little more memorable.
Oh, we'll also shares our beach towels, be nice to your Royals and dump frothy beerGermany s premier tabloid Bild has vowed to fulfil a series of promises if the Brits vote to remain in the EU, chief among them admitting Geoff Hurst s disputed 1966 World Cup goal was over the line.The paper, on behalf of the German nation, also pledged to to forgo sunscreen at the beach in solidarity with your sunburns , and to reserve hotel loungers in the mornings with our towels .Mixing the football theme with another British obsession, the Royals, Bild said it would send Germany coach Joachim Low - the man that scratched his chaps and then sniffed his hand while stood on the touchline during a recent televised match - to guard your crown jewels .The fine nation of Germany will also stop making fun of Prince Charles lugholes, and will celebrate the Queen s 100th birthday - isn t her family from that part of the world anyway?The local time zone will be realigned to GMT and BST, Germany will voluntarily provide the baddie for every James Bond film, and it will introduce an EU directive banning foam on beer.El Reg has remained in the fence during the EU debate, presenting arguments from both the Remain and Leave camps, indeed the office seems split on which way the staff are voting.
Gothenburg company launches its own app just for travel. It ended with the US discount giant pulled out of Sweden, Norway and Finland altogether. Now the company is launching its very own mobile app specifically for discount travel and hotel deals. Travel is one of the most common interests in Sweden. If you ask people what they would do if they got hold of some extra money, the answer is very often that you could book a trip anywhere, says Fredrik Dobber, managing director at Let's deal. At first launch the app in Sweden, with a clear ambition: to become the greatest.
This sponsored post is produced by Neumob.I m a pretty careful and annoyingly methodical pre-planner of my family s vacations.The most high-stakes last minute decision I ll personally make is whether to read a book or watch a movie tonight — and even that s likely been planned at least three hours in advance.Yet the success of apps like Hotel Tonight, Hopper, Jetsetter, Roomlia, Last Minute Travel, Hipmunk, and countless others speaks to how the on-demand mobile economy has extended to big-ticket items like flights and resorts.Yet apps that cannot load quickly and perform well across continents — especially in the mobile-first markets of China, Southeast Asia, and across Latin America — will find themselves quickly replaced by travelers who need to complete a booking immediately.App owners and developers: let s take a look at what goes into someone s fabulously whimsical and spontaneous decision to go on holiday — and why every second counts once they do.Consider any travel booking app you ve seen — particularly one that aggregates hotels or flights from many disparate sources.Chances are all of those photos, reviews, and descriptions — not to mention any native ads running within the app — are coming from externally-hosted third-party content sources or ad networks, and must be called by the app within milliseconds.Whimsical and spontaneous travelers will just as spontaneously close out a slow-to-load or otherwise poor-performing app and move on to a competitor s app.When faced with slow performance, 33 percent of mobile app users stopped using the slow app, 48 percent uninstalled said app, and 32 percent of these users went on to look for an alternative app.Much as CDNs sped up websites in the 1990s, last-minute travel app owners can now readily add a Mobile CDN SDK to help their app s function interact beautifully with all those other SDKs that contribute to their app s unique fashion — and dramatically speed up travel app load times and in-app booking responses in the process.Marvelously, the same SDK revolution that s helped bloat apps while making them so incredibly powerful is simultaneously poised to accelerate their performance as well.
New York City, in all its glory, isn't cheap.If you're visiting just for the night, expect to drop over $260 on a hotel room.You might find a better deal through Airbnb, where the average nightly rate is $149.Alternatively, you can sleep in a converted taxi cab for $39 $50 after the cleaning and service fees .One Airbnb host has converted vans, campers, and iconic New York City taxis into 'rolling rooms' for all of the budget travelers out there.What is it actually like to stay overnight in a yellow cab?I ditched my overpriced Manhattan apartment for two nights and tried it out.Here's what it was like: View As: One PageSlides
New York City, in all its glory, isn't cheap.If you're visiting just for the night, expect to drop over $260 on a hotel room.You might find a better deal through Airbnb, where the average nightly rate is $149.Alternatively, you can sleep in a converted taxi cab for $39 $50 after the cleaning and service fees .One Airbnb host has converted vans, campers, and iconic New York City taxis into 'rolling rooms' for all of the budget travelers out there.What is it actually like to stay overnight in a yellow cab?I ditched my overpriced Manhattan apartment for two nights and tried it out.Here's what it was like: View As:
It s true, there are a ton of apps out there that want to help you plan and enjoy your next vacation, but Yahoo believes its new Radar app can do things a little differently to the current crop of offerings.So yes, everything you d expect is included – advice on unmissable sights, suggestions for great dining and shopping experiences, notes on must-see events, and so on.When it comes across something relevant, for example flight and hotel booking information, it ll automatically incorporate it into your itinerary.Radar also offers up tips from people who ve already been to where you re going, and you can use their recommendations to build your own bucket list – another feature of the app.Rather than inputting text for searches the whole time, the app endeavors to guide you through by offering options via buttons, its AI engine learning about your preferences as you use the app and responding accordingly.As we said at the top, there s a plethora of travel apps already out there fighting for your attention.
But a new futuristic hotel concept called Driftscape would make you want to stay indoors.Powered by the same technology as drones, each 200-square-foot pod could fit two adults, with space for a queen bed, a bathroom encased in non-transparent walls , and a desk.The pod's artificially intelligent system would then follow the plan automatically, so that guests could sit back and enjoy the scenery.But while it seems like sci-fi, the technology to power the hotel could become commercially available in a few decades.If the Driftscape does ever become commercially viable, Rolston estimates a night there would likely not cost more than renting a luxury car.Hok But unlike a car, the hotel would let you see the landscape from extraordinary new angles.Read the original article on Tech Insider.More from Tech Insider:DEAL WITH IT: It doesn't matter that Apple is killing the headphone jackElon Musk just revealed his plans to transform Tesla into an energy company TSLA Ex-Apple engineers are making incredible tech for your car — here's their first productMost critics will see the 'Independence Day' sequel at the same time as the general public — why that may not be a bad thingWatch a pianist play a haunting concert on a 33-foot-long 'iceberg'NOW WATCH: Tour this over-the-top first-class plane cabin with a king-size bed and a 42-inch TVLoading video...
The all-new Ghostbusters is still a month from release but Sony is betting big on the Paul Feig-directed supernatural reboot.Sony describes the show as following "a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050 who capture ghosts around the world with help from local teams — and some very cool gear!"It ran for 140 episodes and, far more than the films, is responsible for popularising Slimer.A direct sequel, it saw original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler and secretary-turned-manager Janine Melnitz guiding a new generation of spook stoppers, including Kylie Griffin - the first female Ghostbuster.Per The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Animation is also planning a television series based on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania, and an animated Spider-Man movie set for release on December 21 2018.Rumours are mounting the feature, set to be written and produced by The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will feature the younger Miles Morales Spider-Man, rather than the older Peter Parker character.
You're a Hilton executive checking email on your brand-new iPhone 3G when your colleague emails you about a new hotel startup.You ignore the email because you have more important things to worry about.Eight years later, you have a newer iPhone and a bigger competitor.Airbnb was the startup mentioned in that email, and it now has the ability to serve more customers a day than your nearly 100-year-old company."If you are Hilton, if you are Starwood, if you are Hyatt, you didn t see Airbnb coming because Airbnb had none of the characteristics of a traditional competitor," Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz's chief economic advisor, said to journalists Monday."What's amazing about Airbnb is that the disrupters never built a hotel," he said.Suddenly, from seemingly nowhere, entrenched taxi companies across the nation have a huge competitor they weren't prepared for.Nearly every disruptive startup we're familiar with today used them, according to El-Erian.Here's what they are: View As: One PageSlides
Trump Assassination AttemptDonald Trump s campaign has been nothing if not controversial.MUST SEE: A week with iOS 10: It s fantastic, and I m boredNews just began to hit the networks last night that the British teen was in custody after attempting to assassinate Trump.The incident occurred on Saturday at Trump s rally, which took place at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, 19-year-old Michael Sandford was arrested at the casino after allegedly trying to kill Trump with a firearm he intended to steal from a police officer.While inside the theater, a subject, later identified as 19 year old Michael Sandford, approached a uniformed LVMPD officer who was assigned to the event.During the conversation, Sandford attempted to disarm the officer.
Based in New York City s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.The Hollywood Reporter says newcomers Isabella Amara, J.J. Totah, and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. have joined the cast in undisclosed roles.Bob Perisichetti will direct the animated Spider-Man film, while Genndy Tartakovsky will in fact return for the third Hotel Transylvania, after saying he wouldn t.Finally, the nightmare from which we will never awaken has been given a nightmarish new name—and an equally nightmarish logo.Transformers: The Last KnightLaura Haddock joins the cast, taking to Twitter to confirm her role.CBR The DefendersPinches of salt—both for this rumor and to throw over your shoulder, as tradition dictates—at the ready, because Screen Geek claims that Marvel is eyeing the villain Mephisto as the primary antagonist of the Luke Cage/Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Iron Fist crossover extravaganza.The FlashGrant Gustin has indeed confirmed that the third season premiere is indeed named Flashpoint after the comics event that set up the creation of the New 52 universe in 2011 the show s season two cliffhanger was inspired by, in which Barry Allen saves his mother from death, drastically changing the present.
Its investors include New York-based private and growth equity firm Insight Ventures.Voyat makes software that helps hotels retain and book more guests though loyalty programs and personalized offers.Google is a major platform for online ads for travel, with search capabilities that enable it to collect data on consumer interests and habits valued by marketers, airlines, cruise companies and other travel sellers."We want to keep revenue inside the travel sector rather than leaking out in the billions to Google," Harris said.Priceline and Google declined to comment.Reporting by Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Richard Chang