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825 miles of pristine Florida beaches now available for virtual exploration

In a partnership with Google, Visit Florida has documented 825 miles of its white-sand beaches for virtual exploration.

HotelTonight integrates Apple Pay, AMEX events speaks DoubleDutch, EasyJet claims mobile passport scanning first, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for October 2014.

In a first, Yelp adds a Hipmunk hotel booking button to its listings

Yelp is rolling out a feature that will lets its users book stays at selected US hotels. In a first for the brand, users can complete the transaction within the Yelp website or app.

Winter travel season cometh…and air travelers expect tech solutions

As the fall progresses, winter approaches, and with it comes winter weather. After last year’s legendary polar vortex, the prospect of massive flight cancellations has travelers considering how technology can diminish the pain of managing disrupted travel plans.

Everything you need to know about Apple Pay and the travel industry

The new iPhones and Apple Watch sure got most of the buzz after the latest Apple launch event a few weeks ago.

Grabtaxi grabs another $65 million (with maybe more to come)

It’s South-East Asia’s turn to steal the taxi-booking limelight as GrabTaxi picks up another $65 million.

Travelport upgrades SmartPoint platform, TrustYou connects Lindner Hotels, eNett and Cornerstone target hotels, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for October 2014.

Time to rejoice? NDC has finally had its I’M HERE party

IATA has obviously used previous World Passenger Symposiums as a platform to advance the concept of its NDC (New Distribution Capability).

Steps to protect guest-facing apps and networks from unwanted hackers

Guest-facing apps are one of the most visible and high-profile rising trends in the hospitality sector.

Why this roll-on suitcase has a companion app for traveling

We don’t regularly cover crowdfunding campaigns here on Tnooz, as it can often be difficult to determine who is likely to succeed at building the promoted product and who may not manage completion despite the funds raised.

Why selling a startup for $20 million could better than selling it for $200 million

STARTUPS: All about the cash, right? Well, perhaps not… In a world where valuations and exits are seen through the prism of the bigger-the-better, perhaps the starry (greedy?

Web bots, scrapers and the new threat they pose to travel brands

When it comes to web bots and scrapers, travel sites are some of the most vulnerable websites on the net.

Online bookings in Japan to grow, steals share from offline

With the financial jury still out on the recovery of Japan’s economy, Euromonitor International reports that online travel is set for eye-watering levels of growth over next five years, at the expense of offline channels.

HotelsClick gets TripAdvisor, Sabre strikes HRS deal, Travelport signs CemAir, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for October 2014.

Onyx Payments acquires again with purchase of Worldwide Payment Systems

Travel distributor and hotel payment processors Onyx Payments is in an acquisitive mood. The company has followed its purchase last month of Net Trans Services with an additional acquisition, buying Worldwide Payment Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Apple quietly releases best travel feature yet, the Apple SIM

In this week’s announcement, Apple released new versions of its popular-yet-struggling iPad lineup. Thinner and far more powerful, the iPad Air engineering has definitely stepped up a notch.

The how, why and where of people using devices for voice search

DEVICES: Voice technology is getting interesting. Travel and expense management companies are already finding ways to incorporate it into the user journey whether for assistance on the go or simplifying the expense process.

How hotels can hit the next wave of personalized and dynamic content

With one-to-one hotel marketing and pricing no longer just a concept, how can the industry implement it?

H-A-C-K is not a four-letter word

Well, yes, arithmetically, H-A-C-K is a 4-letter word. But, in contrast to some other 4-letter words in common vernacular, H-A-C-K is a word that represents great things for today’s technology companies, their stakeholders, their customers, and their people.

Momondo Group raises £80 million from Great Hill Partners

Big fund-raising deal alert: Momondo Group has taken a cash injection of £80 million from Boston-based Great Hill Partners.