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5 Weird Things I Do To Earn Frequent Flyer Points (which you could easily incorporate into your life too)

There are literally thousands of ways to earn air miles or frequent flyer points. While I am not as crazy as the pudding guy (although he’s kind of a genius to have worked out how to earn over a million points through buying pudding!) and I don’t have too many super inventive stories, I do have some… quirks… when it comes to how I earn Qantas points. Some weirder than others. Most of these are things you too can do to earn more frequent flyer points without flying. I shop at my rival I’m so...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Asia, Australia, Paypal, Qantas, Estee Lauder, Melbourne, Batman, South Australia, Western Australia, Sephora, Deliveroo, David Jones, Townsville, Nicole


Google's Bad Data Wiped Another Neighborhood Off the Map

Medium's technology publication ran a 3,600-word investigation into a mystery that began when a 66-year-old New York woman Googled directions to her neighborhood, "and found that the app had changed the name of her community..." It's just as well no one contacted Google, because Google wasn't the company that renamed the Fruit Belt to Medical Park. When residents investigated, they found the misnomer repeated on several major apps and websites including HERE, Bing, Uber, Zillow, Grubhub, TripAd...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Tech, Airbnb, Buffalo, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, Redfin, Stephens, Pitney Bowes, University at Buffalo, Facebook Microsoft, Medical Park, Fruit Belt, Redfin Monica Stephens


MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji


Apple’s iCloud recovers after a four-hour outage

Facebook has only just recovered from one of its worst outages to date, and Gmail and Google Drive also experienced a worldwide outage this week. Now, apparently, it was Apple’s turn. The company’s system status dashboard was blanketed in yellow warning notes for more than four hours Thursday, indicating mass outages of its iCloud service. iCloud Drive, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Keychain, Reminders, iWork, Photos, News and others all experienced downtime. The issues lasted from 11:00 am to 3:28 pm ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google Drive, Cloud, Facebook, Icloud, Outage, Facebook Instagram


Apple Music comes to Fire TV

Apple Music is launching on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. today, after rolling out in December to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The news is notable as it’s yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2017 announcement of Apple’s agreement with Amazon. Their deal allowed Amazon’s Prime Video app to launch on Apple TV and saw the return of Apple products on Amazon.com. Since then, the companies have made several moves to honor their deal. La...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Music, Media, Samsung, Tim Cook, Lg, Fire TV, Vizio, Amazon Fire TV, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Their, U S Fire TV


Elizabeth Warren reportedly also wants to break up Apple

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made waves yesterday when she outlined her plan for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. Now, The Verge reports Warren also wants to break up Apple. Specifically, Warren believes Apple should not be able to both run the Apple App Store and distribute apps in it. “It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren told The Verge. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store. They don’t get to...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Policy, Warren, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Amazon Basics, Facebook Now The Verge


The other smartphone business

With the smartphone operating system market sewn up by Google’s Android platform, which has a close to 90% share globally, leaving Apple’s iOS a slender (but lucrative) premium top-slice, a little company called Jolla and its Linux-based Sailfish OS is a rare sight indeed: A self-styled ‘independent alternative’ that’s still somehow in business. The Finnish startup’s b2b licensing sales pitch is intended to appeal to corporates and governments that want to be able to control their own destiny wh...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Europe, Microsoft, France, China, Russia, India, Nokia, Africa, Samsung, European Union, Kaspersky, Commission, European Commission


Apple Store Champs Elysees

I have been an Apple fan ever since I bought my first Mac laptop in 2001. Every computer I’ve owned since then is an Apple and I bought my first I-Phone in 2008.   Besides their superior products, I’ve always liked their consistent minimalist and streamlined design, which their stores clearly reflect. They are more like tech laboratories than a retail store.   A few months ago a new store on the Champs Elysees opened and it’s the most beautiful and unusual Apple store I’ve ever been i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Shopping, Web/Tech, Paris, Champs Elysees, Richard Nahem, Alberto Santos Dumont, Michele K


Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey

The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular. Earlier today, Edison Research and Triton Digital presented their Infinite Dial report with findings from a phone survey of 1,500 Americans (age 12+) during January and February. Since 1998, the report has tracked the ad...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Spotify, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Podcasts, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, Triton


Google Fi – A Transformation of Cell Phone Service

Google Fi is a wonderful new type of cell phone service, and at a wonderfully affordable price. Google has profoundly changed many parts of our world.  Its eponymous search engine, of course.  Its Gmail service, which now dominates the email field the same way Google’s search engine dominates search.  Other things are not so obvious but still important – for example, it “rewrote the book” on how to monetize and advertise on the internet with its Adsense and Adwords programs.One of its new ventur...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Fcc, Microsoft, North Korea, Russia, Nokia, US, Tech, Customer Service, Canada, Sprint, New Zealand


Travel: BNP Paribas Open offers an immersive experience for tennis fans

Tennis star Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after winning the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells in 2018. He says fans who attend the annual competiton are some of the most knowledgeable in the world. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill, The Associated Press) Angela Jooste, 12, of San Diego, participates in a fan contest at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden where she had to catch a tennis ball on her racket thrown from a stage 25 feet away. She won a poster of t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tennis, Larry Ellison, Switzerland, San Diego, Roger Federer, Bulgaria, Bob, Victoria Azarenka, Albuquerque, Federer, Gael Monfils


Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner

Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 per cent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 million units shipped. tl;dr: high end handset buyers decided not to bother upgrading their shiny slabs of touch-sensitive glass. Gartner says Apple ...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Android, Gadgets, Mobile, Asia, Europe, China, Samsung, Barcelona, Smartphone, Smartphones, Asia Pacific, Middle East


Best weed dispensaries in the US

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states, and a number of states like New York and New Jersey are in the process of legalizing. And it’s not just for the locals — cannabis tourism has shifted from something you did once while in Amsterdam to something you can do without leaving the US. For people new to the idea of legal weed, the novelty of being able to stroll into a business and walk out with a bag of marijuana will be cool the first couple of times you do it no matter which shop you go...
Tags: Travel, Apple, New York, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, La, Massachusetts, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Best, Alaska, Iowa


Win $300 By Entering In The 2019 Best City To Visit Travel Tournament

The annual Best City To Visit Travel Tournament is back! To enter, all you have to do is nominate a city you love as the best to visit in 2019 in the comments below. The first 64 cities will be matched up and eliminated by weekly reader votes and the person who nominated the final remaining city will win $300 on either the Apple or Amazon online stores. To enter, write your favorite city in the comments section of this post before Sunday, February 24th 12:00pm US EST.  The cities will then...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Money, US, Contests, Site News, Anchorage, Lisbon Istanbul Helsinki, Medellin Rio de Janeiro Melbourne New York City


Saudi app Ashber lets men track

A Saudi mobile app has recently come under fire for facilitating the oppression of Saudi women. The app was inspired by Saudi Arabia’s strict “guardianship laws,” which hold that every Saudi woman must have a male “guardian,” regardless of age, education level, or marital status; this person has the ultimate say in a variety of life choices and activities such as enrolling in school, opening a bank account, working outside of the home, and getting a passport, among others. Launched in 2015 ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Apps, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, US, New York Times, Petra, Ron Wyden, All, Saudia Arabia, Ashber, Hala Aldosary


Apple turns Ariana Grande and other musicians into Memoji for its latest ads

Just in time for the Grammy Awards, Apple has unveiled three new ads for Apple Music, featuring new singles from Ariana Grande, Khalid and Florida Georgia Line. In each video, the musicians have been transformed in Memoji (the human-style Animoji variant that was announced last year), which lip synch to their latest songs. The ads probably won’t change any minds when it comes to Memoji and Animoji — but if you like the format, they’re are fun. Apple actually created similar ads with Ani...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Mobile, Media, Entertainment, Ariana Grande, Apple Music, Florida Georgia, Memoji, Animoji, Ariana Grande Khalid


Extend Fertility banks $15M Series A to help women freeze their eggs

Fertility services are raising venture cash left and right. Last week, it was Dadi, a sperm storage startup that nabbed a $2 million seed round. This week, it’s Extend Fertility, which helps women preserve their fertility through egg freezing. Headquartered in New York, the business has secured a $15 million Series A investment from Regal Healthcare Capital Partners to expand its fertility services, which also include infertility treatments, such as in vitro and intrauterine insemination. The co...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Startups, Facebook, Spotify, New York, Buzzfeed, Ebay, New York City, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Venture Capital, Infertility, Edison, SAN FRANCISCO Most


Mixtape podcast: Instacart’s apologetic week

It’s that time of the week again when Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the good and could-be-better tech companies. This week, we talked about Instacart  href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/05/instacart-faces-class-action-lawsuit-regarding-wages-and-tips/">getting caught shorting its shoppers out of dough they rightfully deserved. Of course the company apologized for its “misguided” approach. Which at least sounds better than apologizing for getting caught — and getting caught, the company d...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Uber, Scooters, Instacart, Jump, Megan Rose Dickey, Tyra Banks, Santa Monica California, San Francisco The City, TechCrunch Mixtape, Modelland


Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code

Apple is telling app developers to remove code that allows them to effectively record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the company’s app store, TechCrunch can confirm. In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.” “We ...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Google Play, Security, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, E-commerce, Smartphones, Software, Itunes, App-store, Operating Systems


Why Spotify is betting big on podcasting

Podcasting revenues hit $314 million in 2017, according to a third-party survey released last summer. It’s a large number for what’s been historically regarded as a niche and difficult to monetize medium, but still pales in comparison to the additional $400-$500 million Spotify says it’s willing to spend on the space this year alone. Two major acquisitions announced early today already comprise a massive commitment to the category. The purchase of Gimlet was reported to have made up nearly half ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Spotify, New York, Media, Podcasts, Abc, Gustav Söderström, Anchor, Gimlet, Soderstrom, Hartman, TechCrunch Spotify, Matt Hartman, Alex Inc


Snapchat shares soar as it stops losing users and shrinks losses in Q4

Snapchat isn’t growing again, but at least it didn’t hemorrhage any more users in its Q4 earnings report. The company stayed flat at 186 million daily users after falling from 191 million in Q1 to 188 million in Q2 to 186 million in Q3. It exceeded an expected quarterly count of 184.2 million user, though 186 million is still down 0.3 percent year-over-year. It reached record revenue of $390 million in the holiday quarter, up 36 percent year-over-year to beat the $378 million Wall Street estimat...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, Magic Leap, North America, EBITDA, Snap Inc, Snapchat earnings, Snapchat earnings q4 2018


Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects. Folks with disabilities get a nice variety of new emoji, though of course these aren’t exhaustive (for example, how do you represent a learning disability or mental illness?). Still, Apple’s p...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Social, Mobile, Accessibility, Disability, Emoji, Disabilities, Unicode, Unicode Consortium


Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple

Angela Ahrendts will depart Apple in April, almost exactly five years after taking on a role as the company’s senior vice president of retail. Ahrendts’ joining of Apple in 2014 was massive news, with her having just served as the CEO of the luxury fashion brand Burberry from 2006 to 2014. The company says Ahrendts’ responsibilities will now be handled by Deirdre O’Brien, whose title is changing from “senior vice president of People” to “senior vice president of Retail + People” Story developing...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Angela Ahrendts, Deirdre O'Brien, Retail People Story


The Ultimate Guide to the Best Things to Do in Normandy, France

We share all the best things to do in Normandy, France, including the best museums and Normandy beaches, what Normandy foods you have to try, where to stay in Normandy, and much more. When many of us think of Normandy, France, the first thought that comes to mind is of the D-Day landing and the unthinkable horrors of WWII. While military tourism remains a big draw to the Normandy Beaches, there is so much more to discover in this beautiful region of Northern France. From quaint villages with t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Garden, Facebook, England, London, France, US, Unesco, Normandy, Orne, Paris, Belgium, Airbus, Richard


NAMA Digest 3: Developments at WhatsApp, Paytm, BSNL, Grofers and more

Messaging services WhatsApp claimed in a blog post that its business platform ‘WhatsApp Business’ has gathered 5 million partners within a year of its launch. WhatsApp will become available on web & desktop with these features: Quick replies: Ready answers to commonly asked questions, to be... ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, News, Microsoft, Whatsapp, Netflix, Telecom, Foodpanda, Iot, Zomato, Airtel, Slack, Ola


Hilton CEO: ‘We’re Not Trying to Compete With Google, Amazon and Apple’

At a time when a number of travel and hospitality CEOs are increasingly concerned with the idea of who "owns" the customer — and are attempting to build extensive "experience platforms" to do just that — Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta has a slightly different take on those efforts versus peers.
Tags: Travel, Apple, Hilton, Google Amazon, Christopher Nassetta


Facebook paid teens to install an app that collected their data: report

Facebook has been secretly paying users – teens included – to install a “Facebook Research” app which tracked and collected the users’ phone and web activity via third-party beta testing services. This was revealed in a TechCrunch investigative report published yesterday. The... ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, News, Privacy, Children, Social Media, Data, Regulation, Privacy Breach, Data Analytics, Facebook research


Apple Music subscribers can listen and watch for free on American Airlines

Apple Music is a great way to listen to your tunes when on Wi-Fi or if you have a good data plan. On a plane? Forget about it. Starting Friday, if you fly American Airlines domestically, it won't cost you (an additional) cent. The post Apple Music subscribers can listen and watch for free on American Airlines appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Travel, Apple, Business, Music, News, Trends, Web, Home Theater, Apple Music, American Airlines, Movies & TV


Screen time inhibits toddler development, study finds

In news that will surprise few but still alarm many, a study has found that kids 2-5 years old who engage in more screen time received worse scores in developmental screening tests. The apparent explanation is simple: when a kid is in front of a screen, they’re not talking, walking, or playing, the activities during which basic skills are cultivated. The topic is a thorny one, as there are plenty of arguments on both sides as to the possible pros and cons of screen use at an early age, and as wi...
Tags: Travel, Psychology, Apple, TC, Science, Kids, Parenting, Children, Screen Time, Dora, University of Calgary, Madigan, Sheri Madigan


Original Content podcast: Fyre Festival docs shine light on a social media-fueled disaster

Netflix and Hulu have each released their own documentaries about the infamous Fyre Festival, and the hard-working hosts of the Original Content podcast have watched both of them. We’re joined this week by Brian Heater, and the three of us are unanimous on one thing: If you’re only going to watch one of these documentaries, make it “Fyre” on Netflix. It’s the better-made movie, offering a clearer retelling of what actually went wrong at the first-time music festival in the Bahamas. But if you...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Netflix, Hulu, Roma, Bahamas, McFarland, Brian Heater, Billy McFarland, Original Content Podcast, Fyre Fraud



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