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Austin’s Localeur, Millennial-Focused Travel Startup, Hits 100 Cities

Austin—Localeur, a travel recommendation startup, is celebrating its (nearly) fifth anniversary by announcing its 100th city.The Austin startup focuses on recruiting a group of local residents who can provide insider information on each travel destination. The “localeurs”—a portmanteau of local and connoisseur—are millennials catering to the tastes of their own. Localeur made its debut in 2013 at South By Southwest with Austin as its first city and then expanded to San Francisco, New York, and ...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Texas, Instagram, Tinder, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Investment, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Millennials, Venture Capital


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


Was 2018 as Good a Year for Electric Vehicles as They Say?

Teslas galore. But at the Tesla factory, not on the streets of most cities. Supporters of battery electric vehicles (EV and/or BEV) are rapturous about the 81% increase in electric vehicles sold in 2018 compared to 2017.  This table shows the breakdown, with a total of 361,307 vehicles sold in the US in 2018, compared to 199,826 sold in 2017. We should add a disclaimer.  We love electric-powered vehicles.  We’d like nothing more than to get a fully loaded Tesla, and, failing that, just about an...
Tags: Travel, Cars, US, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Fiat, Toyota, Volkswagen, Bolt, Electric, Nissan, Volt, Chevrolet Bolt


The Best Travel Tech At CES 2019

 The Consumer Electronics Show shows off a lot of upcoming tech every January in Las Vegas. I’m here at CES this year and while there’s still a lot to digest and two days to go, I wanted to show you some of the most interesting travel tech I’ve come across so far. You can see some of the best travel tech at CES in the video above covering virtual reality vacation videos, underwater drones, sophisticated artificial intelligence powered headphones, and more! The post The Best Travel Tech At C...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Ces, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Pictures And Video


Several Popular Apps Share Data With Facebook Without User Consent

Some of the most popular apps for Android smartphones, including Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and MyFitnessPal, are transmitting data to Facebook without the consent of users in a potential breach of EU regulations. From a report: In a study of 34 popular Android apps, the campaign group Privacy International found that at least 20 of them send certain data to Facebook the second that they are opened on a phone, before users can be asked for permission. Information sent instantly included the app's n...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Eu, Tripadvisor, Privacy International


Review Of The Google Home Hub And A End Of Year Giveaway For You

 Hello and welcome to the end of the year! I’ve got a full post coming up looking back on 2018, but here’s a preview of a small announcement for 2019. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for and so much of it is because of you. Your support of this blog over 10 years has made what was a crazy dream into a continuing crazy reality. Commenting and sharing blog posts, spreading the word about my travel apps like WiFox, and giving me great local advice – I can’t say thank you enough. 2019 Year Of Giv...
Tags: Travel, Youtube, Tech, Contests, Site News, Google Home Hub


Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 December, 2018

Our group (minus me as photographer) enjoying our farewell “Captain’s Dinner” on our Land Cruise in Lille, France, last week. Good morning Very few shopping days remaining until Christmas – but you already know that, I’m sure! This week’s newsletter is in slightly different form.  I arrived home at 1.30am on Thursday morning and the rest of Thursday has been a bit of a jetlagged blur, during the course of which I wrote an article which is added at the end of today’s newsletter. The article was ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, London, France, Miscellaneous, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Tech, Sea, David, Britain, Winston Churchill, Heathrow, Gatwick


Entertaining Oneself On One’s Travels

What should you bring with you when traveling? Joe Brancatelli asked several travel writers to discuss what books, music and video they take with them on the road. Here’s our response, and rather than giving you any favorites, we’ve chosen to answer “everything”, and explain, below, why and how. The last few decades have seen extraordinary developments when it comes to in-flight entertainment.  The first ever in-flight movie was shown on a demonstration flight around Chicago in 1921, and then f...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, London, US, Tech, Long, Chicago, Netflix, Paris, Dan Brown, Anker, Alaska Airlines, Amazon Fire Hd


A Galapagos Review Of The ABOX Budget Action Camera

 There are a lot of budget action cameras on Amazon averaging less than $200 of GoPros that were new in 2016. Unfortunately, the last GoPro clone I reviewed left a lot to be desired, except for the price tag. Recently I got my hands on the ABOX 4K and wondered what would happen if I took a budget action cam to the perfect place. Under ideal conditions, how good or bad would the footage look? ABOX 4K Action Camera So I decided to take the ABOX to the Galapagos Islands. You can see the resul...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Tech, Green, Galapagos Islands, Pictures And Video, Travel Journal, ABOX Budget Action Camera, ABOX


How To Ensure You’ll Always Find A Parking Spot In America’s Busiest Cities

  The only thing worse than bad traffic is having to look for parking in a busy city but some destinations are just close enough that it’s faster to drive than deal with airports or you’ve got an occasion bringing you to downtown. Whatever the reason, searching for parking can be a frustrating, stressful, and time-consuming quest but there is an app that solves all those problems. One Day Before The free app SpotHero (available for Android and iOS) let’s you search and reserve a parking s...
Tags: Travel, Money, New York City, America, Tech, Spain, Car, United States, Serbia, Bahrain, Andorra, Spothero, Pictures And Video, Times Square


How To Travel Blog? Q&Av4!

 How to travel blog seems to be a question that keeps popping up in my inbox. Recently a student sent me some of their questions about blogging for a living and while I was in Best City 2018 Granada, Spain, I answered them in the Q&A video above. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions in the comments below and you can subscribe here to see my latest video from the Galapagos Islands. Thanks again Christian for the questions! The post How To Travel Blog? Q&Av4! appeared firs...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Galapagos Islands, Pictures And Video, Granada Spain, Best City


GrassFox App Helps You Navigate The Confusing World Of Marijuana Laws

Marijuana laws around the world are rarely cut and dry between legal and illegal, with a large grey area in between. On top of that much of the information online is inaccurate, potentially putting a lot of travelers in trouble. GrassFox (Android/iOS) is an app I created to put all of the recreational marijuana laws for countries, provinces, states, and cities all on your phone.      Why GrassFox? A lot of the information regarding marijuana legality, even on Wikipedia, is based on hearsay. A...
Tags: Travel, Google, Wikipedia, Tech, Spain, Cambodia, Site News, GrassFox


Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has made its most ambitious investment to date after it backed India-headquartered budget hotel network OYO to the tune of $100 million. The investment was part of a $1 billion Series E round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund that closed back in September. The deal was first made public via a regulatory filing in India, as Economic Times reported. “We can confirm the investment into OYO,” a Grab spokesperson told TechCrunch. Grab has done a handful of ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Uber, Asia, Business, UK, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Malaysia, Nepal, United Kingdom


Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 December, 2018

An Emirates 777 covered in diamonds? See item on airplane updates, below. Good morning Today sees me traveling to France for this year’s Christmas Markets tour, this time what we are calling a “land cruise”, based in Lille in Northern France and traveling around the region each day, rather than cruising along a river.  I don’t expect a newsletter next week, but expect one the following week. I’m also just last week back from time in Asia, primarily so I could experience four business class flig...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Lyft, Asia, Europe, France, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Current Affairs, Paris, Emirates


Powerstick’s Solar Chargers Hold Up Well Against The Sun, Not The Competition Over 5 Years

 When I first received the PowerStick+ and its larger, solar-enabled cousin the PowerTrip, they were at the time impressive. Large capacity batteries able to charge anemic mobiles like the iPhone 5s, with 8GB of storage, and the ability to be topped off by the sun courtesy the PowerTrip’s embedded solar panel. Two years later, in 2015, I reviewed the PowerStick+ and PowerTrip, whose standby time of 1 year (ability to hold a charge), was still resilient. Fast charging wasn’t as prominent the...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Green, Pictures And Video, Anker PowerCore, Solar Chargers, Powerstick


Travel Sports Headphones That Actually Stay In Your Ears: RHA MA390 Review

 The most important test of any sports headphones is whether or not they stay in your ears when running. Earphones that fall out or continuously need to be adjusted when you’re working out won’t be used very often, no matter how good the sound quality is. Manufacturers have come up with a few inventions to get around this problem, from over-ear hooks to weighted neckbands – the latter often being more trouble than its worth. RHA MA390 Wireless Earbuds The RHA MA390 do a good job of pulling...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Health And Fitness, Don, Sport3


Taiwan-based travel startup AsiaYo raises $7M Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund

AsiaYo, a travel accommodation booking platform based in Taipei, Taiwan, has raised a $7 million Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund, a non-profit initiative run by the Chinese e-commerce giant, and China Development Financial. Darwin Ventures and Delta Ventures also participated in the round, which brings AsiaYo’s total raised since its launch in 2014 to $10 million, including a $3 million Series A. Founded by CEO C.K. Cheng, AsiaYo has grown over the past four years to a team ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hotels, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong Airlines, Andrew Lee, Taipei Taiwan, Cheng, Japan Korea Hong Kong


Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented at a press briefing earlier today, has four areas of focus: 1) Improving detection of disinformation; 2) Greater co-ordination across EU Member States, including by sharing alerts about threats; 3) Increased pressure on online platforms, i...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Social Networks, Government, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, Unesco


New Mavic Drone Owners: 60fps Will Ruin Your Videos

 The DJI Mavic Pro drone, still in my opinion the best one of the bunch, shoots exceptionally crispy 4k video. Right out of the box the Mavic is configured in its sweet spot for video, that is 4k at 30fps. Try to mess around with those settings and well, you can see the results in the video above.   DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo: Foldable Propeller Quadcopter Drone For those of you getting a new DJI Mavic Pro soon, keep in mind 60fps is a setting you’ll want to avoid and remember to tap the...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Pictures And Video


Amazing Amazon Fire HD 10 Special

The Fire HD 10 is currently on sale, reduced from $149.99 to $99.99. Amazing value for a large-screened good performing tablet. When we sent out the weekly newsletter this morning, we guessed Amazon would offer some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on their electronic devices. But we never expected them to come out with crazy low prices already, today. This page has their current deals, available for you to order now.  The deal that jumped off the page at us is the lovely Kindle Fire HD 10.  Nor...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Tech, Netflix, Alexa, Cellphones & Wireless


With the Paris Call, Macron wants to limit cyberattacks

French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech at the Internet Governance Forum at the UNESCO in Paris. While the IGF has been around for a while, it hasn’t been as active as some would have hoped. That’s why the French government is issuing the Paris Call, a short three-page document on cybersecurity. President Macron hopes to foster the IGF and create a subgroup of countries (and companies) that can agree on cybersecurity issues. “Fist, internet works and is here. And even though news bulle...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, France, China, Tech, Policy, Unesco, Paris, United Nations, Emmanuel Macron, IGF, Macron, Paris Call, Paris Call Macron, Microsoft Cisco Samsung Siemens Facebook Google


Apple Breathes New Life Into iPads

The new thin bezeled 11″ and 12.9″ iPads with an older 9.7″ iPad on the right. Apple’s iPad has always been a strange product.  Its original launch was accompanied by a level of hype perhaps never seen before or since, and the product appeared with outstanding specifications in terms of battery life, capabilities, screen size, weight, and even price. Overnight, a totally new category of computing device was created, causing some commentators to predict the end of laptops entirely. It took compe...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Tech, Cellphones & Wireless, Amazon Note, Surprisingly Apple


Foursquare partners with TripAdvisor

Foursquare, the former location-based social network turned enterprise location data platform, has today announced a new partnership with TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor will be using Foursquare’s Pilgrim SDK, launched in March 2017, to help the platform better serve users with contextually relevant, real-time information based on their location. Alongside the 13 billion check-ins accumulated on Foursquare’s apps since inception, the company also has analytics based on a consumer panel of more th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Tech, Tripadvisor, Foursquare, TripAdvisor TripAdvisor, Pilgrim SDK


Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel – How to eliminate “island time” ops stress

As the fall and winter temperatures drop across the Northern Hemisphere, flocks of tourists descend upon the crystalline waters and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean islands to relax, recharge and engage in leisurely island time. And while the pace may be slow and the vibe laid-back on the islands themselves, for operators of business jets traveling to the region during the islands’ peak season, issues such as limited parking, hotels and fuel can create operational risk and stress. Here’s eve...
Tags: Hotels, Tech, Aviation, Caa, Cuba, Bahamas, Aviation Fuel, Caribbean, CARICOM, Aruba, Antigua, Anguilla, San Juan, Barbados, Northern Hemisphere, Nevis


Southeast Asia’s Grab pulls in $200M from travel giant Booking

Fresh from a strategic investment from Microsoft, Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing leader Grab is back in the money again after it closed $200 million in fresh capital from Booking Holdings, the travel firm formerly known as Priceline. The investment is part of an ongoing round of funding that Grab said is on course to reach $3 billion before the end of the year. Grab raised $2 billion for the round — including a $1 billion check from Totoya — but it continues to add strategic partners, like Mic...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Mastercard, Booking.com, Priceline


Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

A view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, part of our second Land cruise itinerary next June (see below). Good morning It has been a wild and crazy week, but have I got a lot to show you for the week that was.  We now have details of our June 2019 UK touring online. I’m using the “land cruise” concept first offered in this year’s Christmas land cruise (still have the cancelled couple’s $500 credit if anyone wants to take advantage of this and join us) again. One of the weaker parts of this y...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Science, London, Australia, Scotland, China, Russia, India, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter


Ultra-Portable Microphone For Traveling Vloggers Who Want Better Audio Is Just OK

 People walking through airports with a phone in their face recording or live-streaming about how great airports are with a eerily exaggerated enthusiasm isn’t an uncommon sight, but no matter your particular vlogging style, audio on a phone is tricky to manage. Mobile phone mics tend to pick up much of the ambient noise so if you’re planning to upload travel videos you’re recording live, the MiracleSound Lavalier Mic might be a good fit for you. You can watch my full review in the video ab...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Dslr, Facetime, Pictures And Video, Panasonic LUMIX, MiracleSound Lavalier Mic


SoftBank Dive Hits $22 Billion Amid Saudi Outcry, Tech Rout - Bloomberg

SoftBank Dive Hits $22 Billion Amid Saudi Outcry, Tech Rout - Bloomberg:SoftBank Group Corp. has been battered over the past two weeks as technology stocks plummet globally and the outcry over a missing Saudi Arabian journalist escalates into a global controversy.SoftBank shares fell 7.3 percent to 9,251 yen at the close in Tokyo Monday, pushing the decline in market value to $22 billion since its peak this year. The stock had gained 29 percent this year through Sept. 28 as investors began to cr...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, China, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Turkey, Tokyo, SoftBank Group Corp, Uber Technologies Inc, Masayoshi Son, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Jamal Khashoggi


GoFundMe partners with Michelle Obama on the Global Girls Alliance Fund, to back charities helping adolescent girls

GoFundMe, the social fundraising platform that has raised over $5 billion from over 50 million donors for causes, today is taking a big step into fundraising for charities and other non-profit organizations, and specifically helping charities dedicated to adolescent girls in the process. The startup is partnering with former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama Foundation to launch the Global Girls Alliance Fund, a platform within GoFundMe designed for fundraising specifically for grassroots ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Obama, US, Tech, Unesco, Michelle Obama, Kenya, M Pesa, Obama Foundation, Global Girls Alliance, Global Girls Alliance Fund, GGA Fund



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