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Selina raises $100M at an $850M valuation for its network of living spaces for digital nomads

The rising tide of Airbnb is lifting all boats, and today a startup that’s building a series of living-coworking-activity spaces across the world primarily geared at digital nomads is reeling in a sizeable round to take its business to the next level. Selina, which operates a network of 22,000 beds out of boutique hostel-style operations in some 13 countries, has raised $100 million in funding — money that it plans to to use to expand its footprint to 130,000 beds across 400 properties by 2023, ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Real Estate, New York, London, Mexico, Hotels, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Accommodation, Property, Vacation, Airbnb, WeWork, Panama


TipFox Tells You How Much To Tip At Restaurants, Bars And More Worldwide On Your Phone

One of the most satisfying moments of an international trip is sitting down at a restaurant for your first meal. A moment that’s often followed by a confusing calculation of how much tip to leave for your server? Do you need to leave a tip when paying with credit card? Do you even tip at all? TipFox is an app I developed for Android and iOS to answer those questions for you,at restaurants, bars, and for other common services.      Covered By Country From the map view TipFox shows you whether ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Money, Tech, Site News, TipFox


Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Scotland, China, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, David, Britain, Paris, Italy


The Aer Travel Pack 2 Is Nearly Tech Backpack Perfection

 Backpacks, especially the larger kind, tend to be made either for cloths or computers but rarely both. There are plenty of smaller backpacks like the Swissgear Scansmart 1900 (my full review) that have plenty of pockets but good luck trying to fit an extra sweater in there. (Planes are COLD and airplane blankets never washed.) Aer’s Travel Pack 2 though is very close to perfection for digital nomads who carry an office on their back and has become the main carry-on bag I use. You can watch...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Luggage, Dell, Robot, Dslr, AER, Thule Subterra


Review Of The Audio-Technica M50xBT: Studio Sound Cuts The Cord

 The Audio-Technica M50xBT are simply a more portable version of a classic headphone with a very specific purpose – to provide studio quality sound – especially useful for video editors. That’s not to say the M50xBT aren’t a great pair of headphones but rather, if they’re the only headphones you’ll be using, it’s important to consider a few things. You can watch my full review in the video above or read on. More Or Less Portable Over-ear headphones are always going to be larger than earbuds...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Tech, Sony, Pictures And Video, Audio Technica, Brainwavz


Solving Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

1008 reviews, a 4.3 star average rating, and an Amazon Choice product. But our review was strongly negative. Who do you trust? Amazon complains theatrically that it is doing all it can to stop the flood of fake reviews that infest its site, but clearly the most casual of glances shows its feeble attempts to be almost entirely ineffectual.Indeed, its problem is even more wide-ranging that it appears at first glance, because, quite apart from anything else, fake reviews (both positive and negative...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Tech, Britain, Ba, Financial Times, Cellphones & Wireless, Don, Amazon Choice, ReviewMeta, Sure Amazon, Solving Amazon


These $50 Blitzwolf BW-FYE4 Are Everywhere On Amazon And They’re Not Too Bad

 Blitzwolf is clearly dumping their advertising budget into the BW-FYE4 wireless earbuds because they’re all over Amazon right now. I picked up a pair and as you can see in the video above, they’re surprisingly good for $50 – ideal for travelers who want very, very, small headphones but don’t want to advertise “I’ve got Apple Airpods” everywhere in the world. Wireless Earbuds, BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Money, Tech, Blitzwolf, Blitzwolf BW FYE4 Are Everywhere On Amazon


Gear Travel Bloggers Carry: Jessie Festa Edition

 It’s no secret I can’t get enough travel tech gear and I’m very curious to see what other travelers have in their backpacks as well. On a recent trip to New York City I got a chance to meet up with Jessie Festa to show you the photography gear she packs on every trip. You can see all of the electronics in Jessie’s backpack in the video above. The post Gear Travel Bloggers Carry: Jessie Festa Edition appeared first on foXnoMad.
Tags: Travel, New York City, Tech, Pictures And Video, Jessie, Jessie Festa


Airbnb officially owns HotelTonight

Airbnb has completed its acquisition of the last-minute hotel booking application, HotelTonight, the company announced on Monday. The deal is Airbnb’s largest M&A transaction yet, and will accelerate the home-sharing giant’s growth as it gears up for an initial public offering. Airbnb reportedly began talks to acquire HotelTonight months ago, and finally confirmed its intent to acquire the business in early March. Reports indicated a price tag of more than $400 million; Airbnb declined to ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, San Francisco, Tech, M&a, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Websites, HotelTonight, Sam Shank, Forerunner Ventures, Accel, First Round Capital, Battery Ventures, Vacation Rental


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

This Imazing IM25 unit will probably come to the rescue the next time your car battery dies. Last week we reported on two small rechargeable batteries that claimed they could be used to jumpstart a car with a dead battery.  One of them utterly failed to do so, and the other one had ambiguous results.We suggest you should (re)read that review, because it includes a more general discussion on the topic of emergency starting a car with a dead battery.  What follows here is simply another review wit...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Cars, Tech, Don


Portable Podcasting Setup For Travelers: Audio-Technica ATR-2100 Microphone Review

 Those of you looking for a simple portable microphone setup out of the all the (complex) audio options available will want to take a close look at the Audio-Technica ATR-2100. The ATR-2100 is versatile, durable, and provides good sound in a portable body. You can watch my full review of the Audio-Technica ATR-2100 in the video above. Sale Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone ...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Pictures And Video, Audio Technica ATR


MagBuddy’s Wireless Charger Is The Slimmest Way To Quickly Charge Your Phone While Driving

 Most wireless car chargers mounted on your windshield or phone replace the charging wire with two very inconvenient arms to hold your mobile device hostage. The MagBuddy gets around this common design inconvenience by using a powerful magnet to keep your phone in place plus fast charging. Although you might not immediately see the benefits of paying a little more for a car charger, they quickly become apparent after a few rides. You can watch the video above for my full review or read on. ...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Car, Qi, Pictures And Video


An Emergency Battery/Starter for your Car

Murphy’s Law dictates that dead batteries always fail at the worst possible time and place. We’ve all had a dead battery surprise us in our car.  There’s nothing worse than when you’re running late, you get into your car, attempt to start it, and instead of the engine happily springing into life as commanded, there’s nothing more than a sluggish groan and – even worse – possibly the clacking of the starter motor relay opening and closing.Hopefully, when such a misfortune befalls us, we’re not fa...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Law, Cars, US, Tech, Costco, Watts, Murphy, Watt, CCA


Jabra Move Wireless Review: Headphones For City Travelers

 The Jabra Move Style Edition wireless headphones are focused on precise sound and portable design, ideal for travelers who spend most of their days in urban jungles. You can watch my full review above or read on for more. Made For Mobility Jabra’s headphone designers should get an award, their entire lineup is elegant. (Or as they told me at CES, beautiful and function.) The Move Style Edition are no different, they’re sleek, punching above their cost to look much more expensive than their...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Pictures And Video, Jabra, Jabra Move Wireless Review, City Travelers


Fleksy’s AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters’ fingertips

Remember Fleksy? The customizable Android keyboard app has a new trick up its sleeve: It’s adding a store where users can find and add lightweight third party apps to enhance their typing experience. Right now it’s launched a taster, preloading a selection of ‘mini apps’ into the keyboard — some from very familiar brand names, some a little less so — so users can start to see how it works. The first in-keyboard apps are Yelp (local services search); Skyscanner (flight search); Giphy (animated...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Europe, Pinterest, Microsoft, France, China, US, Tech, Barcelona, Paypal, Commission, European Commission, Tripadvisor, Bing


Tinder hires Ravi Mehta to fill Chief Product Officer position

Tinder today announced it has hired Facebook vet Ravi Mehta as its new Chief Product Officer, as the company continues to shift Tinder’s focus to the younger demographic still enjoying the “single lifestyle.” Mehta’s background includes over 20 years in the industry, including time at Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Microsoft. Most recently, Mehta had served as Product Director for Youth Engagement at Facebook. This role involved research into how Gen Z spends time online and helped Facebook identifi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Tinder, Tech, Mit, Dating, Tripadvisor, Match Group, Mehta, Ravi, Elie, Sloan School of Management, Brian Norgard, Viximo


Tinder fills Chief Product Officer position with hiring of Ravi Mehta

Tinder today announced it has hired Facebook vet Ravi Mehta as its new Chief Product Officer, as the company continues to shift Tinder’s focus to the younger demographic still enjoying the “single lifestyle.” Mehta’s background includes over 20 years in the industry, including time at Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Microsoft. Most recently, Mehta had served as Product Director for Youth Engagement at Facebook. This role involved research into how Gen Z spends time online and helped Facebook identifi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Tinder, Tech, Mit, Dating, Tripadvisor, Match Group, Mehta, Ravi, Elie, Sloan School of Management, Brian Norgard, Viximo


Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago


The Difference Between The Best Wireless Mouse For Travel: Logitech MX Anywhere 2 vs. 2s

 This is a tale of two wireless mice, one newer the other older, and strangely the same price most of the time. Both travel mouses have such a close feature set, it can be difficult to tell them apart – so what exactly are the differences between the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 and the Anywhere 2s? The answer is in the video above and if you want a full feature dive into the MX Anywhere 2, you can watch the video below or read on. One Mouse To Rule Them All For those of you who are looking fo...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Logitech, Pictures And Video


Lola.com raises $37M to take on SAP and others in the world of business travel

Business customers continue to be a huge target for the travel industry, and today a startup has raised a tidy sum to help it double down on the $1.7 trillion opportunity. Lola.com — a platform fo r business users to book and manage trips — has raised $37 million to continue building out its technology and hire more talent as it takes on incumbents like SAP targeting the corporate sector. The Series C is led by General Catalyst and Accel, with participation from CRV, Tenaya Capital and GV. A...
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Asia, Enterprise, Tech, American Express, Airbnb, Business Travel, General Catalyst, Sap, Lola, Cto, Accel, American Express Global Business Travel, Mike Volpe


Apple Tries to Re-Invent Itself as a Service Company

Even Apple’s own advertising can’t make its new TV+ service seem interesting or innovative. After delays and failed/false starts in the past, today was the day Apple held a special launch event to announce various new subscription based streaming services.  Although in many ways, Apple was one of the first to offer streaming with its iTunes service, it has surprisingly but thoroughly dropped the ball, seeing new services come from nowhere to eclipse iTunes – in particular Netflix and Amazon Prim...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Motorola, Hbo, Hollywood, China, Miscellaneous, US, Tech, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Netflix, Canada, Roku


Apple Re-Invents Itself as a Service Company

Even Apple’s own advertising can’t make its new TV+ service seem interesting or innovative. After delays and failed/false starts in the past, today was the day Apple held a special launch event to announce various new subscription based streaming services.  Although in many ways, Apple was one of the first to offer streaming with its iTunes service, it has surprisingly but thoroughly dropped the ball, seeing new services come from nowhere to eclipse iTunes – in particular Netflix and Amazon Prim...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Motorola, Hbo, Hollywood, China, Miscellaneous, US, Tech, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Netflix, Roku, Goldman Sachs


Here's Your Digital Packing List for Your Next Trip

It’s great to have a packing list for real world items, to make sure you don’t forget your underwear or your toothbrush, but what about a digital packing list? Make sure you have these electronic essentials before you travel so an internet blip doesn’t leave you confused or stranded.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Digital, Tech, Lifehacks, Packing


Is Amazon Itself the Biggest Problem with Fake Reviews?

Amazon refused to publish my negative review of the Netgear R6700 Nighthawk router they sold me. Why? The problem of fake reviews on TripAdvisor, Amazon, Yelp, and other similar websites featuring user reviews to provide an important part of helping people make decisions is well-known.  There are problems with both fake positive reviews (where establishments arrange for fake positive reviews) and fake negative reviews (presumably created by jealous competitors).A year ago a couple of people in L...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, London, Tech, UPS, Michelin, Tripadvisor, Alexa, Cellphones & Wireless, Netgear, Amazon Choice, TripAdvisor Amazon Yelp, Amazon Thank you Amazon


Guesty, a tech platform for property managers on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M

The growth of Airbnb — and likewise other platforms like Booking.com, VRBO and Homeaway for listing and renting short-term accommodation in private homes — has spawned an ecosystem of other businesses and services, from those who make money renting their homes, to cleaning companies that make properties “Airbnb-ready”, to those who help design listings that will get more clicks. Airbnb has seen some wild success so far, but it turns out that being a part of that ecosystem can be a lucrative busi...
Tags: Travel, TC, Europe, Real Estate, Collaborative Consumption, Funding, New York City, Tech, Accommodation, Brooklyn, Airbnb, Rentals, Homeaway, Vrbo, Soto, Koby


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


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Canada, Current Affairs, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Southwest, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Dennis Muilenburg, AOA


You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, But It Didn't Forget You

nj_peeps shares an excerpt from a report via Wired: [Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley says the company is working on a new game.] Think Candyland, but instead of fantasy locations like Lollipop Woods, the game's virtual board includes place categories associated with New York City neighborhoods. There's a Midtown Bar, a Downtown Movie Theatre, Brooklyn Coffeeshop, Uptown Park, and so on. As in Candyland, you move your game piece forward by drawing cards. But in Crowley's version, the cards ar...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Nbc, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Snapchat, Candyland, Tripadvisor, Dennis Crowley, Crowley, Jeff Glueck, Midtown Bar, Brooklyn Coffeeshop Uptown Park



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