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Web Summit 2014 Roundup: NEW Travel Apps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

November 10, 2014 by  

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At the fourth annual Web Summit event in Dublin from November 4-6, 2014, 22,000 people from around the world came to see new gadgets, get cool demos and hear the latest scoop on where technology is heading. Since we love travel, we decided to spend a little time learning about what some of the new travel start-ups were up to on the show floor. While we mostly cover news and destinations for the luxury traveler, we threw in several apps into the mix that would be useful for hotels, airlines, property and guest house owners and even boat owners. What I found fascinating was just how diverse the nationalities were across the board — there are some creative apps coming out of Portugal, Israel, Germany, Finland, Greece, the states, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Russia, Brazil, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Australia and even Monaco and Malta, among countless others. I put together a curation of some of the apps I came across during my scouting exercise across three days at this massive technology event. Yonderbound is another B2B solution. Based in of all places Monaco, the female founder team (uncanny fact but they’re both named

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8 Great Mobile Social Travel Apps

October 22, 2014 by  

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social travel apps Social media and apps have drastically changed the way people travel. No longer are vacation-goers privately booking their flights, grabbing their guidebooks and sharing their trips only through photo albums. Nowadays, it’s all about sharing trip details, seeking help from strangers and interacting as much as possible along the journey. The following apps are especially designed to make your trip more social, before, during and after. wehostels

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WeHostels Like Facebook for hostel and budget hotel booking, WeHostels is one of the top social travel apps allowing travelers to interact with hostelmates before leaving home. With over 50,000 accommodations across 800 cities, you’ll open the app and choose your city to be brought to a list of top-rated hostels and a map with their locations. When you click a hostel you like, you’ll be able to view photos, information and reviews — as well as a limited view of who will be staying there when you are. Once you book, you’ll be able to open these potential travel friends’ profiles to browse their interests and send them messages to plan meetups and potential day trips. It’s a…

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Canva On iPad For Creating Great Designs On The Go

October 21, 2014 by  

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Whether you are a social media professional or just a professional in any career -  graphics is an important part of presentations, events, group, online and meeting communications.  In the past expensive and complicated graphics software was needed to create and “size” graphics. I have been following and learning about social media from Guy Kawaski for years and recently he shared information about Canva as a great website to create graphics. I started using Canva for my social media and professional graphic projects and was thrilled at how easy it was for even people like me (graphically challenged).  I just received a press release that Canva is now available on the iPad, which makes it even easier to create graphics on the go!
“Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online. Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. 
 Key Features: “Design for…

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The Twitter & Social Explosion in Africa

May 19, 2014 by  

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Things are changing in Africa. Foreign companies are no longer looking at the continent solely in terms of what they can take out, but what they can get in. You might not know that Africa is home to six of the top ten fastest growing countries in the world and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa were a staggering $22.6 billion last year. Russia, Europe and China are also heavily invested in Africa and have major stakes in the continent’s natural resources. According a recent piece in the International Business Times, this massive growth in cell phone use, social media — particularly Twitter — is exploding in Africa and everyone from multinational corporations to shrewd venture capital firms and tech start-ups want in on the action. Samsung South Africa’s Twitter account has more than 100,000 followers, and Adidas, Diageo, Magnum Ice Cream and several other popular brands are not far behind. So, what are some key cultural tips when doing business in Africa? Well, for starters, you must consider that Africa is a continent, not a culturally cohesive monolith. Language and culture will shift by country, often in dramatic fashion. However, here are…

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Which Companies are Now Building the Green Internet?

April 26, 2014 by  

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The GreenPeace Report puts technology companies into groups of energy use: Dirty Energy, Middle Of The Road and Green Innovators. As an analyst, we talk a lot about the newest types of software, computers and gadgets of which need energy to run. And there is real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, where people are looking to feel satisfaction from the work they do and make the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work for the sake a of paycheck, only to find enjoy somewhere else. With all the enthusiasm also comes a great deal of energy use that we may or may not be aware of.
According to the Kaufman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity (KIEA), the entrepreneurial rate in the U.S. is already well above the dot.com bubble of 15 years ago. From social media to music, streaming video, email and commerce, we are increasingly moving much of our lives online. But which companies are storing all of that data, and how are they getting the energy? Here’s who hosts some of the internet’s most popular sites and services in their data centers – and whether those companies are using dirty or clean energy. Three Types of Energy As the expansion of technology…

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Freeing Yourself From Internet Censorship When You Travel

April 11, 2014 by  

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A carefree tour is nothing short of a blessing these days. It is a leisure that only few can afford in time and in money. It is an escape from the burnouts of noisy cities, polluted lanes, stressful work, social strife and much more. It is a journey to peace. But then you know it is short lived, so you just want to make the most of it. You get cameras, bookmark places, and make a long list of shopping spree you would like to do on various points of your trip. You want to tell the whole world of your whereabouts time and again. You are not going to miss out on your friends and family back home.

Travel Experiences You Always Wanted to Have – And Share!

Whether it is an exotic massage on a beach in Thailand, a crazy dance with village farmers, or even a long drive with your childhood friend in his Lamborghini, you have an irresistible urge to show it off to the world, just like you have been seeing it long until your own journey. It is your turn to brag. You have planned to update your entire social world about whatever new…

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Start-Up Iceland: The Viking Resilience Goes a Long Way…

June 24, 2013 by  

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While Silicon Valley may still be the technology and entrepreneur hub of North America and some say, the world, it’s shortsighted for investors, businesses and even consumers not to be looking to global pockets for innovation and new ideas. Every year at South by Southwest (SXSW), the number of companies showing off their innovation outside the U.S. is growing and I’ve been impressed by start-up ideas coming out of Europe, Israel and more recently Korea and Chile. Some are merely ramping up their presence in the states, whereas in other cases, governments are creating  incentives to attract investment from abroad, such as the salary offers to engineers coming out of Qatar and the tax benefits for setting up shop in Ireland. One country you may not expect on the list is Iceland, a country with a population of roughly only 320,000 people, two thirds of which reside in the capital city of Reykjavik. _MG_9818 The combination of my life in Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial world and my travel writing brought me to an event in Reykjavik this year called Start Up Iceland, now in its second year. Started by serial entrepreneur, angel…

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TBEX 2013: The Biggest Travel Blogging Conference Hits Toronto

June 11, 2013 by  

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Canada's own Dave and Deb of ThePlanetD give the keynote at TBEX Toronto When I started travel blogging seven years ago, the profession didn’t exist. Canada’s Dave and Deb of ThePlanetD give the keynote at TBEX TorontoWhen I founded Breathedreamgo four years ago, I called Toronto’s first travel tweet-up and three women met for tea. When I went by MegaBus to the second TBEX, in New York City three years ago, I was amazed to see about 300 travel bloggers congregating. And Saturday morning at 8:45 am when I sat in the second row of a huge Metro Toronto Convention Centre Auditorium and stood up and looked back, I was too gob-smacked to take a photo: 1,300 people, a mammoth sound and lights show and an electric feeling of excitement in the air. Travel blogging has arrived, I thought, and it’s happening here, in my beloved city, Toronto! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when Toronto won the bid to host TBEX 13; or how flushed with pride and satisfaction I was when David Whitaker, president of Tourism Toronto, gave credit to the Toronto travel blogging…

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