Predicting when you should buy your airfare is always tricky business—and it’s something everyone seems to obsess over. We certainly do. But there’s a new game in town to help you figure it all out, courtesy of flight intelligence site Hopper, which determined last fall that searching for a flight deal—or holding out for one, anyway—usually costs consumers 4.5% extra. Their eponymous app is now available (albeit for iOS only), and we recommend you download it, stat. Here’s why we love it.
Google Translate has long been one of our favorite translation tools, but its new itineration, released last week, seems like something from the year 2025. Without even a data connection, the app can now convert text seen through your camera lens from one language to another, in real time, right before your eyes. Like magic. But it’s not the year 2025, and the technology shows. Here’s why we’re at once obsessed with, and disappointed by, the app’s ambitious move.
If you’ve never played Zynga’s mindlessly addicting games (Farmville, Words With Friends), chances are they’ve cluttered your Facebook feed. Now there’s reason to join the movement—the company’s latest release, Words On Tour, takes on a travel theme, while finding a middle ground between Hangman and Boggle.
International roaming as we know it is on the verge of becoming obsolete: the EU has proposed a single network for all European countries, T-Mobile no longer charges customers when surf the web abroad, and apps like Ringo help you tap onto local networks to circumvent pricey roaming packages and overages. Now, Apple is also getting in on the act with Apple SIM, a proprietary SIM card built into the new iPad Air 2.
The founders of Uber have already disrupted the taxi industry worldwide—now they’re taking on the restaurant space with standalone app Reserve. The debut product by start up studio Expa (created by Uber founder Garrett Camp), launches today with service in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. Here’s how it works.
The Basics: Reserve will be the everyman’s digital concierge. Plug in basic parameters such as the time, date, and party size for your reservation, and it will offer a curated list of vetted restaurants that may fit the bill. Select the ones that interest you, and it will seek out tables on your behalf, updating you by text message along the way.
In a partnership with MIT, Marriott Hotels is trying to revolutionize how business travelers socialize while on the road—and it all begins in the hotel lobby. The centerpiece of the project—currently being tested at the Marriott in Cambridge—is Six Degrees, a social app that taps into LinkedIn accounts to make connections among hotel guests. The app, which only works inside the hotel, is used in tandem with an interactive digital screen and communal LED table in the lobby.
Last month Apple revealed Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that riffs off the same NFC-based technologies first used by Google Wallet. Today, as part of a larger announcement by Apple, it was announced that Apple Pay will be coming online starting this Monday—with a slew of travel-related partners that are impossible to ignore.