Mozilla must’ve really liked Chris Beard during his time as interim CEO because he is now the real, actual CEO of the company, “interim” prefix not required. Beard took over the reins of the firm in April after former CEO Brendan Eich stepped down amidst political backlash — Eich had made contributions to an anti-same sex marriage bill in California. Though it’s only been a few months, Beard appears to have proved himself worthy of the CEO role. As with Eich, Mozilla’s current focus is to further its efforts on mobile. According to a recent blog post by Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, “Chris has a keen sense of where Mozilla has been — and where we’re headed […] There’s simply no better person to lead Mozilla as we extend our impact from Firefox on the desktop to the worlds of mobile devices and services.”
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It’s not that business travelers have chosen to shun Airbnb — in fact they make up a decent chunk of the short-term subletting business. But now the startup is making a concerted effort to lure those customers in with Business Travel on Airbnb. It’s dedicated portal with tools specifically designed not just for travelers, but for companies to manage employee travel. The company has even partnered with Concur, which builds travel and expense systems like Triplink, which is used by a vast majority of Fortune 100 companies. Not every listing will be displayed through the new portal. Odd ball listings like tree houses will be filtered out, as will any shared rentals — such as a room in a larger apartment. Courting business customers is going to be essential for Airbnb to continue to grow. And considering how much money investors have pumped into the it, growth is certainly high on its list of priorities.
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Out of many new games that are being released for Android platform on a daily basis, we’ve selected 4 which got released this month. Without further ado, here they are in no particular order… Timberman This is one of those pesky little games that you just can’t stop playing. It’s easy to play, but really,… Read more »
Hilton Worldwide, a company that operates thousands of hotels around the globe, today announced plans to roll out new mobile-based check-in and room selection tools, as well as digital smartphone-based room keys.
Hilton guests will be able to select their rooms online using their smartphones, which will be able to display floor plans for each available room. Guests will also be able to check-in/check-out using their smartphones, as well as purchase upgrades and make special requests for item deliveries.
Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel’s available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton’s digital lobby function is updated in real-time, so guests no longer have to wait until they are physically in the hotel lobby to be assigned a room.
While Hilton’s new service is limited to check-ins and room selection at the current time, next year the hotel chain plans to allow guests to unlock their hotel rooms with their smartphones.
Hilton is planning to roll out its digital enhancements to select hotels during the summer and the fall, and by the end of 2014, smartphone-based check-ins and room selection will be available for more than 650,000 rooms across 4,000 hotels. The technology that allows smartphones to be used as room keys will begin rolling out in 2015, with wide availability in 2016.
Hilton is not the first hotel chain to begin allowing guests to enter their hotel rooms with their smartphones, as Starwood Hotels & Resorts implemented a pilot program to test the technology earlier this year. Hilton’s eventual rollout will be much larger, however, and it also includes the aforementioned tools for personalized room selections and easy check-ins.
Beats Music for iOS was today updated to version 2.2.0, adding several user-requested features. It’s now possible for Beats listeners to change their Just For You recommendations through a new “Tune Your Taste” feature in Settings that allows users to select new favorite genres and artists.
Listeners are also able to track their most recently played songs from The Sentence feature, which lets users select songs based on mood and activity. Verified Badges have been added, with a red check mark signaling a profile is “certified as legit by Beats,” and there have been quite a few bug fixes.
You asked for it, and we listened! In this latest release we’ve added:
– Tune Your Taste — Want to switch up your Just For You recommendations? Change your favorite genres and artists with the Tune Your Taste feature in Settings
– Sentence History — View your most recently played songs from The Sentence
– Verified Badges — That red check mark means the profile is certified as legit by Beats
– Player Improvements — We fixed a ton of bugs to make playback more smooth and reliable
…and much, much more!
Beats Music is set to be acquired by Apple in the next month or two, as soon as the $3 billion deal, first announced in May, gains regulatory approval in the U.S. and is finalized.
Apple has said that Beats will remain a standalone music service, which means the app will continue to be available on iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
Just like when you’re driving a car, glancing down at your phone while biking the busy streets of your city can be quite dangerous. Thanks to a Portland-based design firm, there’s a bike that allows you to keep your eyes on the road while getting those much-needed directions. The folks at Industry teamed up with local builders Ti Cycles for Solid: a Bluetooth-enabled two-wheeler that connects to a smartphone app monitoring bike maintenance and offers vibrating handlebars for head’s up GPS navigation. A companion app, My Bike, keeps an eye on burned out lights and other potential upkeep headaches. My City, a second bit of software, serves as guide for blazing the bike lanes of your chosen locale.
In order to keep your eyes on the road, haptic grips will buzz when you’re approaching a turn and they’ll both vibrate when you’ve missed one. All of Solid’s on-board electronics are pedal powered with its components tucked inside a 3D-printed titanium frame that unscrews for easy access. Oh yeah, the gears are sorted electronically as well — at the push of a button — and those safety lights turn off thanks to built-in sensors. The silver-clad unit is the group’s entry into The Bike Design Project that’s matched designers in five cities against each other for a public vote on who’s made the best foot-powered option.
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Source: The Bike Design Project
Sure, there are already options for getting fit with the help of your Xbox console, and now one of the most popular in-home exercise options is offering more sweat soaked material. P90X for Xbox Fitness brings a 30-day version of the three-month slim down to your living room via the Xbox One (sorry, Xbox 360 owners) with five new routines to boot. The video-based workout curriculum will leverage the Kinect to keep an eye on your form along the way as well. As you may recall, trainer Tony Horton has already served up P90X and Insanity workouts for Redmond’s fitness efforts, alongside Jillian Michaels and others. Forking over $60 today gets you the month-long challenge, and there’s a downloadable calendar and nutrition plan coming next moth. Of course, Mr. Horton is along for every second of the action — just in case you thought you were getting off easy.
If you’ve wanted to use activity-tracking wearables that pair with your phone, you’ve typically had to use Android or iOS. Windows Phone has some third-party apps that can fill in, but they’re imperfect at best. As of today, though, an official solution is at hand — Fitbit has released its own Windows Phone 8.1 app. You can now sync trackers like the Flex, One and Zip to your Microsoft-powered device to get real-time step and sleep monitoring, complete with a step counter on your home screen if you set up the Live Tile. Other Fitbit fundamentals are also here, including food logging, leaderboards and messaging.
The app is free, and it doesn’t require a peripheral if you just want some basic tracking; getting Windows Phone 8.1 is the biggest hurdle. You’ll need Bluetooth 4.0 support to make use of any Fitbit gear, however, so double-check that your particular Windows Phone is good to go (many of them are) before you start planning your fitness regimen.
What could be the second generation of either the Moto G or Moto E has leaked out, showing a much thinner profile for the budget device. Whilst it’s uncertain if the leaked casing belongs to the Moto G or Moto E, the specs for the device are also believed to pack a full 1080p HD… Read more »
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaks just keep on coming our way. We’ve seen it leak in images along with expected specs. What struck us most when it comes to that leak was some talk about a 4.7″ which will allegedly be 720p in resolution, that was really hard to believe. Well, according to Samsung Developer Console,… Read more »
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