The Four Seasons Philadelphia and three Loews properties — two in Orlando and one in Nashville — have pilot programs that let guests make any request through text messages. The hotels have partnered with a personal texting service called Zingle, which has worked with companies such as McDonald's and Subway.
It works like this: Once you check in, the hotel will register your phone number to your personal "service on demand" profile. You will then be able to text any request, whether you are inside or outside the hotel, for your entire stay. The hotel guarantees that your text will be answered within four minutes.
“A backpack version of the Street View camera system, the Trekker contains 15 cameras that peer out from a basketball-size geodesic dome. They snap photos every three seconds while low-power lasers collect 3D geometry data. Software later stitches the images together into 360-degree, street-level maps. Google staffers have traveled around the world with the Trekker on their backs and custom fit it to vehicles like boats and dogsleds. Recently, the company also partnered with Parks Canada to begin collecting imagery of national parks—many of which are remote and inaccessible even to Canadians.”
“This is the first Street View project that has really involved climate-change science,” she tells me. “But even though I believe climate change is happening, I’m also someone who lets data and imagery speak for itself. I want to bring this up a year from now, five years from now, ten years from now, because I do believe it’ll look very different in ten years. And if PBI wants to take it to a completely different area in the future, that’s great. I feel like I’m an enabler for access to technology that could the change way they map an ecosystem.”
So Margaret and I stopped by the Apple Store in Frankfurt and were admiring the glass staircase.
Well just a few hundred feet away at the Ziel Gallery, Samsung dominates the glass elevator, the escalators, the 7th floor balcony and even has their version of the Genius Bar in a glass adorned section.
CarPlay allows iOS users to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages through touch and voice-based controls. Users can control CarPlay from the car's dashboard or push and hold a control button on the steering wheel to activate the iOS voice assistant, Siri.
CarPlay also supports third-party applications including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Automakers slated to offer CarPlay include Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, General Motors and Toyota.
Delta was prominent at Convergence this week with its CIO on stage and several crew members on the Expo Floor. It helps they are headquartered in Atlanta, but importantly Microsoft and Nokia devices and services are playing a growing role with its pilots and flight attendants as the video below shows. (I have also previously blogged about the inflight POS from my own experience as a passenger)
In addition, on a customer panel, Darrell Haskin of Delta IT provided some more color
a) There is almost immediate payback from the POS deployment because credit cards can be validated using the in-flight GoGo wi-fly network. Previous POS was asynchronous leading to losses from expired or invalid credit cards.
b) the ability to offer upgrade options in-flight could lead to additional revenues especially on international flights
c) the flight attendant device will have a growing number of apps which will allow for much more personalized service during boarding and in the air
d) The Surface tablets were attractive even to pilots with personal iPads because of their spilt screen functionality which allows them to view documentation and flight data at the same time.
“It is well known that America’s military dominates both the air and the sea. What’s less celebrated is that the US has also dominated the spectrum, a feat that is just as critical to the success of operations. Communications, navigation, battlefield logistics, precision munitions—all of these depend on complete and unfettered access to the spectrum, territory that must be vigilantly defended from enemy combatants.
Having command of electromagnetic waves allows US forces to operate drones from a hemisphere away, guide cruise missiles inland from the sea, and alert patrols to danger on the road ahead. Just as important, blocking enemies from using the spectrum is critical to hindering their ability to cause mayhem, from detonating roadside bombs to organizing ambushes. As tablet computers and semiautonomous robots proliferate on battlefields in the years to come, spectrum dominance will only become more critical. Without clear and reliable access to the electromagnetic realm, many of America’s most effective weapons simply won’t work.
Yet despite the importance of this crucial resource, America’s grip on the spectrum has never been more tenuous. Insurgencies and rogue nations cannot hope to match our multibillion-dollar expenditures on aircraft carriers and stealth bombers, but they are increasingly able to afford the devices necessary to wage spectrum warfare, which are becoming cheaper and more powerful at the same exponential pace as all electronics.
“Now anybody can go to a store and buy equipment for $10,000 that can mimic our capability,” says Robert Elder, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who today is a research professor at George Mason University. Communications jammers are abundant on global markets or can be assembled from scratch using power amplifiers and other off-the-shelf components. And GPS spoofers, with the potential to disrupt everything from navigation to drones, are simple to construct for anyone with a modicum of engineering expertise.”
Courtesy of Troy Angrignon I saw this Apple tribute to mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington who have scaled many of the world’s tallest peaks. It is a gorgeous page built around their use of the iPad and the Gaia GPS topography app but provides an amazing amount of detail about other equipment and physical challenges of such extreme climbing.
Though the design of the device remains much the same as its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, the new model boasts a slightly larger 5.1-inch body with a high-resolution 1080p display, a 16-megapixel camera, and two crucial features that will have the enterprise cheering and Apple cursing: a fingerprint reader, and an in-built heart-rate sensor.