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Tip Spoke Expands Free Service Showcasing Fun Things to Do, Insider Tips to 60 US Metro Areas

September 30, 2016
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TipSpoke.com links travelers to fun things to do in Boston and 59 other metro areas © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

SUDBURY, Mass.– Tipspoke.com has expanded its reach, enabling people to easily find fun things to do in over 60 major U.S. metro areas. Their mission is to focus on helping people and families find fun things to do to enrich their lives. The Tipspoke.com team brings together a wide range of experience to deliver Awesome Tips Worth Sharing™. Tipspoke.com is designed to be easy to navigate, so people can spend less time searching and more time having fun.

Site visitors will find that the site is clearly divided into categories, such as: Fun Things to Do Locally, Travel Tips, and Fun Things to Do at Home – including Arts & Crafts, Family Games &  Activities, Science Experiments, Magic Tricks, Jokes for Kids, Riddles & Brainteasers for Kids, Online Activities, and Food & Dining Activities.

Tipspoke.com not only focuses on covering popular destinations, but also many that are off the beaten path. For example, someone looking for an activity in Boston would find a hand-picked list of over 100 things to do in and around the Greater Boston area. The insider tips can help people have more fun while saving a lot of time and money.

Tip Spoke partners with bloggers and topical experts, who have awesome tips to share, giving them visibility to Tip Spoke’s website and newsletter readership.

Stacey Sao, the CEO of Tip Spoke, is a Villanova grad who launched the successful Boston-area website BostonCentral.com in 2001, and launched the first version of Tipspoke.com in 2015 with just a handful of tips focused on online activities.

“This next version of Tipspoke.com, expanded to over 60 metro areas, is an amazing free resource to help people have more fun. We’re excited to be partnering with bloggers and other websites who have expertise in specific areas to get the best content to our readers,” she said.

For complete information, visit: https://tipspoke.com.

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See What’s Happening, Coordinate Meeting Up in NYC with New App, Voux

August 17, 2016

NEW YORK– Voux (pronounced voo) enables users to create private and public points of interests (“spots”) for events and places that they usually go to with family, friends, or people with similar interests. It offers users key features in one place to manage all aspects of a spot. It does this by combining location-based services and social integration to facilitate the management and coordination of these formal and informal gatherings.

Voux gives its users real-time information on what is currently happening and who is currently at a given point of interest. One simply creates a spot, invites his “peeps”, then Voux manages many of the aspects that happen in between–such as notifying you when your dinner date has arrived, or letting you know ahead of time if a free event is starting to get crowded. Voux automatically checks its users in when they arrive at the spot and checks them out when they leave the spot that they have joined.

Among Voux’s many features, the app allows its users to create public and private spots, schedule one-time events or repeating activities, receive real-time updates on what is happening, set notifications to know when “peeps” arrive to or leave from the spot, send and receive secure spot-based messages anytime and anywhere, share pictures, post current location en route to the spot, and get conveniently guided to the spot with Uber and maps integrations to Apple, Google and Waze.

“This app is the perfect complement to my daily interactions, ” says Co-Founder and CEO, Freddie Roseman.

“For someone who has been playing New York City pickup sports for years, who loves to meet up with friends and family (whether impromptu or for special occasions) and who travels a lot for business and personal reasons, I’ve felt an increasing need to be able to make these regular activities as hassle-free as possible for me and for the people who matter to me. We have all been there where you wonder who is already there at the party, or if people are on their way to a gathering, and Voux is here to solve those questions in a very intuitive way. I want Voux to reflect how we interact with our personal connections with the activities and events we do together.

“For example, there are some interactions that I do with my co-workers, other interactions that I love to do with my family, other interactions that I only do with my buddies, and finally interactions with people with similar interests that I may not personally know. With Voux, I can easily communicate with each group in exactly the venue that makes sense for them.”

RMCG LLC. is a New York LLC founded on March 1st 2015 by Freddie Roseman and Cory McConnell. Voux is the lifestyle app developed for mobile platforms, and is currently available for iPhone on iOS in the App Store for free.

More information can be found at http://www.voux.rocks.

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Bway Zone, Family-Friendly Broadway Theater Site, Launches with Chance to Win Trip to London’s West End

November 5, 2015
Broadway, New York City, the capital of the theater world. The Broadway League has launched Bdwy Zone, an interactive platform that will feature videos, photos, quizzes, and other Broadway-related content to share with its users © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Broadway, New York City, the capital of the theater world. The Broadway League has launched Bdwy Zone, an interactive platform that will feature videos, photos, quizzes, and other Broadway-related content to share with its users © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

New York – The Broadway League, the national trade association for the theater industry, is launching a new family-friendly initiative called Bway Zone located at BwayZone.com. A website created by the League’s digital and marketing departments, this interactive platform will post videos, photos, quizzes, and other Broadway-related content to share with its users.

Bway Zone is an online/social media conversation about what’s happening on Broadway in NYC, as well as on national tour throughout the US and Canada. Users will  get connected with Broadway shows, stars, and fans; meet the folks who make magic behind the scenes; find out about what other theatregoers are saying; and much more. Whether new to the community or a seasoned Broadway pro, the most important thing is to have fun and explore, share, create, learn, and participate.

One can scroll through the tiles and click on any kind of content or activity to find a mix of posts from individual shows, theatrical websites, other fans, and more — including exclusive original Bway Zone content. Users are encouraged to share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.

“The League is thrilled to be launching a new interactive BwayZone.com platform for family engagement. This new digital platform (think Instagram meets Buzzfeed meets Pinterest with a Broadway twist!) will offer curated engagement with Broadway content especially for families, with opportunities for users to participate in and even create content. There is nothing else like this! The world is changing, and so are we. Our goal is to raise awareness of Broadway among fans of all ages, and to encourage theatregoing as family entertainment. We’re in the pilot stage now while we begin to build momentum, but it’s growing quickly,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Activities including BwayZone, National High School Musical Theatre Awards, Viva Broadway concerts to bring more families through our Family First Nights program and more are part of a strategic plan to engage future audiences in theatre, whether they are in the audience, on stage or backstage.”

Through November 25, 2015, theatergoers have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip for a family of four to see shows on London’s West End. Those who join the BwayZone email list through a special sweepstakes page will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize, which includes: a family of four trip to London, round-trip airfare from any major U.S. city to London via United Airlines, tickets to two West End shows (four tickets per show), and a three-night hotel stay in London’s Rosewood Hotel. Official Rules available on BwayZone.com/sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. and D.C, age 13 and older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited.

Visit BwayZone.com or follow #BwayZone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

BwayZone is an official program of the Broadway League and is officially sponsored by The New York Times with additional support from Southern Hospitality BBQ.

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Newly Launched Triller App for i-Phone Lets You Turn Vacation Travel into Music Video

July 23, 2015
Triller™, a game-changing music video maker app for iPhone®, can be downloaded today for free on the App Store℠.

Triller™, a game-changing music video maker app for iPhone®, can be downloaded today for free on the App Store℠.

Just in time for the family vacation season, what a way to engage children in their experience, creating their own music video on their i-Phone! Launching today, Triller™, a game-changing music video maker app for iPhone®, can be downloaded today for free on the App Store℠.

(PRESS HERE to download today for free on the App Store℠)

Triller is the first of its kind, allowing users to create lip sync videos for their favorite songs with an editing algorithm that uses intelligent audio and facial analysis to decide when to cut. Music fans simply pick a song, choose a section of the song, and shoot a few video takes. Then with the push of a button, Triller edits the takes together to create a stunning music video.

PRESS HERE to watch a preview of the app.

Triller is the creation of award-winning music video director Colin Tilley (Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and more) and app developers David Leiberman and Sammy Rubin (creators of Mibblio®, the first interactive musical storybook, and the chart-topping Disney Frozen: Karaoke).

“With Triller, you don’t have to be Colin Tilley to make a music video that looks like it was shot by Colin Tilley,” said Leiberman. “The app truly democratizes the music video creation process. Whether you’re hanging in the park with friends or an artist on tour, Triller makes it easy and fun to create great-looking music videos.”

Not only is Triller easy to use, but it offers infinite creative possibilities with stylish filters, zooming capability, and even the power to tweak the video’s edit to the individual’s liking. Once users create their videos, they can either share publicly to social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, share privately to their friends via text message or WhatsApp, or just save to their camera roll.

“My editing friends and I always knew the iPhone was gonna lead to some kind of game-changer in video editing,” said Tilley. “Triller is it, and I’m really excited to be involved.”

Triller is available for free on the App Store. For more information, visit www.triller.co.

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New Smartphone App Provides Audio Guides to America’s National Parks

March 6, 2015
A new GPS-powered mobile app from Just Ahead turns smartphones into hands-free audio tour guides of America's national parks.

A new GPS-powered mobile app from Just Ahead turns smartphones into hands-free audio tour guides of America’s national parks.

A new GPS-powered mobile app from Just Ahead turns smartphones into hands-free audio tour guides of America’s national parks.

Just Ahead’s app and audio guides work even where cell phones, Internet, and Wi-Fi won’t, to stream interesting stories spliced with geography, history, and even driving directions while cruising through a national park.

One example is Just Ahead’s Death Valley National Park audio guide, which recently garnered the Best Travel App award from the North American Travel Journalists Association. This award is due, in part, to the levels of professional travel writing and narration that present the myriad stories of each national park. Content writer and editor Bob Howells has twice won the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Lowell Thomas Gold Award for adventure travel writing.

“Our aim is to give travelers and their families an entertaining and educational travel experience,” underscored Just Ahead founder Gregory Morse. “We think the Just Ahead app and audio guides encourage exploring and getting off the beaten track. You’re engaged at the same time you’re learning.”

Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their location. Just Ahead also helps drivers avoid getting lost by providing helpful suggested directions. Just Ahead tells drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and recommends the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.

As of mid-winter 2015, Just Ahead apps are available for the following parks: Yosemite, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley. An additional 12 national park guides are in production, including Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forrest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde – with many more to come.

Just Ahead started with US national parks because they are treasured natural assets that are visited each year by 292 million people from around the world (2014 set a record for national park visitation). But the company intends to go beyond the parks. In the future, Just Ahead will offer guides for other major road trip destinations, including California Highway 1, Route 66, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Hawaiian Islands, and many others.

The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 – $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.

For more information, visit: http://www.justahead.com.

 

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CellarPass Offers New Online Search for Tasting Room, Food and Wine Events, Reservation and Ticketing Service

June 19, 2014

You know “you have arrived” when you show up at a trendy winery or artisanal distillery tasting room and your name is listed on the plaque out front.

That’s the “cherry on top” of a great vacation, and it’s one of the fringe benefits of an innovative web-and app-based service called CellarPass, the first online tasting room and food and wine events search, reservation and ticketing service.

Visitors need never again be turned away or forced to wait to taste at the most in-demand wineries, breweries and distilleries. The CellarPass service allows users to book their own experiences when it suits them, right from a computer, tablet or Smartphone in advance or even on-the-go. CellarPass member destinations greet their reservation guests in their own special way, too: some offer a special bottling with a tasting flight, add chocolates to a tasting, or announce their visit on a plaque out front. CellarPass gives visitors an instant “in,” and they love it.

The best part – the service is free to travelers.

How CellarPass works: With just a few simple clicks or swipes of a finger, wine, beer and spirits lovers can search the venues they want to visit, consult actual visitor reviews, reserve tasting and tour times, map locations, and even navigate directly to the destination with turn-by-turn directions delivered right to their devices. More of a last minute planner? With CellarPass’ “Nearby” function, iPhone and iPad users can view offerings within a specified distance from their exact location and book on the go.

With the recent launch of CellarPass’ ticket service, users also have access to a menu of special tastings, pairing dinners and other exclusive wine country events – all in one place.

CellarPass helps make a dream food and wine vacation hassle-free. Check it out at www.cellarpass.com.

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Just in Time for Family Summer Vacation Travel, Disney Records Brings Magic of ‘Frozen’ to Innovative Karaoke App for iPad

May 29, 2014
The “Disney Karaoke: Frozen” app, available on iPad, enables kids (of all ages) to listen, sing along, and record their own voice through an assortment of nine songs from the film (photo courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide).

The “Disney Karaoke: Frozen” app, available on iPad, enables kids (of all ages) to listen, sing along, and record their own voice through an assortment of nine songs from the film (photo courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide).

Just in time for the summer family vacation travel season, Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) and Walt Disney Records announced today the launch of “ Disney Karaoke: Frozen ,” an app based on the highest grossing animated film of all time, Frozen. “ Disney Karaoke: Frozen ” will be available in the Music and Entertainment categories of the App Store℠ with movie clips and nine original songs from the film that are featured in the triple Platinum-selling soundtrack from Walt Disney Records.

The “Disney Karaoke: Frozen” app enables kids (of all ages) to listen, sing along, and record their own voice through an assortment of nine songs from the film, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Love is An Open Door,” the Academy Award-winning hit, “Let It Go,” and more. To further enrich the consumer experience, the app allows fans to follow the lyrics with a snowflake and save recordings to a gallery. It can also be used with AirPlay®, offering singers the opportunity to play the music on television screens in their living room or hotel room, as it may be.

What a better way to keep kids entertained on car trips or at the airport or on the airplane or settling into a new hotel?

Disney Karaoke: Frozen ” is the next installment in a growing collection of digital apps by DPW that invites fans of all ages to re-live the stunning big-screen comedy adventure featuring fearless optimist, Anna, and her sister, Elsa. “ Frozen Storybook Deluxe ” was the first to launch in the collection and has since hit the Top 10 iPad Kids Category for downloads in 114 different countries and a Top 10 iPad Entertainment Category for downloads in 118 different countries. Later this year, additional Frozen apps will be unveiled to extend engagement of the franchise through unique and immersive digital storytelling.

“As we continue to extend Disney franchises across digital platforms, there is nothing more exciting than exploring the ways in which we can reach today’s consumers in deeper, more engaging ways with our incredible stories and characters,” said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media. “The ‘Disney Karaoke: Frozen’ app celebrates the beautiful music that everyone knows and loves, but it also allows fans to experience the movie anytime and anywhere in a highly active and uniquely Disney way.”

“Disney Music Group has had a long history of success with karaoke products, and it’s incredibly exciting to see this part of our business continue to innovate and grow,” added Trevor Kelley, vice president, Global Digital Marketing. “Frozen really is the perfect title to launch this product with given the strong personal connection that fans have had with the music from the film. It’s been incredible to get it into consumers’ hands.”

A leader in the karaoke audio category, Walt Disney Records also has 30+ titles in the Disney Karaoke Series with over 1.5mm in sales since the line’s inception in 2005. Frozen is the only Disney Karaoke title to debut in the Top 20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #17.

The Frozen original motion picture soundtrack spent thirteen non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart and remains the top-selling album of 2014. The Frozen soundtrack surpassed The Lion King’s 10-week reign at No. 1 in 1994 and has spent the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack in the 58-year history of the chart.

Disney Consumer Products is also celebrating the music from Frozen with new products that will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store this fall featuring the beloved songs from the film. From dolls, to role-play dresses, to jewelry sets and more, Frozen fans will be able to recreate the musical moments of their favorite characters.

For additional “ Disney Karaoke: Frozen ” mobile app updates and information, visit www.DisneyStories.com , Facebook at Facebook.com/disneyreads and Twitter at @DisneyReads.

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Travel Health: Sickweather App Tracks, Maps Reports of Illness so Travelers can Prepare

May 23, 2014

Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company, provides online reports and an iPhone app that scans social networks for indicators of illness, and maps real time data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. Sickweather launched their beta website in November 2011, and now qualifies over 600,000 reports of illness each month.

Sickweather uses a patent-pending process to track and map reports of illness on Twitter and Facebook. The forecast represents the top trending illnesses reported in any given area. The maps may show clusters of activity as represented by orange polygons, or individual reports as represented by blue “SICK” map markers.

A recent report for the New York area showed “Common Cold, Fever, and Cough are going around in New York.  Reports of Cough are on the rise” and provided animated 5-day Common Cold Map; animated 5-Day Fever Map; and Animated 5-Day Cough map.

In 2012, Sickweather was recognized among “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured on the Today Show for successfully identifying the early start of the 2012 Flu Season 6 weeks before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). For more information, visit: www.sickweather.com

Download The iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sickweather/id741036885?mt=8

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Ski Vermont’s ‘Check In to Win’ Program Offers Prizes for Using Mobile Tracking System

December 22, 2013
Smugglers Notch, Vermont © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Smugglers Notch, Vermont © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win program is returning the 2013-14 season and will be hosted by the ski and snowboard tracking application, Alpine Replay  and co-sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Check In to Win rewards skiers and riders for exploring Vermont resorts and tracking vertical, speed, jumps and more. This season the first skier to visit all 19 alpine resorts will win a pair of Rossignol skis and the first snowboarder to visit 18 resorts will win a snowboard from Burton.

Ski Vermont enjoyed a successful launch of the program during the 2012-13 season, winning the Governor’s SMART Biz Award for Marketing Excellence and a Travel + Leisure SMITTY award. It was the first statewide tourism program of its kind, promoting frequency and variety of visits to Vermont ski resorts via prize incentives.

Partnering with Alpine Replay and Verizon Wireless for the 2013-14 season allows Ski Vermont to expand the already successful Check In to Win program and make it even easier. Skiers and riders need only download the free Alpine Replay application, get to the mountain and press “play” to track the days skiing and snowboarding stats. At the end of the day, users download stats and share with friends on social media. The more Vermont resorts explored equates to more chances to win bigger and better prizes. Participants can also earn Vermont specific medals and participate in competitions like the Vertical Challenge to win a ski and stay package in Vermont.

“We are excited to expand the already popular Check In to Win program by partnering with Verizon Wireless and Alpine Replay,” said Ski Vermont’s Director of Marketing, Kyle Lewis. Our goals are to reward skiers and riders for visiting a variety of Vermont’s resorts and create an online community where you earn your bragging rights. We think of the program like a punch card at your favorite deli, except we reward you with the chance to win free lift tickets, Cabot Cheese and Green Mountain Coffee and more.”

Using the Alpine Replay application at multiple resorts in Vermont will automatically enter participants for the chance to win prizes from Ski Vermont partners such as free lift tickets from Vermont resorts, swag from Burton Snowboards, Rossignol, anon, Darn Tough and Kombi, and treats from Green Mountain Coffee and Cabot Cheese.

For more information and to download the application, visit skivermont.com/checkin

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Mibblio Comes Out with New Interactive Musical Storybook ‘Miss Elephant’s Gerald’ in Time for Halloween

October 24, 2013

Those clever guys at Mibblio have come out with another interactive musical storybook app to entertain kids at home and when traveling. The “Miss Elephant’s Gerald” stand-alone app featuring The Pop Ups with illustrations by Liz Starin is now live in the App Store, just in time for Halloween! Everything about it is awesome.

Here’s the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miss-elephants-gerald/id731127605?mt=8

Targeted to children ages 3-8, each beautifully designed mibblet is a lively, interactive experience that allows kids to read a charmingly illustrated story, listen to a catchy song, and jam along on a variety of instruments.

It’s like a “Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra” or “Peter & the Wolf” and introduces and engages children in music at a time when their musical aptitude is emerging.

Besides occupying the child in a car or airplane or on a ship, Mibblio is a great way to settle a child into a hotel bed for the night with something that is comforting and fun.

With an intuitive design that is built for kids but enjoyed by all, the imaginative app is the first interactive musical-storybook of its kind and endlessly entertaining.

Mibblio offers a mix of classic songs such as On Top of Spaghetti” and “The Wheels on the Bus” alongside new, instant classics like “Monkey Jamboree!” Mibblio also offers more narrative stories like The Mashed Potato Monster Gang that appeal to slightly older kids. By showing children the components of each song, instrument by instrument, Mibblio helps children understand the layers of developing music. Parents can watch and listen as children discover new instrument combinations and learn the basics of creating a song, while simultaneously improving reading skills.

“Mibblio is a fun and engaging way for children to explore music in a personalized and meaningful way,” said Sammy Rubin, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Mibblio. “Mibblets frame the musical elements and give what might ordinarily be abstract concepts a fun and familiar context. It’s exactly what I would have wanted when I was young.”

For more information visit www.mibblio.com.

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