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Suiteness Startup Suite Contest Gives Startups Chance to Win Stay in Silicon Valley, Mentor with Top VCs

September 15, 2017
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Silicon Valley: Luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay in San Francisco plus one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

OAKLAND, CA – Oakland-based luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay at the acclaimed Hotel Zeppelin, San Francisco. This travel experience will also include one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists to learn best practices and investment pitching strategies including:

Suiteness is an online booking service for exclusive luxury hotel suites and multi-room accommodations.  The Y-Combinator graduate who recently expanded to the San Francisco area is now offering hundreds of glamorous suites and connecting rooms giving business and leisure travelers the space they need and want when they travel.

To enter Suiteness Startup Suite, participating startups must submit a one minute video describing why their team needs to come together in San Francisco – whether it be to pitch Silicon Valley-based VCs, attend a conference or simply escape for a much-needed company offsite. All entries will then be shared with the public for community voting, during which period, startups are encouraged to promote and share their entries to receive votes. The selected winner will be announced on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

“Suiteness understands the struggles of growing and scaling a new business,” says Suiteness CEO Robbie Bhathal. “It is an exciting experience, but it’s also a stressful one. We believe that connectivity is crucial for young companies to exchange ideas and jumpstart new innovation. Our goal is to bring teams together so that they can succeed at their entrepreneurial goals while also getting a much needed stress reliever.”

Startup Suite Contest Details and Deadlines:

  • Phase 1: Application
    • Upload a video no longer than one minute to YouTube, Instagram or Vimeo, and share why their startup needs to stay together in San Francisco
    • September 7, 2017, to October 6, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT
  • Phase 2: Voting
    • Share entries with everyone in their community asking for votes. Companies are encouraged to promote entries via email or via social media channels using the hashtag #StartupSuite
    • October 7, 2017, to October 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT

To apply: https://www.suiteness.com/blog/suiteness-startupsuite

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/231952183#at=3

Suiteness is an online booking platform that allows users to access an inventory of thousands of exclusive luxury hotel suites. Suites range from standard one-bedrooms to spacious apartment-style stays with multiple attached rooms. The company is carving a niche for itself in the international travel industry as the leading website dedicated solely to luxury suites and is finding success with group travelers and families looking for a nice place to stay together.

Suiteness was launched in 2015, with funding and support from investors including Y-Combinator, Structure Capital and Keystone Capital. The platform currently has access to 30,000 luxury suites in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Chicago, and London. The company is expanding its suite inventory rapidly in key markets across the world.

For more information on Suiteness, visit http://www.suiteness.com.

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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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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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BeFrugal.com Introduces Fly or Drive Calculator

May 21, 2013
BeFrugal.com has a Fly or Drive Calculator to help you decide which mode of travel is best © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

BeFrugal.com has a Fly or Drive Calculator to help you decide which mode of travel is best © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Say you are planning to travel to from New York City to Montreal. Is it cheaper to fly or drive?

When planning a trip, start with a free online tool to decide whether flying or driving makes more sense to get from point A to point B. The Fly or Drive Calculator (http://www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator/) factors in time taken, cost and carbon emissions. Use the Fly or Drive Calculator from money saving website BeFrugal.com to determine the best travel mode for your next trip in a few minutes or less.

Simply enter your starting location, destination, travel dates, number of travelers and whether or not it is a one-way trip. Next you can fast forward to results or insert more detailed, optional information such as the vehicle you’d drive, number of hours to drive daily, hotel cost per night, tolls, airports, time at the airport, flying costs (transportation to and from the airport, checked bag feeds, plane ticket pricing, etc.) then view your customized results. A detailed comparison of your travel options is shown to compare the door-to-door time, total cost and CO2 impact.

BeFrugal.com now provides average coupon savings of 27% per order for online purchases plus an average rate of 7% cash back.

BeFrugal.com offers discounts on travel through coupons, deals and cash back with Travelocity, Marriot, Avis, Expedia and more travel merchants:

  • · Codes are posted for online coupons
  • · Deals are also posted (these do not require a promo code).
  • · Cash back is a portion of an online purchase that is deposited into a free BeFrugal.com account. When you are ready, get paid by PayPal or a check in the mail: http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/

For example, see the BeFrugal page for Marriot http://www.befrugal.com/coupons/store/marriott. Codes, deals and cash back are all available.

Here is a list of travel merchants BeFrugal can help travelers save at http://www.befrugal.com/coupons/category/travel

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MyCityWay, New Mobile App, Helps Visitors Navigate 100 Cities Worldwide

May 21, 2013
MyCityWay is a situationally-aware smart app available for use in over 100 cities worldwide including 40 U.S. cities.

MyCityWay is a situationally-aware smart app available for use in over 100 cities worldwide including 40 U.S. cities.

Visitors have a new mobile app to help them navigate a city. MyCityWay is a situationally-aware smart app available for use in over 100 cities worldwide including 40 U.S. cities.

Bringing in the utility of more than 30 different Apps, MyCityWay applies artificial intelligence technologies once reserved for high-powered algorithmic trading to making navigating a city easy, fun and personalized.

Funded by the City of New York and BMWi Ventures (the venture capital company founded by BMW Group), the MyCityWay app harnesses information from hundreds of content partners, cross-references it to ensure validity and instantaneously prioritizes information according to the users’ needs and preferences by uniquely marrying location, intent, timing and information from their social graph.

MyCityWay helps travelers quickly and easily…

· Move: Find local transportation options, schedules and routes

· Shop: Discover the best boutiques by category, neighborhood and location and find sales and deals close by

· Play: Purchase tickets to tours and attractions across the city and identify free activities, including cultural centers, landmarks, museums, art galleries and parks.

· Eat: Choose the best restaurants by neighborhood or cuisine, read reviews, make reservations and get directions

· Party: Learn about the best a city offers after-hours – nightclubs, lounges, sports bars or comedy clubs

· Take care of business: Pinpoint nearby bathrooms and WiFi hotspots

To download the app, visit iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia or MyCityWay Download Page.

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Free Timetable App Launched for European Rail Travel

February 14, 2013

 

Eurail Group GIE, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has launched the Rail Planner App designed to assist Eurail and InterRail Pass holders © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail Group GIE, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has launched the Rail Planner App designed to assist Eurail and InterRail Pass holders © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail Group GIE, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has launched the Rail Planner App designed to assist Eurail and InterRail Pass holders.

Rail Planner App is free and offers everything pass holders need to successfully plan and execute their rail journey by providing offline timetable information for international European trains and connections. As an offline app, an internet connection is no longer necessary once it’s been downloaded, with the exception of accessing some of the special features. This ensures that travelers will always have timetable information at hand, avoiding expensive roaming costs.

Besides timetable information, Rail Planner helps travelers to find their closest train station with the inbuilt augmented reality function, and there is also a feature which specifically benefits pass holders; rail pass holders are entitled to a whole host of extra benefits, offering free and discounted boat and ferry trips, discounts in hotels, museums and more. Information about these discounts is featured on the app, as well as city maps and country facts for all participating countries.

This free and offline app is already available from the App Store or Google Play. Rail Planner has been developed by HaCon, the leading European player in planning, scheduling and information solutions; who has also provided mobile applications to the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn), the Austrian Railways (ÖBB), and the Railteam Alliance among other major railways and transportation companies.

Eurail Group is the organization dedicated to the management of the Eurail and InterRail Passes on behalf of its members; a large number of participating European railways and shipping lines. Eurail Passes are available for non-Europeans through a network of authorized sales agents, and InterRail Passes are available for European residents via the participating railways and InterRail.eu.

Visit www.eurailgroup.org for more information about Rail Planner App and the Eurail Group.

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