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New York (AirGuide - Travel Technology News North America) Jul 17, 2011

Access America, Tripatini Access America and Travel Social Network Tripatini Embark on Partnership. Access America, the world's leading travel insurance provider and a brand of Mondial Assistance, and Tripatini.com, dubbed "Facebook for Travelers" by the New York Post, today announced a partnership designed to engage travelers and travel professionals. The collaboration will create promotional contests and giveaways, Access America-sponsored content on Tripatini, and the first Tripatini Tweet-up for travel media and bloggers. The Tripatini Travel Trivia Quiz(1) will be live on Tripatini.com July 11 through July 27. Tripatini members and site visitors who take the general knowledge trivia quiz will be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a $500 airline gift card, a luggage set or a digital camera. Travel insurance has become increasingly topical as many recent disruptions, ranging from natural disasters and civil disturbances to crowded flight schedules, have threatened to knock travelers off course. Jul 12, 2011

AirVenture Oshkosh Bound? Sporty's Has an App for That - and it's Free!. Whether flying or driving to the world's greatest aviation celebration at AirVenture this year, Sporty's has made your planning easier than ever before with a free app for the show. The official EAA AirVenture 2011 Fly-In App is available for both Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch) and Android devices (phones and tablets) and includes everything show-goers need, from maps to guides to schedules to even late-breaking news. The AirVenture show held every summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin runs from July 25 - July 31. The AirVenture app can help you avoid long lines since you can use it to buy advance tickets and get up-to-the-minute announcements via the live news and Twitter feeds. Helpful Fly-In information includes the complete AirVenture NOTAM for arrival and departure procedures as well as VFR route planning, aerial images and much more information for Oshkosh-bound pilots.E Once at the show, the AirVenture app has maps of the entire show grounds, including individual hangar and display areas for precisely locating the exhibit you'd like to see. The master list of forums and presentations allows you to organize events into a favorites list so you don't miss a moment of the action.E Sporty'sAirVenture App works on all Apple devices, including iPad, iPad2, iPhone and iPod Touch. Another version of the app is designed for Android users, including tablets. For more information, or to get the free app, visitEsportys.com/apps Jul 13, 2011

Amazon Suppliers see 1.2 million Amazon tablet shipments. Tablet equipment suppliers are predicting Amazon will ship up to 1.2 million of the devices by the close of September, according to a published report, which says that would put Amazon behind only the iPad in third-quarter shipments, even though Amazon has not officially disclosed the product's release date. Jul 11, 2011

American Airlines Priceline: Direct Connect with American Airlines proves a success. Despite claims by Orbitz and Expedia that Direct Connect technology was costly and inefficient, Priceline reports that more than 1,000 daily bookings are occurring daily through American Airlines. The technology provides access to ancillary products and services, in addition to fares. The online travel agency began booking through Direct Connect in February. Jul 11, 2011

Apple TiVo remote app now runs on iPhone, iPod touch. TiVo has made it official that its remote application, previously available on the iPad tablet, now can function on Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices. The app has limited compatibility with TiVo's older Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL DVRs. Still to come: an Android version of the remote app. Jul 13, 2011

Apple, Amazon Spotify arrives in U.S. digital music market. Daniel Ek, co-founder of Sweden-based digital music vendor Spotify, launched the business in the U.S. this week after working for two years to hammer out deals with record labels. Until now, the service has been available in seven European countries and has drawn 1.6 million paid subscribers and more than 10 million registered users. The U.S. market is expected to pose some challenges given tenured offerings from Apple and Amazon, so actual profit may remain out of reach for a while, according to this analysis. Jul 14, 2011

Apple, Google Pew report reveals the economics of smartphone ownership. More than a third of American adults now own smartphones, according to a poll of 2,277 people conducted by Pew Research. It found Android phones solidly in the lead among the top brands -- including Apple's iPhone -- as more consumers turn to the lower-cost Google alternative. Jul 12, 2011

AT&T AT&T intros LTE products, will offer updated 4G TouchPad. AT&T on Tuesday introduced a pair of devices designed to support its Long-Term Evolution launch, planned for five cities this summer, while Hewlett-Packard said it would release an upgraded 4G TouchPad tablet for AT&T. The new devices from AT&T are the USBConnect Momentum 4G -- a data stick for laptops -- and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G. Jul 13, 2011

AT&T, Sony Sony has high hopes for new tablet. AT&T is the exclusive U.S. provider for Sony's foldable S2 tablet, coming this fall, and plans to offer prepaid and postpaid options for the Android-based device. Sony is also looking to get Adobe Flash on its tablet and greater support for device applications. The Japanese titan believes the success of the device will be tied to its form factor, screen versatility and cross-device connectivity. Jul 14, 2011

Cheapflights Cheapflights.co.uk Spots the Trend for Hotel Stays with a Spin. Get on trend with themed holidays and lifestyle locations in the world's wackiest hotel hideaways - As the trend for all things 'lifestyle' continues to grow, so does the trend of the boutique hotel. Over the last few years, reports have shown a rise in popularity for hotels that fit within a holiday theme or lifestyle personality rather than just acting as a place to stay. To serve the trend, numerous novelty hotels have cropped up year after year, dotted throughout different parts of the world. Whatever the destination, whatever the budget, the UK's leading website for travel search and comparison points holidaymakers towards hotels that suit their lifestyle, personality or holiday theme with its choice of the world's top quirkiest hotels. Cheapflights.co.uk can also help you get there by allowing you to search and compare flights to Bangkok, New York, Amsterdam and other fabulous locations. "While it might sound expensive, boutique hotels can often be more cost effective than their big chain counterparts," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk. "No longer serving as just somewhere to stay, hotels today serve to act as either a home away from home, or an alternate universe where travellers can literally live out a dream or lifestyle interest," adds Hallak. V8 Germany The only way the auto-geared V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany could be more car-centric is if the hotel itself could be driven. Each of the 34 rooms is decorated in a different auto theme, such as a car wash, caravan or racing. Even the beds in some rooms are made from cars. Best of all, there's no need to change a tire, check the brakes, or fill up on pricey petrol before turning in for the night, and there's no risk of being clamped mid-slumber. Search and compare cheap flights to Stuttgart. Qbic Amsterdam Hip, sexy and budget conscious; the ultra-chic Qbic Hotel in Amsterdam is the place to make a splash while minding the cash. Its cutting-edge design is typically found in the most expensive of hotels around the world. The focus of each room is the Cubi, a cube-shaped living space complete with designer furnishings and individual mood-lighting schemes. Spending a night in your retro pad is like staying in a hotel from the future, and ideal whether your time in Amsterdam is spent in old museums or modern clubs and coffee shops. Search for cheap flights to Amsterdam. Jumbo Hostel Sweden Jumbo Hostel gives a whole new meaning to sleeping on a plane, and residents don't need a ticket or security check to board. A decommissioned 1976 Boeing 747 has been converted into a 27-room hostel on the grounds of Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. Completely rebuilt from the inside, Jumbo Hostel has "passenger" rooms in the cockpit and cabins, a bar and caf, and a first-class lounge-turned-conference room that holds up to eight people - the next best thing to having your...

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