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Give Marriott International a half-hearted gold star for finally committing to leaving Wi-Fi hotspots alone. Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Office for Marriott, issued a statement saying the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition seeking "direction" from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on what legal Wi-Fi blocking efforts might be at its disposable. "Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the FCC on legal Wi-Fi security measures. Our intent was to protect personal data in Wi-Fi hotspots for large conferences,"... Read more...
Up until last week, Marriott had the not-so-bright idea of blocking Wi-Fi devices in order to force travelers and conference attendees to pay for its high-speed Internet services, which in some cases could run as much as $1,000. Wiser heads prevailed -- a $600,000 fine by the FCC tends to do that -- and rather than focus on Wi-Fi hotspots, the hotel chain is now reportedly piloting a service that allows guests to access Netflix and other streaming media services through their televisions. According to Bloomberg, the Marriott is testing the service at eight of its locations. By offering guests access... Read more...
Sure, you may feel like you're ready to take on the world after a good night's rest -- after all, you stayed at a Holiday Inn. Or perhaps you crashed at a Motel 6 where they leave the light on for you (yes, we watch too much television). Regardless of where you plan to spend the night during your travels, you should be aware that crooks are targeting hotel center PCs with keyloggers. According to Krebs on Security, the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) tag teamed a non-public advisory that was sent... Read more...
When it comes to technology history, there are few names bigger than Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In the early days, the latter two got together in a Route 66 motor lodge in order to work while launching Microsoft. The Albuquerque-based hotel has sat relatively dormant for years now, but as consumer technology begins to play a larger role in the mainstream, there's now motivation to redevelop the property into apartments as part of a "neighborhood revival project." Groundbreaking began on Thursday as the Sundowner Uhuru Apartment Complex begins to come to life -- it's just one of many... Read more...
When Google announced their intentions to snap up ITA, many suspected that they would tap into their Google Maps universe in order to make searching for hotels a lot easier. Now, Google has introduced Hotel Finder, which is launching now not even as a Beta, but as an Experiment. Just punch in a location, dates, price and / or rating. Users can search specific areas of town for hotels based on price and rating, but with a maps view, this all happens far quicker than it has in the past. Give it a whirl -- Google is working on improvements as of writing, and it's a safe bet Expedia and Orbitz are... Read more...
Ever wanted to stay in a Hard Rock Hotel? Holding off just got a touch more difficult. Starting this week, guests who visit one of the company's many hotel locations will receive a complimentary playlist of tunes to accompany their stay, giving them a piece of Hard Rock to take back to the real world once the joy ride is over. The program, which is aptly called 'The Sound of Your Stay,' is available at all of the company's hotel locations. It was designed in collaboration with BMF Media Group, and it works like this. Upon check-in, guests will receive a pass to download ten free, specially selected... Read more...
Generally speaking, many travelers, especially business travelers, are somewhat tech savvy. To cater to this audience, some hotels are teaming with tech companies to keep pace with their gadget-obsessed guests.Sheraton, for example, teamed with Microsoft to create its new Link@Sheraton lounges where guests can surf the Internet, email loved ones, review local favorite attractions, and print boarding passes. The PCs in these lounges have Web cams and Microsoft applications that walk guests through recording and sending a video clip. In turn, Microsoft hopes to encourage users to try a task they... Read more...
Going on vacation and want to make sure you can exercise in your room with your Wii Fit? Or can't bear to leave your Super Mario Galaxy game behind? Nintendo has announced a partnership with Westin Hotels to make sure you don't have to.Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii™ sensation with a special version of the console ideally suited for use in the hotel environment. Westin Hotels is the first hotel company to partner with Nintendo for its Wii console and will feature this specially designed console... Read more...