Category Archives: Technology

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Translating Headphones Highlight New Google Products

A set of premium wireless headphones that can support live language translations is among the new products announced by Google on Wednesday. The headphones, called Google Pixel Buds, can tap into Google Assistant—the company’s artificially intelligent, voice activated product—when paired with the new Google Pixel 2 handset. The Google Pixel Buds can give planners a…

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Crank Up Your QR Code Competency Score

Quick Response makes connecting beyond the conference floor easy Quick Response (QR) code technology has been around for quite some time, but users may not realize that tucked away deep inside the pixelated square bar codes is more power than meets the naked eye. For meeting professionals, this mobile tool can elevate business productivity levels…

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Silent No More: Voice Search is 2018’s Next Big Thing

According to Google, 60 percent of searches from mobile devices are done by voice. Are you ready for the voice revolution? Bronwyn White, a tourism strategist and co-founder of MyTravelResearch.com, asked that of an audience at the Tourism Marketing Rockstar Convention earlier this month in Sydney. Artificial intelligence, and how it processes voice data, is…

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Too Little, Too Late? Add London to the Uber Ban List

On Friday, Transport for London announced London’s decision to ban Uber, claiming the company “demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” And if history repeats itself, Uber will successfully stall the ban. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, responded with an apology and…

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Are We One Step Closer to Every Air Traveler’s Dream: No-Sweat Security Check?

The announcement that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved new baggage scanners that could make gliding through security fast and easy—even for those without PreCheck status—had a lot of travelers Tweeting for joy this week. “Liquids may soon be allowed in your carry-on!” posted Corniche Travel @Corniche_Travel hours after the news broke. “Faster TSA…

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Emoji

Open Your ‘Emojination’

Turn your attendees into ambassadors Humans emote through facial expressions during interpersonal communication. When writing, the meaning and intent behind words can often be misconceived. For example, all caps can be misinterpreted as someone yelling at you. That is changing thanks to emojis, which allow people to converse using pictures that illustrate their feelings. Emojis…

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Wake Up and Smell the Airplanes

Scents provoke very powerful emotions. They can lift your spirits or arouse a vivid memory. Businesses of all kinds have discovered this secret weapon and that includes airlines. You might be thinking—smell is never a positive topic when it relates to planes. It’s easy to understand why. Recycled air amongst dozens of people for hours…

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Walkie Talkie App Revolutionizes Hurricane Rescue Efforts & Meetings

Communication is key during natural disasters and meeting planning. When cell phone reception is shoddy, millions of people are now turning to the walkie talkie app Zello. Alexey Gavrilov founded Austin-based Zello in late 2011, but the communications tool was not getting mainstream media attention until last week when it played a pivotal role in…

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Will Apple Make It Easier to Add an AR Twist to Your Next Meeting?

Event planners are starting to inject real-world connections in meetings by including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. Often this has been limited to merging data from social media profiles to populate conference apps and suggest meetings. GPS capabilities most often show up in treasure hunts and suggestions for breakout sessions, but Apple could…

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