Category Archives: Technology

Techno Trends

For every successful venture, like Facebook and LinkedIn, there are dozens of failed online sites currently pushing up virtual daisies. A social networking site for adults, iYomu, lasted a year before closing its doors in 2008. And while that company launched with a mere $1 million, other sites had big backers, like The Hub, which…

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Being There

“Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a typical reaction to an idea so brilliant in its obvious simplicity that a light bulb of recognition goes on for anyone who comes across it. It’s also the standard line for most people who hear of the new online service from Vipe, a technology company based in…

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Keeping Up With the Techies

Like a fast-growing tree, technology continues to branch out with an ever-expanding breadth of options and a constant deepening of sophistication in existing platforms. For most non-techies, this means that once you think you’ve climbed to the top of understanding it all, more branches shoot off, and you feel like you’re back where you started—a…

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Future Rooms

Which means the sun will not only come out tomorrow, the day ahead looks to be dazzling, especially in regards to the technological experiments and prognostications in the hotel industry that could one day usher in unimagined comforts and conveniences. In fact, the future of guest room technology looks so bright, you might even have…

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Drive Online

With BlackBerry, iPhone, Twitter and numerous instant messaging products in the hands of just about everyone, sending and receiving information in the blink of an eye, who has time to wait for a fax these days? Certainly not meeting planners, who need to know the status of room lists and blocks, like, now, as shutoff…

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Weaving a Tight Web

For example, suppose you’re deathly afraid of clowns and you were tasked with planning an event for 500 members of a clown organization. While you’d be terrified at the thought of being there, the client who initiated the gathering would be having the time of his life. The scenario is the same with your private…

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CO2 + Calculator = Green

Everyone makes a carbon footprint—it’s literally impossible to breathe without putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—but the question to ask when trying to achieve the nirvana-like state that is “being green,” is how much CO2 are you producing in the first place? If you don’t know, you’re certainly not alone, but there are numerous ways…

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Beam Me Up, Scotty

Until recently, it appeared that the latter argument was killing the former. While online meeting platform companies like WebEx were able to make in-roads in intercompany communication and small, short meetings, no one was ready to give up the inherent value of meeting in the flesh. Fast-forward to 2008, and several factors have altered the…

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iRoom

Thanks to leaps and bounds in technology advancement—and tight competition—it’s not a matter of computers becoming obsolete after a few years, it’s everything from trendy websites to cell phones to GPS devices shedding their skins every few months. The technology arms race has seeped into the hotel guest room as well, because guests who delighted…

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Just The Fax

With the daily deluge of e-mails we all receive—interoffice, external, personal, e-newsletters and spam —we’ve been trained to insulate ourselves by skimming through content to determine if it is worthy of our immediate attention. If not, we have various ways of pretending we dealt with it: slapping a red flag on it, sorting it into…

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