Amazon Alexa voice assistant in a hotel room is John Doe’s joy and privacy-conscious guest’s nightmare

Amazon Alexa voice assistant system has been adopted by Marriott Hotels. Amazon has modified the software for hotel environment, and calls it Alexa for Hospitality. Marriott International has installed Alexa Echo devices in a few hotels in the US, and is in the process of continuing installations to more hotels.
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Uber brings Jump electric bicycle sharing service to Europe, starting in Berlin

Transportation service Uber has decided to use bicycle sharing service Jump it acquired earlier as a new strategy to enter the European market. Jump has established a bicycle sharing system in a few US cities. A mobile application lets customers book a ride on Jump’s electric bicycles. Uber has integrated Jump bicycle sharing in its popular application, making it possible to book a car and a bicycle ride in the same app.
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The art of mending memories: Inside the world’s oldest surviving doll hospital

From: Adventure.com

In the heart of Lisbon, overlooking the lively Praça de Figueira, a hospital with a difference has been restoring dolls from Portugal and the rest of the world since 1830. Priyanka Sacheti pays a visit to this storied Portuguese institution. “These are the plastic surgery rooms,” says Manuela Cutileiro of the two sunlit rooms overlooking the market square.

A long table occupies each of them, with toy dolls in various states of dismemberment lying upon them, waiting to be brought to life again.

“We have a baby Jesus today, he came with a problem with his fingers,” Manuela continues. “The hospital happens to be a poly-trauma unit. We have five doll surgeons here, all of whom have received certification.”

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Wannabe social media influencers aren’t always welcomed to luxury hotels

How many times on Facebook, Twitter, and especially, on Instagram have I seen people calling themselves as influencers in luxury travel? Hundreds, probably thousands of times. It wasn’t difficult to guess that only a few of them really knew something about marketing. The Atlantic has published a brilliant article by Taylor Lorenz about wannabe social media stars who are driving some luxury hotels crazy with the constant stream of free stay requests.
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Hotel Distribution Smarter

From: Skift

Today’s hotel distribution landscape is a complex one – but artificial intelligence is expected to help solve the issues plaguing the current system. While the technology is still maturing, it’s not as far off as some might think.

Skift Take: Today’s hotel distribution landscape is a complex one – but artificial intelligence is expected to help solve the issues plaguing the current system. While the technology is still maturing, it’s not as far off as some might think.

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Nissan e-NV200 electric campervan available in Europe

Nissan has introduced an electric campervan e-NV200 in Europe (in Spain in early June 2018) that the company says will be available for summer 2018. Nissan Iberia urges people who have been waiting for an electric camper van to contact a Nissan dealer for customizing a road trip vehicle for them.
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A road trip in Russia for following the World Cup 2018 is a long-distance journey

If you want to make an ultimate road trip, June and July 2018 is a unique opportunity to explore Russia and follow the World Championship football/soccer tournament (officially known as the World Cup 2018) in major cities of Russia. Russia is a vast country where travelers may encounter all kinds of challenges. Here are a few tips for a World Cup -themed road trip in Russia.

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The best portable toilet for camping and for a campervan

Recently, one of my neighbors asked my opinion on second-hand camper vans she had bookmarked to be considered for purchase at an online car sales service. She had just retired and had always wanted to tour Europe. The most important feature for her was that everything had to be at the same level. No beds upstairs. From my own experience, I thought what would be the second most important feature for her, and told her that she really, really wanted to have a toilet in the van.

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Apple and Volkswagen are jointly designing an electric van

For years, we have heard rumours about Apple’s ambitions on creating an electric vehicle. According to The New York Times that has received confidential information from a number of Apple managers, many serious attempts to design an Apple vehicle, or manufacture one with an auto-industry partner have been discarded. Instead of its own car and design, Apple has now partnered with Volkswagen to manufacture an electric van for Apple from the Transporter T6 van.

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