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12 Digital Tools to Optimize Your Travel

Travel Tech Paws and Relax Alfie the Pug Courtesy of Nick Morrish British AirwaysSummer is the busiest travel season, so it’s the best time to be equipped with tips to minimize hassles and maximize the experience. But these days sorting through the maze of travel technology can be  nearly as time consuming as circumnavigating the globe.

An Internet Week New York panel of travel industry insiders gave their top picks for websites and mobile apps that assist with flights, lodgings and language translation, and we’ve come across other sources since then. The list below takes business and leisure travelers every step of the way, from planning to booking and beyond.

In-Flight Entertainment

1. “Paws and Relax” Video Channel: British Airways just launched a new channel featuring dogs and cats to help passengers unwind onboard.  It’s available on YouTube for non-BA customers. (Photo above courtesy of Nick Morrish/British Airways)

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Internet Week New York Is Around the Corner

Internet Week New York 2014 Design Within Reach1 Cropped“People ultimately want homes that work, and they don’t want to think about repairs. In the future, with smart homes and the ‘Internet of Things’, your home will take care of you”. Those comments were made by design specialists during a recent Internet Week New York preview panel. Manhattan’s Hudson Yards development, slated to open starting in 2017, serves as an example of high-tech, low- maintenance homes.

While residential projects like these are farther away on the horizon, Internet Week New York is only a month from now. The weeklong citywide festival showcasing the impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture will take place starting May 19. While 250  events will be held around town, Internet Week HQ is Metropolitan Pavilion, a spacious venue conveniently located in Chelsea.

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A Few Things Happened Over the Past Couple of Days at IWNY

Internet Week New York keeps on keepin’ on with tons more activity happening all around town. We’ve struggled to keep up with it all since the opening day (and a couple of people we spoke to said the same), but here are a few of the many things worth noting.

Above, a couple of Kardashians made an appearance at the Yahoo exhibit for a guest spot on “The Thread,” where they talked about how important social media is to them and their many businesses.

The Kardashians, particularly sister Kim, can be called online “influencers.” Yesterday, PR firm Taylor hosted a panel discussion called “Influence 3.0″ and attempted to dig into the makings of an online influential.

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High-Tech Pepsi Vending Machine at Internet Week, Of Course

Among the many attractions at the Internet Week NY HQ is the glowing Pepsi vending machine, or the Social Vending System, as the cola company calls it. Of course, Internet Week would have the most high-techiest of all things.

The touchscreen machine not only dispenses soda, it also lets you send a free soda to friends with a note and even a video.

At this point, the machine is just a prototype developed by the company’s new Equipment Innovation team, and the only one out there is at the show. But it’s expected to roll out during Q4, a PepsiCo spokesperson tells us.

Besides complimentary soda, the machine will also connect with the Pepsi Refresh Project, PepsiCo’s big CSR initiative. And PepsiCo assures in its press release that they don’t store email addresses and other personal info unless you want them to.

Fleishman-Hillard is working with PepsiCo on the new machines.

Schumer Delivers New York’s High-Tech Message in Internet Week Keynote

Sen. Charles Schumer delivering his keynote this morning at Internet Week NY

As mentioned in a previous post, Katherine Oliver, a commissioner from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office, mentioned the importance of the city’s tech industry during her opening remarks at Internet Week NY. That message was reiterated by Sen. Charles Schumer, who delivered the first keynote speech, which outlined why he believes New York is best suited to be the nation’s tech hub and how the city will overtake Silicon Valley.

Going way back to the origins of New York City as a manufacturing leader, Sen. Schumer brought his keynote to the present, where the city’s “existing diversification” and the ability to adapt will help it to climb to the top of heap of cities that are leaders in the innovation economy.

He’s proposing the creation of a working group, with help from Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that will realize his 25-year goal to lead in the high-tech area through public-private partnership. A strong and vibrant enhanced high-tech industry here in NYC could open doors for lots of other industries, including PR.

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Internet Week New York Kicks Off

David-Michel Davies, aka "DMD," during opening remarks for Internet Week NY

New York’s technology industry gathered in Chelsea this morning to kick off Internet Week New York. This is the fourth annual iteration of the week-long event, which takes place around the city and strove for the maximum amount of crowdsourcing during the planning.

At the event’s HQ in the Metropolitan Pavilion, media and exhibitors heard opening remarks from David-Michel Davies, aka “DMD,” chairman of Internet Week NY. After a few quick thank yous to exhibitors and sponsors, he turned the microphone over to Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. She would be the first to discuss the importance of the technology industry to the future of New York City. More on that in an upcoming post.

In the HQ pavilion, companies including Meebo, Yahoo, AOL, and ShareThis were gathered. There’s also an interesting exhibit called Digital Archaeology from Story Worldwide, an international marketing and advertising firm, tracking the history of the Internet.

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