As a frequent traveller, I always try to be on top of the latest travel apps to make life easier when preparing for my holidays. Remember the time when you used to go to a travel agent to book flights, as there was no other option to do so yourself? Flight tickets were priced so high that it was a luxury to be able to fly far away during your summer break. Everything was planned carefully and booked well in advance to avoid disappointments. And boarding passes were handed out after the payment, which had to be kept safe until the flight date, as there was no chance of getting a second copy if you lost it. The closer you get to the date you are flying the more excited you get. Nowadays travel agents are becoming more and more irrelevant and we seem to trust new websites to book cheap flights. Skyscanner, Kayak, Expedia and so on become our friends and we are our own travel agents. Even if the internet became part of our daily life, isn’t it sometimes surprising how easy we give away our data without even thinking for a split second where it might go? Are we foolish or has the internet become part of our life that we don’t even realise that we are giving out confidential data out for free? Either way this is the way the travel segment has changed and taken its turn with the growth of the internet. My holiday begins with finding out where it is economical to go in the current or next season and then checking flights on a regular basis to see what works out best. That’s when price comparison websites are very useful. The research about places is done through the help of reviews by other travellers on websites such as trip advisor and of course asking friends who have been there before. Once the flights and accommodations are booked, the adventure can begin. But before that I make sure I have the relevant tour guide apps that one can use with GPS to navigate around the new city I am visiting. Apps like triposo have saved me from getting lost while exploring new places.Recently my colleague recommended me the app “TripCase”. The app is a helping hand when it comes to keeping all your bookings in one place just like in a briefcase, hence the icon. The app gives users real time updates of any flight delays or disruptions. Keeping track of all your bookings has never been easier. This is how the app works; say you make a booking to fly from Munich to Istanbul, once you have your booking confirmation; you just forward it straight away to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripCase copies the relevant information almost instantaneously to the app. Once it’s time to check in, the app alerts you to do so and choose a seat. So there is no more searching through your email for that email with the booking reference in order to check in and reserve a seat.Not only do you got a real time notification to check in, the app also lets you know by how long your current flight is delayed by. And of course it lets you save train bookings and hotel bookings etc. So once you have arrived in the new city, the app gives you directions to your booked hotel. Looks like another perfect companion to add to my travel apps. Looking at the latest trends in the travel segment, we also have the United Airlines releasing their mobile app scanning passports; Virgin and other airlines are providing high tech in-flight entertainment. Some airlines are providing Netflix like subscription apps, which must be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet before you board the plane and then can be used with the flights wireless to watch latest movies, music and even TV programmes for a subscription fee. It’s another way of exploiting the addiction to TV entertainment by utilising the internet while flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.
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