Hailo Shuts Down: How Taxi Drivers Sabotaged a Golden Opportunity and Handed Uber and Lyft the Keys

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2014, 5:00 PM

Taxi, New York City, 2013   The cab-summoning app Hailo is dead.   Yesterday, it suspended operations in North America, opting to concentrate its business in Europe and Asia.   Media coverage has conflated the many e-hailing apps that enable travelers to call a car using their smartphones. Uber and Lyft, the two dominators, use a system of private cars, many unlice...

Now AT&T Will Warn You Before You Go Over Your International Limit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/17/2014, 8:00 PM

A screenshot from the AT&T International Travel App It only took more than a decade. AT&T has finally issued a tool to help customers know when they are in danger of exceeding their international usage and incurring wildly inflated fees.  Many a traveler has risked financial ruin by turning on their phone in a foreign country, where per-minute calling rates and data usage ...

Handy Discount App HotelTonight Now Offers Discounts from 9am Daily Instead of Noon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/26/2013, 5:45 PM

The same-day hotel discount app HotelTonight has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut in 2011, going from a coverage of just a few cities to now around 200 locations around the globe. If you're not familiar with it, the app works like this: On the same day that you need a hotel reservation, you check the app to see which handful of hotels need to unload last-minute rooms for cheap. So...

TodayTix: A Promising New Source for Scoring Deep Discounts on Broadway Show Tickets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2013, 7:30 PM

Broadway is huge business, and a major tourism industry. Last season, which ended in May, raked in a staggering $1.14 billion in grosses for New York City's theatres. In the same way that Avatar managed to become the highest-grossing movie of all time because its tickets came with a bloated 3-D surcharge, Broadway is able to hit massive numbers like those because its tickets cost big bucks...

For Summer Road Trips, a Smartphone App That Avoids Traffic and Finds the Cheapest Gas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2013, 3:15 PM

Last week, at the Webby Awards, which is like the Oscars for online ventures, an interesting travel app took home the "Best Connected" prize. Here's what it can do: If you leave it running while you drive, it uses data from everyone else who also has it open and it determines the fastest route to your destination. So if there's an accident between you and your goal, when it finds out, it r...

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