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Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Sock Mob Tours: A Different Look At London Through The Eyes Of The Homeless

Tours of cities often follow the same structure, showing visitors all the main attractions while providing some historical perspective. Well, one group has decided to change all that and take people on a tour of London that lets them see some of the less glamorous aspects of the city.

Box Holidays: Grocery Store Style Vacation Shopping

It's so simple to walk into the grocery store and buy one of those boxed packages that provides you with everything you need to get a full, delicious meal on the table. In a world that thrives on convenience, this type of shopping is very much appreciated by many Americans. Apparently so much so that they've decided to apply this to vacation planning as well.

The IKEA Bike

Unfortunately not a model that you'll be seeing in IKEA's catalog, the IKEA bike was a mass gift that the Swedish home decor company recently bestowed upon staff members as a holiday present.

World's Next Fastest Production Car: TranStar Dagger GT

Car or fantasy? The American-made TranStar Dagger GT aims to be the first production car to 300 mph. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Eco-friendly Christmas Trees Stands in Haifa Shortly After Devastating Fire

Today in the center of Haifa there is a 38-foot Christmas tree made of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly tree was finished a few days after devastating fires left over 40 people dead and millions of trees destroyed. The green project could not have been done without the help of Haifa's local residents.

Cyclists: Cover Your Ass. Literally.

You protect your head, hands and body while cycling, why not your ass?

7 Wild, Multifunctional Bikes

Bicycles are usually pretty straightforward. They get you from point a. to point b. with two wheels, a pair of pedals, a few gears and a chain.

Not these bikes. These bikes each feature at least one totally different function that sets them apart from every other 10-speed, commuter and mountain bike. 


iPad-Compatible Clothing For Carrying Social Media On Your Person (Just In Time For The Holidays)

As innovative as the iPad is, the one challenge that most owners are up against is how to transport their portable hand-held computers around. Sling bags, purses and backpacks are jerry-rigged solutions. When you're on the go with an urge to tweet or check your Facebook status quickly, the best access is reaching for the envied device from the inside pocket of a jacket or vest designed specifically for the purpose.

Pimp Your Ride With Big, Horrible Mascara

Is the leather bra not effeminate enough for your car? How about some eyelashes for your headlights. Yeah. They actually have those.

The Mass Electric Vehicle Era Is Underway

An historic week for mass-produced electric vehicles, the first Nissan Leaf made its way off of the lot and Chevy began shipping Volts to dealerships.

The Bond Bike In Action

The Bond Bike is one of the most extreme bikes of 2010 and one lucky rider actually got to take it for a spin through the snow drifts it was designed to master.

Sassy Teething Feeder Allows Babies A Wider Range of Food Choices

Here is an interesting little baby tool.  It looks like a contraption you would see featured on one of those ‘guess what it is’ type of gadget postings.  This one is called the Sassy Teething Feeder and it actually looks quite handy for parents who are interested in introducing their babies to new food tastes or who want to offer their child another teething option.

Flip.to & Magnetic Marketing: Social Media That Engages 21st Century Travelers

Flip.to, a new marketing service that turns travelers into a brand's best advocates (spreading the word about their upcoming stay or flight to their social networks), has expanded to five continents with over 50 charter members.  Differing markedly from the traditional push or pull marketing of the last century, Flip.to is based on “magnetic marketing” and is already showing extraordinary results when engaging with hotel guests and airline passengers, at time of booking.

NHow Hotel: A Music Oasis In Milan

Niche hotels have been popping up all around the world to appeal to specific groups of travelers, and the latest one in Milan will be music to many travelers' ears (literally)!

Lava Me Tender: Big Rack Rock Invades Japanese Beach!

A five foot wide anatomically correct lava bomb resting on the beach near the Japanese seaside town of Reihoku has got tourists lining up to ogle Mother Nature's bouncy bounty.

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew At China's Mineral Banquet

Welcome to the REAL Hard Rock Cafe. A mineral-rich exhibit at the Stone Museum in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou City featured marbled roasts, stone cold side dishes and glittering rock candy.

The Insect Of Supercars: Six-Wheeled Covini C6W

One of the strangest supercars of all time, the Covini C6W brings six wheels and 433 horsepower to the road or track.

Wave Cave: Surfboard Bag And Sun Tent All In One

The WaveCave is part surfboard bag, part tent, all beach-ready. Get protection from the sun, wind and sand crabs without any bulky equipment to haul.