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NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Instead of a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day this year, priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) customers seem more inclined to give their significant others a stack of casino chips.  In a survey of the most popular destinations and hotels for Valentine's weekend and Valentine's Day, priceline.com found that Las Vegas clearly held the winning hand. The survey was based on published-price hotel reservations made through priceline.com for check-in between February 10-14, 2012. Las Vegas hotels dominated the Valentine's list.  The most popular 5-star hotel in town for the romantic weekend is the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection, while MGM Grand Hotel Casino, also in Las Vegas, is the nation's most-popular 4-star hotel.  The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the most-popular non-gaming hotel for Valentine's Week. Ot... (more)

Channel 4 Voice and Gesture App Developed in Partnership With KIT digital Wins IBC2012 Innovation Award

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS and NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 09/10/12 -- Channel 4, the British public-service television broadcaster, was last night awarded an IBC2012 Innovation Award for its implementation of an app developed in partnership with KIT digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: KITD), for its 4oD video-on-demand service. This innovative app extends 4oD to the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console and leverages the Xbox Kinect's Voice and Natural User Interfaces, allowing users to browse and choose video content using intuitive gesture and voice controls. A leading video management software and services company, KIT digital developed the app with technology partners Microsoft, Red Bee Media, Akamai, 24/7 Realmedia and Metabroadcast. The gesture and voice activated control features are fundamental to the 4oD user experience, setting the broadcaster's on-demand service apart... (more)

PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 5 December 2012

LONDON, December 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM unveils tech courses for the future, Luxoft launches aerospace apps kit and malware discovered in factory desktops Technology and systems giant IBM has launched a new programme to aid students prepare for the jobs of the future. The courses are intended to combat the technology skills deficit indicated by a recent survey. The survey suggested nine out of ten companies will not have the human resources necessary to deal with innovations in cloud computing, business analytics and social business, amongst others. The facilities that IBM proposes to provide are varied, ranging from worldwide online mainframe competitions, global virtual careers events and an expanded access to higher education resources for participating institutions. IBM hopes also to address the business side of tech personnel development, with digital mar... (more)

GOL Announces its NEW 1Q13 Earnings Release Schedule

SAO PAULO, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4 e NYSE: GOL), (S&P: B, Fitch: B-, Moody's: B3), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, announces its NEW 1Q13 Earnings Release Schedule. 1Q13 EARNINGS RELEASE May 13, 2013 (after trading hours) QUIET PERIOD In accordance with fair disclosure and corporate governance best practices, GOL started its Quiet Period on April 29, and will end immediately after the conference calls on May 14. CONFERENCE CALLS English May 14, 2013 10:00 a.m. (US EST) 11:00 a.m. (Brasilia Time) Phone: +1 (786) 924-6977 (US only) Phone: +55 (11) 4688-6361 (Brazil only) Code: GOL Portuguese May 14, 2013 09:00 a.m. (US EST) 10:00 a.m. (Brasilia Time) Phone: +55 (11) 4688-6361 Phone: +55 (11) 4706-0951 Code: GOL Participants are requested to connect ten minutes prior to the time set for ... (more)

China Express Airlines Places Firm Order for Three More Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Airliners

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/31/14 -- Bombardier Aerospace announced today that China Express Airlines has converted previously announced conditional purchase agreements for three CRJ900 NextGen regional jets into a firm order. The conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, were announced on December 2, 2013, along with a firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen airliners. Based on list price, the firm order for the three CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is valued at approximately $136 million US. "China Express' CRJ900 NextGen regional jets have proven to be highly reliable and efficient following their introduction to our fleet in 2012 and our company has entered a rapid expansion period. With its outstanding 99.67 per cent dispatch reliability and unmatched fuel efficiency, the CRJ90... (more)

Travelocity Releases 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Survival Guide

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The travel experts at Travelocity® are helping you survive the busiest travel day of the year with their 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Survival Guide, just released today. Over 24 million people are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving travel period, according to Airlines for America, so knowing how to cope with delays, which travel apps to download and what to expect at the airports can make all the difference. "Last Thanksgiving significant weather events impacted many travelers and caused delays across the country," said Courtney Scott, Travelocity's Senior Editor. "Planning ahead and being prepared can ease the stresses of Thanksgiving travel this year." Top 10 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Planes will fly full this year. Make sure you check-in online 24-hours in advance and check that you've got a seat assignment.  Dow... (more)

Katerina Moutsatsos, Kayikci and SOA World

After almost three months of traveling, I returned home today. When I flew around the island before I touched down, it was one of the most beautiful November days in the Caribbean. I had left home Labor Day weekend and traveled through Greece and Italy for most of October. It was one of the best seasons in Athens and Capri. Last Tuesday I was on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York. They must have bought new planes, still Airbus but with a personal entertainment system on every seat with huge plasma touch screens - beats JetBlue big time. This flight is almost 12 hours. For a 36-hour stay in Istanbul, you better try your best to rest before you land in JFK, otherwise the remainder of your day will be completely shot. After going through "Two and Half Man" and the rest of the TV sitcoms, all popular movies including Oceans 13, I continued playing aroun... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)

JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190 Flight From Chicago to New York JFK

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali I see Simon Hradecky, the site editor of The Aviation Herald (www.avherald.com) reported this a few hours ago, about our JetBlue emergency landing experience on Saturday, November 21. "A JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N279JB performing flight B6-904 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 64 passengers and 4 crew, was on final visual approach to JFK's runway 31R descending through 2000 feet, when the crew reported they needed to abort the approach due to a slat/flap indication. The airplane climbed back up to 3000 feet and was vectored to allow the crew troubleshoot the problem. The crew requested the longer runway 31L and advised, their approach speed would be "a little bit higher" and requested the emergency services on standby and subsequently declared emergency due to an abnormal flaps indication. The airpla... (more)

Managed IT Enhances JetBlue Business Model

New York-based JetBlue Airways created an airline focused on value, service and style. They've proven to be a trailblazer in the U.S. airline industry. They're also a communication technology early-adopter. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on their aircraft -- a first among U.S. domestic airlines. However, their core competency is centered upon air travel. They out-task the rest to service providers, wherever possible. JetBlue signed a new, six-year strategic agreement with Verizon Business to manage the airline's information technology ( IT) data center and communications network needs, as well as provide security and IT consulting services. Built on an IP Network Foundation Verizon Business will design and manage the transition of JetBlue's existing systems to a new global IT network infrastructure. The newly built Int... (more)

Cloud Brokerage: The Immovable Asset Becomes Movable

This is Part IV in a series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the series here, Part II here, and Part III here. The IT industry to me looks a lot like the commercial airline industry did many years ago and I think the latter is rife with lessons about the power of a true commodity market. For those of you keeping score, late last year American Airlines’ parent AMR declared bankruptcy.  The Chapter 11 filing of the once largest airline in the world brought to a conclusion the era of disintegration for the legacy commercial airline market.  You can argue about the principal cause for the airline industry’s demise, but ultimately it came down to the fact that the market leaders in the industry refused to adapt to the changes... (more)