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We all know iPads make great presentation devices and are excellent for business travel and chock-full of useful apps. Now, let’s focus on retail businesses — shops, salons and restaurants that use iPads to better service customers.

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At this point, it’s already clear that the iPhone has become the camera many people use on a daily basis. The iPhone 4 is now by far the most popular camera on Flickr (and that’s true even though it’s being undercounted — likely drastically). And apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, and Camera+ are exploding in usage, despite being iPhone-only. But some upcoming changes in iOS 5 point to an even brighter future for the iPhone as a camera. We’re likely to see an explosion of photo apps as a result.

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The speed of a website may be one of the most overlooked factors which could drive additional leads, revenues and search engine rankings for your hotel.

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The deep, inclusive group discounts offered in online flash sales may be familiar throughout the hotel industry in North America and Europe, due in part to the spectacular rise of Groupon in the past two years. But for hotels and online travel agencies in Asia, it’s a newer sales channel. For the Thai hotel industry, which is already grappling with eroding room rates, it’s a threatening one

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Google's social network is off to a somewhat successful launch. The early looks at the site have been generally positive, and demand to join appears to be strong.Vic Gundotra, VP of Social at Google, posted on Plus, "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!"

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Back in 2010, in the height of the Flash Sales craze when I believed that the industry had reached the very bottom of the “pseudo-innovative distribution idea pit,” another even more damaging and far dumber distribution idea began to take hold: an auction site called Off & Away (www.offandaway.com).

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Speaking at the 33rd Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference earlier last week (June 6), Starwood’s President and CEO, Frits van Paasschen, said it was a market that was not as significant as some third-party intermediaries make it out to be.

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The great mobile revolution is well underway and most travel brands have already embraced some plan of attack to ensure their products are accessible and, ideally, fully bookable from a mobile device.

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Some chains are adopting permanent keys that repeat guests can carry in their wallets and use for multiple trips at a variety of properties. Other establishments are doing away with physical keys altogether; instead, guests can open their room doors by holding their cellphone next to the lock.

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The biggest news in the world of social media over the last few weeks has been the IPO of LinkedIn, the upcoming Groupon IPO, and the slew of floatations these two are likely to herald. And, of course, underpinning all of this has been the simple question of whether the valuations these companies are receiving mean that we are in a bubble.

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