Author Archives: Jim Hetzel

100 Years of Passenger Aviation


Air travel is so routine and common-place for us these days – especially for those road warriors among us.  We often take air travel for granted.   The reality is that commercial aviation is a miraculous industry that in just … Continue reading

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Star Trek Technology Here Today! The “Universal Translator” really exists.


As a follow up to my post back in 2011 about voice translation technology, Microsoft announced and demoed yesterday at the inaugural Re/Code Code Conference game changing voice translation technology that will be integrated into Skype this year. This technology makes … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Gigaom:
A year ago, I hosted a small conclave of fellow (early) explorers of the post-html Internet. And while we are not of the SnapChat generation, most of us grew up connected. There were some who helped…

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Expense Management for the Masses


In business travel, expenses are a necessary evil and from my personal experience (and I am sure the vast majority of you) the process of completing an expense report is tedious and time consuming.  Some of our readers I am … Continue reading

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TeleNav Launches Free Navigation Service


I recently stumbled across this article about an interesting new HTML5-based service that can be integrated into mobile applications and websites – Mobile Browser-Based GPS Navigation. Simple API that allows embedding GPS functionality with a single line of code. TeleNav … Continue reading

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Emerging Payment Technology Trends for the Business Traveler


What would travel be without your trusty credit card in your wallet to pay for your airline tickets, hotel stays, car rental, meals and other expense while on the road?   Evolving payment technology may soon change how you use that … Continue reading

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RoadAhead: Location-based applications getting better and better


If you are a regular reader of this blog, it is pretty evident that we are bullish about location-based mobile applications because they really are innovating the mobile space which delivers tremendous service to travelers and creates fantastic new business … Continue reading

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Social Networking and Business Travel: A Cautionary Tale


Social Networking is certainly not a fad and has increasingly become a primary communication tool of the information age.   Social networking can be a good way to make connections with friends, family and people with similar interests and goals. They can … Continue reading

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I want a “Mobile Guardian Angel”…


Innovations in mobile and cloud computing have revolutionized the lives of business travelers.  Consumer-targeted mobile travel apps now flood the marketplace “empowering individuals” to easily view and manage their itineraries check-in for flights, look-up flight status/schedules and so much more.  … Continue reading

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Innovation in the area of mobile translation continues


We have discussed mobile translation products in previous posts as it is poised to be one of the most useful technology innovations to positively impact the business traveler abroad.  Google impressed us when they introduced Google Translate for Android and … Continue reading

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