Google Flights Expands ‘Tips’ to Offer Cheaper Hotel Bookings, Google Trips Now Shows Discounts

Google Flights Expands 'Tips' to Offer Cheaper Hotel Bookings, Google Trips Now Shows Discounts

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tips on Google Flights will now suggest cost-effective hotel bookings
  • Google Flights was previously providing tips on flight bookings
  • Google Trips app offers access to deals through ‘Discounts’ feature

Making the experience better during this travel season, Google Flights has received a new update that expands the coverage of its Tips with enhanced machine learning efforts to make hotel bookings cost-effective. Google Trips, on the other hand, now comes with a Discounts feature.

Back in August, Google Flights was upgraded with Tips feature, which offered recommendations to save air travel costs. The feature was originally limited to flight bookings. But now, Google has used machine learning to provide you with tips even when you pick a hotel for your stay. You will receive tips above the results of your hotel bookings when room rates are higher than usual, or if the area is busier than usual due to a holiday or in case of any occupational instance such as a music concert or a business conference. All this will eventually help you avoid the busy dates and get the hotels at an affordable charge.

In addition to tips about the change in prices, you can opt for Hotel Price Tracking on your smartphone to get email price alerts about price drops on your choices of hotels. This new feature will also be available on the desktop version of Google Flights site in 2018.

Alongside the updated Google Flights, Google has brought a new version of the Google Trips app with the Discount feature. The new addition will give you instant access to deals on tickets and tours related to top attractions and activities. “Book and save on a tour of the Mayan ruins near Cancun, or get priority access to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. No matter where you’re headed (and if you need ideas, read on), Trips makes it easy to browse and access fun stuff to do on your vacation without breaking the bank,” Google VP of Travel Products Richard Holden said in a blog post.

Deals through the Discount feature on Google Trips will surface for various top attractions, activities, and tours around your location in the coming days.

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iOS 11.2.1, tvOS 11.2.1 Updates Now Available to Download, Restore HomeKit Sharing

iOS 11.2.1, tvOS 11.2.1 Updates Now Available to Download, Restore HomeKit Sharing

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Restores HomeKit access for shared users on both platforms
  • iOS 11.2.1 available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • tvOS 11.2.1 available for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K

Apple is rolling out iOS 11.2.1 update for eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, as well as tvOS 11.2.1 update for the Apple TV, both of which restore HomeKit sharing after a remote access bug was spotted last week. iOS 11.2.1 is now available to download for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. tvOS 11.2.1 is available for Apple TV 4 and 4k variants.

The reason for a simultaneous software update is because it restores HomeKit for shared users, a feature that was recently disabled due to a bug that was spotted last week. This bug was responsible for giving unauthorised access in vulnerable circumstances. With the new updates, for both platforms, Apple has promptly restored access for all users. In its release notes, Apple says, “iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.”

The security bulletin that accompanied the updates reveals that HomeKit bug allowed a remote attacker to unexpectedly alter application state, and that the message handling issue was addressed with improved input validation.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can download this update by going into Settings > General > Software Update and checking for the update. Once it appears, click on Download and Install; the update will automatically get installed on the device. It is advisable to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Also, you should back up your data, and ensure that your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

On your Apple TV, the update can be installed in a similar manner by going into Settings > System > Software Updates in tvOS. Once downloaded, the update will restart the Apple TV once. Do note that tvOS 11.2.1 is available on the Apple TV 4K over the air only. On the Apple TV 4, although, you can install the update manually by downloading the IPSW file through iTunes.

Just last week, iOS 11.2 was rolled out to all eligible Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod users. This major update brought new features like support for Apple Pay Cash and faster wireless charging support. tvOS 11.1 was also updated last month but brought minimal upgrades to the Apple TV.

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Microsoft Edge Browser Goes Out of Preview; Now Available to Download for Android, iOS

Microsoft Edge Browser Goes Out of Preview; Now Available to Download for Android, iOS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Edge browser app was available for Windows Insiders last month
  • It is now available to download via Google Play and the App Store
  • Microsoft has added a couple of new features since the preview

Microsoft has officially released its Edge browser for Android and iOS devices, a month after unveiling its beta version last month to receive feedback from the Windows Insider Preview community. Microsoft Edge browser for Android and iOS, now without its preview tag, can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.

The Edge browser app for Android and iOS is aimed at providing synced workflow for Windows 10 PCusers, with synced Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, and Roaming Passwords available across the PC and phone, and the “continue on PC” feature allowing users to immediately open the page they are looking at on their PC, wit the ability to save it to work on later.

Microsoft has brought some new features to Edge that weren’t visible during the preview. These include the above mentioned Roaming Passwords – users can save a password on phone or PC, and access it on the other device – as well as Dark Theme.

Describing market and language availability, in a blog post, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices at Microsoft, said, “Microsoft Edge for iOS is available in the United States (English), China (Simplified-Chinese), France (French) and the UK (English). Microsoft Edge for Android is available in the United States (English), Australia (English) Canada (English and French), China (Simplified-Chinese), France (French), India (English) and the UK (English). We look forward to bringing MS Edge for iOS and Android to additional markets and languages over time!”

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Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday posted a 69 percent jump in quarterly net profit, beating expectations, on strong smartphone games revenue.

Net profit for the three months ended September rose to CNY 18 billion ($2.72 billion), China’s largest social media and gaming company said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

This was above an average estimate of CNY 15.18 billion from six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue rose 61 percent to 65 billion yuan, against an estimate of CNY 60.78 billion.

Monthly active users of the social media mobile app WeChat hit 980 million, up from 963 million three months ago.

Revenue from smartphone games, helped by its popular title Honour of Kings, grew by 84 percent to CNY 18.2 billion in the quarter, Tencent said in the filing.

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