Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season.His warning comes against the fact that 303 persons have lost their lives in road crashes since the start of 2017.“I want to appeal to every one of us to behave ourselves in the traffic environment. The speeds recorded in the black boxes that are involved (in road crashes) are frightening,” he said.He noted that pedestrians “are being hit between 38 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour and they are never able to survive such impacts”.“Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added.Minister Henry was speaking at the Child Health Initiative and the National Road Safety Council’s (NRSC) Policy Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, December 14.Minister Henry noted that while strides have been made in improving road safety, particularly among pedestrians who are children, “there are more negative behaviours to be arrested”.“We are below the numbers of (road deaths) for the year before, (but) persons are dying needlessly, leaving behind their precious children to grow up without a mother or a father, but more predominantly, without a father, since male casualties account for over 85 per cent of the fatalities. This leaves a negative impact on the social economic stability of the family structure,” he pointed out.He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.Minister Henry also called on persons who have outstanding traffic tickets to take advantage of the second traffic ticket amnesty now under way, which ends on January 13, 2018.The Child Health Initiative and NRSC Policy Forum involved partnership with the FIA Foundation, an independent charity known for global philanthropy focused on road safety and sustainable mobility.The event, which involved stakeholders from various government entities and the private sector, had the objective of, among other things, examining the Road Safety Act and facilitating discussions towards creating a policy to provide greater protection for children on the roads.Vice Chairman, NRSC, Dr. Lucien Jones, urged motorists to look out for children on the roads.“Road crashes are the global number-one killer of school-age children, especially older children. Here in Jamaica, we will be stepping up our efforts and practical steps to protect our children as they take the journey, often a challenging one, from home to school and back,” he said.FIA Foundation Deputy Director, Avi Silverman, noted that around the world, children are among the most vulnerable on the roads.“We must do all we can to protect them. Jamaica has the potential to make huge progress and to become a global leader in this effort. We’re delighted to be able to support our partners in Jamaica in this fight to save lives. Every life we save is precious, and every child deserves a safe journey to school. We must not fail our children,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season. “Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added. He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.
Former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis has become the newest Laureus Ambassador, which will see him work closely with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.Edwin Moses and Lennox LewisHe was welcomed to the Laureus Family by Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, both in London attending the Olympic Games.Lennox Lewis, who won 41 of his 44 fights, said: “I am delighted to be named a Laureus Ambassador and would like to thank the members of the Laureus Academy for asking me. I have enjoyed attending the Laureus World Sports Awards and earlier this year I was able to visit a community sports project in the heart of London and meet some of the kids who were benefiting from the Laureus connection.“Through my support for Laureus, I have witnessed what a huge impact sport can have on communities around the world. I was very impressed by the young people I met. It just goes to show that when they are given guidance and support, they can turn their lives around and become positive role models for society. I am testament to that, as sport enabled me to turn my life around. I look forward to be being able to do what I can to help in the future.“Laureus is one of the world leaders in grassroots sports programmes and I’m looking forward to having talks with my own foundation for us to work together in the future.”Lennox Lewis was the dominant heavyweight boxer of the 1990s and the early years of the 2000s. He is currently the most recent undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, having united all versions of the title. Throughout his professional career, Lewis suffered just two losses, both of which he avenged in re-matches, both by knock-out. He was also an Olympic gold-medal winner for Canada in 1988.Edwin Moses said: “On behalf of the Laureus Academy, we are delighted to welcome Lennox as a Laureus Ambassador. Lennox is a giant of sport, an undusputed world heavyweight champion and a real gentleman. His achievements in his career have been massive, but he remains modest and considerate and he believes passionately in the responsibility of the greatest sportsmen and women to give something back to society.“You only have to be with Lennox anywhere in the world to realise how popular he is and the respect in which he is held. In what can be a tough sport, he always showed integrity and stood for honesty and decency. It will be great to have him working with us at Laureus.”Lewis was born in London to Jamaican-born parents and moved to Kitchener in Ontario in 1977 when he was 12. He became an outstanding amateur boxer, winning the world junior heavyweight title in 1983 and the Olympic gold medal in Seoul five years later, where he beat future world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in the final.He turned professional in 1989, winning his first 21 fights. In 1992 he knocked out Donovan Ruddock to become No 1 in the World Boxing Council rankings and he was eventually declared champion a year later. Although he lost the title to Oliver McCall in 1994, he won it back from him in a re-match in 1997. He became undisputed world champion after defeating Evander Holyfield in November 1999.The most celebrated fight in which Lewis took part came in June 2002, when he defended his title against Mike Tyson. The fight was anticipated as a classic between Tyson’s brawling style and Lewis’ more skilful approach. In the end it turned out to be a one-sided confrontation as Lewis used his jab and superior reach to score a dominant eighth round knock-out victory over ‘Iron Mike’. The fight was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at the time, generating US$106.9 million.Lewis eventually announced his retirement in February 2004. When he left the ring, his record was 41 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 32 wins by knockout.Source:Laureus.com
March 20, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year-old victim who was fatally injured while playing a “punching game” with a friend in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.Corey Poole and a friend were drinking and began “consensually sparring” and punching each other in the chest early Saturday morning when one of the punches dropped Poole to the ground, where he became unresponsive, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Poole was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.Police and paramedics responded to Jolt’n Joe’s at 379 Fourth Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday after a 911 caller reported Poole’s injuries, San Diego police said. Poole had apparently gone out drinking at the downtown sports bar with a group of friends.“The decedent and a friend began consensual sparring, consisting of concurrently punching each other with closed fists on the chest,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said, describing what police had previously called “playing a punching game.”“After receiving several punches to the chest, the decedent was struck and immediately collapsed and became unresponsive,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said.Bar patrons began giving Poole CPR, and San Diego firefighters and paramedics took over when they arrived at the scene, authorities said. Poole was taken to the hospital, where the resuscitation efforts continued, but he never responded. Doctors declared him dead at 1:45 a.m.Poole’s friend remained at the location and was later taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said. He was not initially arrested, and it was unclear if he would face charges.The Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined the cause of death this morning and said the manner of death — whether an accident, a homicide or something else — is pending based on the police investigation. Posted: March 20, 2018 27-year-old fatally injured while playing ‘punching game’ identified Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:34 PM
After learning last week that Fort Hood would lose 9 percent of its military population as the Army continues to downsize, officials in central Texas began to address the likely impacts.On Monday, a spokesperson for Killeen said the city had taken into account the pending personnel cutbacks and had budgeted accordingly.“There will absolutely be an impact. Everybody is being conservative,” spokesperson Hillary Shine told KXXV.The school district could experience a drop in enrollment and associated funding from the federal government, but the school system had not yet come up with an estimate of the likely changes.“At this time it is difficult to project the impact as many variables must be taken into consideration,” said Superintendent John Craft.Fort Hood is slated to lose 3,350 soldiers under the restructuring the Army announced last week, a cut exceeded only by a reduction of 3,402 troops at Fort Benning, Ga. Despite the outcome, the chairman of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance was pleased the post did not lose any of its four brigade combat teams.“The Central Texas community will survive and continue to grow. Fort Hood is an enduring installation. The prospects for the future of Fort Hood are still good,” Pete Taylor, who commanded Fort Hood from 1991 to 1993, told the Statesman.Fort Benning and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will see their BCTs converted into much smaller maneuver battalion task forces as a result of the restructuring occurring over the next two years. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toy Fair 2019: Nerf Fortnite, Barbie turns 60 and more See It Toys and tech go hand in hand these days, and the Toy Fair gives us our first glimpses of how the pairing will take shape in the coming year. Last year we got a party game with its own heart-rate monitor. This year, it’s everything from a home lie detector game to Fortnite and Overwatch Nerf guns. There’s even a new Pictionary that adds augmented reality to the classic drawing game.See all of CNET’s toy coverage Here’s everything we saw at Toy Fair 2019 Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S10 event: San Francisco, Feb. 20 Samsung How to watch the Galaxy S10 launch event livestreamGalaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, Galaxy Buds, hole-punch camera, specs, features and priceThe Galaxy S9 Plus is terrific, but wait a month until after the Galaxy S10 arrivesSamsung unveiled a prototype of its forthcoming 5G phone in its booth at CES 2019. It also announced its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20 and sent out the invite pictured above. While we don’t know the full details yet, it’s safe to say Samsung is planning to officially debut the Galaxy S10 (or three of them). Mobile World Congress 2019: Barcelona, Feb. 25-28 Nokia’s Nokia 8110 4G was the talk of 2018’s MWC. Andrew Hoyle/CNET If you’ve ever wondered why there are no major mobile announcements at CES every year, it’s because of MWC. However, like CES this year, there is sure to be a lot of discussion about 5G. See all the preview coverage from MWC 2019 in Barcelona Galaxy S9, 5G and more: Everything we learned at MWC 2018 CP+ 2019: Yokohama, Feb. 28 to March 3 CP+ is the most important show for camera and photo imaging for consumers and professionals — at least aside from Photokina, which won’t happen again until May 2020. Cameras including Sony’s A7 III, Fujifilm’s X-H1 and Panasonic’s GX9 were all launched around CP+, for example. If you’ve been waiting for a major camera or lens announcement or you simply love photo gear, you’ll want to look for news just before and during this show. Intl. Home + Housewares Show 2019: Chicago, March 2-5 Chris Monroe/CNET There was no shortage of smart home news to come out of CES. But if you can’t get enough of the latest in kitchen appliances, cooking gadgets, home design and other accessories, this Chicago show in March is one to watch. CNET will be there to bring you the latest in connected coffee makers and Instant Pot rivals. Read the details on this year’s show Geneva Motor Show, March 5-6 The appearance of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva show got us amped for a production Supra, which appeared at the Detroit Auto Show this year ready to end its two-decade hiatus. Can’t wait to see what comes this year. • Comment 88 Photos Apple 60 Photos 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and moreChicago Auto Show 2019: Complete coverage Now playing: Watch this: If you think Microsoft’s developer conference is all about Windows, you haven’t been paying attention. Much of the 2018’s focus was on Microsoft’s work on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, machine learning, edge-computing tools and the company’s moves to integrate with other platforms including iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. Dates haven’t been announced, but expect it to be in early May. Read all the news to come out of Build 2018, day one Computex 2019: Taipei, May 28-June 1 Computex 2018: The weirdest gadgets at Asia’s biggest tech show $899 Amazon Facebook Fujifilm Google Kia Microsoft Nokia Panasonic Porsche Samsung Sony Toyota Nintendo Apple Here are the biggest iOS 12 features Apple announced at WWDC 2018 For the past couple of years, Amazon has overhauled its Alexa-powered product line in late September. We saw more than a dozen new and refreshed products in 2018. Will that happen again this year? We’ll just have to wait and see. From Echo speakers to a Basics microwave: Amazon’s September 2018 Event Microsoft October Surface event? The Surface Pro 6 was announced at Microsoft’s 2018 October event Sarah Tew/CNET This is the one day of the year when Microsoft’s PC hardware takes a backseat to its software. There’s usually a new product announcement or an update to existing hardware in the summer, like 2018’s Surface Go, but Microsoft often uses an October event to highlight more important devices. Will it do so again in 2019? Time will tell.Here’s everything that was announced at its 2018 Surface event Google Pixel October event? CNET Again, this one isn’t guaranteed, but expected: Google’s annual fall hardware event normally drops in between Apple’s two second-half events. Though leaks and rumors tend take the wind out of the announcements, Google always seems to have some surprises when it comes to its Android, Chrome and Google Assistant devices. Read all the news from Google’s October 2018 Pixel eventPixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 PDN Photo Plus Expo: New York, Oct. 24-26 Photo Plus is the largest photography and imaging show in North America with “20,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators” in attendance. If you’re into cameras, the accessories for them and how to use them better, put it on your calendar. Apple October event? Apple Apple often — but not always — wraps up its event year with announcements of consumer-focused products such as iPads and non-Pro laptops and desktops. In 2018, however, Apple leaned more toward creatives with the all-new MacBook Air, Mac Mini desktop and iPad Pro. The event typically hits at the end of October, giving us plenty of time for leaks and think pieces on where the company needs to go next. Read all of CNET’s Apple event coverageMacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro 2018: Everything Apple announced at its October 2018 event in Brooklyn Samsung Developers Conference (expected) News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you $899 85 Photos Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Roadshow editors choose their… Sprint 42 Photos Gadgets Culture Laptops Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Read our ultimate gearhead bucket-list car show and event guide for 20192018 Geneva Motor Show: What did we see, what did we love? SXSW 2019: Austin, March 8-17 Elon Musk dropped by SXSW 2018 Chris Saucedo/Getty Saying this conference down in Austin, Texas has become huge feels like a understatement with events dedicated to music, film, comedy, gaming and tech. Read CNET’s coverage of SXSW 2019Star Wars, Elon Musk and cheese: What I learned at SXSW 2018 Apple spring event?You didn’t miss anything: Apple hasn’t made any official announcements for its 2019 events. However, it does typically hold three to four major ones throughout the year with the first falling sometimes — but not always! — in the March-to-April timeframe. Last year’s was all about education and featured the launch of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad. For 2019, Apple may shift to entertainment and announce its long-rumored video streaming service. Read all the latest Apple event news and rumorsNew iPad with optional Pencil: Everything Apple announced at its March 2018 eventNew York Auto Show: April 17-18 Toyota The best part of the 2018 NY Auto Show? Most of the cars that debuted were actually headed to showroom floors including the overhauled 2019 Toyota RAV4 that stole the show. We’re hoping for more of the same in 2019. Read CNET’s coverage of the New York Auto Show2018 New York Auto Show wrap-up: Lots of cars you can actually buy, and soon Facebook F8 2019: April 30 to May 1 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2018. James Martin/CNET Spring is developer conference season and the social network gets things started. It promises to be filled with “networking opportunities, deep-dive sessions and product demos, all showcasing how technology can enable the best of what people can do together,” wrote Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, in a blog post (full story here). Of course, Facebook still needs to figure out how to deal with the ongoing fake news problem and the heavy-handed tactics that have damaged its reputation in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 2016 election. Oh, and there’s the next Oculus VR headset, too. Everything Facebook announced on day one of F8 2018 Google I/O 2019: May 7-9 Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. James Martin/CNET The search giant announced the dates for its 2019 developers conference in a suitably Google way by posting a puzzle for developers on Twitter. To jog your memory, at last year’s conference Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, its uncanny artificial intelligence for Google Assistant users that could make appointments and reservations using a human voice complete with pauses, umms and ahhs. The five best things from Google I/O 2018 Microsoft Build 2019 2:23 With CES 2019, the Detroit Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show and the Sundance Film Festival all in the rearview mirror, this year’s calendar of tech, automotive and cultural events are already well underway. Just like last year (you remember last year, right? The good and the bad), CNET will be covering news and announcements from every major show and event that happens from now until 2020, when it starts all over again with CES 2020. Toy Fair 2019: New York, Feb. 16-19 $899 32 Photos See All 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Away from the developer conference onslaught in spring, Samsung’s November conference guarantees itself some time in the spotlight for its projects. In 2018, it was our first glimpse of its folding phone, a list of enhancements coming to its Bixby digital assistant and the announcement of One UI, a simplified interface for its mobile devices. See all the news from Samsung Developer Conference 2018 Microsoft Ignite: Orlando, Nov. 4-8 Ignite covers what’s coming next from the software giant for IT professionals and enterprise customers who want to know the “future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity.” It’s heavy on the workshops and breakout sessions, but quite a bit of news comes out of the conference as well. Pre-register for Ignite 2019 now Los Angeles Auto Show: Nov. 18-21 Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Although it tends to lack a central focus, LA is one of the most important shows of the year. For example, in 2018, there were several big debuts across categories debuts like the Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator pickup, the next Kia Soul, Mazda3, Porsche 911 and all-new Hyundai Palisade SUV. Read all of our coverage from the LA Auto Show2018 LA Auto Show wrap-up: Audi, Jeep Gladiator, Kia, Porsche and Rivian brought the heatEarlier 2019 events We’re already past these big 2019 milestones. CES 2019 (January) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Lots of sports cars, lots of hybrids and EVs and a healthy portion of concept cars make up most of what debuts in Frankfort. Unfortunately, there are several that will never be available in the States. Read all the news from the Frankfurt Motor Show Apple September event (expected) Apple’s invite for its 2018 iPhone event. Apple Apple’s September event is the reason you should never buy a new iPhone in August. The culmination of months of iPhone rumors, speculation and leaks lead to the official unveiling of the company’s top product in mid-September. A new Apple Watch is usually along for the ride as well.Keep up with all the latest Apple event newsiPhone 11 rumors: Price, specs, features and everything else we know Amazon September event? Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana can talk to each… Breaking: Samsung reveals its first foldable phone, with “Infinity Flex Display.” #SDC18 pic.twitter.com/OOGkjSBUkE— CNET (@CNET) November 7, 2018 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy See it Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 11 Photos There are comic-cons all year long around the world, but the San Diego show is the largest in North America attracting more than 130,000 attendees. While 2018 was sort of a laid-back show with no huge announcements, SDCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, which could make for a news-packed show. By the way, Comic-Con 2019 attendee badges are sold out. How Marvel and Game of Thrones will make Comic-Con 2019 truly epicRead the latest news for the San Diego Comic-Con Samsung Galaxy Note Unpacked event (rumored) August is a generally a slow month for big tech news with one exception: Samsung’s Galaxy Note announcement. Last year’s Note 9 was a modest update, all things considered, which means the Note 10 could be a complete overhaul. We probably won’t hear any significant rumors about it until we get past the Galaxy S10 announcements, though. 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But… IFA 2019: Berlin, Sept. 6-11 Abt Electronics reading • 2019 tech events calendar: Everything on deck from Apple, Google, Amazon and more CES 2019: Everything we saw, from 8K TVs to amazing fake burgersCES 2019: The four biggest trends, demystifiedCES 2019: Our 10 favorite products of the showCES 2019: Every CNET storySundance 2019 (January-February)At Sundance’s New Frontier, VR and AR go epic, weird and theatricalSundance Film Festival 2019: Complete coverageSuper Bowl 53 (February)Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Xbox, Avengers, Game of Thrones and moreAvengers, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailersCNET’s complete Super Bowl coverageChicago Auto Show (February) Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See It Held in Berlin every September, IFA is Europe’s largest consumer-electronics trade show. Although many of the products announced never reach the US, there’s still a lot that does come to market globally. And it kicks off a never-ending parade of consumer tech announcements for the fall (and holiday shopping season). Read all the latest news from IFABest of IFA 2018: 8K TV, an epic gaming throne, Google’s new wearable OS and more Frankfurt Motor Show, Sept. 10-11 39 Photos Toyota Supra ends a two-decade hiatus at the 2019 Detroit… 48 Photos Like the others, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference has a heavy focus on its software and operating systems — MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, tvOS — as well as its HealthKit, ARKit and HomeKit platforms. But sometimes we also see new iPads or Macs at this event. There’s no announced date yet, but WWDC 2018 was June 4-8. Read our full coverage of WWDCApple’s WWDC 2018 highlights little things adding up, especially in iOS 12HomePod, iOS 11, iMac Pro: All the news from Apple WWDC 2017 E3 2019: Los Angeles, June 11-13 Josh Miller/CNET Three days of games, games, games and the hardware and accessories you use to play them. But with Sony sitting out 2019’s show, it will be interesting to see what Bethesda, Ubisoft and console makers Microsoft and Nintendo have on deck — not to mention offshoots like the PC gaming show. See all E3 coverage on CNETSee all E3 coverage of GameSpotThe best and worst of E3 2018 Amazon Prime Day (expected)You should never pay full price for stormtrooper bookends. Star Wars via Amazon Amazon hasn’t confirmed that its big summer sale is returning for 2019, but we’d be shocked if it doesn’t. The big mid-July sale typically features eye-popping discounts on the site’s own Fire, Echo and Kindle products in addition to anything and everything Alexa-enabled. 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Tags: Virtual Reality, Virtuoso, Xplr VR Monday, April 24, 2017 Posted by David Thompson NEW YORK — Explor VR has been handpicked by Virtuoso to take part in the luxury retail organization’s Virtuoso Incubator tech start-up program, one of five companies chosen for the 2017 lineup. Explor VR is Travelweek’s virtual reality platform that launched nation-wide last fall, with free Explor VR headsets going out to travel agencies across Canada.Virtuoso Incubator is aimed at fostering technology that improves the travel advising process and overall client experience. It’s the industry’s first formal program focused on nurturing new technology solutions specifically for travel advisors. Incubator companies receive real-world input from Virtuoso advisors who test the product and suggest improvements so it will better serve the needs of travel agencies, consultants and clients.Each company receives a dedicated panel composed of Virtuoso advisors. More than 60 of them are volunteering in this capacity, with a member of Virtuoso’s Technology Committee acting as each panel’s liaison to the Incubator program. The Technology Committee also assists with vetting applicants and approving the companies that are offered Virtuoso preferred partner status.“Virtuoso Incubator was founded to fill a void in the travel advising industry,” said David Kolner, Senior VP, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “Our objective was to seek out business solutions for our travel agency members and create a real-life use case scenario for companies that were developing the technology we needed. The value to these tech companies is tremendous because we’re giving them access to their future customers, who are also providing feedback in real time. What we’re getting in return is the opportunity to create customized technology options for agencies ranging from just a couple of people to hundreds.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThis year’s five Virtuoso Incubator participants are:Explor VR: Travelweek’s app-based virtual reality platform tailored for the travel industry. It guides users on an immersive, emotionally engaging journey through a destination, leading to dramatically increased sales conversion rates and foot traffic. In addition, it educates advisors on destinations.Approach Guides: Its Trip Reads destination content service – featuring inspirational and thought-provoking videos, articles, books and podcasts – highlights cultural aspects of places around the world.TravelContact (formerly Alanna): A CRM technology that includes a client and provider database, email and newsletter marketing platform, smart multichannel communication, beginning-to-end trip builder, interactive client portal and a smart dashboard where advisors can see daily tasks.Tagible: Software that extracts keywords, making the words interactive and overlaying curated content such as YouTube, Google Maps and Pinterest. Drives engagement and increase conversion rate and time on site by keeping visitors on the agency’s website.tripFiles: A free private social network where travelers can store all their videos and photos at no charge, safely share trips, and never need to email/text photos to their travel companions.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaVirtuoso Incubator also has a new partnership with Phocuswright, the global travel market research company. Phocuswright is referring innovative travel technology startups to the program, and sharing its research into the sector with Virtuoso as well as attendees at its exclusive network events.For more information see virtuoso.com/incubator. Virtuoso’s 2017 Incubator lineup includes Travelweek’s Explor VR About Latest Posts David Thompson Latest posts by David Thompson (see all) Virtuoso’s 2017 Incubator lineup includes Travelweek’s Explor VR – April 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>