Selected Tech/Travel Articles for April 19 2012


Microsoft exceeds analysts’ estimates with $17.41 billion Q3 revenue

Seattle Times

Mac OS X invulnerability to malware is a myth, says security firm

ars technica

Verizon shared data plans coming mid-summer. As any family with multiple smartphones knows, these are long overdue.


Smoking gun email in Oracle v. Google case?


Smartphone chip shortage


Splunk stock soars 109% at IPO


Linus Torvalds wins “the Tech equivalent of the Nobel”


Just one more: Sand Flea Jumping Robot—very cool.
–I’m going to try to include something with true Geek appeal every day to keep the engineers happy. Otherwise they feel like it’s all about the Suits. This is for you Tad!



Amadeus lands its first North American airline reservations deal. The European headquartered GDS will power Southwest’s international reservations system.


Speaking of Amadeus, Expedia signed a new multi-year North America agreement with them too:


Expedia UK’s Andy Washington looking for double digit growth across all global markets

Travolution released the April 2012 Hotwire Travel Savings Indicator, which features the top five cities in North America where hotel, air and car rental rates have dropped the most compared to this time last year.

Hotel News Resource

PhoCusWright: Home based travel agent population soars; accounted for more than one third ($10B) of all agency leisure travel sales in 2011.


Simple rule to decide the best time to buy an airfare


Frommer: Incredible deals on Mediterranean Cruises this Summer. (Nothing like a totally avoidable cruise ship disaster off the Italian coast to lower prices for a season.)


Exotic Travel? Take Your Precautions Seriously. (Or Die.)


5 Lifesaving Travel Apps

USA Today

Another collection of Overheadbin Travel Photos, reminding us that we don’t have to travel, we get to travel.

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