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1/3 TripAdvisor Reviews Are Fake

HotelPlanner.com CEO Tim Hentschel explains how the recent report claiming 1 in 3 TripAdvisor reviews are fake.

Despite the report of fake reviews, Hentschel still trusts in TripAdvisor. “Tripadvisor has always kept a Chinese wall between its review department and advertising department,” according to Hentschel.

Hentschel elaborates that “TripAdvisor’s high traffic numbers mean it has always been able to have an independent review department. The site’s advertising sales have always been independently strong like Google or Amazon.”

Additional Tim Hentschel talking points:

  • “This debate is very old in travel tech circles. Everybody has been trying to build the perfect machine to spot fake reviews, but nobody has gotten close yet.”
  • “There are sites that make you verify a purchase before you can post a review, but those can be tricked as well, especially by a hotel or restaurant generating fake receipts.”
  • “Up to a few years ago the general consensus in travel tech circles was overall rating is a good indication of the quality of the project, i.e. anyone can fake a few reviews, but if you have hundreds and thousands of reviews and they are mostly positive or mostly negative, then that is good sign of the overall quality of the product.”
  • “A large problem are sites that charge companies a monthly fee to keep up positive reviews. Yelp is facing multiple lawsuits for this practice.”

HotelPlanner.com, the largest group hotel booking site in the world, was called the “go-to site” for travel planners by The New York Times.

BlackBerry Spark

By Amardeep Singh

BlackBerry just unveiled BlackBerry Spark, the only Enterprise of Things(EoT) platform designed and built for ensuring ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from all design aspects.

So what’s new in the anticipated release? BlackBerry promises better applications and uses for a wide variety of systems that run on AI and require high level security. Spark will allow enterprises devices to benefit from the maximum use of softwares and platforms such as Watson and Amazon AWS.

As the workforce will evolve, BlackBerry Spark will provide end users with the ability to move seamlessly between all profiles- professional and personal. Critics are indeed impressed by its unique industry-specific safety-certifications, such as ISO 26262 often seen in automobiles. But hyperconnectivity is just one piece of the entire system.

As users would realize, EoT can be put to various uses in organizations.
Employees for example can use virtual assistants like Alexa and put them to work by providing access to ultra secure files. Critical patients in hospitals can relax a bit better knowing that the systemautomatically prepares the staff and any supporting machines while readying emergency care units in the incident of a serious issue.

In the transportation sector, BlackBerry Spark allows connected vehicles to convey messages in real time while being totally encrypted and certified by BlackBerry Spark as genuine. This ensures validation and protects against unwanted issues and attacks. CEO John Chen agrees that smarphones have sparked a revolution in the way people live their
lives but are often blind to personal safety and data encryption.

CCS Insight had long predicted the overlap of EoT, IoT with businesses and users as smartphones became more common. The company calls it a bold but necessary step in bridging worlds and helping people create new
and better experiences.

BlackBerry’s long commitment of providing customer privacy and protection without monetizing client data is one of it’s greatest merits in a world ruled by smartphones.

BlackBerry Spark has already leveraged the company’s portfolio of technology, having earned more than 80 certifications, which is more than any other IoT vendor.

This includes FIPS-validation, AES 256-bit encryption to provide data protection at all levels while following strict international regulatory requirements. To the surprise of the average user, BlackBerry is the only EoT platform provider to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+. And that goes for both iOS and Android.

Axwell /\ Ingrosso feat. RØMANS

Axwell /\ Ingrosso have shared the official video for single Dancing Alone” featuring ROMANS today. The video, created by 21-year-old Swedish director Brokenint, can be viewed HERE.

Brokenint sought to mirror the musical fusion of classic House and Trance music in Dancing Alone” through contrasting visual representations in a raw, warehouse rave space and an idyllic, but nostalgic mid 2000’s Ibiza clubbing experience. Axwell /\ Ingrosso whose songs have racked up a cumulative two billion streams worldwide produced the track, which they co-wrote with Roc Nation signed British singer-songwriter ROMANS. Dancing Alone” has accumulated over 30 million global streams across all platforms.

Offering both a nod to the legacy and a glimpse at the future of electronic music, “Dancing Alone fills the void of the noughties rave trance sound as the duo skillfully combines frenetic synths and driving kick drums. Building upon ROMANSemotive vocals in tandem with a catchy hook, the anthemic track effortlessly dives into a euphoric drop while maintaining Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s characteristic energy. Download / stream Dancing Alone HERE or listen on YouTube HERE.

The duo also announces the launch of a new Amazon Alexaskill. Users can ask Alexa questions to hear their favorite Axwell /\ Ingrosso tracks. The Axwell /\ Ingrosso skill is now live in the Amazon store HERE. To start say: “Alexa, Open Axwell Ingrosso Music.”

Next, ask Alexa:

Why is she dancing alone?
Do you love me?
What’s the weather outside?
Where are you?
How are you?
Play me a song to dance to!

Dancing Alone” follows Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s two massive 2017 hits “More Than You Know,” which has been certified multi-Platinum in 16 countries, Gold in four countries and Diamond in two, andDreamer,featuring Trevor Guthrie. The songs are found on the duo’s debut album, More Than You Know. Eight of the album’s 13 tracks have charted in the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Cumulatively, Axwell /\ Ingrosso have sold upwards of 13 million adjusted singles worldwide.

Photo Credit: Phil Ramey

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About Axwell /\ Ingrosso:

Axwell /\ Ingrosso are a Swedish dance music duo who have enjoyed success in electronic music for well over a decade. In addition, they make up two thirds of the legendary Swedish House Mafia. The first Axwell /\ Ingrosso album, More Than You Know, was released in October 2017. To date, it has racked up more than two billion streams and produced eight top ten singles on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The band consistently headlines festivals around the world.

About Astralwerks:

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

Jordan Smith Releases “Only Love” Official Music Video Out Today

Vocal powerhouse Jordan Smith releases his official music video for his hit “Only Love” today.

Over the weekend, Smith received praises from legendary music icon Sir Elton John, who called his single a “very great pop song” and “beautifully sung” on his Beats1 Rock Hour Radio show. Listen to it here to check it out.

“Only Love” is the first single and title track of Smith’s third full-length album. Recorded from Republic Records, get the song right here and don’t miss it.

Smith recently performed “Only Love” and “Feel Good” on Good Morning America, causing the single and album to skyrocket to the top of the charts!

His song represents a major milestone for him as it represents his most personal material yet.

For the first time, Smith also teamed with GRAMMY Award-winning hit-maker RedOne to spearhead production

The upcoming album also features a song written by John Legend, “End in Love.”

Something Beautiful entered the Billboard Top 200 at #2 and marked history as the highest debut ever and biggest first-week seller from a winner of The Voice. He continued to wow the audience with his first Holiday album and public television special of the same name, ‘Tis The Season. The record captured #1 on the iTunes Holiday Albums Chart and Amazon Digital Albums Chart and scored yet another Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200.

Expanding his reach, he co-wrote Celine Dion’s “Ashes” for Deadpool 2 in 2018. A new version of “Ashes” sung by Jordan himself is featured in the movie in the Super Duper Cut as well as the Deluxe Soundtrack for the film out now.

NatchCom: October 5 – 7, 2018

The “Un-Conference” that helps accelerate the natural & organic product revolution by thriving online

What is NatchCom?

NatchCom is a 2-day event set in Boulder, putting digital and e-commerce to work for the exploding $220 Billion Natural Products industry. No other conference brings together digital tech with natural/organic brands to optimize profits and community building.

NatchCom is hands-on, interactive, and will help Natural brands and professionals dominate the digital universe, today and into the future. Register now with your Compass Natural discount and stay tuned for more information as NatchCom brings the Natural/Organic industry the best thinkers and doers in tech and food!

First speakers just announced and more to come!

Jabari Sykes, Ricardo Varela, Betsy McGinn, Steve Hoffman

Bear Walker × 360 Magazine

Recently, we had Bear Walker design a custom longboard for us! We are very honored to show our viewers this amazing piece and thankful he has spent his time designing something so unique! Make sure to check out his website and Instagram for more of his amazing work!

About Bear Walker

Walker is a designer, maker, and a seeker of adventure. He has always had a passion for art and technology growing up. Walker attended Clemson University studying graphic design and product development, where in his senior year he was tasked with designing a skateboard with various printing techniques. Designing around 40 pieces was the start to his amazing career. He has also worked as a book designer for Amazon, a prop fabricator for an events company, and a sign maker. Now he uses his skills and craftsmanship to produce the highest quality and one-of-a-kind skateboards for people.

2019 Lexus ES 350 Longer, Lower, Wider

By: Shin Takei, Automotive Editor at Large

Following the debut of the RC and LS models, the all new 2019 Lexus ES series features their Global Architecture-K (GA-K} platform and is longer, lower and wider than previous ES model. Realistically it looks much better than its predecessor and despite its lower roof, there’s more room inside. There are three models offered at this time, the ES 350, ES 350H and for the first time the ES 350 F-Sport. The signature spindle grill is a vertical pattern in the ES 350 and 350H while for the F-Sport it’s similar to the LS with a wider meshed “L” pattern. The overall look is a smooth, fluid faster looking shape. Three wheel choices are available; standard 17,” 18” and the 19” for the F-Sport. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 (2GR-FKS) engine that develops 302 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm the ES still returns 22mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Each ES is built by a team lead by Master Craftsmen who go through rigorous technical training back in Japan. This includes strict discipline such as to feel by touch tolerances in panel gaps and surface irregularities.

The GA-K chassis is an extremely rigid chassis with structural adhesives and laser-weld screws as well as reinforcements for the front strut towers to improve front end stiffness. Sound deadening insulation covers 93% of the floor plan and performance dampeners reduce vibration on all Ultra Luxury and F-Sport models. Furthermore, the wheels are designed to direct road noise into the tire chamber to help quiet the ride. Dynamic Control shocks were designed to smooth out the ride and reduce roll. In the F-Sport Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is offered with 650 levels of adjustment to deliver optimal ride and precise control. Instead of the steering column mounted power steering assist, a rack-assist Electric Power Steering (EPS) has been incorporated to provide precise feedback.

The ES is equipped with a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to choose from Eco, Normal and Sports node for the AVS cars and those with AVS gets Sports S, Sports S+ and Custom where there are three engine and transmission programs and two steering and suspension programs. Fun stuff like quicker throttle response, faster shifting and steering parameters are enhanced. The Eco Mode is for those more environmentally concerned and the ES 350h has an all new Hybrid drivetrain that gets up to 44 combined mpg. We will report on this car when we have time to test it later. For the ES the already driver-centric cockpit has been further enhanced with a Seat in Control concept which places all instruments and switches within the direct view and reach of the driver with up to an 8” LCD display as well as an optional Heads-Up display. An additional Multi-Media display sits high in the line of sight with up to a 12.3” Navigation Electro Multi Vision (EMV) screen. All of this is accessible through an updated Remote Touch Interface (RTI). Headroom was increased despite the lower roofline because of a lower hip point and headliner positioning. A more natural steering wheel angle as well as revised pedal position and the 10-way power adjustable seats contribute to a comfortable driving environment. There are three interior color schemes, four types of trim and three different material choices for the seats. The F-Sport gets an additional Circuit Red seats and door panels. There are three wood trims and for the F Sport an aluminum trim inspired by the Japanese sword called Hadori Aluminum is included.

Being connected is now a breeze with the ES with Apple CarPlay© and Amazon Alexa©. While the standard audio is a 10-speaker Pioneer system, the optional Mark Levinson with 17 speakers and 1,800 watts of power is available for the audiophile. Onboard Wi-Fi by Verizon is standard and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect is free for a year and Lexus Enform Service Connect reminds you of maintenance schedules. Other features include Lexus Enform Remote that connects your phone with your ES to perform certain functions, Lexus Safety System 2.0 with daytime bicyclist detection, Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Assist (LDA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), All Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Road Sign Assist (RSA) in case you missed it.

So how does it drive? The ES 350 is a pretty nice package of comfort and performance which brings the car to previously uncharted territory and finally cuts the grade with its rivals. The F Sport brings excitement by being a worthy contender with added emotional content. Because of the engineering, one might forget that the ES is still a front drive configuration until it is driven to the limit and even if so, it retains its composure. Most drivers will never get there but it is reassuring to know that if you ever do, the ES will be quite stable. The steering has enough feel and stability and directs the car exactly where you want it to go in spirited driving. It’s refreshing to think you can drive an ES hard and actually enjoy it.

The result of Chief Designer Yasuo Kajino and Chief Engineer Yasuhiro Sakakibara’s creation is remarkable. They set out to move on from the past image often associated with the ES which were good but boring or unexciting. The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a car to look forward to specially if you are looking into buying or leasing a car in this crowded segment. You will be looking forward to driving this car for fun and not just a car to transport yourself to and from your destination.

For more information visit: www.lexus.com

The Comfy

Are you ready for the coziest gift of the holiday season? The Comfy will be the hottest gift this holiday season for folks of all ages. Priced at under $40 and available at retailers nationwide, the Comfy will bring a smile of cozy warmth to everyone’s face from little kids to your great granny.

The Comfy is the Blanket/Sweatshirt social media sensation that first launched in late 2017 on Shark Tank. Their Buzzfeed video alone went viral with over 54.2 Million Views and 230K shares! Portable, reversible, perfect for travel, getting cozy on the couch, staying warm while watching outdoor sports games and more!

Since striking a deal with Shark investor Barbara Corcoran in December, the ultra-soft plush blanket turned oversized sweatshirt has been on a viral video whirlwind tour across social media platforms and made $1M in sales in their first month alone!

“We dreamed up this product only a year ago, and we’ve already experienced sold-out runs and backorders,” said co-founder Michael Speciale. “The popularity of theComfy is more than we ever imagined.”

The Comfy Highlights:

· Portable – Perfect for outdoor events, travel and more, the Comfy is theultimate wearable blanket for staying comfortable while on thego.

· Super Soft & Reversible – The reversible sweatshirt features a velour feel on one side while the other side has a soft sherpa fleece texture.

· One-Size-Fits-Most – From a 280lb, 6’5” man to a petite 55lb 4’2” kid, it’s designed to fit almost anyone.

· Endless Uses – The Comfy can be used anywhere from nighttime concerts and outdoor plays to football games, beach bonfires, and the couch back home.

· Easy to Clean – Completely machine washable for use again and again.

· Smile-Inducing – No one can resist cracking a grin once they’re wrapped up in the cozy warmth of the Comfy.

· $39.99 and available in beautiful assorted colors.

It’s set to make its QVC and Amazon debut in July, and will be available through Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Shopko, Meijer, and more in Fall 2018. Same day shipping is available on www.thecomfy.com.

The Comfy About

Cozy Comfort Company LLC is family-owned and operated by brothers Brian and Michael Speciale–the creators of the Comfy. Just a month after forming their company, the Comfy was invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand they closed a deal and the rest is history. The Comfy has been featured on BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Scary Mommy, and more.

Jordan Smith’s New Hit Single

History-making vocal powerhouse and acclaimed songwriter JORDAN SMITH returns with his brand new single “Only Love” today. It’s available now at all digital retailers via Republic Records. Get it HERE.

“Only Love” was written as a reminder that there is a common thread running through all of us to love and be loved.”  Jordan comments on the message behind the single, “I can’t imagine a better song to release after nearly two years of writing music.”

Additionally, the song heralds the release of his anxiously awaited third full-length album of the same name—Only Love—arriving late summer 2018.

Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning hitmaker RedOne, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, “Only Love” sees Jordan boldly step into new territory. Both his renowned vocals and songwriting take center stage on the track—which he co-wrote.  It hints at the scope of the album, which boasts six songs co-written by the singer and production from top-to-bottom by RedOne. Jordan’s voice has already enchanted millions, but Only Love allows his spirit as a writer to shine as well.

Jordan’s full-length debut, Something Beautiful, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #2 and made history as the highest debut ever and biggest first-week seller from a winner of The Voice. He continued to wow audiences with his first Holiday album and public television special of the same name, ‘Tis The Season. The record captured #1 on the iTunes Holiday Albums Chart and Amazon Digital Albums Chart and scored yet another Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200. Expanding his reach, he co-wrote Celine Dion’s “Ashes” for Deadpool 2 in 2018 as well.

Winning Loyalty Programs

Research shows increasing your customer retention rate by five percent has the potential to increase your profit by up to 95 percent. With the potential for a payoff like that out there, it’s absolutely imperative to consider as many ways as possible to hold on to your existing customer base. A proven method of accomplishing this is rewarding repeat customers with special offers in an effort to strengthen your relationship with them. Here are a few examples of winning loyalty programs to consider.

Make Points of Purchases
Perhaps the most common loyalty program, point systems entice customers to make a set number of purchases to earn a valuable reward. The key here is to make it easy as possible. Southwest Airlines had one of the simplest point programs ever devised by an airline. For every 10 flights you took with the airline during a calendar year, you got one free. Take 20 you got two, take 30 you got three, 40 got you four and so on. Easy to understand and easy to redeem it was one of the all time great frequent flyer programs. You can follow the airline’s lead for your ebook store. For every 10 books a customer buys in a year, they get one free. The key is simplicity. People got very upset when Southwest switched to a more complicated program.

No Fears of Tiers
As you’re strategizing ideas for how to sell an ebook online, consider instituting a program in which rewards become more valuable as your customers move farther up the food chain. Let 10 purchases get a customer a relatively inexpensive gift, while 30 garners them a better gift and 50 earns an even more valuable one. You can assign level designations as they make more purchases too. Purchasing 10 items within a certain time period qualifies them for “Silver Status”. Buying 30 makes them “Gold” while 50 turns them “Platinum”. Along with gifts can come ever more desirable perks as customers reach the upper tiers. These can include benefits such as chats with authors, sneak previews of new titles and opportunities to purchase new ebooks before they’re published.

It Pays to Play
Subscriptions and memberships are excellent ways to reward loyalty and get customers to make purchases in advance. Plus, they get a feeling of importance because they belong to your site’s VIP group. Wineries have been doing this with wine clubs for years. Similarly, the Amazon Prime strategy rewards users with fee two-day shipping; free streaming videos and a host of other benefits non-members don’t get. Remarkably, providing Prime benefits costs Amazon more than it makes in fees for them, but it serves as a loss leader. The company loses money on Prime memberships, but more than makes up on the purchases its Prime members make.

A Coalition of the Willing
By partnering with other merchants, you can allow your customers to earn discounts on other products and vice versa. This gives them the ability to turn their book purchases into currency on sites offering other things in which they have interests. Getting to know your clientele will serve you well as you determine what partnerships will be most beneficial. If your site caters primarily to a female shopper, then teaming with other sites offering products in which women are most likely to have an interest can be quite successful. The key is building a willing coalition of partners to which your customer base can relate.

These are the four examples of winning loyalty programs are the most common you’ll find. Of course, there are a number of ways within each category to incorporate your own nuances. This will make it uniquely your own and ideally make participating even more attractive to your ideal customer.