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Airbnb’s easily gamed reputation system and poor customer service allow scammers to thrive

Vice's Allie Conti got scammed by an Airbnb host who promised her a really nice place, then made up a story about its toilets being clogged and shifted her to a derelict, filthy wreck of a house. When she tried to get her money back, she discovered that Airbnb had no effective systems for following ...

Omio buys Rome2Rio to build out its global travel aggregator business

Omio (née GoEuro) has acquired multimodal travel veteran Rome2rio as it works on building out a global travel aggregator business, having taken the decision to zoom out from its home market of Europe earlier this year. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. But Omio raised a $150M funding round a year ago ...

Japanese robot hotel chain ignored repeated warnings that its in-room “bed-facing” robots could be turned into spy devices

Japan's Henn na Hotel chain, owned by the HIS Group, uses "bed-facing Tapia robots" in its rooms; these robots turn out to be incredibly insecure: you can update them by pairing with them using a NFC sensor at the backs of their heads. The robots do not check the new code for cryptographic signatures, meaning ...

Explore Your Inner Strength With Paragliding In Tenerife

Tenerife is the perfect destination to overcome your phobia, be it of height, water, or anything. An island that has something or the other for everyone sees millions of tourists thronging to various places on the island, every year. Paragliding in Tenerife is one of the world’s most popular adventures. As much as it is ...

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Onetravel ***** at dark patterns

Security research Ophir Harpaz was trying to book a flight using Onetravel; as she browsed available itineraries, she couldn't help but notice a prominent warning that "39 people are looking at this flight" (this is a cheap gimmick, one of the many "dark patterns" that once lured naive internet users to making rash ...

This #vanlife is not all it is cracked up to be

Oh, the joys of #vanlife!

I was checking up on my Vanagon yesterday and noticed the coolant was low. Missing coolant is very bad in a Vanagon for many, many reasons.

I looked for a leak.

I could not find a leak. It was possible the car had just burped an air bubble and swallowed a cup or ...

Touch the Sky with Tandem Paragliding

Planning for an ultimate vacation getaway to Tenerife? Try tandem paragliding, the most thrilling sport to amplify your adrenaline rush and boost your confidence. Tenerife is one of the famous spots for paragliding offering spectacular landscape views. At Kangaroo Tandem, we provide you the best Tenerife tandem paragliding experience ever. We also offer a variety ...

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A visit to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland, plus a look at some of its swell merch

Hey hey, I'm fresh back from a short two-day excursion to Disneyland. I have a bunch of stuff to share with you but I'm going to start with my visit to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, that little cocktail oasis behind the pool at the Disneyland Hotel. And, if you haven't been, it really is ...

Airline’s baby map could help some passengers strategically pick seats

Japan Airlines is giving passengers as much information as possible to help them decide where they want to sit on a flight.  On Tuesday, a frequent flyer noticed a kid icon on the seating chart for his 13-hour flight on JAL, as the Japanese airl... ...