Amazon debuts a data archiving service that travel tech companies may like, Inden sells Solare Hotels a translation app for hotel guests, Cathay Pacific may give in to ancillary sales pressure,Â and more items in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion on 21 August.
Amazon GlacierÂ is a new custom web service for backing up users’ files
Yesterday Amazon Web Services debuted a service for backing up data called Glacier. Unlike its S3 product, Amazon Glacier is catered to long term storage options, meaning that users not be able to take out their data for some time once it’s stored.
A Japanese hotel chain gives foreign guests iPads to use as quick translation toolÂ
The chain hands guests iPads that have a translation chat app designed byÂ Inden Consulting.Â Guests use the app to ask questions which can be translated for concierges and front desk staff.
But those hotel iPads might be dirty
“Housekeepers often find in-room iPads in the bathroom,Â next to the toiletÂ after a guest has checked out,” reports HotelChatter, via an attendee at the annual conference of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
That makes iPads potentially dirtier that remote controls, which at least stay out of hotel bathrooms.
Bloggers can turn their blogs into apps
The startup has participated in theÂ accelerator: Women Innovate Mobile. One catch: Apps produced in beta remain free for users but don’t appear in App stores.
When will Cathay Pacific give in and start adding ancillary fees?
Cathay lost $120 millionÂ in the first half of this year. How long until it copies other airlines and begins charging fees for services such asÂ Â checking in baggage and carrying hand baggage on board? The South China Morning Post says it could be soon.
Mesa Air GroupÂ is the first regional airline to receive an OK fromÂ the Federal Aviation Administration to use the Apple iPad as a Class I Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), or theÂ hardcopy manuals in the flight deck. It’s more proof that pilots love iPads.