Technology pulse: A roundup of digital news
Technology pulse: A roundup of digital news
18 JANUARY 2017 1:42 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes: Wynn unveils in-room Echoes; CES takeaways; and more.

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Wynn offers in-room Echoes
The Wynn Las Vegas’ rooms now run via voice command through the installation of Amazon Echo devices in each of the hotel’s 4,748 rooms. The news, reported by the Verge, was announced ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which took place early this month.

Hotel News Now Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Ricca believes the implementation of the devices could be problematic for various reasons.

A wave of new tech hits
Speaking of CES 2017, several things were announced in connection with the devices that could be impactful for the hospitality industry, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The new tech includes things such as innovations in voice recognition and artificial intelligence.

TechCrunch also put a story taking a broad look at the most interesting technologies unveiled at the event this year, which includes a smart toaster that lets you “micromanage how toasty your bread is” and a wearable device that tracks nearby pollution.

StubHub the OTA?
Event ticket reseller StubHub has hopes to expand into territory that looks suspiciously like that of the online travel agencies, according to a report from CNet. In addition to tickets, the company is looking at adding “many more services around live events, so people can buy a ticket and set up a car rental, hotel room and restaurant reservation all in one place.”

The company has already taken steps to expand its role in the world of live events, introducing integration with Uber in 2016 and beginning to sell parking passes.

Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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