Technology Pulse: A roundup of digital news
Technology Pulse: A roundup of digital news
07 FEBRUARY 2018 1:20 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes: major flaws found in computer processors; finding the right balance between tech and cutting off for guests; and more.

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A look at blockchain
Blockchain and cryptocurrency remain hot topics in the technology world. Recently, reports by Wired offered some insights into those interrelated topics.

Wired describes blockchain as “either the most important technology innovation since the internet or a solution looking for a problem.

The news outlet also claims the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has “a way to go before it’s a true replacement for, or even adjunct to, the global financial system.”

Social media impact on millennials’ travel choices
A recent survey from Schofields, reported on by Forbes, notes that more than 40% of people under the age of 33 “prioritize ‘Instagrammability’ when choosing their next holiday spot.”

The study shows millennials care more about how photogenic a destination is than they do about costs, food and alcohol. The report notes this isn’t necessarily a sign of shallowness.

“For some, plenty of Instagram likes are an indication that a destination is simply visually pleasing and desirable,” the report indicates. “For example, if someone who isn’t a travel writer or professional photographer gets plenty of likes on their Instagram photos of a destination, that’s a pretty good indicator that they’re in a pretty spectacular spot.”

Google now offering price tracking in travel functions
Google has been putting a lot of effort into beefing up its presence in the travel space, now adding price tracking for flights and hotels to its various services, according to Tech Crunch.

“These price-tracking features are similar to those that some other travel services, like Kayak, as well as startups, like Hopper, already offer,” the news outlet reports. “Now Google is taking what has been a differentiating feature for those services, and making it more broadly accessible to everyone searching for travel information on the web.”

Google will now allow hotel guests to receive email alerts about price fluctuations after booking.

Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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