This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes Chinese tech battles; Google pricing insights; and more.
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Google testing hotel pricing insights
If you’re one of many within the hotel industry that views pricing transparency as a large hurdle for the industry, that might be getting worse in the near future as tech-giant Google is looking into “pricing insights” that compare hotel listings to prices at nearby hotels, according to Search Engine Land.
The insights also compare rates to averages of hotels in the area and give consumers visualizations that show things such as how prices have fluctuated to show them the cheapest times to book.
Tech is a battleground for Chinese hotels
International hotel companies like InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International are rolling out significant technology upgrades among their portfolios in China, according to a report from CNN Travel.
IHG’s tech rollouts include “artificial intelligence-supported smart rooms” through a partnership with Baidu, and Marriott is rolling out facial recognition check-in service.
A look at a rash of data breaches
While Hotel News Now has written extensively about the ongoing instances of data breaches within the hotel industry, the issue is far from being hotel-specific. The New York Times reports that several companies in several industries are regularly breached by hackers, and consumer behaviors don’t seem particularly driven to counteract that.
“A Pew Research Center study found most Americans keep track of their passwords by memorizing or writing them down, with only 12 percent using a password manager, which can generate hard-to-crack passwords,” The Times reports.
Compiled by Sean McCracken.