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Travelzoo lunges toward new hotel booking and search methods. 

+Tnooz  takes a look at the timetable and details of TZOO's upcoming hotel booking platform, plus why some of the deals company's services are sinking.

http://www.tnooz.com/article/travelzoo-tzoo-hotel-booking-search-models/
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Everyone talks China, but here's some practical advice, via +Tnooz 
 
Five tips for marketers to tap into the Chinese travel industry - by Minh Bui, founder/blogger at EcomEye.com
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These new QuickTakes from Bloomberg are pretty cool....
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Engagement gifs....
 
The official GIFs from my proposal to +Victoria Pelham.

Shout out to +Nathan Olivarez-Giles, the awesome photog!
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T&A action, nonstop.
 
Tours and activities provider BeMyGuest raises $400,000 angel fund.
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+TripAdvisor launches TripConnect

For the first time, independent hotels and bed and breakfasts worldwide can bid directly in auctions to drive traffic from TripAdvisor to their websites. 

Owners of small properties will be able to drive TripAdvisor users to their own booking engines, sidestepping middlemen like online travel agents (OTAs) and Google Search. 

http://www.tnooz.com/article/tripadvisor-tripconnect-hotels-google-travel-otas/
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solid overview of ideal onboarding experiences on Android
 
Today on Android Design in Action, +Nick Butcher, +Adam Koch and I did a deep dive on the onboarding experience, covering a number of aspects about an app's initial screens that can dramatically impact the user experience as well as login conversions / uninstall rate / etc:

1) Replacing "speedbump"-style tutorial flows with more contextual, direct, and unobtrusive onboarding. For example:
• Info cards in Google Play Movies
• Empty states in DashClock
• Bootstrapped content in Quotes

2) Improving login and registration by:
• Asking for login deeper in the app (contextually), when the benefit is clear, ala Tumblr
• Leveraging common login providers, like in Fancy
• Logging the user in automatically with Over-The-Air Installs from the web, like in The Guardian
• Streamlining registration by auto-completing email addresses and even automatically generating passwords.

3) Limiting use of onscreen overlays (e.g. for bespoke interactions), like in the new YouTube app.

As always, the slides for this week's episode are attached to this post, and you can find a complete recording on YouTube: Android Design in Action: Onboarding Experience

#AndroidDesign #ADiA
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tech columnist for BBC Travel, reporter for Tnooz, freelancer for publications such as Conde Nast Traveler. Check out my clips and videos, here. Reach me at my Gmail address.
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I've written 10,000 hours' worth of "how to" articles.
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