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Should professional tour guides be paid royalties for their recorded content and be protected by an organization like ASCAP?

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) or HearPlanet. These opinions are strictly my own and published here to stimulate open discussion. Yesterday I reviewed a new tour platform called HearPlanet. I will give a more detailed review later, but here is the idea: HearPlanet operates like a digital radio, playing whatever audio content is geotagged to a...

The App Platform War to End All Wars (We Wish)

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assisinated, leading to the outbreak one month later, of WWI ~ the so-called war to end all wars. That war lasted only four years. The computing platform war has been raging since the late 1970’s, when the first PC was being assembled from piece parts and Steve...

We Need an App! (whatever THAT is)

It will happen sooner or later. Probably sooner, considering how popular mobile devices are becoming. You, or someone on your staff, will say, “We need an app for our tourist destination!” It might be that you are motivated by the news: In 2012, more smartphones were sold around the world than computers, according to Gartner and IDC. In 2012, the number of smartphone users worldwide passed one billion...

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