Shares of Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) ended Friday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down -0.08 points or -0.13% at $61.72 with 132.83 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $61.36 the shares hit an intraday low of $61.13 and an intraday high of $62.97 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $8.98 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 132.83 million shares.
On Sept. 07, 2016 Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor® announced the redesign of the company’s homepage with new feature enhancements that make booking every aspect of a trip more convenient for its community of travelers, in particular, attractions, tours and in-destination activities.
With the debut of a new “Things to Do” widget on the homepage, TripAdvisor is making it easier than ever for travelers to discover and book attractions, tours and local activities right alongside hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants and flights.
More consumers than ever are finding out that TripAdvisor is a great place to book a better and more complete travel experience. Year-to-date, attractions and tours bookings on TripAdvisor¹ have risen 150 percent year-over-year. TripAdvisor has grown its attractions listings by 63 percent during the same period as the company works to make more amazing experiences bookable through the website, along with adding a host of free venues like scenic parks and admission-free museums.
With the new “Things to Do” widget built into TripAdvisor’s updated homepage, users can quickly enter their destination to discover local experiences that can be booked independently, or added to their hotel, vacation rental, restaurant or flight booking. With the continued pairing of millions of traveler reviews and opinions, the new widget will help travelers unleash the full potential of every trip.
“We’re committed to improving the end-to-end planning, booking and in-destination travel experience for our users,” said Jeff Chow, vice president of product, attractions at TripAdvisor. “The tours and attractions industry has been making amazing progress in recent years, moving towards adopting the digital and mobile ways consumers book travel. Our goal is to accelerate this transition by delivering a world full of local travel experiences to our users, instantly bookable on a smartphone, tablet or desktop using TripAdvisor. Giving travelers easy access to an authentic Italian cooking class in Rome, a thrilling helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon and a guided tour of Sydney’s iconic Opera House is just as important as helping them book their lodging or a flight. These are the elements of our travels that turn a good trip into a lifelong memory.”
Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) ended Friday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down -0.12 points or -0.81% at $14.73 with 279.69 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $14.73 the shares hit an intraday low of $14.65 and an intraday high of $14.83 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $4.09 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 279.69 million shares.
Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN) on September 8, 2016 announced that its Dragon TV voice technology is powering the Orange France Orange TV experience with its mobile app for Android and iOS, delivering the first voice-enabled trans-service IPTV experience in France. Orange TV customers will have the ability to find shows, movies, and other content by speaking into the app on their smartphone or tablet – greatly enhancing usability and content discoverability.
Orange TV’s new voice interface makes it incredibly fast and simple for subscribers to find what they’re looking for, whether its live, On Demand or recorded – all through Orange TV’s mobile app that lets users speak, search and discover content on the set-top box, as well as content accessible from the mobile app itself. Rather than keying in the names of shows letter by letter, people can simply say “Watch Game of Thrones,” or “Switch to “True Detectives.” Even more gratifying is the ability to quickly search and discover movie and show titles by genre – even as specific as “Buy a comedy from the nineties with Gérard Depardieu in HD.” Subscribers can even record and navigate the program guide by voice.
“The connected and digital home should make life simpler, not more complex. In pursuit of a powerful and yet intuitive experience for our subscribers, we’ve integrated Dragon TV to deliver an incredibly human way to find and access content. It completely changes the way our subscribers engage Orange TV and marks a first in France for a truly unique digital TV experience,” said Christian Bombrun, Vice President Marketing Entertainment and Digital Services, Orange France.
Nuance’s Dragon TV leverages advances in deep learning and natural language understanding to create a conversational interface for consumers. Further, Dragon TV’s platform is optimized for the digital TV ecosystem, with the ability to recognize the endless names of actors, shows and movies in both French and English – and many of the commands that include both languages. For example, people can say, “Je veux voir Game of Thrones.”
“Voice provides service operators and manufacturers an opportunity to transform the traditional TV interface and open doors for subscribers to explore new movies, shows, and other content recommendations otherwise buried in cumbersome On Demand and program guides,” said Kenn Harper, vice president and general manager, Devices and Ecosystem, Nuance Mobile. “Seamless voice access to TV content drives more value for both the operator and consumer. Consumers get a new modern interface that in turn helps drive better monetization for the operator.”