Glasshole heaven: Hotel offers free drink if you wear Glass

Being seen in public wearing Google Glass is a statement.

Some, though, see it as a statement that you are tone-deaf, socially blind, and congenitally self-righteous.

Casinos have banned it and one Seattle restaurant owner described Google Glass wearers as "man children stinkin' up the joint."

But now one joint has come to Glassholes' rescue. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the Stanford Court, in San Francisco's snooty Nob Hill, is welcoming Glass wearers.

Indeed, it's not just opening its arms. It's opening its pockets, by offering a free cocktail to anyone who DOES wear Glass in its Aurea Lounge.… Read more

Software consultant banned by Hilton for snake 'joke'

The joy of the impersonal world of digital is that it tempts you to be more yourself.

You're sitting there on your laptop and feel able to just write what's in your head.

Sadly, what's in your head is often the detritus of a twisted, troubled life, isn't it? Or it's merely humor from your 12-year-old days.

Please judge for yourself the tale of British software consultant Jason Payne. He was filling out an online booking form for the Hilton Hotel in Bastingstoke, England when he reached the question about whether he had pets.

Payne … Read more

Finally, someone wants to ease the pain of booking a hotel

It's time for a confession.

I used to have an assistant called Brandy. I drove her nuts, so much so that she went into comedy.

You see, when she had to book my flights, she'd have to remember I'd only fly in Boeings and Airbuses (please, don't ask). And when she had to book my hotels, she had to remember to find out if they had windows that opened.

After awhile, we came to understand each other. She understood that I was mentally impaired. I understood that she understood.

Now, perhaps in a fit of seeing &… Read more

Cheers to the aliens: Sci-Fi Hotel, Giger Bar coming to US?

When Andy Davies, founder of Sci-Fi Hotel, decided to move forward with plans to build a "cat tree for geeks" (his words), it seemed a no-brainer that he would have to include an out-of-this-world bar to toast his accomplishment.

To this end, Davies set up a meeting with Swiss artist H.R. Giger to talk about bringing a version of Switzerland's famous Giger Bar to the United States.

The H.R. Giger Bar is a work of art in itself, boasting a comprehensive "Alien" biomechanical environment -- from floor to ceiling to furniture -- all designed by the artist.… Read more

Great iOS apps for making holiday travel easier

Traveling can be a headache, especially during big holidays like Thanksgiving. With so many people traveling the country at around the same time, you're faced with packed airports, unforeseen schedule changes, bad weather, and probably more than a few irritable fellow passengers just trying to get home for the holiday.

To keep the stress level at a minimum, I selected some helpful travel apps for iOS that will keep you on schedule and help you navigate your itinerary.

Editors' note: If you're looking for Android travel apps, check out Sarah Mitroff's roundup.

TripIt lets you set up … Read more

Airbnb host creates petition to confront New York lawmakers

Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state.

The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state's senate to fix what she calls a "poorly written law," which could curb Airbnb's reach in the region.

"The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments," Mishelle writes. "As a New Yorker just … Read more

Airbnb files motion to block New York AG's subpoena

It appears that Airbnb is going to bat for its New York City hosts; the rent-out-your-home service has filed a motion objecting to the state's recent subpoena asking for troves of host data.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the subpoena last Friday requesting that Airbnb divulge three years' worth of data on thousands of New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York's lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, its motion stated that it won't turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong.

"… Read more

Episode 53: Road Testing the iPhone 5C

Given that the Bay Area's home to countless entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and just plain geeks, it's no surprise that our local hotels are starting to follow suit. Hotel Zetta's just a couple blocks away from the CNET headquarters and is helping lead the way by making technology a priority in the hospitality industry. They keep it fresh with Wii Street U, Livescribe Echo smartpens, and an old phone booth equipped with a tablet for skyping. They also sport some old-school vibes like Ataris and record players. Oh yeah, and there's a giant Plinko game that takes … Read more

Airbnb hires hotelier to lead host hospitality training

Airbnb has hired a seasoned boutique hotel executive to set up hospitality standards for its listings, the company announced Tuesday.

Chip Conley, founder of the posh boutique hotel company Joie de Vivre Hospitality, is Airbnb's new head of global hospitality. His first task is creating a training program for hosts that will set standards for the peer-to-peer home rental company. It's a unique challenge, given that there are more than 500,000 Airbnb listings globally, all with different hosts acting as hoteliers. The company now has listings in 35,000 cities spread over 192 countries, with hosts and … Read more

The 404 1,315: Where we have no McShame (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- How hotel Wi-Fi killed my Chromecast travel dreams.

- Burger grown from cow stem cells in laboratory put to taste test in London.

- Japanese scientist creates "poop burger"? Surely not.

- Ikea finally develops an augmented-reality app that lets customers place virtual furniture in their home.… Read more