• Travelers can get the inside scoop thanks to new app


    Smartphones have revolutionized the way that people travel. Whereas tourists once had to pack folding city maps into their bags, now a few simple taps of the screen offer a world of information at travelers' fingertips. However, choosing the right app for a trip can be complicated, as there are thousands of programs to choose from. One startup company hopes to simplify the travel app experience with its new offering, SPUN.

    The software application aggregates content from thousands of media outlets across the web to provide users with the latest information on dining, entertainment, culture, news and special offers. The app collects information from real travelers, so users can get an honest idea of where to eat, shop and see the sights.

    "There's a ton of great stories being told about cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but people can't keep track of them all," said Andy Hunter, SPUN's chief executive officer. "SPUN is more than local news. It’s like a savvy friend who’s up on everything. And like a friend, it can tell you when you’re near a restaurant you want to check out or remind you when a concert is about to start."

    Users can access data on 11 cities through SPUN: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Austin and Seattle. The app's developers plan to add additional destinations in the coming months.

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