Smartphones to replace room keys at Hilton hotels

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The new smartphone key feature will arrive in six hotels in 2015.

Spurred by growing competition, Hilton has announced that its hotels will allow customers to take self-check-ins one step further, using their iPhone or Android handset as a room key. The feature won’t start arriving until 2015, but when it does, it’ll arrive at six of the company’s hotel brands.



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BitLock – a keyless bike lock connects to your phone via Bluetooth


BitLock, a keyless bike lock, is a U-lock that can be opened electronically by an iPhone or Android app. With that electronic aspect comes other features, such as a GPS tracker and a fitness tracker that can record miles biked, calories burned, and CO2 emissions avoided. Whoever has admin-like status can grant or revoke access to the lock. Making things even simpler, it all connects via Bluetooth, so you don’t even need to have your phone out to open it: proximity works just as well.



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