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F-Secure Hack Can Unlock Millions of Hotel Rooms With Handheld Device

It’s very rare these days that a hotel will give you a real key when you check in. Instead, most chain hotels and mid-sized establishments have switched over to electronic locks with a keycard system. As researchers from F-Secure have discovered, these electronic locks may not be very secure. Researchers from the company have managed to create a “master key” for a popular brand of hotel locks that can unlock any door.

Wait List Apps

Waiting in line is never fun. Especially not when you're hungry and trying to get a table at the latest dining hotspot. But today’s technology can make the process less painful for patrons and restaurateurs alike.

Retailers Want You to Stay With Them, Too

The hotel business is diversifying. More travelers are seeking homey surroundings at Airbnb and HomeAway and turning to boutique hotels for their non-cookie-cutter designs. (According to STR, a hotel research firm, domestic occupancy rates in boutique hotels rose to 75 percent in 2015 from 67 percent in 2010.) That is one reason some retailers and designers see an opening for their hotel concepts.