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Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings


Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in.

Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend trips, that wasn’t such a big deal. But long stays can end up being relatively expensive and thus inconvenient to pay for up-front.

This comes on the heels of another payments feature that lets group travelers split payments at the time of booking.

Airbnb said that, during testing of the Pay Less Up Front feature, 40 percent of guests chose to go with that option and chose higher-value bookings. The company also said that users who chose to use the feature booked with 2x the lead time compared to ordinary bookings.

Airbnb determines the amount that can be paid up front and the amount that is due a few days before check-in, which the company says is usually 50 percent. One stipulation of the feature is that bookings must be made 14 days ahead of check-in and must be at least $250 total.

The new feature is available now across all platforms.

Tame your passwords and keep your data safe with Dashlane

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Passwords can be a pain in the butt. It’s hard to think of a good one, there are way too many of them, and they constantly have to be changed. Sure, you could use the same password for everything, but that puts all of your stuff at risk. Keep yourself organized by using a password management app like Dashlane Password Manager.

Dashlane keeps track of all your passwords in one easily accessible place so you never have to worry about where you wrote them down. It also generates strong, unique passwords and keeps everything secure with military-grade encryption. Whether you’re looking to make digital payments or securely store vital personal data, Dashlane can make your life a whole lot easier.

Dashlane was named App of the Year by both Apple and Google and has nearly 100K 5-star reviews. It works across all platforms and browsers and automatically syncs everything via the cloud.

A one-year premium subscription to Dashlane Password Manager normally costs $39.96, but you can get it for just $19.98, a savings of 50%.

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now


Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger. Oh what price vanity, etc etc…

While complaints about the app’s matches included not being offered any matches (with some putting this down to the Eurocentrism of art history), or being facially matched with an artwork of a different gender or age, the most outraged Twitter chatter was on account of people not being able to access the feature at all.

We understand that’s because it’s still experimental and has been region-blocked — specifically it’s limited to the US right now.

Judging by reports from some US Twitter users, it’s not even universally available within the US either. Google declined to comment when we asked about its rollout intentions for the feature. So if you’re really desperate to try it out then you could try signing up to a (reputable) VPN with a US exit node to workaround the region-block.

Or else you could just enjoy the rest of the app’s features — such as virtual art tours, info about nearby museums and cultural events, and an art recognizer feature that uses computer vision so you can point your phone at an artwork and be served tidbits of info about it.

Alternative apps for turning your selfies into faux works of art are also available.

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