Trey Ratcliff takes on travel guides with gorgeous new iPad app

Renowned digital photographer Trey Ratcliff of the Stuck in Customs blog has already conquered the photo technology world in a lot of ways. Now he’s looking to disrupt the travel guide industry, and he’s built a gorgeous iPad app called Stuck on Earth to do it.

Meet Uptake: The biggest travel site you’ve never heard of

Uptake’s CEO Yen Lee likes to kid that he runs “the largest travel search company that no one’s heard of.” But the five-year-old company is making its first push for public recognition with a new Facebook app for getting travel tips from your friends.

HipGeo wants to be your mobile digital travel diary

HipGeo aims to put all details related to your travel — photos, check-ins, comments — in one place with an app that passively keeps track of your movements. Afterward, you can easily create a slick, animated travel diary. Here’s what I found when I used it on a cross-country trip.

Priceline targets Hotel Tonight with day-of hotel booking service

Travel bookings giant Priceline.com is updating its iPhone app with a service that lets customers book hotels at the last minute. The company said Friday that its Tonight-Only Deals service for iOS will specifically target the 70 percent of last-minute hotel bookings it already sees.

Hotel Tonight looks beyond biz travelers to vacations

The iPhone and Android app that helps you find day-of deals on hotels is expanding from a small number of major cities to last-minute vacation destinations. Hotel Tonight, currently in 23 major markets, is announcing 14 new, smaller markets where it will offer curated day-of deals.

Hipmunk comes to Android with a surprisingly slick app

Hipmunk, the San Francisco-based travel search startup, has finally brought its travel search application to the Android operating system. Hipmunk for Android, which for now only facilitates flight searches, is impressive because it retains all the slickness of the company’s web and iOS offerings.