Yahoo Chat, Cuba’s Study and Cali a Summer Favorite

Yahoo Chat, Cuba’s Survey and Cali a Summer Favorite

Yahoo launches silent video chat

Yahoo’s new messaging app, Livetext, is rolling out globally. Before now, the silent video app was mainly available to those in select countries.

Livetext works by delivering video of yourself to a friend while simultaneously allowing your message text to show up on screen in a somewhat Periscope-like fashion (but for one-on-one conversations). The short video embedded below should give a good idea of what to expect.

Whether Livetext turns out to be a hit, like Facebook Messenger, or a flop, like Facebook’s Slingshot, remains to be seen.

Cuban study targets American travelers

Cuba is looking to take some business away from its Caribbean cousins. The island nation is analyzing American perceptions and ideas of Cuban beaches and cities. The goal is to see how the Cuban perception matches up to other Caribbean destinations.

An analytics company out of Spain is performing the work, looking at Cuba-related keywords in more than seven million Twitter and Instagram comments each month. The main destinations being compared to are in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Despite the current ban on travel for American travel to Cuba, the Cuban government isn’t waiting for the U.S. Congress to lift that ban to start preparing for American tourists.

California named top summer location by Priceline

There’s no denying that Americans love California. Priceline announced the Golden State is the most-booked state in the U.S. by Americans for travelers in 26 states. The second most-booked state was Florida.

The travel booking site looked at tens of thousands of bookings made in April and May of this year to determine where people were visiting.

Some interesting information to note: most of the people heading to Cali are from Mid West and Western states while East Coast states travel to Florida more.

If you’re wondering where Californians tended to travel to the most, the answer may surprise you: Europe.