A Westerosi vacation: Head to these real-life Game of Thrones destinations

The world eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones season 7 but fans aren’t waiting for winter to come to enjoy Seven Kingdoms-inspired vacations, as Hotels.com reports a dramatic hike in searches to the stunning destinations featured in the series. Among the world’s most popular shows, it has inspired the imaginations of millions of ‘Thronies’ across the globe since it first aired in 2011. Last season, over 23 million viewers worldwide tuned in to each episode. The destinations that feature most heavily throughout the seasons, and those anticipated to appear in season…

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‘Game of Thrones’ locations witness massive increase in tourist interest

Due to the popularity of the Game of Thrones show, themed tours which showcase the most famous filming locations have surged in almost every destination, says a report compiled by TripAdvisor. “They offer a new and entertaining way to discover popular destinations, with the Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Dubrovnik in Croatia as the most booked tour to date,” it says. Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia- Game of Thrones Filming location. (Shutterstock) “Pop culture and television can have a powerful influence on travel and our data reveals that the ‘Game of…

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Insurers playing a cynical game over whiplash as Government mulls reforms

Is George Osborne’s whiplash baby being thrown out with the bath water that disappeared into the Downing Street gutter when Theresa May booted him out of Number 11? That’s not exactly clear.  For those unfamiliar with this story, the former Chancellor came up with the idea of scrapping the payment of general damages for “minor” injuries caused by road traffic accidents such as, you’ve guessed it, whiplash. Victims would still be eligible for compensation for loss of earnings after a smash and would also be offered treatment. But that’s more…

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Black Ops 2 is now the most-wanted Xbox One backwards compatible game

If Xbox fans could add any one game to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list, it would be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Treyarch’s 2012 shooter has officially outpaced Red Dead Redemption as the most-requested Xbox 360 game on Microsoft’s official backwards compatibility survey page, with more than 77,000 votes at the time of this writing. Rockstar’s open-world Western game is trailing close behind with a little over 75,000 votes. Interestingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is back at fourth place behind Skyrim, despite that hugely popular petition calling for Activision to remake…

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This Game Made Twice as Much Money After Offering a Free Version

Last year’s popular mobile game Threes made a lot of money with a $3 price tag, but releasing a free version last month proved to be a great business decision for the developer. Asher Vollmer, creator of Threes, revealed on Twitter that the free version has doubled the game’s revenue. Making money solely from advertisements, the free game charted nearly identically to the paid edition since its release in early June. Revenue from the paid version Revenue from the free version In response to the game’s performance, Vollmer stated, “It…

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Report: Google wants to get into the health data game with ‘Google Fit’

Everyone wants a piece of the fit tech action these days, and Google, it seems, is not immune to Fit Tech Fever. According to a new report from Forbes, the company plans to introduce its own fitness data aggregation service called Google Fit at this month’s Google I/O conference. According to the report, Google Fit “would mark a direct challenge” to Apple’s recently announced Health app and HealthKit developer framework, which will be included in this fall’s iOS 8 release. As is the case with HealthKit, third-party apps would be…

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