Every few months it seems, Yahoo releases a re-branded or “refocused” version of one of their apps or services. Sometimes, they simply release all-new things. And to be fair, most of the time at least on the design front, the end product isn’t half bad. The stigma attached to Yahoo though, that they’re a dying company, is hard to get beyond. They’re simply less of a force than in the early .com days. But alas, today is another shot at their former glory with “Radar” (iOS only).

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On the surface, Radar is a new recommendation app that provides both intelligently learned info (from going through your email) as well as 3rd party services such as TripAdvisor and Yelp to name a couple. Even if you don’t have a Yahoo email, Yahoo did flip the switch on 3rd party management. That is, you can manage your Gmail (or other service providers’ email) from within Yahoo proper. Unless you’re a giant Yahoo services fan, we can’t see why you’d want to do this. Nonetheless, the option is there. And it seems, to get the most out of Radar, you’ll want to do that.

As we said above, Yahoo definitely makes some nice looking software and they’re positioning their “Travel assistant” as just that, with features such as:

  • Create your own bucket list, so you don’t miss a famous sight or buzzed about activity again.
  • Get need-to-know tips from travelers who have already been there.
  • Discover the best restaurants, and check out what dishes other diners found worth raving about.
  • Filter recommendations based on your individual preferences and month of travel.
  • Receive check-in reminders, as well as notifications of flight delays, gate changes and flight cancellations.
  • And thanks to Yahoo Mail’s support of multiple mailboxes, you can connect email providers such as Gmail, Outlook, AOL and Hotmail to your Yahoo Mail inbox and we’ll surface that information in Radar as well.

Finally, in accordance with the whole “bot” craze right now, Yahoo has designed interactions around in-app…interactions… with a bot-like chat interface. Gimmicky? Useful? Reliable? We’ll find out. Android users are going to have to sit this one out for now. As noted above, the app is currently iOS only.
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Per Yahoo:

“See your trip itineraries, including flights, hotels and rental car reservations, automatically populated from the confirmations in your Yahoo Mail account… Receive notifications of flight delays, gate changes, flight cancellations and check-in reminders — Radar goes the extra mile to make your journey as seamless as possible”

“Whether you’re planning a trip or want to try something different in your hometown, this iPhone app brings you the best results, gleaned from across the web, and combines Yahoo’s expertise in search, communications and content to help you explore the next U.S. city of choice. Just sign in with your Yahoo Mail email address and Radar will use the upcoming flight, hotel and rental car confirmation receipts in your inbox to help you get organized for your trip. Radar also provides snackable recommendations, from must-see sights to the best restaurants in town.”

More: Yahoo

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