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From yoga rooms and prayer rooms to wineries and food trucks, airports sure are thinking outside the box lately. Now, the folks over at San Fransisco International Airport have done the most San Francisco-y thing ever and created a new concept room for travelers to spend a few final minutes brainstorming and networking on the ground before boarding a flight.
A special space called Converge is now set aside for SFO passengers to come together and exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, "disruption," travel, politics, and ways to change the world. While the room is not limited to these ideas, the airport thinks these are good ideas to start. The #Converge brainstorming room is designed to create more of a community for those flyers who might feel lonely on a long layover, or who maybe just seek fresh input. Kitted out with free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board, the #Converge room actually sounds like it might also be useful for "digital nomads" in transit.
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There’s a warm welcome awaiting you on your next visit to New York City, as the area’s tourism board—NYC & Company—has kicked off a new campaign. The welcome wagon will be doing its thing over at JFK Airport, as the new year-long campaign features some snazzy artwork that shows off more than just Manhattan.
There are 37 displays in total, and they’re so darn big that if you lined them up one-by-one they would be as long as a football field. A bunch of them are specific to some of the city’s boroughs, so that travelers can see some of the offerings of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island too. Look for them—you probably can’t miss them—as you make your way through and around terminals one, four, and eight.
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It's been nearly three weeks since fledgling airline PEOPLExpress announced they'd be putting a temporary stop to both flights and new bookings, and there's still no solid news on when the budget carrier will again take to the skies. There is, however, some odd activity on Facebook.
A notice on the flypex.com website appeared on September 26, explaining the shutdown as a result of "recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues." The initial promise was to resume flights "on or about Oct. 16" and celebrate inaugural service from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA to Orlando and Charleston, WV on the same day. Of course, as the calendar today flips to October 20 and PEOPLExpress remains grounded, that goal won't be met.
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Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.
The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.
As you can probably tell from a quick scroll of your Instagram stream, the world is currently on speed. Time-lapse video with motion stabilization has been adapted for ultimate ease of use thanks to Instagram's new Hyperlapse app, and now viewing some videos should be accompanied by a photosensitive epilepsy warning.
Already the airlines are onboard with the technology; JetBlue was Hyperlapsing for their Instagram account as soon as the day after launch. Of course the Pro-Grammers (Professional + Instagrammers) are on it, and turning their particular aesthetics into sped-up mobile film masterpieces.
Here are a few of our favorites, which demonstrate the different ways Hyperlapse can illustrate a journey:
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Denmark sees its fair share of tourists throughout the year, and enjoys its position a quick train or plane ride away from other Northern European capitals. Alas, the goal is always to attract more tourists, and now the country’s tourism board has figured a novel way to do so through social media. It’s one part marketing and one part tourism, as they aid in promoting the country while also appealing to those already there.
The campaign involves posting street signs with suggested hashtags at Denmark's "most shareable places."
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Two days is about the correct amount of time before big brands begin experimenting with new social media apps. This has again proved true for Hyperlapse from Instagram, as travel companies race to see how sped-up video can enrich their online presence.
Technically the first airline to dabble in Hyperlapse was Qantas, as they re-grammed a Hyperlapse from one of their travelers, who captured Qantas airplane movements from a lounge at Sydney International Airport before his own flight.
But the first airline to create their own Hyperlapse video using the new app was...
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Twitter user @nycsouthpaw was onboard the notoriously lengthy Hawaiian Airlines nonstop flight from New York-JFK to Honolulu yesterday, when he noticed a little something special within the seatback entertainment moving map:
I like that the airbus maps show notable shipwrecks. Edgy move. pic.twitter.com/21kiYAojjL— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 27, 2014
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Confession: we're extremely heavy users of data on our smartphones, since those phones connect us to social media, work, maps, and pretty much everything else while on foreign soil. We're not ones to "power down" on a trip, unless the destination is completely off the grid. Thus, one of our largest concerns is being smacked with a ridiculously large international data roaming bill upon return home.
To prevent against big bills, we search for SIM card packages offering unlimited data usage, and recently had a great experience with one in Japan, a country with such advanced cell phone technology that it can be challenging to use anything but the latest handset. And, unfortunately, Japan doesn't make it easy for foreigners to purchase a SIM card; one must be rented.
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You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.
Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.
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World Cup fever may have taken over sports bars around the US for the last few weeks, but with the recent loss of Team USA to Belgium, American pride is refocusing for the Fourth of July holiday.
In the heat of that deciding match, however, a tweeted suggestion from The Wall Street Journal's Jon Ostrower lit a fire that continues to burn. The suggestion? To rename Washington DC's Reagan National Airport to Tim Howard Washington National Airport, in honor of the US team's star goalkeeper and his incredible 16 saves against Belgium in Tuesday's game.
Rejoice, for the day of new emoji is here! Released this month, some 250 more teeny, tiny characters will be added to the Unicode 7.0.0 standard. In order to use these new emoji, keep an eye out for software updates from Apple, Google, Microsoft and the like.
In addition to more work icons (like "back of envelope" and "clamshell mobile phone") and weather ("cloud with tornado!"), the slew of fresh emoji will include a barrage of updated transportation and travel icons. Here's what to expect:
· Up-pointing airplane
· up-pointing small airplane
· small airplane
· northeast-pointing airplane
· airplane departure
· airplane arriving
· passenger ship
· diesel locomotive
· bellhop bell
· sleeping accommodation
· desert island
· national park
· beach with umbrella
· snow-capped mountain
We know it's not every day you take a diesel locomotive from a national park to a snow-capped mountain, but now you can rest comfortably in the knowledge that, should that day ever arrive, you'll be able to adequately illustrate it in a text message or tweet, thanks to the new emoji. View the entire list over at emojipedia.
Now, how about a cheese or taco emoji, or some additional country flags?