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Better Late Than Never, Southwest Starts Mobile Boarding Passes

June 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

We try our best not to pick on one airline, but let’s just say that there are airlines up with the latest in technology and then there are carriers like Southwest. Thankfully they’ve slowly but surely been catching up with what some of the other guys have to offer, as there’s now even WiFi aboard plenty of their flights. Now they’re finally pitching the paper and going electronic, as mobile boarding passes are finally an option across pretty much all of their flights.

Domestic flights to here and to there are now all offering up mobile boarding passes, so that’s good to know when you’re running late and still have to ditch the rental car back at the garage. It all arrives as part of an upgrade to their mobile app, as now goodies like itineraries, flight status updates, and your gate number can be accessed with just a tap or a swipe.

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Finally! Atlanta Airport Flips the Switch on Free WiFi

June 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

The first thing we thought of was finally, and we hope that you’re thinking the same. It’s been a long time coming, but just the other day the gods of complimentary connectivity paid a visit to the terminals and concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Free WiFi is now a thing for one and all at the world’s busiest airport, and that means you can quickly and easily complain about your Delta delays without wasting your monthly data allotment.

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Travel App Review: 'Rotten WiFi' Locates and Rates WiFi Signals Around the World

May 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Finding reliable WiFi while on the road is finally, hopefully as simple as opening up an app on your smartphone.

A handy new iPhone app helps users sniff out the fastest free wifi and 3G networks on the go. Rotten WiFi isn't just a tool to rate the performance of a signal; it's also a social network to warn potential network users of bad hotspots and redirect them to the best connections.

Whether you're in an airport, hotel, cafe, convention center or government building, you can easily find the fastest available free network and see what other visitors have said about it.

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Google Glass Gets a Bunch of New Travel Apps, But Does Anyone Care?

May 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

About a year ago we explained why Google Glass - the augmented reality craze beloved by the kinds of people who stride through airports with Bluetooth pieces in their ears - will never become a must-have travel accessory. Without belaboring the details, there are a few places e'd like to have a head-mounted camera but aren't allowed (museums, casinos, etc) and lots of places where we're allowed but don't need one (most everywhere else).

Then a couple months ago we learned that Glass had invaded airport lounges, and that Virgin Atlantic was beaming information right into its staffers' eyes. We noted that there was kind of gee-whiz factor to the whole thing, but we still didn't see why it was necessarily better than just using Google. But now the Mountain View company has added some of the travel world's top apps to Glass, aaaaaaaaand... we still have no idea why this crap needs to shoved in our face rather than having the information live on a phone.

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Plug In and Log On in Canada's National Parks

Where: Canada
May 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sharing on social media straight from the great outdoors is about to get that much easier, as Canada has big plans for some connectivity across their national parks.

Canada Parks is the group behind the new idea, as they’re responsible for keeping the signs looking good and taking out the tourist trash across almost 50 national parks and even more historic sites. Now they’re taking steps to improve the outdoor experience—at least in theory—as they’ll be installing WiFi hotspots across plenty of destinations.

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These 3 Airlines are Already Dabbling with Smartwatch Boarding Passes

April 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tilt your wrist to scan a boarding pass? That's the plan, as a few airlines are already moving ahead with smartwatches. Iberia, Air Berlin and Vueling have teamed up with some high-tech minds to make flying the friendly skies a little easier.

All three airlines have created a way for their applications to send mobile boardings passes to smartwatches. Iberia has partnered with Samsung's Gear 2, Air Berlin with Pebble (compatible with iOS) and Vueling with Sony.

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All Hail the Return of HotelChatter's Annual WiFi Report

April 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is the week, you guys! Our awesome sister site HotelChatter.com has completed yet another (the 10th annual!) info-packed report on hotel WiFi, and all info is laid totally bare, free from flowcharts. If you've ever searched for a hotel and tried to figure out, in the hotel website's fine print, whether or not they charge for WiFi and how much, then this report is for you.

Actually, it's a report for anyone! Do you want to sit in a cozy hotel lobby, drink tea and get some work done? Crash in your room and catch up on your favorite blogs (hint hint)? Head to a hotel with free WiFi that you find on the report. There's even a section on hotel chains that offer MOAR wifi strength, for those times you need the best possible connection for Skype video conferences or Netflix streaming.

Check it all out here:

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Boston's All Set to Blanket the City with 'Wicked Free WiFi'

April 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Checking out a city is always a little easier with the help of WiFi access, least of all to double-check direction in Google Maps. Thankfully Boston agrees, and it has started to flip the switch on city-wide connectivity. City officials have named the network "Wicked Free WiFi".

Up first is the Grove Hall neighborhood, encompassing about one and a half square miles and home to roughly 30,000 residents. This neighborhood was chosen as number one to provide decent speeds to those who might not necessarily be able to afford paying the premium for broadband at home, as city officials clearly recognize a resident's right to social media usage.

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Throwback Thursday: Big, Clunky, Expensive Satellite Phones on Airplanes

April 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Yesterday, on a JetBlue flight from Boston to San Francisco, the airline had a record 125 devices connected to its new Fly-Fi in-flight WiFi, with speeds up to 28 Mbps.

To the average traveler, technology like this (with Skype easily running over the wifi) seems a bit like magic, but then again the simple act of making an air-to-land phone call also seemed like incredible magic only a decade ago.

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Augmented Reality Apps for Travel Attempt a Comeback

April 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hey—remember back in 2009 when augmented reality seemed so cool? Like, whoa, we're all going to use our phones' augmented reality apps to find the nearest subway station, or read Wiki articles on nearby landmarks.

Sure, that was fun for a while, but those apps eat up battery life and are awkward to use in sunny, outdoor situations (not to mention how the dorkitude level of holding a phone out in front of you equals bluetooth earpiece wearing).

Well, our buddies at CN Traveler care to argue, as they've discovered a rash of new augmented reality travel apps worth a download. They seem to have forgotten our new favorite, London's Streetmuseum, but Google's Search App seems particularly good for the needs of 2014.

Read the full article on CNTraveler.com

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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Throwback Thursday: What Airline Websites Looked Like Over 10 Years Ago

March 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

It's hard to imagine, we know...but a whole 14 years ago the internet did exist. It not only existed, but it was hot enough at the time for airlines to take notice, and begin shifting focus to things like online bookings, flight status, web specials and—we laugh now—pager alerts.

Today we're rewinding to 2000, the good old days before smartphones, before the TSA, and before airlines understood that flash-heavy welcome pages made for horrible user experience. Let's take a look:

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Free Movies and TV Straight to Your Apple Device, Coming Soon on United

March 13, 2014 at 8:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Coming this April to United aircraft: live streaming movies and TV shows directly to your Apple device. The scoop comes from Patently Apple. As with any major United announcement lately, however, there is both good and bad news.

The good: the new entertainment system will initially roll out onboard the airline's Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 fleet, to offer passengers 150 movies and 200 TV shows for free.

The bad: It will only be accessible on Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 with the United app, and on MacBooks (without the need to download an app). No word on if Android gadgets will eventually enjoy the same.

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