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WiFi / Travel Tech / Israel Travel / Tourists / → All Tags
The days of hopping between coffee shops and other WiFi hotspots are becoming fewer and fewer, as yet another country is beaming out Internet waves to tourists and locals alike.
Last month, Tel Aviv flipped the switch for free-for-all-WiFi to ensure everyone can stay connected. Whether they’re strolling the beach or checking out a little history, the city clearly understands visitors need to document visits instantly—through social media of course.
In total, the plan is to install around 80 or so hotspots, and the good news is that most of them are already up and running. If all goes accordingly, another 20 or so should be up and running in the next couple of months.
Travel News / Airport News / DFW / Immigration / Travel Tech / Passports / US Travel / → All Tags
At the beginning of summer, the US Government launched a new way to speed through immigration at Chicago O'Hare. Self-service kiosks eliminating the need to wait in long lines for a passport stamp. Even in the midst of an embarrassing government shutdown, someone was at work long enough to declare they were a huge success, expediting their expansion.
The trial in Chicago went so well, the next airport to see the technology is Dallas-Fort Worth. Since 60% of arriving passengers cleared customs in 15 minutes or less, and 85% of the rest of travelers making their way through in no more than 30 minutes. The Texas hub will now be the next to see improved waiting times.
Travel Tech / In-Flight Entertainment / iPhone / iPhone Travel Apps / Airlines / Max Graham / Air New Zealand / Technology / → All Tags
Hopping between club nights around the world, international DJ Max Graham is seemingly always up in the air and plugged in. Still, evolving travel technology means encountering new features every so often. Here, he shares his impression of a first flight using using streaming entertainment to a personal device:
I recently booked myself on Virgin Australia from Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia to Brisbane, Australia in order to join two other DJs for a four gig Oz tour. About two days before the flight I got an email from Virgin Australia informing me that my upcoming flight had their “wireless entertainment system” and that I should do three things to use it: download their app, activate the app before I fly, and make sure my device is fully charged (no power onboard, I guessed).
So i did just that, grabbed the free app for my iPhone from the app store and fired it up for a quick registration process. Once my travel day arrived and I boarded the plane, it really could'nt have been much easier. I joined their onboard signal, launched the app, and was immediately presented with options titled Watch, Listen, Information, etc, and further segmented into categories for Movies, TV Series, Music Videos, and more.
Alaska Airlines / Google / iOS / Travel Tech / Android / Airlines / Airline News / Travel Apps / → All Tags
We’ve seen Alaska Airlines try a whole bunch of different things and ideas, as the carrier seems quick to try out new strategies to better their airline. Just recently they’ve been turning around their planes quicker, as they’ve started to send passengers off the plane from both the front door and the back door. Also, let’s not forget their slimmer seats, in-flight power, and other improvements and upgrades to their airplane insides. Well now it looks like they’re adding yet another feature, as they’re embracing Google Wallet.
If you’re not familiar with Google Wallet it basically allows you to beam funds over to friends, family, or your bookie right through your mobile device—no need to stop to the ATM. It also gives you the capability to store traditional cards and other wallet clogging papers right within your phone, and that’s where Alaska Airlines come into the picture.
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There's an old, killer Louis CK interview where he mercilessly mocks people who are dissatisfied with the quality of In-Flight Wifi. The clip is hystericalwe posted it ourselves way back whenbut it makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable.
We have, after all, occasionally been known to complain about our experience with Gogo internet service. It's amazing technology from the future, of course, but sometimes it's just not good enough for things that we actually need from the Internet, like having enough bandwidth to prevent our VPN from timing out.
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Another day, another dollar, another iPhone analysis.
During a keynote earlier, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the $99/$199 iPhone 5C and $199/$299/$399 iPhone 5S. Of course from the get-go, the general public lusts for the sleek silver, carbon and gold of the 5S, but what about the little 5C? Instead of applause, it's received only laughter and sneers.
Sure, it's slower (using the A6 processor of the iPhone 5 versus the newer, zippier A7 processor in the iPhone 5S), and the color options just make it look like a budget phone, but there's got to be some redeeming qualities. Thus, we'll attempt to justify the existence of the iPhone 5C. Perhaps the cheaper, more colorful sibling of the 5S is better for travel? Let's see...
In-Flight WiFi / JetBlue / WiFi / JetBlue Fly-Fi / LCCs / Airlines / Airline News / Travel Tech / A320 / → All Tags
We’ve done our best to more than fill you in on all the goings-on related to JetBlue and their plans for in-flight WiFi. Now we have a little bit of an update, as the carrier just received some of the approvals for which they’ve been awaiting for quite some time.
Uncle Sam—through his buddies at the FAA—just handed out everyone’s favorite piece of government paperwork. It’s the Supplemental Type Certificate—STC to those in the know—and it was awarded to JetBlue’s A320s. That means that installation across the fleet can move forward full speed ahead. We imagine as you’re reading this there’s a JetBlue plane out there getting some new wires and antennae.
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The flight to and from Hawaii just got a little bit more entertaining, as it looks like Hawaiian Airlines is ready to bring iPads onboard. You won’t have to wait too long either, as it sounds like the suckers are ready to go and should be an option as soon as this weekend.
Beginning September 1, the plan is to provide in-flight iPad minis as an entertainment option aboard their Boeing 767-300s. Up in business class these will be handed out to travelers for free. but in coach, of course it’s going to cost you. In the back of the plane they will be $15 if reserved in advance, and they’ll be a couple bucks more if you make the decision onboard—assuming they are still available.
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The internet is anxiously awaiting the next generation of the iPhone to arrive, but in the interim there’s another mobile phone announcement worth talking about. Delta is going all in with the Windows Phone platform, at least when it comes to what they’re doing up in the air.
The carrier must have ordered a whole bunch of these suckers, as a slew of flight attendants are now toting these onboard like each and every Delta flight. The handheld devices will be used to take orders, process payments, and do all kinds of other up in the air things—all without the use of paper and with plenty of technology.
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The customs and passport control process just got a little bit easier, as a slew of new kiosks have just arrived over in Chicago. The city’s O’Hare Airport is the first in the country to be hooked up with the new transportation technology, as the hope is that travelers will be able to make their way through the whole darn process just a little bit quicker.
We’ve mentioned these border protection beauties in the past, as the original test of these things was going on up in Vancouver. In total there’s like 32 of the new machines now awaiting US travelers as they make their way back home and into Chicagoland.
The "airplane mode" debate is always a hot topic, and we admit to "forgetting" to turn our electronics all the way off during takeoff and landing, but until there are definitive answers instead of a "we don't know so just ban it all" attitude, travel-savvy passengers will take the electronic interference warnings with a grain of salt.
College Humor recently put their talents to work on a short skit as a nice social commentary on the divisive issue. It's definitely a cute clip until the flight attendant overacts the last minute. Sidenote: you may want to turn down your volume or risk everyone hearing the f-bombs yelled by the FA. One quick spoiler before the video (posted below) is our favorite quote:
So you're saying a $90 million dollar aircraft can't ignore the signal from my $40 iPod Shuffle? That's weird.
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One of our favorite things about National Rental Car is that you can pick your own car right off the aisle. Sure there are some limitations to what you can choose and when you can pick it, but for the most part it’s a pretty generous feature. Assuming you join their Emerald Club and book a midsize car, you are then allowed to select anything from the Emerald Aisle. If you’re lucky there are usually a few upgrades sitting right there and are yours for the taking—if you like the red one, take the red one.
Now things have gotten a little bit better, as National Rental Car has recently released a brand new mobile phone app. Available in both iOS and Android flavors, the new app brings a lot of what you’d expect. Make reservations, manage bookings, use discounts, find coupons, and that kind of thing is all available with the latest version of their mobile software.