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Try Not to Be Freaked Out by the Robot at Indianapolis Airport

October 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you've never made it to or through the airport over in Indianapolis, then you're missing out on one of the USA's top airports—seriously.

Travelers at IND now have an extra amenity in the form of a robot, who has just begun roaming around the terminal and using its interactive abilities to answer questions.

The thing is called "Double Robot"—guess there was no money left in the budget for a clever name like "IndyBot"—and it’s topped off with an iPad. Instead of employing a physical human being to walk around, the robot is equipped with a video link to an actual person, ready to assist you.

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Alaska Airlines Gives a Thumbs Up to New Thumb-Out Fingerprint Technology

October 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not quite ready to name a Jaunty winner for biggest mover and shaker of the airline industry for 2014 just yet, but Alaska Airlines seems to be making a case for the title each and every week. This time they’re introducing further technology at their destinations, specifically a way to check-in for flights with just your finger.

Alaska Airlines is checking out how to use fingerprints for your reservation, calling it “e-thumb” technology. It’s not just to get on the plane either, as if things go well they’ll put biometrics to use to credit cards for stuff like onboard purchases. Right now the testing seems limited to using the technology—and your thumb—to gain access to the airline lounge.

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Google Replaces Streetview Car with Camel to Map Abu Dhabi Desert Oasis

October 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago Google posted a very slick interactive slideshow highlighting the new Google Maps of the pyramids in Egypt. You start at the top of the presentation here, and then you just begin scrolling down. The next slide is a regular Google Maps page that you can navigate, and then each next page is a series of clickable history lessons. You can lose hours, and we've embedded a video at the bottom to give you a sense of what's afoot.

That got us thinking though: getting to the pyramids is easy enough once you're in Egypt, but if Google is really going to start putting locations in middle of the desert on Street View, how exactly is that going to happen? Those GPS mapping machines are not small. We know how they do paved streets, and we've seen how they do rivers, and walkways inside zoos, and everything in between. But all of those are places either inherently accessible - like rivers - or designed to be that way. Deserts are more or less the opposite.

It turns out that they're going to use camels. Because of course they are.

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New Flight History Tool Thinks It Can Make Sense of All Your Globetrotting

October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year we reviewed a handful of flight tracking tools, and hopefully helped you clean out that folder/drawer/bag pocket where you keep old boarding passes. Tracking sites are a great way to keep your flight history in one place, not to mention easy to reference (for those dinner parties that escalate into stats oneupmanship between frequent flyers).

This time around we're talking about Jet It Up, the newest flight diary to the scene, as it might be the easiest we've seen yet. First off, you have to be organizing your itineraries with the TripIt app. Jet It Up then imports directly from TripIt, and fills in the details you might not have remembered. Otherwise, you can do it the hard way and manually enter the incidentals, which include date, flight number, aircraft and airline from each journey.

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Why London's Iconic Red Phone Booths are Turning Green

October 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen creative uses for phone booths in the past, as they’ve been turned into mobile charging stations over at the airport—among other ideas and other places. Now some of the iconic phone booths in London are getting a 21st century makeover, and once again it’s all about keeping devices charged and ready to go.

New green-hued phone booths are called Solarboxes and, for right now there’s only one; however, plans calls for at least a few more to be switched on in the coming weeks.

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Etihad Welcomes $5 and Up WiFi Onboard Their 777s

October 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The awesomeness that is in-flight WiFi continues to be rolled out across airlines and their fleets, and this week there’s an update from the planes and people over at Etihad Airways.

They have announced that their cabin connectivity is now available across their fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, and that’s a good thing, since they have like 24 of them criss-crossing the globe.

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Idiot with iPad Causes Airport Security Scare

September 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

iPads, in general, are a good thing for travel. Airline are utilizing them both in the cockpit and cabin to lighten the crew's work load both literally and figuratively, and private pilots can navigate and aviate with greater confidence thanks to some iPad apps. Even sticking an iPad in front of a child may ensure a quieter flight, but there are some instances in which iPads just aren't welcome.

Take, for instance, this weekend's case of the idiot who caused a security scare at Sydney International Airport. The entirety of Terminal 3 had to be evacuated owing to the stupidity of this one person, simply because he couldn't be bothered to look up from his iPad screen to notice he was walking the wrong way into a secure area after getting off his flight.

This terminal, home to much Qantas' domestic service, then had to re-screen all the evacuated passengers, causing a travel delay of approximately one hour.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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The 7 Smartest Travel Features of Apple's iOS 8

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were among the first to download Apple's iOS 8 just as it became available, by now you will have had a good few days to play with the changes and how they relate to your usage of the iPhone. Among the many updates are a few that will prove a marked improvement for travelers who rely on their phones.

Previous updates gave us one place to store our mobile boarding passes (now even easier on the Apple Watch too), the sharing of photos directly from the photo app, and quicker access to frequently used apps, and the iOS 8 only improves upon these. Sure, the recent update has had its rough patches as of late, but these new perks are some of the coolest to date:

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See, Told You Virtual Reality Travel Wasn't Far Off!

September 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month ago, we wondered aloud whether virtual reality could make waves in the travel industry, allowing us to be mentally transported to destinations around the globe without physically leaving our home cities. We thought it was more of a daydream at the time, but this morning we awoke to the news that Marriott has unveiled what it calls "The Teleporter," a virtual reality machine that allows people to "tour" select hotels in the States.

The Teleporter made its public debut today at the Marriott in New York. It will remain there for five days, then take off for the rest of its eight-city tour to its properties in Boston, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.

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American Airlines Chucks Even More Manuals in Favor of Technology

September 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.

The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.

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Hello Apple Watch, Goodbye Paper Boarding Passes?

September 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

As you're no doubt well aware, today Apple keynote to introduce not only the newest iPhones, but also the first Apple Watch.

At first it seemed like just another wearable gadget to sync with your iPhone, with the ability to notify you of incoming messages, emails, and the like, but the Watch seeks to act independently as well.

Travelers will appreciate the chance to use Apple Maps without whipping out a phone, and those who get creative with mobile travel photography will certainly enjoy using the watch's display as the viewfinder for the iPhone's camera. We are without a doubt most intrigued by the possibility of using mobile boarding passes on our wrist, which will be an option from the start when the Watch goes on sale in early 2015 for $349 and up.

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