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Three New Travel Apps to Add to Your Homescreen

April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often, smartphones need a good app update and refresh, and this goes doubly so for travelers who rely on discovery and informational help from apps while in a new city. Here, three apps we've recently added to our own homescreen for travel purposes:

AroundMe

Recommended by our own Max Graham, the app is simple, straightforward, and otherwise everything you need when you've got limited time and patience. We'd like to think of it as a stripped-down Foursquare but, in Max's words, AroundMe has "no recommendations, just where stuff is."

Click a category, pick a location, and be immediately shown that location on a map including address, distance from you, and relevant contact information. Most useful in a pinch would probably be the ATM, Parking, and Gas Stations categories, although you'll likely need everything in AroundMe at some point or another during your travels.

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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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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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Travel App Review: 'LoungeBuddy' Says Bon Voyage to Boring Layovers

October 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starting a journey in comfort or enjoying a longish layover in a new airport are key for having a memorable vacation and since told you that we really didn't care for the Smart Layover app, we may have been lost when it came to spending hours at the airport. We can announce that we have a contender for the perfect app to help us out.

The free iPhone app is called 'Lounge Buddy' and it does just that; a buddy that helps travelers find a quiet corner in an airport to put their feet up and relax. The app will help "the casual traveler with a long layover, or an elite traveler flying first class". If our first impressions are any indicator of the app's actually functionality, we're pretty excited for further updates.

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A Little Like Magic: Using Virgin Australia's New Wireless Entertainment System

September 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The 'Smart Layover' Mobile App Needs to Go Back to School

September 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's been quite a bit of excitement over the new Smart Layover app, which claims to be a lifeline for travelers stuck with a long layover. Thus, we put it to the test on one of our recent trips and, while the idea is definitely a good one, we were left a little confused by all the hype.

Despite what the name would suggest, we don’t find this app particularly valuable when it comes to finding things to do in an airport during a layover. In some cases, such as DIA/Denver International, there are no listings even available for offers within the terminal walls, which is a problem others have also reported. When we found ourselves in an airport that did offer deals, it was typically of the shopping variety; an example is a few bucks off headphones or something.

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Who Cares About Private SUVs When You Can Take a Helicopter?

July 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not, a few years ago there existed a helicopter transfer service from the Wall Street Heliport in New York City out to the city's airports. It was awesome. For $120 (or $99 on sale), travelers could zip from downtown to their awaiting airplane flight in 10 minutes.

And then the recession happened. US Helicopter is no more, and those big ballin' heli rides to the airports are over and done with unless you're President Obama or making it rain with thousand dollar bills.

The magic may be back, however; ride booking service Uber just announced that today (July 3) only, from 12-8pm, New Yorkers will be able to open their Uber apps and book a freakin' chopper to the Hamptons. There's just one thing: it's $3,000 one-way for five people (including Uber SUV transfers to the Manhattan heliport and from the East Hampton heliport).

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Try Your Hand at Running an Airline with KLM's 'Aviation Empire' Game

June 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just what we all need—another game to consume our lives and eat up even more time. Luckily this new addiction comes from the masters of airline social media, KLM, who've realized that travelers may want to do more than simply fly on their planes, but perhaps try a hand at running the entire airline.

"Aviation Empire" is quite robust for a free game, ranging from choosing your own fleet and destinations to outfitting your own airport. The game will give any frequent flyer the opportunity to toy with the inner workings of the airline industry and, using social media as a launchpad, it will host a community of 'airline CEOs' trying to fly high in the competitive industry. Players can run their virtual airline, themed after the Royal Dutch fleet, on both iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Download This: An App to Solve All Your Dining Dilemmas in 22 US Cities

June 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

"Where should we eat tonight?"

Avoid the usual weeping and gnashing of teeth that follows that question by whipping out your phone and grabbing an answer from the new Eater app. All the mapped restaurant recommendations and food news for 22 US cities is the work of the awesome folks at Eater.com' family of sites.

Even if you're not into the drama behind the creation of the "cronut" (a combo donut and croissant) or obsessed with Top Chef gossip, you'll want to download this app. Hey, who doesn't want to be "in the know" as to where the newest 11-seat omakase spot has opened? That's what we thought. And, by the way, it's totally free and available in both the iTunes & Google Play stores.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Gets in the Travel Business with New 'Goop' City Guides

May 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Gwyneth Paltrow is adding Travel Guide Writer to her lengthy resume. Paltrow has just released a series of apps, The Goop City Guides, for New York City, Los Angeles, London, and (coming soon) Paris.

"I have always dreamed of finding a city guide that would be just right for me, like a trusted friend whose opinion you knew you could count on," Gwyneth recently wrote on her Goop lifestyle blog.

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WHOA. Alitalia's Flagship Lounge Now Includes a Flight Simulator

Where: Rome, Italy
May 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when you thought ever-bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia was a last-choice option for crossing the Atlantic, they go and do something cool like debut a renovated lounge with all new bells and whistles.

The "Dolce Vita" lounge, located within Terminal 1 at Rome's Fiumicino Airport welcomes those flying Alitalia in Magnifica class, Business, Ottima or Comfort, plus those holding elite SkyTeam status. Alitalia has a total of 15 lounges, but this is the largest and thus, the flagship. Believe it or not, it only took them two months to complete the renovation, to reopen in early March.

So, let's get down to the good stuff! The Dolce Vita lounge now boasts a bunch of "Made in Italy" features, like furniture from B&B Italia, coffee by Illy, catering by Eataly, a wall mosaic by Bisazza, and Prandina lighting. "The Pilot Bar" serves up the aforementioned Illy and Eataly yummies, and the areas for work and relaxation will delight those with eyes for design. Still, we can't help but be most psyched for a massive new toy installed in the lounge: a Boeing 737 flight simulator!

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Find Healthy Food on Your Summer Road Trip (There's an App for That)

May 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

No more Bob's Big Boy. Pass on the Perkins. Can the Cracker Barrel.

The day has finally come that the all-American road trip can be filled with healthy choices to eat instead of fast food and Cheet-os. Thanks to Shft, a multimedia website co-founded by Adrian Grenier and Ford Motor Company, the days of eating at a greasy spoon are over with a shift to wholesome and healthy fare. Besides, who likes driving with orange fingers anyway?

The '"sustainable culture" website has teamed up with the car company to create an iPhone app called Food Tripping to help those Jacks (and Jills) hitting the road this summer in the quest to see America. All from your iPhone, you can find fresh, healthy, local food options in between seeing the largest ball of twine or Corn Palace.

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