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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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Niftiest New Tourism App Right Now: London's Streetmuseum

March 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Load up your mobile phone with a nifty new app before your next trip across the pond, as there’s a new way to check out the sites in and around London.

The latest app from the Museum of London allows travelers to match up modern day sights with images from the past. It’s kind of like creating your own augmented reality of what’s going on in the city.

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Take a Look at the First Flight with FAA-Approved Personal Gadget Use

November 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Friday indeed, as today marks the first time air travelers may use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed down the new directive yesterday, but held off on issuing airlines final approval until this afternoon when JetBlue and Delta got the sign-off on required testing to keep devices switched on.

According to ABC News:

Delta said on Thursday that all of its aircrafts had completed the "carrier-defined PED tolerance testing" needed to ensure that the electronic device frequencies didn't interfere with the aircraft. JetBlue said the same today, noting that all of its 191 planes had passed inspection.

These preparations have paid off for the airlines, as JetBlue and Delta came into a photo finish to the be the first airline approved under the new FAA directive. Other domestic airlines have either submitted for approval or are in the process of it, with the goal of Thanksgiving. Of course, flight attendants may just look the other way.

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FAA Finally Allows Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use! But Wait, There's a Catch

October 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Personal electronic gadget use does not crash airplanes. One would think this is already an accepted fact, but it's only today that the Federal Aviation Administration has concurred. At 10am EST, the FAA issued a new directive concerning the use of "PED" (Portable Electronic Devices) on commercial flights.

Previously, all electronics had to be switched off (not just on "airplane mode") during the taxi, take-off and landing portions of flight, and only approved for use while the aircraft was cruising above 10,000 feet. With the new FAA directive, passengers will be able to continue with reading on their tablets, listening to music on iPods and smartphones, and playing games on handheld consoles.

THE CATCH: all electronics will still need to be put away during the safety briefing, and during takeoff and landing roll. Larger electronics like laptops will still need to be shut down and stowed until 10,000'.

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Go Apple-Picking in Vermont, Pick Up a Free Apple iPad

September 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Technically the autumn season doesn’t begin until later this month, but let’s just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, it’s not just the fall foliage that’s attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.

The state’s pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Apple—like an iPod or iPad. The state’s tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.

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iPads in the Cockpit Continue to Spread, Now to American Airlines and JetBlue

July 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

From United to Alaska Airlines there’s been quite a few airlines that have received iPads in the cockpit, and it looks like the technology continues to flow into the front of the plane. Most recently it has been American Airlines making the most dramatic change, as they recently just completed getting rid of all the paper in the cabin—for the most part—as the carrier has completely switched over to electronic flight bags.

American Airlines has been quick to point out that they’re the first major carrier to completely ditch paper this and that in favor of documents that can be loaded onto an iPad, as they are now approved to use the electronics during all the different phases of the flight. Each and every one of their planes is good to go, as the entire fleet has been given the go ahead to move forward. They aren’t just stopping with the mainline fleet either, as July 10 will bring an electronic option to the American Eagle regional branch of the airline as well.

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Video Interlude: An iPad, Apple Maps, and a 737

April 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This person used his iPad and Apple Maps to locate his position while flying over the US on a Boeing 737.

We've used in-flight WiFi a ton and GPS in the skies, but rarely does our Google or Apple Maps connect as well as this has done for him.

The result? An awesome quick video that easily demonstrates how quickly an airplane jets through the sky, in relation to the ground.


Thanks to @MaxGraham & @BlakeJarrell for the find!

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The $39 Accessory Every Traveler with an iPhone or MacBook Needs

April 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Note: This story pertains to users of Apple MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.

You know the distinctive white MacBook power cord? It has a name. It's called the "MagSafe Adapter" and that white block portion does more than plug into the wall to charge your laptop; it also works with different voltages to allow travelers to safely plug their MacBooks into the 110-volt electricity of the US, or the 220-240 volts of almost everywhere else (without need for a clunky power converter).

That said, the plug shape still needs to change to fit foreign power outlets, and that's where our new favorite thing comes into play.

It's the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit, it's $39, and it's saved our work life during three months of heavy international travel. We've only had it since Christmas (a gift from a family member) and already we can't imagine living/traveling without it.

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The Evolution of Cruise Ships, from 1975 to 2013: Technology

February 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

Imagine a cruise. Now picture yourself on that cruise. Are you playing shuffleboard and gobbling rum cakes? God, let's hope not. Over the next several days, we're going to dig back into the era responsible for creating these cruise stereotypes—the fun-in-the-sun 1970s, when ocean liners turned into cruise ships and voyages into vacations. In sharp contrast, we'll look at cruising 2013-style onboard the newest ship on the seas, the Celebrity Reflection.

The Cruising 1975 vs. 2013 Series:

1. Activities
2. Technology
3. Dining and drinking
4. Cabins and suites
5. The ships themselves

There were no cell phones in 1975, or personal computers. Of course this is huge "duh" fact, but let that sink in for a moment when you think of the hundreds of passengers onboard a cruise ship and their near complete break with communication when they stepped onboard. Sure, there were in-room radios and ship-to-shore calling, if you wanted to pay the per-minute price, but nothing like the connectivity they now offer.

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Delta Gets Hip to iPads with New Specially Formulated 'Fly Delta' App

January 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's almost the weekend!! But before you shuffle off to whatever shindigs or travel you've got planned this weekend, better download the newest, shiniest airline iPad app. This morning, Delta released their Fly Delta app for iPad, which not only means enhanced features that easily top the iPhone app, but what Delta says is "completion of the first phase of our customer technology investments of more than $140 million."

It's free of course, and downloadable via iTunes. Enter your SkyMiles account details to personalize the experience once you've got it on your 'Pad and play around—it takes only a moment to notice the enhancements.

Still it's in-flight that the app shines, as Delta's introduced something they're calling the "Glass Bottom Jet," which will track your flight and display what you're flying over right at that moment and any social media postings radiating up from the ground. A tweet in Topeka, an Instagram in Framingham, a YouTube in Youngstown...just watch 'em.

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The Four iPhone and iPad Apps You'll Need to Survive Holiday Travels

December 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're reading this, then we're going to assume you're already hip to apps like TripIt and those from the airline with which you're traveling, so let's go beyond the basics to the secondary apps that'll help you survive not only holiday flying, but possibly even a long weekend with family. Your flight is booked, so no travel deal search engines are needed.

These four apps will be there for you once you've already hit the road:

· GateGuru for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
If you're an infrequent flyer or just transiting through an unfamiliar airport this season, GateGuru will not only tell you where the Starbucks kiosks, ATMs and club locations are, but it also factors in user reviews. Is that Applebee's near Gate 23 worth it on a 2-hour layover? Maybe not, if there's a Brewery Pub down the terminal...GateGuru knows.
Where you'll use it: In the train/car/bus to the airport; standing beneath the Departures board and wondering what gate the airline lounge is nearest to; in an airplane after landing at your layover airport with lunch on your mind.
Cost on iTunes: FREE

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Even Australian Police Hate Apple Maps

Where: Australia
December 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've already talked about the problems with Apple Maps and how we miss Google Maps as a standard feature on our iPhone. The former has renamed cities, created new land masses and even directed us down some thru roads that ended abruptly with a dead end sign. Even Apple sacked the guy who created the application last month.

Now, Australian police have gotten involved with their hatred for the navigation app. No, you wont get arrested for using the maps, but you might get lost and they don't want that to happen.

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