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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.
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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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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 stereotypesthe 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
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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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 aroundit 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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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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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.
Last weekend, when we were waking up from a food coma or watching one too many football games, Qantas got the keys to a brand-spanking new aircraft. The A330s will be replacing some aging 767s to take passengers from coast to coast in comfort, but they'll also ease pilot frustration in the cockpit.
The Red Roo plans to implement the widebody services on all weekday flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Perth. All passengers will be able spend the approximately 4-hour flight immersed in their own person TV entertainment system.
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Just in time for the hectic holiday travel season it looks like American Airlines has released an update to some of their travel apps. That’s a good thing, because it’s almost a guarantee that you’re going to need to do the gate, terminal, or concourse shuffle on your way home—or on your way out—to visit friends and family.
The app updates for iPhone, iPad, and iPod build upon their former offerings. Expect more flight information with the ability to change seats, load up your boarding pass, and set reminders to figure out where the heck that you parked your car. iPhone and iPod updates bring additional Passbook support, but many of the bigger enhancements are heading straight to the iPad app.
Let's talk iOS 6. Passbook? Check. Maps? Check. iPad update? Hmmlet's discuss that just a bit, because there is a hidden tidbit in the update you may not have noticed, but the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) sure has.
If you've got an iPad and you've upgraded the operating system to iOS 6, then one small change will have been the switch of clock icons. From the standard black-bordered clock, the icon has changed to a cleaner, whiter one. It's lovelythe only problem is that it's the registered design property of the Swiss Railway, who've used that particular analog clock face throughout the nicely neutral country flowing with chocolate and muesli.
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Another day, another slew of inaccuracies discovered in iOS 6 Maps. The app, which comes new with the software update on iPads and iPhones but deletes Google Maps, is so crazy bad that it's become the butt of late night comedian monologue jokes, even spawning a particularly hilarious mocking Tumblr.
And it's not just getting driving directions wrong or putting a park where there's actually a parking lot. iOS 6 Maps has managed to make the world appear to be melting in 3D view, reverted some cities to their occupied names from World War II and, well...they're just generally confused about Australia (examples here & here).
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These are United pilots, but you get the idea
We might have missed something, but we’re pretty sure American Airlines was low on cash and filed for bankruptcy not too long ago. That hasn't stopped them from spending, as they’ve ordered a whole bunch of new planes and even have been giving away trips to meet Michael Bublé.
Their latest purchase? iPads! Other carriers have been pretty quick to adopt the iPad, but now it looks like American Airlines is ready to jump right into the tablet world. The plan is for pilots to shelf all the traditional paper-based materials, as it’s now going to all be on the company-issued iPad.
At this point it’s pretty clear that airlines love the iPad. We’ve seen a couple different carriers here and there load them up, as it’s a quick and easy way to install plenty of in-flight entertainment without sending an airplane into the hangar for a refreshment and refurbishment. Now Air Nigeria is doing the same, and they seem to be one the first to utilize the iPad 3—we mean the new iPad.
IFE Services is the company behind the tablet distribution, as they’ve been selected to partner with Air Nigeria as the new in-flight entertainment provider. Right now it sounds like the touch screen fun is coming to just the airline’s Airbus A330 fleet, and passengers situated up in business class will be the ones handling the brand new Apple drives.