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FAA Says Some Electronics Can Now Be Used Throughout Your Flight

FAA Says Some Electronics Can Now Be Used Throughout Your Flight Oct 31st, 2013 at 11:46AM: Flickr/Jetstar If you're tired of shutting off your gadgets during take off and landing (or you're one of those passengers who surreptitiously leaves them on) then get ready for some good news. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it is loosening restrictions on the use of electronics in-flight, meaning some devices can now be used the entire time you're on the plane. ...

Burberry Raincoats And Other Cool Things You Can Borrow From Your Hotel

Burberry Raincoats And Other Cool Things You Can Borrow From Your Hotel Sep 19th, 2013 at 10:15AM: Guy Sie, Flickr London may be known for its rainy climate but one hotel in the British capital has decided loaning out umbrellas just wasn't cool enough for its elite clientele -- not when you could loan out Burberry trench coats instead. The Maybourne Hotel Group -- which runs a number of high-end hotels in London -- is placing the designer raincoats in suites so that guests can ward off the...

Gadling Gear Review: Bluetooth Speakers For Travel

Gadling Gear Review: Bluetooth Speakers For Travel Aug 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Damson Smartphones, tablets and iPods have made it incredibly easy to carry your entire music collection wherever you go. This is particularly useful when traveling; you get an entire library of songs right at your fingertips, helping to make those long stays in airports and hotels just a bit easier. Add a portable Bluetooth speaker to the mix and you have a wireless entertainment system with high...

Going To The Museum? There's An App For That!

Going To The Museum? There's An App For That! Aug 14th, 2013 at 11:45AM: British Museum Museums have a lot to compete with these days. With so much information available for free online, many people who are less than enthusiastic about going to museums may think there's nothing new to be learned by peering into glass cases full of ancient artifacts. But museums are fighting back. Museum apps are available for most major and many lesser-known museums. Generally they...

Gadling Gear Review: Smartphone Accessories

Gadling Gear Review: Smartphone Accessories Jul 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: PowerStick As smartphones have become more commonplace, an entire industry has sprung up around mobile accessories that have the ability to make our gadgets even more useful than they already are. Many of those accessories have been specifically designed to make travel more convenient as well. Here are a few items that may come in handy the next time you hit the road with your favorite smart...

Southwest Brings Free In-Flight TV To Your iPad

Southwest Brings Free In-Flight TV To Your iPad Jul 5th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Paul Ingles, Flickr These days, most of the news coming from airlines seems to herald the start of a new fee or surcharge, so it's both a novelty and a relief to hear about a new service that will cost absolutely nothing. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will offer free television streaming for passengers traveling with their iPads and iPhones. The service – known as TV Flies...

$20K Stolen In Brazen Miami Hotel Room Theft

$20K Stolen In Brazen Miami Hotel Room Theft Jul 3rd, 2013 at 5:30AM: Courtesy Local10.com As a rule of thumb, it's not a good idea to travel with anything you can't afford to lose. The latest example of that comes from Miami Beach, where last month a bold thief got off with $20,000 in goods from a hotel room. Amazingly, he didn't even have to force entry. A housekeeper let him wander right in after he flashed a hotel key card and told her it was his...

Gadling Gear Review: Kensington Accessories For iPad And Smartphones

Gadling Gear Review: Kensington Accessories For iPad And Smartphones Jun 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kensington Smartphones and tablets have become an important part of our daily lives, putting a wealth of functionality and information at our fingertips. Straight out of the box these devices can do amazing things to keep us entertained and in communication while on the go, but companies like Kensington are making some excellent accessories that can extend that functionality even further and...

Augmented Reality App Shows Rome's Colosseum, In All Of Its Glory

Augmented Reality App Shows Rome's Colosseum, In All Of Its Glory Jun 13th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Public Domain Augmented Reality apps on our smartphones and tablets can do some pretty amazing things. The basic premise is that these apps use our device's camera to show us the world around us while also overlaying information that may be of interest. For example, AR apps can give directions, complete with on-screen arrows showing us where to go, or they can display info about hotels,...

Gadling Gear Review: Portable Media Servers For Music, Movies And Photos On The Go

Gadling Gear Review: Portable Media Servers For Music, Movies And Photos On The Go Jun 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: HP Remember the days before smartphones and tablets? Back when our mobile entertainment options were limited to whatever books and magazines we could cram into our carry-on bag and that one movie that was shown three times on a single flight across the Pacific? It may seem like it was a lifetime ago, but it really hasn't been that long at all. Now days when we hit the road, we can carry our...

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Bedding A Status Thing

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Bedding A Status Thing Jun 6th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel/Flickr On a luxury cruise vacation, travelers are pampered with everything from butler service to their selection from a menu of pillows. Taking that idea a step further, Celebrity Cruises is in the process of upgrading bedding, teaming with a sleep system manufacturer to get the job done. Every stateroom on every Celebrity ship will eventually have the new sleep system,...

Gadling Gear Review: Ematic Genesis Prime Android Tablet

Gadling Gear Review: Ematic Genesis Prime Android Tablet Jun 3rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Ematic Over the past few years the tablet market has grown from a small niche with few buyers into one of the fastest growing segments in consumer electronics. The introduction of the iPad created consumer demand where there had been none before and naturally a host of competitors soon followed. The most successful of those competitors are powered by Google's touch-based Android operating system,...

Gadling Gear Review: Props Power Case For iPad

Gadling Gear Review: Props Power Case For iPad May 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Digital Treasures One of the best features of the iPad has always been its outstanding battery life. Depending on how you use the device, it is not uncommon to get 8-10 hours of use between charges. That is generally plenty for typical day-to-day use, but when traveling that may not even be enough to get you to your destination. Considering how difficult it can be to find an unused power outlet in...

Gadling Gear Review: Nyne NB-230 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Gadling Gear Review: Nyne NB-230 Portable Bluetooth Speaker May 20th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Nyne N-230 Over the past couple of years, the number of choices for consumers looking to buy a portable Bluetooth speaker has exploded. It wasn't all that long ago that our options were limited to just a few underpowered speakers that provided low-quality wireless audio, but now there are literally dozens of these speakers on the market making it much more of a challenge to decide which one to...

Travel App Upgrades Add Value, Reduce Frustration

Travel App Upgrades Add Value, Reduce Frustration May 14th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Taking the skeptical point of view on travel apps can be dangerous. But with so many apps from a variety of sources doing their rendition of the technology du jour, it is easy to dismiss the lot of them as more of the same. Sometimes though, tiny updates to existing apps can make them a valuable addition to our soft travel gear. Travel Plans In One Place, Now With Ground Options Subscribers to...

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea Apr 30th, 2013 at 3:00PM: When we review travel apps that actually do something, they often tap crowd-sourced information that is as rich (or not) as the number of users who have contributed their opinions or reviews. GPS-based travel apps take existing technology and manipulate it in one way or another to bring every thing from finding a friend on the road to creating a virtual journal of our travels, step by step. In the...

Searching, Thinking, Speaking Travel Apps No Match For Human Brain, Maybe

Searching, Thinking, Speaking Travel Apps No Match For Human Brain, Maybe Apr 23rd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Under the premise that searching for a flight online is a time-consuming and annoying task, travel buyers have been presented with a number of solutions. As new technology moves from the lab to the street, we see it being applied in helpful ways that do indeed make life easier and save us time. Searching for flights online, buyers commonly visit multiple websites, see something they like on...

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer Apr 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Last year, in celebration of National Park Week, Chimani Apps gave away their suite of National Park apps. Normally, the apps sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each with an average rating of 4 1/2 stars, but the company gave away one million downloads. Now, Chimani is back with five new national park apps that feature an augmented reality viewer, crowd-sourced maps and a social sharing tool enabled...

Gadling Gear Review: hipKey Proximity And Motion Sensor

Gadling Gear Review: hipKey Proximity And Motion Sensor Apr 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: One of the best things about the rise of the smartphone over the past few years is the incredible number of creative ways that companies have come up with to utilize them. We've seen thousands of innovative and interesting apps, and more recently some cool secondary gadgets that extend their functionality by interfacing directly with the phone. Take for example the hipKey from a company called...

Cockpit Chronicles: The iPad Flight Bag Is Finally Here (Video)

Cockpit Chronicles: The iPad Flight Bag Is Finally Here (Video) Mar 20th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The long awaited, previously announced iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has finally been approved for most of our airplanes at the company. In fact, we're the first U.S. airline to receive FAA approval for the use of the iPad as a replacement for all of our paper Jeppesen approach plates. The process started in 2007 when we were allowed to use laptops to hold our company manuals. This meant we...

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