November 4, 2013 |
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
November 1, 2013 |
It didn't take long for airlines to adopt the new policy that lets passengers use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. A day after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would lift the restrictions, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways each said passengers on their planes could take advantage of the new rules starting Friday. Under the new rules, passengers can use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal.
October 31, 2013 |
Score one for the weary air traveler. Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it will ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Within a few weeks, travelers will be able to operate their iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, though phone calls will still be banned.
October 31, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices to play games, read or listen to music during takeoffs and landings of commercial planes. But federal officials have not lifted restrictions on making cellphone calls from a plane. Before the changes take effect, the new rules announced Thursday in Washington require airlines to prove that using electronic devices such as electronic readers and tablets on "airplane mode" is safe for their aircraft.
October 12, 2013 |
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
October 10, 2013 |
A documentary purportedly on how electronic devices have driven us all to distraction, "Dsknectd" is itself a sensory assault. A one-stop shop for technology-borne maladies such as multitasking, virtual gaming, sexting, catfishing and Internet commentating, it is a series of free-associating non sequiturs underscored by nonillustrative graphics and an intrusive soundtrack. "Dsknectd" crosscuts interviews, reenactments and its own unscientific quasi-research - such as soliciting responses with a fake personal ad and subjecting a random woman to 24 hours without cellphone and Internet.
October 4, 2013 |
If you were looking forward to the day airlines eased the restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices on planes, you will have to wait a bit longer. A panel of representatives from the aviation and electronics industries submitted a plan Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration for lifting the limits on when you can power up electronic readers, tablets and other gadgets during commercial flights. But the FAA says it can't begin to work on adopting the recommendations because key FAA staff have been furloughed by the partial government shutdown. "The FAA staff that would advise the Administrator on this report, as well as work on the potential execution or implementation of the guidance, are furloughed, with remaining staff, including the Administrator, focusing their time during the shutdown on issues related to life and safety," the agency said in a statement.
September 27, 2013 |
Airplane passengers might not have to stow away their tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings in the near future. A federal panel is expected to release recommendations Monday saying the use of some electronic devices is safe during takeoffs and landings. The proposal by a committee created in January by the Federal Aviation Administration may ease longtime restrictions that have frustrated airline travelers. Regardless of what the panel recommends, the use of cellphones to make calls or send messages will still be prohibited under U.S. law. The 28-member panel must find a balance between the demands of travelers who love tinkering with their electronic devices and flight attendants who worry that passengers will be too engaged with their gadgets to follow instructions.
September 26, 2013 |
Warner Music Group Corp. has tapped Bart Cools to lead its electronic dance music strategy as it pushes to take advantage of the growing EDM genre. Cools, a key architect of EDM star David Guetta's dramatic rise, will hold the newly created position of executive vice president for global A&R and marketing for dance music at Warner Recorded Music. Cools, who will report to Atlantic Records Chairman and Chief Executive Craig Kallman, came to Warner when the record company closed its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group in July.