February 22, 2012 |
German physicist Heinrich Hertz has been honored with his very own wavy Google Doodle on what would have been his 155th birthday. In case you aren't sure just what old Heinrich is responsible for, here is a hint: The metric unit Hertz (Hz), which stands for the number of cycles per second of any kind of phenomena, and is frequently used to describe radio and audio waves, is named after him. Noticing a wAvY theme here? PHOTOS: Google Doodles 2012 Hertz, who was born on Feb. 22 in 1857, was the first person to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves back in the late 1880s, and it was his experiments with electromagnetic waves that paved the way for the invention of radio, television and radar -- what we now know as the “wireless age.” Amazingly, he did all of this before his death at the age of 36 from Wegener's granulomatosis, a rare disease that results in the inflammation of the blood vessels.
February 22, 2012 |
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- who, like Van Gogh and Mozart, was a rare genius not fully appreciated during his lifetime -- is honored with a Google Doodle today, his 155th birthday. And perhaps the reason the German physicist wasn't valued for his work was that no one at that point was smart enough to do so. Even Hertz didn't get it. The German physicist, who was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, did not realize at the time the broader implications of his work -- which laid the groundwork for the invention of the wireless telegraph, radio and TV. GALLERY: Evolution of the doodle "I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application," Hertz once wrote , according to Scotland's University of St. Andrews.
November 18, 2011 |
Drivers in their early 20s planning a trip home for the holidays can skip the age-based fees on their next rental from Hertz. The company will waive its young renter fee, which usually costs up to $25 a day. The deal: The offer is good for 20- to 24-year-old drivers at Hertz corporate locations, that is, airports in, for example, Los Angeles and San Francisco. To get this deal, use the promotion code 144314 when making reservations online or by phone. When: The offer is good through Jan. 31. Tested: I went online and checked availability at LAX for a rental car Dec. 2-5. The estimated quote showed a price of $31.49 a day and included $45 in young renter fees for the three-day rental.
October 25, 2011 |
Chinese electric car company BYD has opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles and said it plans to hire about 150 workers to staff the office. As part of the opening celebration at its offices on Figueroa Street in downtown L.A., BYD displayed one of the electric shuttle buses to be used by Hertz to transport rental car customers at Los Angeles International Airport. The BYD eBUS-12, made in China, can run for about 155 miles on a single charge in urban conditions, BYD said.
August 3, 2011 |
The ultimate road-trip incentive is back. Hertz is offering one-way car rentals to Arizona from California and other Western states for $5 a day. It's a great excuse to take off, explore somewhere you've never been and save a bundle. The deal: I like this deal because it appeals to my sense of adventure on a shoestring. I used this promotion in the spring for a 13-day road trip that covered more than 3,400 miles. My car rental cost: $65, excluding gas and tax. Who can beat that?
May 9, 2011 |
Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the largest publicly traded rental-car company, offered to buy Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. for $2.24 billion in cash and stock Monday, topping a bid by Avis Budget Group Inc. Hertz offered $72 a share, 24% more than Avis' offer, the Park Ridge, N.J.-based company said. Dollar Thrifty shares rose $9.58, or 14%, to $79.27, the biggest jump since May 3, 2010, when Avis proposed making a counter bid to Hertz's original offer. Hertz aims to thwart the planned combination of Avis and Dollar Thrifty after having an earlier offer rejected.
May 9, 2011 |
The days when every passenger in the cabin of a long-haul flight had to watch the same family-friendly movie on an overhead screen are quickly coming to an end. American Airlines has announced that it is testing an in-flight video system that allows passengers to wirelessly stream movies and TV shows from an onboard library to their laptop computers and other electronic devices. American began testing the system last month on two wide-body jets flying across the country and will expand the testing among customers this summer.
April 27, 2011 |
Sometimes it pays to take your own advice. A while back, I wrote about Hertz offering $5-a-day one-way car rentals starting in Arizona. It inspired me to plan a super-cheap spring road trip to ... well, I wasn't sure where. I just knew I wanted to take off and have fun without breaking the bank. By the time I was done, I had covered more than 3,400 miles in two weeks. Here's how I did it: I went to Hertz's website, where it took exactly five minutes to reserve a car at Tucson International Airport (TUS)
March 23, 2011 |
Here's an idea for a cheap point-to-point road trip : Rent a car in Arizona, go exploring and drop it off in one of nine other states --including California -- for just $5 a day. That's the offer Hertz is making for one-way trips out of the Grand Canyon State. The deal: The Arizona Drive for $5 offer applies for rentals that begin in Arizona and then are dropped off at selected locations in California , Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
February 15, 2011 |
Ready for a nice long road trip ? Get a rental car in Florida and drive it for as little as $5 per day as far as Maine or New Mexico with unlimited mileage and no drop-off fees. The deal: The Florida Drive for $5 from Hertz requires a one-way rental to begin at selected company locations in Florida. Check out the offer's Web page to view all possible return locations in other states. Bear in mind that the $5-per-day rate for economy and compact cars doesn’t include fees and taxes.