October 3, 2013 |
With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve. Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too. Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms.
September 29, 2013
This app lifts the veil on airport lounges the world over. Yes, access is available even to the not-so-elite. Name: LoungeBuddy Available for: iPhone and iPad Cost: Free What it does: Details everything there is to know about airport lounges, including day-use costs and amenities, as well as photos and reviews. Includes 600 lounges at the 60 busiest airports in the world. What's hot: This user-friendly app goes way beyond a general list of lounges.
September 16, 2013 |
Here's good news for in-flight Wi-Fi users: Wi-Fi provider Gogo will have a new connectivity that should make airplane wireless less like being stuck in stop-and-go traffic on the 405 and more like what we're accustomed to on the ground. Gogo , the major provider of in-flight Wi-Fi for U.S. carriers, says its next generation of Wi-Fi blends its current system, which connects with cellular towers on the ground, with satellite technology. Data connection rates are expected to increase as much as twentyfold, said Steve Nolan, a Gogo spokesman.
September 8, 2013 |
Wireless Internet access on planes has become so essential that some travelers are willing to give up comfort, sustenance and even peace and quiet to get it. For example, 61% of fliers who were questioned said having no Wi-Fi on a flight was worse than sitting in a seat that doesn't recline, according to a survey of more than 2,000 adult Americans conducted on behalf of Honeywell Aerospace, a division of Honeywell Inc. That same survey found...
August 16, 2013 |
Wi-Fi is free at San Francisco International. At Los Angeles International, only basic Wi-Fi is free; a speedy connection will cost you. Those are among the airports for which Airfarewatchdog's new chart provides the Wi-Fi scoop. Its Airport Wi-Fi Chart details the nitty gritty of Wi-Fi access for most major U.S. and international airports. The downloadable chart even details airports that give as much as 60 minutes of Wi-Fi for free. Oakland International and London Heathrow International both offer 45 minutes of free access, according to the chart from Airfarewatchdog.com , the Smarter Travel-affiliated website that steers travelers toward airfare deals, provides info on baggage fees and more.
August 9, 2013 |
Google's latest unconventional project, balloon-borne Wi-Fi service, is being tested in the skies above California's Central Valley. The Web giant said on Google+ that it has been conducting research flights over parts of its home state to fine tune what it called Project Loon. That project is an effort by Google to bring Internet access to parts of the world where the necessary infrastructure, such as cell towers, is lacking. Project Loon comes from the Google X lab, which is also responsible for self-driving cars and Google Glass eyewear.
July 31, 2013 |
Starbucks is serving up a fresh cup of good news for customers who surf the Web at its stores: It's teaming up with Google to provide blazing-fast Wi-Fi. The coffee and Web giants announced Wednesday that they are partnering to provide Starbucks' 7,000 U.S. company-operated stores with Google Wi-Fi that will be at least 10 times faster than Internet provided at the coffee shops currently. In cities with access to Google's Fiber network, speeds could be 100 times faster than what they are now, Google said.
July 12, 2013 |
Greyhound might be taking a page from Virgin America's playbook. The national bus company is testing a new Wi-Fi entertainment system that passengers may use with laptops, tablets or smartphones to watch movies and TV shows, play online games or just surf the Web. Greyhound's new service is called BLUE, or Bus Line Universal Entertainment. It's the same system crafted by Lufthansa Systems that Virgin America rolled out last year under the name Red , which utilizes seat-back screens as well as personal devices.
July 1, 2013 |
Air travel in the future will be faster, cleaner and less expensive if the Federal Aviation Administration's $40-billion overhaul of the nation's air control system is completed. That's a big if. With the federal sequestration fight in Washington, FAA officials say funding for the seven-year project could be in jeopardy. The plan, known as NextGen, replaces outdated radar-based technology with global positioning systems and digital communications to modernize the country's air control system.