September 23, 2012 |
On the streets of most cities, access to wireless Internet is as ubiquitous as coffee shops. But on domestic airlines, Wi-Fi is still only available on about a third of flights. A new study by the flight rating website Routehappy.com found that 31% of all domestic flights offered wireless access as of Sept. 17, while the other 69% didn't. To improve your chances of getting in-flight Wi-Fi access, you'll need to shop around for the right airline. For example, Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America and Dallas-based AirTran Airways offer wireless Internet access on 100% of their flights, according to Routehappy.
September 18, 2012 |
Virgin America has it. Southwest Airlines has it. Delta has it. And now Jet Blue is planning to get it too. This week Jet Blue announced its new in-flight Wi-Fi service at the World Low Cost Airlines Conference. Burbank to JFK frequent fliers, let me hear you say, "Yeah!" Although it is taking the carrier longer than some of its competitors to allow fliers to check email up in the air, the company said it will be worth the wait. In a blog post on Jet Blue's website, the company said the Ka-Band satellite it launched in October to provide Wi-Fi to its planes is equal in strength to 100 of the Ku-Band satellites that other carriers use to provide a Wi-Fi signal in the air. Jet Blue said it takes 1 minute and 8 seconds on average for a passenger to open 10 websites using a signal provided by its Ka-Band satellite.
September 16, 2012 |
Most Americans support the idea of connecting to the Internet at 35,000 feet in the air. But paying for onboard Wi-Fi is not so popular. About 80% of air travelers who participated in a survey at the travel search site Fly.com said they would like to connect to the Internet by Wi-Fi while in flight. But just under half said they would access the service only if it was free. About 27% of the travelers said they would be willing to pay only if the charge was $5 or less. The finding should be no surprise.
September 9, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MEXICO'S YUCATÁN From LAX, nonstop and connecting service (change of plane) to Merida is offered on Aeromexico. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $388, including all taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 52 (the country code for Mexico). WHERE TO STAY Hotel Casa Lucia, 474A Calle 60, Mérida; 999-928-0740, http://www.casalucia.com.mx . Opened in 2003 with 15 rooms, a pool and cafe.
September 9, 2012 |
Before flying off to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the news that Los Angeles International Airport now offers free Wi-Fi service in its terminals. It's good news for travelers, but LAX -- the nation's third-busiest airport -- is not breaking new ground. Several large airports across the country already offer free wireless Internet, including Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Long Beach Airport.
August 22, 2012 |
Kfar Kedem is a historic park in northern Israel that promises to take visitors back 1,000 to 2,000 years to biblical times. You can thresh grain there, don old fashioned robes, press oil from fresh olives, ride the rolling hills on donkeys, and as of recently, you'll also get great 4G access. That's because Kfar Kedem recently turned five of the park's 30 donkeys into historically inaccurate, living, walking, Wi-Fi hotspots. "Our village has 30 donkeys, and we've equipped the first five with wireless routers that are attached to the donkey's body,” the park's founder, Menachem Goldberg, told the Times of Israel.
August 8, 2012 |
In our connected world, you can't hide unless you run. On Tuesday, a good friend of mine got an email from the chairman of the Washington state Democratic Party informing her that county records showed her mail-in ballot for the primary election had not yet been received. Clearly, turning out the vote is no longer just a generalized effort of making phone calls or walking door-to-door. Now, each one of us is a virtual GPS point on a political grid and the decision to vote is not a private affair.
July 12, 2012 |
We've often wondered what would happen to the pay phone -- that relic of a time before cell phone domination. Will they disappear? Will they be kept around for those times when your cell phone has died? Will they be transformed into something more useful? One potential solution comes from New York City, which launched a pilot program Wednesday that turned some of the city's 12,000 pay phone kiosks into Wi-Fi hot spots. " We are taking an existing infrastructure and leveraging it up to provide more access to information," said Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information officer, the Associated Press reports. The city has already converted 10 payphone kiosks in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn into Wi-Fi hot spots and more of these mini-experiments are planned for the Bronx and Staten Island.
June 30, 2012 |
Twice this year I stayed at a wonderful family-owned apartment in the center of Paris. It is not only cheaper than a hotel room, but it also has a fully equipped kitchenette, a full bath, unlimited free phone calls to the U.S. and free Wi-Fi. It also is a short block from the fantastic market street the Rue Mouffetard. For information, go to http://www.levieuxparis.com . From $135 a night, depending on the season. Five-night minimum. Jim Fenton Los Angeles
June 22, 2012 |
The Microsoft Surface likely will launch this fall. It also likely will launch without 3G or 4G connectivity. On Monday, Microsoft announced the Surface, which has wowed observers, the press and consumers. But Microsoft has been very vague about many of Surface's most important details, among them, the price, battery life, and whether or not it was limited to Wi-Fi connectivity. Now a report says the tablet will debut intially as Wi-Fi only. Bloomberg reported that the Surface will launch without the ability to connect to any mobile networks, citing two sources familiar with the matter.