October 31, 2012 |
If restaurants aren't already using technology such as touchscreen tablet menus, digital loyalty programs and in-store Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions, they should probably start, according to a new report. The majority of consumers surveyed by research group Technomic said that eateries should integrate more technology in their restaurants. More than half said they expected to use more ordering kiosks, computerized take-out trackers and other digital options when eating out down the line.
October 23, 2012 |
Apple unexpectedly introduced the fourth generation of its 9.7-inch iPad tablet Tuesday. The Cupertino-based tech company said the new generation will include the company's new Lightning dock connector as well as a new A6X processor chip. The new chip is twice as fast as the one in the third-generation iPad. Apple also said the new chip would deliver much better graphics performance. PHOTOS: Apple unveils iPad mini Additionally, the updated iPad will include an improved front-facing camera, which now shoots video in 720p HD. Apple said the Wi-Fi 16 GB iPad will still start at $499, while the cellular-connected version will also continue to start at $629.
October 18, 2012 |
Target Corp. is adopting a take-no-prisoners style this holiday to combat online rivals. The discount chain announced a host of new strategies to tempt customers to buy this season, including free Wi-Fi at all Target stores, new ways to shop from smartphones and a pilot program to test out an in-store navigator. Shoppers will soon be able to use their smartphones to buy items from TV commercials, bus station ads and catalog pages by sending a text or scanning a QR code. They'll also be able to scan those digital barcodes scattered within brick-and-mortar stores to buy products and ship them directly home.
October 15, 2012 |
The one remaining mystery surrounding the iPad mini is how much will it cost, but now, a new image on the Web appears to answer that question. Over the weekend, German tech blogger Florian Schimanke posted what looks like an inventory list of the various iPad mini models. And along with the various models, the list includes prices. According to the image, which you can see here , the iPad mini will be available in 16 different versions. It will come in both black and white and range in storage from as little as 8 gigabytes to as much as 64 GB. Additionally, the image indicates there will be versions of the device that can connect to cellular networks.
October 14, 2012 |
Despite the fear of identity theft and threats from computer viruses, the use of public wireless Internet has jumped by 240% in the last 12 months, a new survey has found. The top log-in sites were coffee shops and restaurants (75%), hotels (54%) and airports (38%), according to an online survey of 377 people by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in partnership with Private Wifi, a firm that develops online protection software. Still, Internet users are aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
October 10, 2012 |
As we wait for an iPad mini event invite, the latest rumor surrounding the unconfirmed Apple tablet says the device won't be able to connect to cellular networks. Instead, it appears the iPad mini will be limited to Wi-Fi connectivity, just like its two competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. A report earlier this week by The Guardian says several unnamed sources told the British news outlet that they do not expect the iPad mini to be able to connect to 3G. IPad Mini tablet rumors [Photos]
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.