It wasn't that long ago that having Wi-Fi on an airplane felt impossibly futuristic, but as the program settles into maturity, airlines have begun expanding their offerings to cater to specific passengers' needs. One of the most intriguing examples comes from Southwest Airlines, reports MacRumors, which is now offering iOS users the chance to spend $2.00 to send iMessages throughout the flight if they don't want to spend the eight bucks needed for the full-access Wi-Fi services.
In a victory for the impatient (or merely bored), a 28-member committee from the Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that airline passengers should be allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and similar electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.
If you're planning on taking a trip on Hawaiian Airlines after this Sunday, you may have a pleasant surprise in store for you once you get up in the air. As 9to5Mac reports, the airline will switch out many of its existing in-fight entertainment systems with iPad minis beginning September 1, marking the first time an American airline has made the shift.
If Cold War is any indication, the Sky Gamblers series may have reached maximum altitude with last year's stellar Storm Raiders. Sure, there's still plenty of high-flying dogfighting action to be found in this latest entry, but there's a legitimate question as to whether this fourth outing on iOS is running on fumes after so many entries in a relatively compact span of time. Thankfully, Cold War does bring some fresh ideas to the table, and the online multiplayer still provides the best aerial combat on the App Store. But the core campaign experience of Cold War is a bland and tired-looking stroll through what is an otherwise fascinating portion of American history.
If you're a frequent traveler, you've likely discovered the popular FlightTrack or FlightTrack Pro apps by Mobiata. But if not, today is your lucky day, as the developer has introduced an all-new free version of FlightTrack for iOS and Android.
If there's one tool every pilot has to rely on, it's their flight navigation charts. While these charts have traditionally been paper-based, American Airlines feels they can save $1.2 million by having their pilots try an alternative in the iPad.