Back in March, United Airlines announced that it would be updating both its iOS app and fleet to allow travelers to view free movies and television shows while connected to its Wi-Fi network. Today, the app update went through to complete that process. Using United’s app, passengers will be able to view more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows in the air when on planes that offer Wi-Fi access.
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.
Looks like you'll be able to get much more than peanuts the next time you fly on Southwest Airlines. As reported by AppleInsider, the popular American low-cost airline announced an extension of its relationship with Dish Network today that would put an iPad 2 in the hands of any traveler who wishes to use one for select flights.
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 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.
Z2Live's Metalstorm: Online is going to get a makeover. We caught up with Lou Fasulo, COO of Z2Live, at PAX 2011 to check out a preview of Metalstorm: Wingman which is more than an update. The first of several chapters will be unveiled soon for iOS and include a new story, new games, and new modes.
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.