Now here's something worth getting excited about if your next flight will be on Southwest Airlines: You'll be able to connect small portable electronic devices like the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to Wi-Fi from gate to gate.
And so our long national, er, mild annoyance is over. Following a recommendation by a special committee last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that restrictions on portable electronic devices such as the iPhone and iPad on airplanes in the coming months will be far less imposing than they were in the past.
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.
Fourth-placed U.S. carrier T-Mobile may not stay in that position for much longer if they keep launching initiatives like those unveiled on Wednesday night in New York for unlimited data and texting worldwide.
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.
The first update for HopStop since Apple's acquisition is out, and it proves that Apple's not just lifting the best elements from the popular navigational tool for public transportation and tacking them into its Apple Maps app. In addition to the features that attracted Apple in the first place, HopStop now lets you send information about delays and incidents in real time.
Windows Phone users who use the popular public transport app HopStop received a nasty surprise over the weekend as they tried to get around. On the heels of Apple's acquisition of the app on Friday, the Cupertino giant dropped all support without warning, leading to protests from the affected commuters across Twitter and the review pages for the app. As of today, HopStop's still available on Google Play.
Geocaching is not for the casual urban adventurer. The concept is simple enough – seek out a hidden treasure by following a specific set of GPS coordinates – but there's a reason why it never caught on in the mainstream. Not only does it command a giant commitment of time and energy, but there's also a pretty steep learning curve for new users. Wonderground is geocaching for the rest of us. Created by General Electric (yes, that one), the scavenger-hunting app challenges users to explore their favorite cities with the promise of the ultimate reward: Knowledge.
We haven't yet divined time travel or even colonized Mars, but we can fit all of our audio needs inside a coffee cup. Both Divoom's Bluetune-solo and Boombotix's Boombot2 are small Bluetooth speakers priced at under $80, but do they have enough oomph to rock your world?
We just gave a glowing review to Bluelounge's Milo stand, an elegantly curved stand for an iPhone or iPod touch. Satechi's brightly colored iFit-1 speaker isn't quite as elegant, but it's only $1 more -- and it's a stand as well as a rechargeable speaker.