First there were iBeacons; now there's a service that may allow you to use your iPhone as a replacement for the key to your hotel room. As The Wall Street Journal reports, you can currently only find them at two Aloft hotels owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Manhattan and in Apple's own Cupertino, but it's possible other chains will pick it up if the trial proves successful.
We'd like to simply associate the holidays with the good times we have with our family members. Unfortunately, we all know the hassle that comes before you ever walk in the door and get greeted by your loved ones. Traveling during this time of the year is more painful than any of the awkward moments you may experience gathered around long-unseen relatives, but you can cut out some of the stressful parts of making it home for the holidays with the help of these eight apps. Sure, they can’t quite teleport you to your destination, but at least the trip there will be a little smoother.
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.
Well, it's no "iCar" and it's not exactly"iOS in the Car," but Apple has at last started working its way into select vehicles. As MacRumors notes, the latest foray comes in the form of new iOS "Eyes Free" technology built into the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and the 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models. In essence, owners of these vehicles will be able to use Siri to control certain functions.
My, how far we've come from the days when only AT&T carried the iPhone. As 9to5 Mac reports, today Apple started the rollout of unlocked models of the iPhone 5s without SIM cards on the online Apple Store. There's a bit of a delay involved, however, as you'll need to wait around one or two weeks for the SIM-free phones to ship over the three to five business days for carrier specific models.
There was much rejoicing when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that we'd soon be able to use devices likes iPhones and iPads during all segments of flight (as long as they're in Airplane Mode), but today's announcement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced a much more lukewarm reception. According to The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), airline passengers may soon be able to make voice calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. Talk about Pandora's Box.
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.