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About Ned Levi

Ned S. Levi has traveled the world as an engineer and business executive. He is the founder of NSL Associates, a Tech Consulting company, and is a well known professional photographer specializing in travel and wildlife photography. Ned writes about photography in the NSL Travel Photography Blog.

Is Marriott’s Wi-Fi hotspot U-turn a hollow victory?

Marriott announced they will no longer block guests' personal Web hotspots but a close look at their release reveals this reprieve may be a short-lived.
By |January 19th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

Planes versus high speed trains in the US

Most people who fly in the economy section of US airlines are uncomfortable, unhappy about extra fees, and/or feel hassled at the airport. Ned Levi discusses why northeastern US travelers often choose America's only high speed rail, Acela, over flying.
By |January 12th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

9 hotel housekeeping myths — fact or fiction

Hotel housekeeping myths have been built up by travelers over the years due to a variety of reasons. This week, Ned Levi confirms or dispels many of those myths.
By |January 5th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|
  • Image of AT&T Unite Pro cellular MIFI device courtesy of AT&T
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    Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

When Marriott blocked guest MIFI units at one of their hotels to ostensively protect guests from hackers, guests complained. The FCC found indiscriminate illegal MIFI blocking by Marriott, and fined them. Now Marriott has petitioned the FCC to legally let them block guests' MIFI despite the law.
By |December 29th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    Automobile voice command systems can contribute to distracted driving

Automobile voice command systems can contribute to distracted driving

The implementation of automobile voice command systems has had an unintended consequence. Instead of reducing distracted driving, it's increased it. Engineers and safety experts need to take another look.
By |December 22nd, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|

Ned’s 10 great holiday gifts for travelers

It's December, when we are thinking of gifts for friends and family. With the holidays coming up fast, it's time for my annual holiday gift roundup for travelers including some stocking stocking stuffers.
By |December 15th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|

Ned’s Top 10 smartphone travel apps

After testing thousands of travel apps over the last several years for iPhone, Android and Windows phones here are Ned Levi's ten favorite general travel apps for smartphones which he personally uses regularly.
By |December 8th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|

Essential cruise choices for the inexperienced sailor

Cruisers, when booking a cruise must make critical choices, not only of the cruise line, and cruise itinerary, but of the ship's size, specific ship, cabin or suite class, and their specific cabin/suite location, which can make or break their cruise.
By |December 1st, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    Infants on parents’ laps and other infant air travel safety issues

Infants on parents’ laps and other infant air travel safety issues

A new study of pediatric medical emergencies of children flying has brought to light more dangers for infants flying in their parents' laps.
By |November 24th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

There are currently a number of mobile payment systems available for travelers which could diminish problems they might encounter due to stolen or compromised credit cards, but no top quality system works outside of their home country, but that looks like it will change in 2015.
By |November 17th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|