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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.
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    Virgin Hotel planned for Chicago, AA to fly ATL-LAX, Google hires camel

Virgin Hotel planned for Chicago, AA to fly ATL-LAX, Google hires camel

Virgin Hotel to open in Chicago, American Airlines to start Atlanta-LA flights, Google hires camel for desert street views

Four years later, did Google kill flight search?

When David Sun needs a cheap ticket, he Googles it. When James Pillow wants to fly somewhere, he doesn’t.

Ned’s top smartphone general travel apps

Ned Levi has tested thousands of travel apps for both Android and iOS based smartphones. Here's a list of his current top general travel apps for smartphones.
By |August 12th, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

Sunday musings: Do the arts promote growth? Venice in Street View, car sharing startup

Today we ponder the role of "the arts" in a nation's budget. Is it a money-maker or should it be? Google uses backpacks to shoot videos of Venice for Street View. And, car-sharing Web startups begin making waves in the rental car and airport worlds.
By |July 28th, 2013|Today|1 Comment|

Emergency preparedness for cruise ship passengers

The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It's possible to learn from the passengers' experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.
By |February 18th, 2013|Columns|7 Comments|

Weekend what we’re reading: Colorado ski resort pot, Google travel? holiday airline fees

This weekend we look at how newly passed marijuana laws passed in Colorado and Washington State might impact ski resorts. We look at the travel information served up by Google. And, Consumers Union urges airline travelers to understand the fees airlines are charging this holiday season.

By |December 22nd, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: United’s first Dreamliner flight, Southwest flies through skydiving zone, Google’s field trip app

United announces first Dreamliner flight on November 4th, Southwest directed through skydiving zone by controllers, Google's field trip app take advantage of your surroundings

What we’re reading: Airlines are Googling you, ice cream road trip, five things to see in Bermuda

Airlines are Googling you to find out what you look like before you get to the airport

Like it or not, if you’ve ever posted anything online, anyone can most likely find out things about you just by searching for your name. Now one airline will start to Google your name once you’ve bought a ticket.
British Airways is launching its “know me” program in the U.K. and the U.S., where it will Google passengers’ faces so they know who you are once you arrive at the airport terminal. The airline will deploy your picture across the terminal to ticket agents and roaming customer service agents, hoping they spot you, then they intend to approach you and welcome you in person, face to face.

Do you trust GPS directions?

We’d entrusted our route to the Google Maps app on my iPhone; it had never steered us wrong. The program assured me that yes, the winding road between Santa Maria and Interstate 5 was the fastest, most direct route to our destination. It even showed me the gas stations along the way: a Texaco, an Exxon and a Chevron. Wrong on all counts.