Want a better trip? Pack these smartphone apps

Don't think technology can improve your trip? When the Williams recently checked into the Radisson Blu Hotel in Zurich, they were asked to sign for a room rate hundreds of dollars more than their online confirmation.

Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

Smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have almost become de rigueur. Ned Levi discusses the issues and problems of smartphone thefts for travelers, and how to prevent it, as much as possible.
By |April 14th, 2014|Columns|6 Comments|

US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.
By |January 6th, 2014|Columns|4 Comments|

Court has ruled some Customs Border Protection searches and confiscations illegal

The Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has made a new ruling concerning searches and seizures of passenger belongings at the border of the US, stating that CBP agents need to recognize there is an expectation of privacy and can't do a search without a reason. Ned Levi discusses the new ruling and what its effect might be for international travelers.
By |September 16th, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

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|

What we’re reading: Turn off cell phones, hurricane season tips, Six Flags Texas debuts hybrid coaster, airlines get $6B in fees

Cell phones may actually interfere with airline navigation, hurricane season tips, Six Flags Texas debuts hybrid coaster, airlines collected $6B in fees

How’s iOS 6 for travelers on the iPhone 5 and earlier models?

Last week, Ned Levi reviewed the new iPhone 5 for travelers. This week Ned reviews the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS6 for travelers. Specifically, Ned discusses it's new Apple Maps app, new features of the iOS mail app and Safari app, as well as the new Passbook app, and a new setting which allows users to turn off the Apple Advertising Identifier.
By |October 8th, 2012|Columns|2 Comments|

How’s the iPhone 5 for travelers?

Ned Levi has been evaluating Apple's new iPhone 5 for a short time now, and has a first look review for you. Ned discusses important issues of the phone for travelers including, screen size, phone size, LTE, simultaneous use of voice and data, battery life, GPS usability, the new lightning connector, mapping apps and other issues.
By |October 1st, 2012|Columns|5 Comments|

Weekend what we’re reading: iPhone thefts, hotel WiFi fees, US Air offers 1st-class meals in coach

This weekend we take a look at the exploding number of smartphone and tablet thefts. Charging for WiFi access becomes one of the biggest hotel differentiators. And, US Airways has upgraded their coach meals for those willing to pay $20 for a "first-class-style" meal and free wine.
By |August 4th, 2012|Today|4 Comments|

Hurricane preparedness tips for travelers

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season has begun. There have already been two tropical storms this year, one with winds just a few miles per hour below the minimum for calling it a hurricane. Ned Levi offers some tips for you in case you're planning to travel in the "hurricane belt" during hurricane season.
By |June 11th, 2012|Columns|1 Comment|