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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.