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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|
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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|

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.

Shouldn’t Internet access be free at all hotels?

Why is it that economy hotels have free in-room Internet access and luxury hotels charge for the service?

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|0 Comments|

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. In part 2 of this series, Ned Levi discusses more of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |April 7th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|0 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|0 Comments|

FAA finally permits gate-to-gate PED use, but continues the phone call ban; whew!

The FAA will now permit the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) from gate to gate, but is continuing their ban on using them for phone calls while inflight. Ned Levi discusses the new rules for PED use in depth, and the continued ban on passengers using their PEDs to make phone calls while flying.
By |November 4th, 2013|Columns|0 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|