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WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android – Review

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android – Review

WhatsApp Messenger, an intriguing app by Silicon Valley-based WhatsApp Inc., brings text messaging into the smartphone age.
A number of key features make WhatsApp a must-have. Since the app uses the same Internet data plan that smartphone users have for e-mail and Web browsing, sending texts, audio, images, and video with WhatsApp costs nothing (as long as you don’t go over your data plan’s allowance). Even more important, in a …

New iPad App from Lufthansa Offers Enhanced Interactivity – Review

New iPad App from Lufthansa Offers Enhanced Interactivity – Review

Lufthansa recently released an app specifically geared for the Apple iPad, expanding on the capabilities and services offered in its current iOS app while exploiting the iPad’s large display and finger-tap interface. 
The centerpiece of the new app is an interactive world map displaying all of Lufthansa’s destination airports.  A couple of finger taps allows the user to select departure and destination airports; the app automatically displays the requested route and …

Roaming Prices for Mobile Calls Drop in Europe

Roaming Prices for Mobile Calls Drop in Europe

Rates for mobile phone roaming charges in the EU dropped for the fourth consecutive year today.  Meanwhile, the European Commission is preparing to announce new regulations aimed at closing the gap between domestic and “foreign” call rates to virtually zero by 2015.
The planned cuts will bring charges for making a voice call while abroad in the EU down to €0.35 from €0.39, and €0.11 from €0.15 for receiving a …

What’s Doing In Frankfurt

What’s Doing In Frankfurt

Like Germany itself, Frankfurt’s story is one of postwar redemption.  Bombed nearly to oblivion in 1944, this thousand-year-old city on the banks of the River Main, once a jewel of the Holy Roman Empire, is today one of the great centers of finance, transportation, and culture in Europe.
In the last thirty years, Frankfurt’s skyline has been transformed by skyscrapers, and its riverbanks have been turned into a vast cultural thoroughfare.  …

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Capitalizing on the recent release of Google’s Chromebook, Virgin America is letting passengers “test-fly” the cloud-based laptop on their flights and at their departure gates all this summer. 
Starting July 1, travelers on select flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DWF) can try out the Chromebook in “Chrome Zone” lounges at their departure gates.  They …

American Airlines Apps for BlackBerry and Windows Phone Smartphones Cleared for Takeoff

American Airlines Apps for BlackBerry and Windows Phone Smartphones Cleared for Takeoff

Adding to its suite of mobile apps for Android phones and Apple iOS devices, American Airlines today rolled out apps for Blackberry and Windows Phone smartphones, giving travelers with these devices the ability to check in, access mobile boarding passes, and more with their phones.
The release of the app for BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones makes American Airline’s apps accessible to 87% of smartphone users – more than any …

Pure Oasis Flow Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review

Pure Oasis Flow Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review

If Indiana Jones were going to buy an Internet radio, Pure’s Oasis Flow would probably be at the top of his list. This radio is tailor-made for a rough and tumble existence, at least by the standards of Wi-Fi radio. At the same time, the Oasis Flow lacks some of the functionality and frills that are offered by competitors.
With its splash resistant case, cast aluminum frame, rubber seals, and prominent …