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Lobby Bar – September 30: Air Hulks, Imprisoned Furniture, How to Steal a Gym

Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compendium of FBT News and Views
The ignominious end. Jonathan Spira checks out “Spamilton,” a parody on the infamously popular hit Broadway show about the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. In this version of the show, the actor playing Hamilton alters the lyrics slightly and sings, “I’m not going to get shot!”, after which Aaron Burr promptly shoots him and the musical abruptly ends.
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Lobby Bar – September 23: Blinding Aliens, Mail-in Tweets, and Donald Trump’s Golden Ticket

Lobby Bar – A Concocted Conglomeration of FBT News and Views
Ground control to Major Tom. Join Jeremy Del Nero (greetings) in a look at some of the new features in Apple’s iOS 10. The flashlight now has adjustable brightness, which allows the user to put it in one of the following modes: low light, medium light, or bright light. If you enter a series of secret swipes across the screen, …

Marriott Announces Strategy for Marriott Rewards and SPG Guest Loyalty Programs

With Starwood Hotels and Resorts now part of Marriott International, members of both hoteliers’ guest loyalty programs have been wondering what will happen to their respective programs and – perhaps as importantly – to their points.
On Friday, Marriott said it plans to continue to operate both programs – Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG, and Marriott Rewards – for at least the next two years before it eventually phases out SPG. …

5 Very Useful Tips and Tricks for the Apple iPhone 7 and iOS 10

First, a word of caution. Don’t expect an actual review of the new iPhone 7 in FBT. It’s a great phone, it doesn’t have a headphone jack, it has awesome stereo speakers, a significantly improved camera, and it takes like a duck to water, capable of lasting up to 30 minutes under one meter of water without a problem.
Instead of a review, for those of you who are getting the …

Lobby Bar – September 16: Frequent Sewing Travelers, Aircraft Steam Rooms, and Watches With Legs

Lobby Bar – A Confounding Combination of FBT News and Views
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Paul Riegler dines well on his flight home from Paris in American Airlines’ business class. The cabin is equipped with a full, professional kitchen complete with hood vents. The airline prides itself on recycling the hot air and steam, which gets redirected into the first class steam room on the upper deck.
Flight fright. Jonathan Spira talks about …

Lobby Bar – September 9: Cars Feed on Emotions, JK Rowling’s Perfect Storm, and the World’s Largest Mirror

Lobby Bar – A Colossal Collaboration of FBT News and Views, with IKEA Instructions
Sandwich machinery. Paul Riegler pops into Flying Tiger Copenhagen to purchase a hand-cranked paper shredder. While the shredder neatly slices through paper, we’ve found that it also creates perfectly shaped slices of cheese for footlong sandwiches, and it’s rumored that Subway will be ordering a few million units for use in its locations across the globe.
Emotive vehicles. …

Apple Unveils Latest iPhones Right on Schedule

Apple Unveils Latest iPhones Right on Schedule

Apple introduced two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, at a media event in San Francisco Wednesday. The new smartphones come minus the traditional headphone jack but include a force-sensitive “home” button, a two-camera system, and a sharper display.
The entry-level iPhone 7 will start at $649, the same price as the outgoing 6s model, but comes with twice the amount of storage, 32 GB. The larger …