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Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple announced CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday. Carplay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
By connecting an iPhone to the vehicle’s display via a USB cable, drivers can natively access Apple’s maps for navigation, music apps, and make calls or send messages.  Drivers can also access Siri via a voice control button on the steering wheel to control iPhones …

Lobby Bar – February 28: Elite Postal Workers, George Orwell, Stupidphones, and No Coffee, Eh

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
We are the 25%.  Jeremy Del Nero (greetings) discusses why the majority of frequent travelers are in favor of a congressional ban on in-flight mobile calls.  He also speculates why the 75% seem to be hiding while the 25% are screaming from the rooftops.
15-minute flight.  Jonathan Spira navigates the Austrian Autobahns with the new Google Maps.  Although …

Where Are You in the Pacific Northwest Contest Winner Announced

Martin Hunt, a Mountain View, California resident, has won the grand prize in the Frequent Business Traveler “Where Are You in the Pacific Northwest” contest.
Hunt correctly identified the exact locations of six photos from the Pacific Northwest.  As the winner, he will receive a two-night stay at the Nines Hotel, located in Portland, Oregon.
The Nines Hotel is one of the few in Portland that is LEED Silver-certified.  Situated in the …

Airlines Lead Charge Against Anti-LGBT Legislation in Arizona, Georgia, Bill Vetoed in One State

Airlines Lead Charge Against Anti-LGBT Legislation in Arizona, Georgia, Bill Vetoed in One State

Multiple airlines as well as other travel-related companies spoke out against legislation in two states that would allow business owners to openly discriminate against the LGBT population.
Last week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would permit religious business owners to refuse service to members of the LGBT community.  The House voted 33 to 27 on the matter, and the legislation made it to the hands of Republican Governor Jan …

AT&T Adds LTE Roaming in 13 Countries

AT&T Adds LTE Roaming in 13 Countries

AT&T announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday that it has added 4G LTE data roaming to 13 additional countries.
The mobile operator already offered 4G LTE data roaming in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Travelers heading to Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, France, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland will now have access to the carrier’s 4G LTE network.  Roaming charges …

Poll: Vocal Minority of Frequent Flyers Against Congressional Ban on In-Flight Mobile Calling

Earlier this month, Republicans and Democrats in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure agreed that in-flight mobile calls on domestic flights should be banned.  A recent poll of frequent travelers revealed that, while many support legislative action in this matter, one-quarter of respondents believe government action is inappropriate.
The pending legislation has led to a debate that is less about in-flight calling and more about what role Congress should play …

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Samsung announced the latest phone in its Galaxy S series at the 2014 Mobile World Congress on Monday. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available worldwide in April.
The new device received a number of incremental upgrades under the hood, but cosmetically remains largely unchanged from the S4, especially from the front.  The most noticeable physical difference is the texture of the phone’s back surface, which evolved from a glossy, sticky …