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14 Brand New Things You Can Do in Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5

Today is iOS 12 and watchOS 5 day, something you may have noticed if you saw friends and colleagues huddled over the iPhones and Apple Watches starting around 1 p.m. EDT, watching the upgrades progress.
First announced in June, the final versions of Apple’s latest mobile OS and watch OS are being pushed out to eager Apple fans across the globe.
The new mobile operating system will work on an iPhone 5C …

Review: Dark Sky 6.0 Weather App

While weather is a frequent topic of conversation for all, having an accurate weather forecast is vital to many travelers and the weather apps typically built into iPhone and Android devices aren’t usually up to the task.
Enter Dark Sky.
Produced by the Dark Sky Company, which bills the app as “most accurate source of hyperlocal weather,” the app offers eerily accurate forecasts based on either current location or inputted address. It …

Dust Begins to Settle in Marriott-Starwood Loyalty Program IT Merger

The monumental task of combining billions of data points for the 110 million members of Marriott International’s three guest loyalty programs into a unified platform was fraught with peril but, after the main integration work was completed over the weekend, things are beginning to settle down.
With perhaps one keystroke but thousands of man hours of work, Marriott combined Starwood Preferred Guests, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Marriott Rewards into one, as-of-yet unnamed, …

Review: Sonos One with Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple Homekit Support

Sonos became the first third-party company last week to support Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard when it issued an update for its Sonos One, Beam, Play:5, and Playbase speakers.
AirPlay 2 support means that it’s possible to speak to Siri (via an iPhone or iPad presumably) in order to control the Sonos device and adds support for multi-room playback as well as control by the iPhone’s Control Center.
While the Sonos …

A Traveler’s Guide to the Apple iPhone Health App

While Apple’s Health app is a dashboard to the user’s health data and everyday activity, many users never clicked on the app’s heart-shaped logo to open it. That’s unfortunate, especially for travelers, as the Health app can be a very useful tool.
Since its introduction in iOS 8 in 2014, it’s become more and more complex so here follows a brief guide to understanding and using it.
To begin, first open …

Traveler Alert: Apple iOS 11.3 Deprioritizes WiFi Calling on T-Mobile iPhones

The release of Apple’s iOS 11.3 mobile operating system has caused some difficulties for iPhone users on the T-Mobile network.
With iOS 11.3, the iPhone prioritizes the carrier’s LTE network over WiFi Calling when the signal is strong. It also turns on WiFi Calling by default (although it’s still advisable to ensure your E911 address in case you need to telephone for help in an emergency).
This means that the phone no …

Expert Tips on How to Take Better Travel Photos

After a long journey to a far off (or perhaps not so far off) place, you’re left with the memories, a few souvenirs, and – for many – photographs that simply didn’t do justice to the trip.
Despite the proliferation of smartphones with increasingly powerful and intelligent built-in cameras, the photos most people take aren’t necessarily improving.
To understand what makes a good travel photo, I spoke with FBT Editorial Director Jonathan …