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Online Booking Apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry

Online Booking Apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry

There are numerous apps that allow business travelers to book hotels, flights, cars, and other travel-related things.  Here’s a quick rundown of six popular ones.  Be sure to look at the iTunes store ratings, which will give you an idea of how well they work over time.
Company: Expedia
App: Expedia Hotels
Platform: iPhone and Android
Languages: English
iTunes store rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Expedia Hotels app allows travelers to search for and …

Skype for iPad Review and Test Report

Skype for iPad Review and Test Report

Skype finally released its long-awaited iPad app, Skype for iPad, and the device’s large screen is perfect for two-way video calls in a way that a PC (even a laptop) or a mobile phone is not.  The app supports portrait and landscape mode for video calling and, in our brief testing, image quality is excellent.
During my test calls, I was able to use both of the iPad 2’s cameras (one …

Aircell Rebrands as Gogo and Launches Free In-Flight Portal

Aircell Rebrands as Gogo and Launches Free In-Flight Portal

This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the in-flight movie, first introduced on regularly scheduled TWA flights in 1961 using 16 mm projectors. Yesterday, in-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo unveiled its new multimedia platform, which portends the next generation of in-flight entertainment systems.
To mark its evolution from an internet provider to an in-flight entertainment brand, the company has officially changed its name to Gogo. It will continue to use its former …

Hipmunk Flight Search iPad App – Review

Hipmunk Flight Search iPad App – Review

Building on the success of its iPhone app, Hipmunk, a travel search site, has come out with a version 1.1 universal app optimized for iPad, and the results are fairly impressive. A few bugs and limitations notwithstanding, Hipmunk is one of the better booking apps available.
As with its previous Web and mobile app incarnations, Hipmunk app’s interface and display are its strongest selling points. Tap in your destination and travel …

Samson Meteor Mic – Review

Samson Meteor Mic – Review

As more and more people strive to create high-quality podcasts and other audio output, the typical microphone found in inexpensive headsets simply doesn’t do the trick nor does it provide the appropriate level of audio quality.
The Samson Meteor Mic is a good looking, high-quality studio microphone that connects to your computer via USB. In appearance, it looks like it’s straight out of a 1950s radio or TV studio.
Setup, well there …

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review


Watching TV programs via the Internet on one’s TV seems as if it should be easy; however, there are actually a few hoops to jump though. Selecting the software, device, and finding the content one wants is not as simple as it should be, and there are many options that range from simply connecting a laptop to your TV all the way to dedicated set top boxes.

One promising option is …

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 …