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Opening of New Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Delayed to 2013

Opening of New Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Delayed to 2013

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, which was to have opened on June 3, will not open until March 17, 2013.
The most recent delay was caused by the lack of fully functional smoke extractors, but airport officials had hoped that the airport would open in August.  It is now clear that there are other problems that need to be addressed before the airport bearing the IATA code BER  can open to …

European Union to Lower Roaming Fees for Voice and Data

European Union to Lower Roaming Fees for Voice and Data

The European Parliament voted on Thursday to approve a plan that will significantly lower the cost of roaming for customers of European Union mobile operators when visiting other EU countries starting July 1.
Price controls on roaming were first put into effect in July 2007 and allowable roaming charges have been lowered every year since.
The current roaming cap for placing voice calls is 35 cents per minute and that will fall …

Travel Alert: FBI Warns of Malware Via Hotel Wi-Fi

Travel Alert: FBI Warns of Malware Via Hotel Wi-Fi

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning to travelers that their laptops are at risk of being infected with malicious software when traveling abroad.
The malware is said to be delivered via pop-up messages telling the user to “update” one of several widely-used pieces of software.  The window is designed to look like a routine update for legitimate software products that frequently require such updating.  Clicking the pop-up starts …

Risky Business Travel: How to Protect Your Trade Secrets and Information Overseas

Risky Business Travel: How to Protect Your Trade Secrets and Information Overseas

Tom Lehrer gave travelers some advice in his song “Pollution,” advising “just two things of which you must be aware: don’t drink the water and don’t breath the air.”
What M.H., a former intelligence official currently employed in the private sector, does when he travels makes Lehrer’s advice seem quaint.
M.H., who asked that we refer to him by initials that are not actually his because of the sensitivity of his position, …

Booq Mamba Catch Laptop Bag – Review

Booq Mamba Catch Laptop Bag – Review

Made of sturdy 1680-denier ballistic nylon, with a water repellent exterior, the Booq Mamba Catch laptop bag features seven exterior and eight interior compartments, as well as a removable zipper pouch for small items.
It’s extremely well-padded (yet not at all bulky), offering ample protection for a laptop, yet within a streamlined, lightweight design. I also appreciated the well-padded strap that hung very comfortably and securely, and never cut into my …

50 Cities Report Record High Temperatures for March

50 Cities Report Record High Temperatures for March

Based on data from the National Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, following a winter that was the fourth warmest on record across the U.S., higher than average temperatures were reported in hundreds of cities for the month of March.
More than 50 cities saw the warmest March on record.
The list of major cities breaking high-temperature records includes Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington, …

Samsung Galaxy Note Review and Test Report

Samsung Galaxy Note Review and Test Report

Ever since smartphones added touch displays and ditched physical keyboards there has been a steady trend towards increasingly large screens.  With the Galaxy Note, Samsung has presented a serious challenge to all other companies who would dare to compete with them in the phone size race.
It is in many ways a well designed and executed smartphone, but ultimately it is one of the most frustrating mobile devices I have had …