Android

Home Automation Part 3: SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit

DSCN1245

In our continuing series on home automation, we now turn to specific products that centralize and automate control of lighting, doors, appliances and other devices, making life more convenient, energy efficient, and comfortable.  Today we’ll take a look at SmartThings’ Know and Control Your Home Kit.
While the concept of home automation is nothing new, practical solutions are only recently beginning to gain traction and popularity.  The SmartThings Know and Control …

Gogobot Guide Adds Mobile App

Gogobot Guide Adds Mobile App

Gogobot, a travel-planning and review company, announced the release of a mobile app that allows users to create a personalized guide for trips.
The company’s database has over four million photos, 675,000 recommendations, and 60,000 city guides that are tapped into by the app.  Users can join one or more of Gogobot’s tribes, which include business, budget, and luxury travelers, art and design lovers, students, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The new app, which …

LoungeBuddy Releases App on Android Platform

LoungeBuddy Releases App on Android Platform

LoungeBuddy, a travel app that locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria, announced the release of an Android version.  Previously, the app was only available for Apple’s iOS platform.
The eponymously-named app, using a user-created profile including flight class of service, lounge memberships, airline status, and credit cards held, will create a custom list of lounges available at an airport accessible both for free (based on …

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

DSC_4384

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 …

Boeing Plans ‘Black’ Secure Smartphone

Boeing Plans ‘Black’ Secure Smartphone

Boeing said Monday it plans to offer a secure, Android-based smartphone.
The aerospace giant’s plans were contained in an FCC filing and details were posted on the company’s website, although it did not make any kind of formal announcement.
The phone, dubbed Boeing Black, will be available to defense and security customers but not to the general public.  It will be based on a modified version of the Android operating system and …

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 …

Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

For much of the northern hemisphere, January means snow, frigid temperatures, and cancelled or delayed flights.  To the tech enthusiast, however, January is a month that ushers in some of the most anticipated gadgets of the year at Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
As always, the weeklong tech extravaganza has seen the debut of dozens of new gizmos and gadgets, many of which are prototypes or yet-to-be-released products.  We’re …