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

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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 …

Google Unveils Android Jelly Bean 4.3, New Nexus 7, and Chromecast

Google Unveils Android Jelly Bean 4.3, New Nexus 7, and Chromecast

Google announced the release of Jelly Bean 4.3, the latest upgrade to its Android mobile operating system on Wednesday.  It is available now for download on Nexus phones and tablets.
A new feature of the operating system, Restricted Profiles, allows for the creation of multiple users on an Android tablet or phone.  Parents, managers, or administrators can place specific restrictions on each user to ensure productivity and appropriate usage.  In addition, …

HotelTonight Launches App for Android Tablets

HotelTonight Launches App for Android Tablets

HotelTonight, a hotel booking app, is now available  for Android tablets running on Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and higher.  The HotelTonight app is available for free for smartphones and tablets running on iOS and Android operating systems.
The app works by offering last-minute hotel deals every day at noon (local time), which customers are able to take advantage of until 2:00 a.m.  HotelTonight is available in over 80 cities both in …

DFW Launches Mobile App for Smartphones

DFW Launches Mobile App for Smartphones

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has released a new mobile app for smartphones.  The DFW Airport mobile app provides travelers with information and updates concerning flights, parking, restaurants, shops, and other airport services.
The app is designed to help passengers navigate the airport and supports push notifications.  Among other features, it will notify passengers about flight updates and gate changes.
The app also provides flight information and tracking, and can help people …