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Lobby Bar – May 1: Index Finger Flying, Phoning a Friend, Emotional Autos, and First Class Brawls

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Lobby Bar – A Truth-Defying Summary of FBT News and Views 
Many will enter. One will win. Check out our top tips on how to survive a long flight. It’s dog-eat-dog up in the air, so we recommend discreetly poisoning your seatmate’s meal before he gets around to stabbing you with his TSA-approved nail clippers.
Watch this. Jonathan Spira spends the night in front of the Apple store to get a spankin’ …

Some American Airlines Flights Grounded After Pilot iPad Failure

Some American Airlines Flights Grounded After Pilot iPad Failure

A number of American Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday after an app used by pilots failed to function.
“Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” the airline said on its Twitter account.  A spokesman for the airline told Frequent Business Traveler that “several dozen” flights had been impacted.
The problem occurred after an update to an app made by Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, which provides an electronic …

Harvard Study Confirms Late-Night Use of Smartphones and Tablets Adversely Impacts Sleep, Alertness

Harvard Study Confirms Late-Night Use of Smartphones and Tablets Adversely Impacts Sleep, Alertness

A Harvard Medical School study confirms that using a device such as a smartphone or tablet before going to bed will disrupt sleep patterns, something that will come as no surprise to regular readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine.
The type of artificial light emitted by iPhones, Android devices, and iPads, namely blue wavelengths emitted by fluorescent and LED lights, disturbs the body’s circadian rhythm or internal clock, which is accustomed …

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America announced that it has completed the upgrade of all of its aircraft to Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Internet service.
Gogo’s new ATG-4 service is significantly faster than the original ATG system.  ATG-4 supports three times the peak bandwidth to the aircraft, or 9.8 Mbps versus 3.1.
Virgin currently has 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft in its fleet.  The airline performed its final ATG-4 installation this week on an Airbus A319 plane …

Apple Debuts iPad Air, New iPad Mini, and Macs

Apple Debuts iPad Air, New iPad Mini, and Macs

Apple announced an all-new iPad and iPad Mini, as well as a new Mac Pro and an updated MacBook Pro, at an event on Tuesday.
Apple’s newest full-size iPad, dubbed iPad Air, features a 9.7” retina display.  It weighs just one pound (0.45 kg) and, at 7.5 mm, is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the iPad 4.  It also houses Apple’s A7 chip, the same one the Cupertino-based company debuted …

ArtRage 4 Painting App – Review

ArtRage 4 Painting App – Review

As artists who travel frequently probably already know, it’s often not feasible to bring art supplies while traveling on commercial flights or other forms of mass transportation.  Bringing kits, sketch pads, and even canvas sheets on board can be a hassle.  One software company, ArtRage, sought to address this problem by creating a realistic art simulation app for computers and portable devices, compatible with styluses that function as paintbrushes.
ArtRage’s latest …

Apple iPad Mini – Review

Apple iPad Mini – Review

In October of 2012, Apple’s iPad lineup adopted a smaller sibling.  Following its launch in 2010, the original 9.7-inch tablet computer had become a de facto standard for tablets and few thought that Apple would introduce a smaller version, yet here I am holding a 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
Apple products are known for their alluring packaging; I’ve always kept the containers of my past purchases because the boxes themselves are almost …