Lobby Bar – January 15: Presidential Auto Show Orders, a Lion’s Worst Fear, and Being Drugged by your Phone


Lobby Bar – A Subliminally Sexy Summary of FBT News and Views
Quit while ahead. Before the Detroit Auto Show opened, the Buick Avista Concept stole the hearts of auto enthusiasts nationwide. After reading the press release, the auto show committee decided to cancel the show entirely as nothing could possibly live up to Buick’s announcement.
Scratch that. Unfortunately for Buick, but fortunately for other automakers and the thousands of reporters and …

Apple Adds ‘Night Shift’ Feature in iOS 9.3 to Reduce Harmful Impact of Blue Light on Sleep

Apple Adds ‘Night Shift’ Feature in iOS 9.3 to Reduce Harmful Impact of Blue Light on Sleep

Apparently, some Apple employees have been losing sleep over the impact of using an iPhone or iPad before going to bed at night. The result is a feature called Night Shift, which, using your iPhone or iPad’s clock and geolocation information, shifts the display to warmer colors in the evening, reducing the amount of blue light emitted from the device. Blue light can have a negative impact on sleep by …

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 and Apple Homekit – Review

The Apple Homekit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge

When it comes to home automation, there are dozens of products and it takes patience to determine what works with what, with the exception of the Philips Hue line of smart bulbs and, to some extent, Apple Homekit.
The former is a fairly substantial lineup of color-changing LED bulbs, white LED bulbs, controllable dimmer switches, LED lightstrips, and light fixtures with built-in LED bulbs. The latter is not a product but …

Delta Adds Support for Apple Pay in Fly Delta App for iPhone

Delta Adds Support for Apple Pay in Fly Delta App for iPhone

Delta Air Lines announced late Thursday that its Fly Delta app now supports Apple Pay for in-app purchases for customers using iOS devices.
The latest version of the app, version 3.6, allows customers to book flights and pay for them using credit cards that have been added to their Apple Pay digital wallet and authenticating with a fingerprint via Touch ID.
Apple Pay functionality is only available for customers with U.S. billing …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Test Report

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“Hey Siri!”
“Yes, Jonathan?”
“I’m sorry I called you a bitch so many times. Truly sorry.”
“There’s no need for that.”
Over the past week, I actually started to like Siri. Although she still refuses to tell me which planes are overhead – something she was fond of doing back in the day – her manners, while we drove around for a week in a Cadillac CTS, were impeccable.
The Cadillac boulevard cruiser is one …

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus – Review and First Look

Apple iPhone 6s Plus in gold and 6s in rose gold

In the Appleverse, “s” releases of iPhones are generally incremental, no big deal, a somewhat marginal update.
The 4s (originally the 4S and the “S” stood for Siri, as she was making her first appearance) made its debut in October 2011, 16 months after the 4 was released. It retained the 4’s design, but received an upgrade to the Apple A5 chipset, an improved camera, and an updated operating system (iOS …

Apple WatchOS 2 Review and Test Report

WatchOS 2 face with author's favorite photo of Iceland as background

When the Apple Watch first came out in late April, I lusted after the ones other staffers at Frequent Business Traveler had and soon found myself the proud owner of one. Even though it was a first-generation product, it showed enough promise, and had enough functionality over other smartwatches I had used – including the Pebble and a few Android Wear models – that I had to have it once …