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Virgin Atlantic to Trial Apple iBeacon Technology at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic to Trial Apple iBeacon Technology at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced it is piloting a test of Apple’s iBeacon technology at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
The technology uses a beacon, developed by start-up Estimote, to send messages to users of iOS devices via Bluetooth when they are within range.  One example cited by the airline is a passenger who would receive an offer for a 0% conversion fee as he passes by a currency exchange booth.  Another could …

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 …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Road Test

GENEVA — The idea of “infotainment” in a car is a relatively new concept and its origins can be traced back to the granddaddy of such systems, BMW’s iDrive, which was introduced in the 7 Series in 2001.
Before that, cars had a radio, perhaps a navigation system, and sometimes a built-in car phone but there was no platform supporting the various functions.
Today, there is so much technology in cars that …

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple announced CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday. Carplay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
By connecting an iPhone to the vehicle’s display via a USB cable, drivers can natively access Apple’s maps for navigation, music apps, and make calls or send messages.  Drivers can also access Siri via a voice control button on the steering wheel to control iPhones …

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple’s newest flagship smartphone, the 5s, is going to be turning two very soon; two months that is.  Introduced at the same time as the 5c, essentially the existing 5 with colorful new case options, Apple sold nine million in the first three days the phones were on sale.  Apple simultaneously introduced a completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, and reported over 200 million downloads of the OS in …

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 …

LoungeBuddy App to Connect Travelers With Airport Lounges

LoungeBuddy App to Connect Travelers With Airport Lounges

Travelers who have puzzled over which airport lounge to visit during a trip now have a new tool available to them.  LoungeBuddy, a start-up, released its eponymously-named lounge guide app on Wednesday.  The new app lets users find nearby airport lounges that suits their needs.
Users input the airline they are flying and the airports involved in their journey, including connecting airports, and LoungeBuddy displays a comprehensive list of airport lounges …