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Lobby Bar – October 17: Fish Bones, Poetry Trees, Eaten Alive, and the Brand New Apricot aPad

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The Lobby Bar – A Smile-Inducing Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views 
Forecast for Hell? It turns out that 86% percent of frequent flyers aren’t too fond of the TSA. When will things begin to improve? That’s still up for debate, but we’ve seen pigs getting fitted for wings, so there may still be hope yet.
Stop. In the name of Security. Apparently nobody is safe from the TSA’s intrusive probing …

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York City transit officials said Tuesday that they would be adding mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to additional locations in the coming months.
The city will add service to 40 underground subway stops, with 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. There are already 36 stations in Manhattan that have service. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wi-Fi service will be free. Royal Caribbean Cruises would …

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

The Federal Communications Commission fined Marriott International for blocking rival Wi-Fi networks at a Nashville resort in order to force guests to pay for access to the hotel’s Internet service.
The agency’s investigation revealed that employees of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, used the hotel’s Wi-Fi monitoring system “to contain and/or de-authenticate guest-created Wi-Fi hotspot access points in the conference facilities.”  This forced guests and event …

George Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby Airports Introduce Free Wi-Fi Service

George Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby Airports Introduce Free Wi-Fi Service

The Houston Airport System announced that complimentary Wi-Fi access is now available at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
The free Internet service is offered in Terminals A and D of George Bush Intercontinental, as well as at all terminal areas of Houston Hobby.
The service will be rolled out at George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminals B, C, and E by the end of this year.  In addition, …

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines announced that it has begun offering in-flight Wi-Fi access on select domestic flights.  The service is provided by China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect system.
Wi-Fi is currently available on one of the airline’s Airbus A330 planes used to operate flights between Beijing and Shanghai.  The carrier plans to eventually install the service on 26 more aircraft in its fleet, including 20 Boeing 777 and six …

JAL Launches Gogo Internet Service on Domestic Flights

JAL Launches Gogo Internet Service on Domestic Flights

Japan Airlines announced the launch of in-flight Wi-Fi Internet service on its first domestic flight on Wednesday.  Three of the airline’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft now offer the service, which is provided by Internet company Gogo.
Internet access is now available on select domestic Japan Airline routes between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and the cities of Osaka, Fukuoka, and Hakodate.  The airline also plans to introduce the service to flights between Tokyo …

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

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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 …