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Westin Chicago Northwest – Hotel Review

Westin Chicago Northwest – Hotel Review

About 20 minutes from O’Hare Airport and 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, the Westin Chicago Northwest is located near the affluent village of Itasca, very close to I-90 as well as the Itasca Metra stop. Given a meeting nearby, as well as its relative proximity to O’Hare, I opted to stay there recently.
Built in the 1970s, the hotel boasts a huge atrium lobby with greenhouse-style roof that bathes the lobby …

The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee – Review

The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee – Review

The city of Chattanooga, in southeastern Tennessee, lies in an idyllic valley where the Appalachian Mountains meet the Cumberland Plateau along two lakes that form part of the Tennessee River. Because of its strategic location near a natural opening in the Southern Appalachians, the city has long been known as the “Gateway to the South.”
Once an important railroad hub and manufacturing center, Chattanooga was known in the 1930s as the …

The Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, Michigan – Review

The Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, Michigan – Review

The prospect of staying at an airport hotel, with minor exceptions (such as the Kempinski Airport Hotel München), ranks about even with having a tooth pulled for many business travelers. Fortunately, that isn’t always the case.
The Dearborn Inn is the world’s first airport hotel, having opened in 1931. It was the brainchild of Henry Ford, whose airport was located across the street. While Ford Airport closed in 1933, the Inn …

Exclusive Interview: American Airlines Officials Discuss Boeing, Airbus Deal

Exclusive Interview: American Airlines Officials Discuss Boeing, Airbus Deal

Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, American Airlines announced the largest ever order for new aircraft.  Would it be Boeing? Or perhaps Airbus? In the end, it turned out to be both.  With one of the oldest fleets among major U.S. carriers, American’s ambitious five-year fleet renewal plan meant that no one manufacturer could deliver within the airline’s timeline.
According to American Airlines executives we spoke with, the deal “was literally signed …

Aircell Rebrands as Gogo and Launches Free In-Flight Portal

Aircell Rebrands as Gogo and Launches Free In-Flight Portal

This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the in-flight movie, first introduced on regularly scheduled TWA flights in 1961 using 16 mm projectors. Yesterday, in-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo unveiled its new multimedia platform, which portends the next generation of in-flight entertainment systems.
To mark its evolution from an internet provider to an in-flight entertainment brand, the company has officially changed its name to Gogo. It will continue to use its former …

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review

Boxee Box by D-Link – Review


Watching TV programs via the Internet on one’s TV seems as if it should be easy; however, there are actually a few hoops to jump though. Selecting the software, device, and finding the content one wants is not as simple as it should be, and there are many options that range from simply connecting a laptop to your TV all the way to dedicated set top boxes.

One promising option is …

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

Capitalizing on the recent release of Google’s Chromebook, Virgin America is letting passengers “test-fly” the cloud-based laptop on their flights and at their departure gates all this summer. 
Starting July 1, travelers on select flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DWF) can try out the Chromebook in “Chrome Zone” lounges at their departure gates.  They …