By SHANNON KELLY
The dream of using your smartphone or iPad on planes to browse the Web during long runway delays could become a reality—at least in the U.S—as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reviews aircraft policies on portable electronic devices. (more…)
By CARISSA BLUESTONE
From left to right: Nokia Maps, PDF Maps, Galileo
You can avoid most data-roaming charges by downloading a good Wi-Fi finder. But being out of range will render the Google Maps function on your Apple device useless.
To access offline maps you have a few options—besides, you know, carrying around an actual map. (more…)
Stuck on Earth iPad app
By Pamela MacNaugtan
Face it: when you’re on the road, either you have an iPad or you have iPad envy. Travel and iPads just click. (more…)
Photo by Mark Hunter
By Waheeda Harris
Mobile phones and tablets are quickly becoming the preferred travel accessories. A recent survey of business travellers by research firm PhoCusWright showed 84% are devoted to their smartphone as a travel tool.
Following are five ways tech will enhance your travel experience in 2012. (more…)
By Carissa Bluestone
Earlier this week, online travel booker Orbitz launched an updated—i.e., faster, more intuitive—version of its mobile website. Of the new features, “Mobile Steals,” which offers discounts of up to 50% for same-day hotel bookings (and discounts for future bookings, too), is getting the most attention. So far, select hotels in more than 50 cities worldwide are participating. These deals are only available through the mobile site or any of the Orbitz apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. (more…)
Photo by Jared Earle
By Amanda Yiu
A new study published by mobile advertising network Greystripe reveals that 67% of iPad users are frequent travelers. It also found that 91% of iPad users regularly engage with their device for travel-related activities, from booking flights to getting directions and finding the best local restaurants.
To gather the findings in the report, titled “Smartphone and Tablet Travel Insights” (PDF), Greystripe collected data from 971 iPad, iPhone (including iPod Touch) and Android users over a monthlong period. (more…)
From left to right: TripColor, Moleskine, Trip Journal, HipGeo
By Carissa Bluestone
After passport renewal and seat selection, the most pressing pre-travel concern is how best to taunt our friends with real-time vacation updates. Journaling, scrapbooking, digital instigation—whatever you call it, these apps will help you share your pics, anecdotes, and geotagged minutia. (more…)