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iPads on Planes? In-Flight Ban on Portable Electronic Devices Under Review

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…)

4 Tips for Offline Map Access with Mobile Devices

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…)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 7 iPad Travel Apps Reviewed

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…)

5 Reasons Mobile Devices Will Dominate Travel in 2012

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…)

Orbitz’s “Mobile Steals” Offers Last-Minute Hotel Discounts

Orbitz.com

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…)

Travel and iPad Go Together

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…)

Review: 4 Trip-Journaling Apps

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…)