Travel may still be a bit of a curse, but having the right Android apps can make it easier.
We are always on the go. And whether it's the road warrior or the weekend getaway, our phones and tablets — like it or not — are almost always with us. Doesn't matter if its business or if it's pleasure. We almost always have to stay connected.
And that's fine. Those selfies aren't going to upload themselves.
Frankly, we're not sure how man managed to move from town to town — to say nothing of navigating the seas or the skies above — without smartphones. How did we find our way on the roads? How did we move through cities? How did we keep track of our flights and our hotels and our rental cars? With paper? Surely not. The answers to those questions are best left forgotten, for this is the digital age.
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12 May 2014
With these apps your Android phone or tablet becomes an essential travel companion
There are a whole bunch of great apps available in the Google Play Store for those of us who travel, be it regularly or only occasionally...
13 December 2013
It’s not often the rules change, especially when it comes to aviation. Since the Wright brothers first propelled their wood-and-fabric plane into the sky in 1903 we’ve been banned from using electronic devices below 10,000 feet. (They had iPods back then, right?) Of course, there was reasoning behind the ban, or at least reasonable fear. Electronics by their very nature emit electromagnetic radiation, which has the potential to interfere with the ostensibly sensitive instruments of an aircraft. Takeoff and landing are the most dangerous phases of any flight, the points where those instruments need to be their most accurate. So in the early days of portable electronics, when they were more electromagnetically leaky and the instruments in the cockpit weren’t as protected as they are today, an abundance of caution led to portable electronics being banned during takeoff and landing.
But in the years since that ban was instituted, our gadgets have become less leaky. Copious research has been applied to determining just how much interference these devices might actually cause (the answer is minimal to none). And the electronics that control these planes have been hardened, but to protect against much more nefarious interferences such as electromagnetic pulse bombs or terrorist hacking intended to knock planes out of the sky.
Our gadgets and our planes today are safe together. And so the government aviation authorities have decided that it’s time to lift the ban. You’re not yet free to move about the cabin during that initial ascent and final approach, but you can keep tapping away at your tablet and smartphone. So beyond having your possible usage time extended from the time you sit down to the time you get up, what else do these new rules mean for airborne travelers?..
25 November 2013
Wait times, flight delays, local weather and more make MyTSA a useful app for travelers
Most people don't think of the TSA when they think about easy...