When $10 Internet is free at Radisson

The folks over at USA Today Travel are breathlessly reporting that the Radisson hotel chain, which has been one of the rare hotel chains to offer free Internet access across the board in its properties, will soon start charging $10 per day for the service. But Radisson is making this change as part ...
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Does your phone have a "locate me" feature? Is it turned on?

Cell phones have had location-sensing capabilities for years, first by noting which cell towers they could "see" (the towers' locations is well established) and eventually with actual GPS chips. These days, every cell phone has a pretty good idea where it is anytime it's on, and some have ...

Is the Verizon Wireless iPhone the right choice for travelers?

Few technology announcements have been as eagerly anticipated or breathlessly covered as this week's revelation from Verizon Wireless that they'll be offering a version of Apple's popular iPhone. Let's take a look at whether this phone is a good choice for travelers.
It may be your only choice. ...
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Recharge your phone as you rush to your connecting gate?

We've all had those short connections that don't allow even ten minutes to plug in an AC adapter, even if we could find a (working) electric outlet. We're too busy rushing from one end of the airport to another! Imagine if we could harness some of that kinetic energy as we race through the terminal, ...
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Mobile TV choices shrinking as much as they're growing

My friend Dave Zatz wrote in his incredibly informative ZatzNotFunny tech blog that the ambitious FLO TV hardware and service combo is shutting down in March. The handheld "personal TV" product, developed by Qualcomm, was designed to offer a variety of programming straight to your handheld ...

Making do without free GoGo holiday Wi-Fi

The free GoGo Inflight Internet for the holidays we talked about last month ends in just a few more days; Google's generosity expires on January 2nd. After you've had a taste of free Wi-Fi in the sky, will you continue to fly offline to save money, or will you spring for the full-price service so ...

How Boingo saved me a cool hundred bucks

Remember when getting online in airports and hotel rooms meant having a laptop with a built-in modem, paying for a nationwide dialup service, and finding a phone jack to plug into? There were a couple of pay phones with data jacks in many airports, and for a while the gem of the travel industry was ...
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How does the Gawker password compromise affect travelers?

At first glance, this topic seems a bit of a stretch for a travel technology blog, but I've decided I can live with that. You see, the popular Gawker web site network, which actually includes not just Gawker, but also Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, io9, and Fleshbot, has ...
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It's the Tech Trebuchet holiday gift guide!

There are lots of places you can read tech-oriented holiday gift guides, and I'm not going to try to be complete. I'm just going to offer a few suggestions for your travel-minded gift recipients.
CarMD -- For those on your gift list who drive a lot, and like to be a bit independent, check out ...

Fly online for the holidays with free Gogo Inflight

Google has subsidized the cost of Wi-Fi Internet access in airport terminals in the past, and we're pleased to see this year they're sponsoring free inflight Wi-Fi for the holiday season. As Matthew also reported, the company has announced that the Google Chrome web browser will offer free Gogo ...

Charging up your gadgets on the road

If you've traveled with your gadgets, you know that you need to plan ahead and bring all sorts of cords and chargers along for the ride. No matter how cautious you are, sometimes you'll find yourself out and about with a dwindling battery but without the necessary cord, or with no outlet to plug it ...
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Getting your (smaller) gadgets like iPad and Kindle aboard the plane

Remember those carefree days when the only thing you had to worry about boarding the plane with was a small laptop bag, a magazine, and your cell phone? No problem getting all that through security. But as more and more people slow things down by bringing all their luggage through security instead ...
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Do you use Marriott's digital TV hook-ups?

I'm a techie, so more often than not, I'm traveling with my own entertainment. From my first video iPod a few years back, to my iPhone, now my iPad, and of course the laptop that's always with me on trips, I'm never short of video to watch when I'm on the road. When I turn on the hotel TV, it's ...
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Wherever my smartphone may roam

When I first started using cell phones, roaming was a pretty easy concept. If you were in your cellular provider's local service area, near home, you weren't roaming. If you were out of town, sometimes even in your own state, you probably were roaming, often with a daily or monthly charge plus a ...

How to guarantee no sleep on your next red-eye with GoGo

So far, I haven't been very lucky in finding myself on aircraft with in-flight Internet access. Even if I were, I admit I'm a little put off by the price of entry, almost always north of $10 for a flight, unless you're willing to commit to buying several flights' worth of Internet access up ...