Apple’s Improving Underground Navigation with Transit in Maps

Subway navigation is about to get much easier in hundreds of cities around the world. At the WWDC conference in San Francisco today, Apple introduced a Maps app refresh, which brings advanced Transit info to your iPhone. Transit view in Maps includes subway times and maps, bus information and ferry schedules. You can tap on a stop or station…

Good News for Travelers: Google Maps Going Offline

Wish you could use the Google Maps smartphone app while traveling in foreign cities, but don’t want to pay expensive roaming charges to access it? Or perhaps you’re visiting a country where mobile data service just isn’t available? Well, good news has arrived: Google announced plans to make navigation and GPS features available offline on the Google Maps app by the end of 2015….

Insider Series: Does TSA Security Screening Really Work?

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport. In this installment, he takes a look at the technology used by TSA to screen you and your baggage, and offers his commentary on whether it’s effective … or not.  In the same week that Homeland Security…

Cathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi

In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi game. TPG holds Cathay Pacific’s First Class cabin in high regard, and feels that its comfort and service make it one of the best experiences he’s…

Review: Free Data in 120+ Countries with T-Mobile

Most travelers face a dilemma before embarking on any international trip: Should you pre-pay for your carrier’s expensive roaming package, deal with the hassle of buying a SIM at your destination or risk wasting hundreds or even thousands of dollars by using your phone like you do at home, without planning ahead? If you have…

One Week with the Apple Watch…and I’m Diggin’ It

I’ve had my Apple Watch for a week now. It arrived just before my trip to the Kentucky Derby, and I was able to test it out on Uber rides and during my treks through airports over the past few days. Is it the life-changing device people have been talking about? Probably not. Could it potentially improve my experience as a frequent…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…

10 Travel Apps That Bring You the World

Want to hold the world in the palm of your hand? Dedicated travel geek and TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo suggests 10 smartphone apps for that, all of which will help you stay organized, thrifty, informed and fed on your travels around the globe. Pocket Earth Once you’re on the road, it can be challenge to figure out…

Audi Launches On Demand Car Rental App

Smartphone apps have simplified the car rental process, with services like Silvercar taking the hassle out of reserving a ride at an airport or even downtown. Audi’s own version, called on demand, is only available in San Francisco (for now). You can rent one of 10 Audi models for up to 28 days anywhere within 49 miles of the…

6 Things I Already Hate About the Apple Watch

Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there…