Several Airlines Just Banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Update: The FAA has released the following statement concerning the Galaxy Note 7: In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked…

Android Pay Gets a Big Upgrade, Now Supports Chase Visa Cards

Attention Android fans: Google recently rolled out new improvements to its Android Pay mobile payment platform. Chase Visa cardholders will now be able to use Android Pay for purchases at retailers that accept mobile payments — set up your card (or cards) by opening the Android Pay app and taking a picture of it with your phone’s camera. Purchases…

Hilton Adds Virtual Tour Guide / Salesperson To Its HHonors App

Hilton has introduced a new feature within the Hilton HHonors app called Fun Finder, which acts like a personal travel assistant that can help you with anything you want or need at a Hilton resort. The new software uses a technology called beacon — which is similar to GPS, but goes further and can give…

Major Changes Coming to Wireless Networks in Europe and Beyond

Major changes are coming to cell phone plans and data rates soon that will make many people quite happy. Last June, the European Commission voted to completely scrap roaming fees while traveling within the continent starting in 2017. In the meantime, roaming charges are capped at €0.20 (22 cents) per megabyte of data, €0.60 per text,…

The Autonomous Cowarobot Suitcase is Both Ridiculous and Amazing

When people think of robotics specialists, they don’t normally think of luggage makers. But San Fransisco-based company Cowarobot is most certainly both of those things. At CES Asia earlier this year, the brand announced its first flagship product, the Cowarobot R1. Scheduled to ship in November 2016, the product sports minimalistic good looks and a feature…

Why Mobile Passport Can Be an Even Better Option Than Global Entry

When Global Entry first launched, it was a revolutionary way for frequent international travelers to quickly get through immigration upon returning to the US. As the program continued to grow, we watched as many credit cards, like Amex Platinum and the new Chase Sapphire Reserve, offered credits to cover the Global Entry fee — for those who choose to purchase Global…

5 Best Workout Apps to Use While Traveling

Sure, it’s nice to indulge in food and luxury while traveling, but the five-star cuisine can really add up — and not just for your bank account, but also for your waistline. Whether you’re treating yourself to a Caribbean cruise or stuck on a 14-hour long-haul flight, your body can go through long periods of inactivity. Props to…

Testing out First-Of-Its-Kind Smart Room Technology at the Aloft Boston Seaport

Over the past few years, Starwood Preferred Guest has been ramping up its efforts to be ahead of the competition as far as technologically-savvy properties go. In 2015, Starwood gave a preview of its products of the future, including keyless entry, colored LED lights and USB power outlets just to name a few. And, the brand is only continuing…

FYI: Pizza Delivery Drones are Taking Off in New Zealand

When it comes to having a fresh, hot pizza delivered directly into your hands, the days of using a rotary phone to dial up your local pizza parlor seem like something out of The Flintstones. From online ordering to pepperoni-toting robots, pizza makers have turned into early tech adopters as a way to stay ahead of the…

Is Hyperloop’s Simulated Scenery the Future of Travel?

What would it be like to ride on the Hyperloop — the 700 mph (1,100 km/hr) propulsion-driven transportation of the future? In the video below from Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, you can see how it would look to ride in a windowless pod that is zooming through an airless tube and carrying passengers at the speed of sound…