As first intimated back in March and pretty much a done deal in September, the FAA has confirmed that use of portable electronic devices by airline passengers will be permitted from gate-to-gate. Cellular devices must be in flight mode throughout, and you cannot make voice calls even via wifi.
The ruling only gives the go-ahead to airlines, so there’s no saying when individual airlines might start applying the policy, but it’s unlikely to be before next year.
One uncertainty remains: the FAA says that approval is for ‘lightweight’ devices, and gives examples but doesn’t actually specify a weight.
Once an airline verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones—at all altitudes
It’s not immediately clear whether the permission includes laptops. Given the rather thin line between a lightweight laptop and a tablet, not to mention the difficulty non-technical cabin crew would have distinguishing a tablet with keyboard accessory from a laptop, this seems something of an oversight. Perhaps the rules should allow anything with an ‘Air’ in the name …
According to Apple, iPhone 5S may not be the thinnest or the lightest Smartphone ever, but it is the most forward-thinking and the best Smartphone on the market. The iPhone maker released this top-of-the-range device that some love to call ‘the ultimate-super-phone for 2013’, a year after the introduction of the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5S comes with some super cool features that puts it in a very competitive edge with the likes of Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy 4 and HTC one. Unlike its competitors, the iPhone 5S comes at a much affordable price of about $199 and a two-year guarantee.
Even though the design and the size of the iPhone 5S haven’t changed, there are little things that have turned into big things. For example, this latest handset features a hidden fingerprint reader, known as the Touch ID that allows the user to get into his phone by pressing his assigned finger or thumb to unlock the phone. Setting up Touch ID takes only a few minutes, during which you will be required to place your finger on the device in different positions so that it can read your print comprehensively and learn who you are.
After getting all the data that is needed, Touch ID will allow you to unlock your phone without a passcode. It will also allow you to make purchases from Apple’s stores without necessarily having to use a password. Touch ID stores fingerprints in a special encrypted memory of the device, such that no one else can gain access to the phone, except the owner. Besides the Touch ID, the iPhone 5S also comes with an upgraded 64-bit A7 processor, a much-enhanced new flash and a much better camera. Although the small (4-inch) screen is a practical downside of the phone, its display is still outstanding.
The M7 motion coprocessor is another interesting feature that the 5S comes with. This is a feature that is designed to collect data from the compass, gyroscope, accelerometer and others, and uses that data to establish the state of your Smartphone. This means that the device determines whether you are walking or driving. If you stay for a few hours without picking the device, it will establish this as well. That’s not all! Maps will also change the type of directions given depending on whether you are driving or walking. In short, this is a device that has the ability to establish what you are doing with your phone at all times.
Those who are looking for an actual upgrade from their iPhone 5 will have to wait until the iPhone 5S goes on sale later next week, and if you’re a T-Mobile customer, the carrier has just announced how much both of Apple’s latest iPhones will cost you.
T-Mobile will offer the 16GB iPhone 5C at an introductory price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $22, while the 16GB iPhone 5S will be available for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $22.91. This is certainly a good deal for T-Mobile subscribers as you won’t be paying the retail price of $99 and $199 for the 16GB iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, respectively, although when you factor in the monthly payments, you’ll pretty much be spending the same amount as you would have if you purchased either device off contract.
The iPhone 5C is currently available for pre-order on T-Mobile’s website, with both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S available for sale starting on September 20 at both T-Mobile’s brick-and-mortar retail stores as well as their website.
Ahead of the iPhone media event taking place at 10AM PST, the Apple Store is down for updates. The expectation is that Apple will announce two new phones at the event, a first for the company, dubbed the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, with both models being available in new colour variations. As always, the Store will return after the event is over, with new pages featuring the newly announced hardware.
Apparently, Brown can do more for you than just ship your packages. UPS retail stores, starting with one in San Diego and coming to more locations around the US in the future, will begin offering 3D printing services using a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer.
Previously, Staples was the only retail chain in the US to offer 3D printing. Let’s hope this is part of a bigger trend so we can start having some fun with these really cool printers. I am going to go out on a limb and say this new technology is going to cost a pretty penny but will defiantly be worth it for small start-up companies.
Heres to 3D printing!