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Iceland volcano could ground air travel (again)

Iceland volcano could ground air travel (again)

International flights face huge disruptions as Iceland readies for a volcanic eruption that could match the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano for frustrating airlines and redirecting travelers. The simmering volcano in Bárðarbunga is expected to cause widespread flooding as "significant" levels of meltwater are produced from the 150 to 600 meters of glacial ice above it, though magma may not reach the surface.

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USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

While just this 6th of July, the Transportation Security Administration in the USA banned "powerless devices" from flights, the UK has joined in the battle this week. Attempting to go through security at an airport going into or out of the UK through "certain airports" will result in your devices being checked (as per usual.) If you are asked to power your device on, and you can’t, your device will be confiscated.

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Canada relaxes rules on using mobile devices in-flight

Canada relaxes rules on using mobile devices in-flight

Following the example set in the US, Canadian regulators have relaxed their rules on using mobile devices in-flight. Though travelers will not be able to transmit information, they can use their mobile devices — such as tablets or smartphones — for the duration of their flight.

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AT&T aiming for 4G LTE-based in-flight WiFi in 2015

AT&T aiming for 4G LTE-based in-flight WiFi in 2015

AT&T has revealed plans to bring fast WiFi to your future flights, doing so using a yet-to-be-built air-to-ground network in the US based upon 4G LTE standards. If all goes as planned, the carrier says it could get the network up and running as soon as late next year.

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United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

Supposing your on a US Airways flight and have the United Airways app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at the end of 2014, you’ll be able to connect with some content while 10,000 feet above the ground. This initiative is one United Airlines first announced back on February 6th, but today it’s gaining steam thanks to a well-placed PR punch.

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iOS-exclusive movie service coming to United Airlines flights

iOS-exclusive movie service coming to United Airlines flights

The folks at Patently Apple have acquired information on an upcoming onboard entertainment system coming to United Airlines flights starting next month. The service, upon launch, will be exclusive to iOS mobile devices, and will offer access to hundreds of movies and TV shows sans charge.

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Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Air travel is a very safe way to travel long distances in a short time, but it is often subjected to turbulence, something that can range from a minor annoyance to a terrifying experience, particularly if it causes the plane to buck and jerk. Detecting it is a science still in the works, and amongst the possibilities is one proposal suggesting the use of common GPS.

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Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Today's remote control vehicles - like the Swann Quad Starship - aren't like the simple wired-and-one-way cars of the past. What we've got now are machines that do just about anything, controlled with your smartphone or remotely, flying, diving, and driving like mad. The Swan Quad Starship only does a few of these things - it's essentially a return to the basics (with flight intact).

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EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

Beginning as early as December of this year, you will soon be allowed to power-on and use approved electronic devices during all stages of the flight on most Europe-based airlines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this week issued a ruling to that effect, following a similar ruling by the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month. Like the FAA, EASA will allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to be turned on, but not cellular radios.

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FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

Under a new FAA ruling, commercial flight passengers flying within the US will now be able to use smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and some other small electronics during all parts of flights. There are, however, some limitations, the most obvious of which is that passengers still can't make or receive calls or text messages.

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iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

Restrictions on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing could be lifted, after a regulatory committee told the FAA to loosen its guidelines on when gadgets like iPads, Kindles, and other hardware can be turned on. The recommendation by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which comes after a year-long investigation into the potential safety issues, is believed to include select smaller gadgets, while laptops and other larger hardware would still need to be stowed, albeit for physical reasons of potential crash danger, rather than because of whatever electrical signals they might give out.

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ChallengeDyson publicly puts Dyson engineers to the test

ChallengeDyson publicly puts Dyson engineers to the test

Teched-out vacuum cleaner salesmen Dyson have begun displaying their engineers' willingness to take on extra-curricular engineering projects in a video entitled "Challenge Dyson 2013: Airborne." The challenge was to "design a machine that can fly, navigate the course, and try not to burst the balloons" using nothing but spare Dyson parts.

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