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NewsPoster Dec 19, 2013 06:23 AM
Briefly: BA allows smartphone use in flights, Google search caroling
<a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300785==http://www.britishairways.com/" rel='nofollow'>British Airways</a> has become the first European airline to allow the use of smartphones and tablets throughout a flight. The change in policy at the airline after the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300786==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/14/incoming.easa.guidelines.follow.similar.faa.rule.c hanges/" rel='nofollow'>European Aviation Safety Agency's</a> (EASA) rule alterations mirrors that of American counterparts after the FAA made a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300787==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/31/smartphones.tablets.in.flight.mode.given.ok.for.us e.at.take.off/" rel='nofollow'>similar decision</a>. While passengers will be able to use mobile devices from terminal to terminal, <em>Reuters</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300788==http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/18/us-britain-airlines-gadgets-idUSBRE9BH0WB20131218" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> that devices are still required to go into "Flight Mode" for the journey itself. <br />
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<strong>Google adds Christmas carol karaoke to search</strong><br />
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Google has added a Christmas Easter Egg to search on mobile devices. Searching for the term "let's go caroling" in a browser or Google Voice Search will bring up a special Christmas carol karaoke card via Google Now, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300784==http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/turn-your-smartphone-into-a-caroling-karaoke-machine-with-this-google-easter-egg/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>TechCrunch</em>. A choice of five carols are available, with an instrumental music track offered for each song accompanied by the lyrics.
 
tehwoz Dec 19, 2013 12:04 PM
Sounds like hell ... last thing I want is to be radiated by the next person on the plane ... and be unable to escape. Doesn't look like I will fly BA again.
 
makemineamac Dec 19, 2013 12:27 PM
Love the Google thing. Hate so much of what they do sometimes, but then they do something cool like the caroling thing and I happily hand over more information to them.
 
Charles Martin Dec 19, 2013 06:16 PM
thewoz ... you might try actually reading the article next time. "Reuters reports that devices are still required to go into "Flight Mode" for the journey itself." Do you not know what that means?
 
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