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Briefly: BA allows smartphone use in flights, Google search caroling

updated 05:21 am EST, Thu December 19, 2013

British Airways allows passengers to use electronics throughout flight

British Airways 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 European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) rule alterations mirrors that of American counterparts after the FAA made a similar decision. While passengers will be able to use mobile devices from terminal to terminal, Reuters reports that devices are still required to go into "Flight Mode" for the journey itself.

Google adds Christmas carol karaoke to search

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, reports TechCrunch. A choice of five carols are available, with an instrumental music track offered for each song accompanied by the lyrics.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tehwoz

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-19-13

    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.

  1. makemineamac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 03-07-08

    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.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    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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