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Briefly: United Airlines app expands check-ins, Yahoo Mail iOS update

08/06, 2:44pm

United Airlines updates iOS app, expands international flight check-in feature

United Airlines has released an update for its iOS app, offering a new trial feature that expands the ability to check-in for international flights. Users can scan their passport for international check-ins, or verify existing stored passport data if the user is already logged in the system. Version 2.0.16 also includes a fix for a bug regarding extra flight status cards. The app is free to download through iTunes, and requires iOS 6.0 or later to run.

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Briefly: United's in-air Wi-Fi entertainment, SimCity 4 on GameAgent

05/07, 3:15pm

United Airlines now offering updated app with personal device entertainment service

United Airlines has released a new app that now includes entertainment content for using on one's personal devices. Revised with an iOS-7 compatible design that is optimized for iPhone, the new United app features travel information such as a user's mobile boarding pass card, updates on flight departure, reservations and more.

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Briefly: United Airlines app update, GOG's new Mac games, promo

11/15, 3:25pm

United Airlines app offers iOS 7 redesign, quick access 'travel card' format

Airline United released an update for its United Airlines app, offering a new design and additional features. Available on iTunes, its quick-access 'travel cards' interface allows users to easily view a flight status, airport map, book or check in for a flight. Its travel wallet feature provides a shortcut to the user's United Airlines customer information, such as upcoming reservations, mobile boarding passes, and more.

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Briefly: Karma touts LTE access, United Airlines permits device use

11/07, 7:59am

Karma will add Sprint LTE to service, expanding coverage to 230 cities

Pay-as-you-go mobile Wi-Fi hotspot provider Karma is adding 4G LTE connectivity to its service. Using the Sprint 4G LTE network, customers will be able to use the shareable hotspot in more than 230 US cities once it is launched in the first half of 2014, expanding from its existing WiMAX-based coverage of 80 cities. Though the current hotspot will not be compatible with LTE network, Karma will be offering "steep discounts" on the replacement LTE device when it ships.

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US Air Force commits after all to 18,000-iPad deal

03/02, 5:00pm

USAF awards 9.36m contract for iPads

Despite talk that it had cancelled the deal, the US Air Force on Friday pledged itself to a contract to buy up to 18,000 iPads. Air Mobility Command has agreed to a $9.36 million pact that will see Executive Technology give C-5, C-17, C-130, KC-10, and KC-135 crews 32GB Wi-Fi iPads to use as replacements for their paper flight manuals and similar guides. Apple is supplying a volume discount that shaves the price down by $79 to $520.

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FAA said to have cleared iPad for whole flights

12/13, 4:10pm

FAA could allow iPads for all crews on Friday

An apparent leak on Tuesday maintained that the FAA has already approved the iPad for all purposes. The ZDNet tip had American Airlines being the first whose cockpits would use iPads at every stage of the flight, not just logbooks. The first flight would come on Boeing 777 aircraft, where Apple's tablet would also handle charting and flight manuals.

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United Airlines first major to go all-paperless with iPads

08/23, 12:50pm

United swaps pilot manuals, charts for iPads

United Airlines and its soon-to-be-joined partner Continental staked out a first for flight by making itself the first major carrier in the US to completely drop paper among its 11,000 pilots by using the iPad. Along with shedding paper flight manuals, it's now the first of its size to replace its charts with the Apple tablet as well. Each iPad will carry Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck (free, App Store) to provide worldwide maps in context.

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Airlines give out free in-flight Facebook for a month

02/01, 3:55pm

Gogo, seven airlines give free in-flight Facebook

Seven major airlines have teamed up with Gogo Inflight Internet to provide free access to Facebook during flights. Accessing other pages on the web, however, requires payment, ranging between $5 for short flights or $13 for long ones. Facebook is the most popular place visited on the Gogo network and is being used as a promo to drive adoption of in-air Internet use.

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United Airlines launches in-flight Wi-Fi

10/08, 6:00pm

United Wi-Fi starts with 13 planes

United Airlines this week began deploying Wi-Fi on some of its flights. The rollout will at first cover longer flights between California and New York and should have 13 Boeing 757 planes in United's fleet offering Internet access by mid-November. Much as with similar approaches from Virgin and other airlines, the new approach is based on Aircell's Gogo technology and shares a 3G cellular connection (typically EVDO Revision A) with the entire cabin over a Wi-Fi hotspot in the plane itself.

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AirTran Airways puts Wi-Fi access on planes

05/15, 7:25am

Wi-Fi access on planes

AirTran Airways in collaboration with Gogo has announced it will be the first airline to provide Wi-Fi access on all its airplanes. By registering with Gogo, users can purchase a session of internet time that enables them to use most non-voice Internet features on a given trip. Prices for the in-flight internet sessions are based on what type of device the user brings with them, and for how long they will be on the flight.

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United lays out plans for in-flight Internet

01/14, 1:00pm

United in-flight Internet

United Airlines will bring in-flight Internet access to a portion of its planes later this year, according to an announcement. The company has specifically chosen AirCell's gogo service, which has already been attached to companies like Delta, American Airlines and Virgin America. Passengers will be able to connect via any Wi-Fi device, and access conventional Internet functions such as e-mail and web browsing, or more elaborate ones like VPN tunneling.

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