Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by David on Sat 1st Dec 2012 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Some airlines are already doing this, and for coach passengers they're charging $4 for a movie. You're certainly right that there would need to be USB power to each seat for this to really work, but they need to do that anyway. It's definitely the case that the investment in a server and wifi infrastructure is going to have a shallower obsolescence curve than end devices, and be cheaper to deploy and maintain.

I think it would be a long time before airlines would assume that every passenger boards with a personal device, though.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by shotsman on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 06:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Contrast that to BA. they recently took over BMI. BMI had (and now mostly in BA Colours) a number of A320 and A321 long range planes. I've been flying regularly with them (5 times since July) to Amman, Jordan.
Whilst the older A320's In-flight kit isn't all that good ALL the entertainment is free. No $xxx per movie here.
The A321's have been refurbed and at least one row of seats in Economy removed. Their inflight system includes 3D maps and an at seat USB Port.

Contract that to the POS that is United that I experienced on a flight last June to O'Hare. Boy was I glad that I had a dead tree novel to occupy me. Whole rows of seat backs didn't work. Screaming kids (because they couldn't play games) didn't help. Once upon a time, United were pretty decent but now? Not a chance.

Don't think that BA is expensive to fly. My last ticket to Amman cost a tad over £400 return. I could have flown cheaper but that would have involved EasyJet to Cyprus and then 10 hours on the ground waiting for the connection. The difference was less than £20.00 so why bother.

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