FAA to allow airlines to expand use of personal electronics

Great news. Implementation is still up to the individual airlines so it might not be coming to your favourite airline just yet.

Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

FAA Press release

Google Hangouts adds SMS support, still not iMessage yet

Adding SMS support is a step in the right direction, but even within the app SMS and Hangouts messages are separated from each other, instead of being integrated into the same stream.

Hangouts for Android now supports location sharing and SMS. This way you can send a map of your current location (vs. finding and typing an address), and you can send and receive SMS (vs. switching between apps). Animated GIFs also play inline.

Funnily enough, Facebook just removed SMS support from its Facebook Messenger app.

Samsung wins JD Power 2013 US Tablet Satisfaction Study

Despite being the best in five out of six categories, the iPad’s score in the Cost category meant Samsung topped the study. I guess people don’t believe in paying for quality nowadays.

JD Power 2013 US Tablet Satisfaction Study