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Australia Lifts In-flight Ban on Mobile Devices

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News, News From the web, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Lifts In-flight Ban on Mobile Devices

GRILLED: US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire FlightAustralian flyers will from today be allowed to use their mobile devices during the entirety of their flight on Australia’s two most popular carriers.

Qantas and Virgin Australia had applied for permission to allow passengers to use electronic devices during take-off and landing on flights within Australia last month.

Under current rules, passengers are told to switch off their smartphones, tablets and e-readers before their plane takes off. The devices can then be used during the cruising part of the flight but must be switched off again before landing.

CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson said Virgin and Qantas lodged applications for the lifting of the ban last month. It should be noted that CASA had no specific ruling on the use of electronic devices, the issue is covered by regulatons requiring operators to ‘ensure safety is maintained at all times and passengers comply with the safety instructions given by crew members,’ implying that a simple script change is all it took?

In November last year we reported that the US aviation authority, the FAA had lifted the retarded rule that’s barred the use of electronic devices during taxi, take-offs and landings had been in place for more than half a century. The initial change in the US didn’t include mobile phones

The ban is expected to be lifted for flights this afternoon according to QANTAS “Qantas customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.

Qantas was approved to revise its personal electronic device policy by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight,” the airline said :: Read the full article »»»»

Nokia, Lord of the Ring

Posted: April 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Nokia, Lord of the Ring

Smartphones let you do almost anything – theres an app for almost every conceivable need – but you still have to reach in to your pocket to use them. Boffins at Nokia’s Santa Monica Research Centre aim to solve that problem with a magnetic ring dubbed Nenya.

“Nenya, is a new input device in the shape of a finger ring. Nenya provides an input mechanism that is always available, fast to access, and allows analog input, while remaining socially acceptable by being embodied in commonly worn items” says Nokia’s Daniel Ashbrook

The ring itself looks like an average piece of jewelery, according to Ashford the design is neither here nor there, The ring could be as elaborate as the user desired.

The importance all lays in the magnetic properties of the ring. Moving the ring causes changes in the surrounding magnetic field, which are picked up by a bracelet worn by the user that connects to their phone via Bluetooth.

You rotate the ring to pick from a number of options, which could be memorised, played as audio through headphones, or displayed on a screen, then push the ring towards your fingertip to select. The options could include asking a caller to hold, or updating your location on a social network :: Read the full article »»»»