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New York (AirGuide - Travel Technology News North America) Feb 19, 2012

Amazon Report: Kindle Fire was king of the Android pack in Q4. Amazon has closely guarded sales figures for its Kindle Fire tablet, but research firm IHS iSuppli estimates the company shipped 3.89 million units in the fourth quarter, becoming the top-selling maker of Android tablets. IHS reported that while Apple retained a 57% share of the global tablet market -- a decline from 64% the previous quarter -- Amazon grew from nothing to 14% while Samsung slipped from 11% to 8%, even as its tablet shipments rose 16% in the quarter. Feb 17, 2012

Amazon Amazon and other e-commerce sites pull iPad 2 in China. Amazon, Sunning and Gome pulled resellers' iPad 2 tablets from their e-commerce websites in China after a request from Apple. Apple said the sites aren't authorized to sell the product online. Gome, China's largest consumer-electronics retailer, said it will continue selling the tablet at brick-and-mortar stores. Feb 16, 2012

Amazon Sources: Fewer people subscribe to Amazon Prime than estimated. Amazon.com has signed up far fewer customers for its Amazon Prime service than many financial analysts estimate, Bloomberg reports, citing three people familiar with the matter. While analysts estimate the company has 10 million Amazon Prime customers, the actual number is between 3 million and 5 million, those sources said. A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to comment. Feb 15, 2012

Amazon & Google How could Google's and Amazon's physical stores affect retailers?. Reports that Amazon and Google plan to test brick-and-mortar stores to showcase some of their offerings illustrate just how much digital commerce is changing the shopping experience, experts say. "There is a growing realization amongst the leading bricks-and-mortar retailers that the in-store customer and the online shopper are not distinct, siloed groupings -- there is a very substantial overlap," said Juniper Research analyst Windsor Holden. Feb 16, 2012

Apple "Mountain Lion" version of Mac OS X adds mobile features. Apple has released a preview version of its "Mountain Lion" Mac OS X to software developers, with plans for a release to consumers later this year. It includes iMessage and other features of iOS, the operating system for the iPad and iPhone. "We see that people are in love with a lot of the apps and functionality [of the iPhone]," CEO Tim Cook said. "So, anywhere where it makes sense, we are going to move that over to Mac." Feb 17, 2012

Apple Next iPad reportedly will feature LTE service from Verizon, AT&T. The iPad 3 -- not the iPhone -- is expected to be the first iOS device to offer a 4G broadband data service with support for Long-Term Evolution technology, according to a published report, which says Verizon Wireless and AT&T will sell the tablet. In a separate report, The Wall Street Journal says Apple is testing a tablet with a smaller screen -- about 8 inches, according to sources at one of the company's Asian suppliers. Feb 15, 2012

Apple Media players let more households watch TV on the Web, Parks says. Parks Associates estimates that 14 million Internet-connected video media players, such as the Apple TV and Roku boxes, will be sold this year, adding to the growing number of viewers using the Web to watch video content. The market research firm says nearly one-third of broadband households in the U.S. regularly watch movies and TV shows with their Web connections. Feb 15, 2012

Apple White MacBook is officially retired. The white MacBook laptop, which Apple stopped selling to consumers in July, is now being phased out for resellers in the education market, according to this blog post. Writer Lauren Goode bids adieu to her white MacBook, a "relic" from 2007. Feb 13, 2012

Boingo Wireless Boingo Continues International Expansion with Portugal Airports. Boingo Wireless, Inc., the Wi-Fi industryOs leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced an agreement with ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA to exclusively offer Wi-Fi Internet services for passengers at the 10 largest airports in Portugal. Boingo was chosen by ANA after an exhaustive RFP process, based on the companyOs global leadership in airport Wi-Fi services and progressive approach to delivering value-add services to passengers. OBoingo brings added value to Internet Wi-Fi services providing a flexible approach to meeting the needs of our passengers and stakeholders,O said Tomaz Magalh - es Crespo, ICT Manager for ANA. OPortugal has recently seen a steady rise in airport passengers, particularly from Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Brazil and US/Canada,O said Luis Serrano, senior vice president of business and corporate development for Boingo Wireless. OPartnering with ANA to better serve and enhance the travel experience for all passengers is paramount to our joint success.O The 10 airports included in the agreement (two of them managed by ANA affiliate ANAM) saw more than 30 million passengers in 2011 with an increase of 6.4%, according to ANA. They include: [yen] Portela Airport, Lisbon, Portugal (LIS) [yen] Francisco S Carneiro Airport, Porto, Portugal (OPO) [yen] Faro Airport, Faro, Portugal (FAO) [yen] Madeira Airport, Funchal, Madeira-ANAM, Portugal (FNC) [yen] Jo - o Paulo II Airport, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal (PDL) [yen] Horta Airport, Horta, Azores, Portugal (HOR) [yen] Porto Santo Airport, Porto Santo, Madeira-ANAM, Portugal (PXO) [yen] Santa Maria Airport, Santa Maria, Portugal (SMO) [yen] Santa Cruz Airport, Flores Island, Azores, Portugal (FLW) [yen] Beja Airport, Beja, Portugal (BYJ) Passengers will be able to avail themselves of basic free access for up to 30 minutes per day after validating their identity with a valid credit card. Or they can access the Internet at premium speeds using any of BoingoOs Wi-Fi plans including Boingo Europe Plus, providing unlimited access at more than 200,000 hotspots throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for U27.95 per month, and Boingo Global, providing flat rate access anywhere in the world for U49 per month. Hourly and day passes will also be available for purchase. The ANA Wi-Fi network will also be available to BoingoOs roaming and platform service partners, including Korea Telecom, LGU+, Orange France, NTT Communications, Skype, Swisscom, Telefonica, TeliaSonera and Verizon, which wholesale Wi-Fi access from Boingo and provide self-branded Wi-Fi to their customers as part of their existing services. OThe addition of ANAOs airports makes Boingo the largest operator of airport Wi-Fi in Europe, as well as North America,O said Bjorn Thorngren, director of business development in EMEA for Boingo Wireless. OWith managed Wi-Fi networks in 64 airports across three continents serving 940 million passengers per year, Boingo is truly the global leader in airport Wi-Fi.O This agreement brings BoingoOs portfolio of managed airport Wi-Fi locations to more than 60 worldwide, including London Heathrow, Chicago OOHare, New York John F. Kennedy, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International, and Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino. Feb 15, 2012

Brigham Can online gaming destroy your marriage?. This Valentine's Day, you may want to think about disconnecting from online games and spending a little more time with your spouse, according to researchers from Brigham Young University who found online role-playing games can have a negative effect on marital satisfaction. After polling 349 couples, the researchers determined heavy gaming disrupts marital routines and can strain relationships, even if both partners play the game. "It's not the hours that make a difference. It's really what it does to the relationship -- whether or not it creates conflict and quarreling over the game," said professor Neil Lundberg. Feb 14, 2012

Cheapflights.co.uk Cheapflights.co.uk Helps Travellers Plan an Affordable Olympic Experience, at Home or Away. With just under 200 days to go until the Paralympics event, the countdown for the London Olympic Games is upon us. For those who missed out on tickets, weren't too keen on the price tag or simply want to escape the crowds, Cheapflights.co.uk, the online leader in travel deals publishing, has plenty of tips and tricks on how to Have an Olympic Experience for Less. "London is finally ready and already buzzing with anticipation for the approaching games. Whether you struck out getting tickets or fear the cost and crowds, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of the games, even from afar or for free," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk. "Supporting the games is not only good from a national perspective as it encourages tourism to the UK, but it's good from a personal perspective too, making us all feel like we're playing a part in some way," adds Hallak. So whether your preference is to escape the crowds, get in for free or follow the torch, Cheapflights has the insider guide on how to get exactly what you're looking for. No ticket? No problem -- Check out FREE events: While most events are ticketed, it's still possible get in on the action for free. As with everything Olympic related, whether it's ticketed or not, it's advisable to arrive well in advance in order to claim a good seat. Here's a sampling of some of the free events: [yen] Men's and Women's individual road cycling time trials: taking place on 1 August and the starting point is Richmond's Hampton Court Palace [yen] Men's Marathon: taking place in central London on 5th August [yen] Women's Marathon: taking place in central London on 12th August [yen] Women's Triathlon: the cycling event takes place on 4th August with parts of the route crossing through Hyde Park and Birdcage Walk in front of Buckingham Palace [yen] Men's Triathlon: the cycling event takes place on 7th August and the route is the same as the women's event Escape the UK, but still live the games: Visit one or more of your favorite Olympic host cities...

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