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New York (AirGuide - Travel Technology News North America) Jan 8, 2012

Air Facts 74 Year old Aviation Magazine Relaunched as Online Journal. Air Facts, first published for private pilots in 1938, has new life and has been reinvented as an online journal at This important aviation magazine was among the first publications to address the growing number of pilots as aircraft became more accessible to the general population. When the first issue of Air Facts appeared in 1938, there was no FAA. In fact, the Civil Aeronautics Administration was formed that year to regulate air traffic. Pam Am flying boats [ETH] what the airline called its "Clippers" were flying worldwide and Howard Hughes set a new around-the-world record in an airplane [ETH] just under four days. It was in this fledgling industry that aviation visionary Leighton Collins launched his magazine for the everyday pilot [ETH] those individuals who were flying their own airplanes to get from Point A to Point B. Leighton wanted these pilots to share their knowledge with one another in order to fly in the safest way possible. "No aviation magazine had previously put the emphasis on safety and accidents and many thought this would cause consternation in the aviation industry," says Leighton's son Richard, who later took over as editor of Air Facts before he went on to a career of his own at other aviation magazines. "When Air Facts ran a study about the safety record in Piper Cubs, everyone thought Mr. Piper would be quite unhappy. To the contrary, he ordered an Air Facts subscription for everyone who bought a new Cub." When Leighton retired, he sold the magazine, which did not survive without Leighton's guidance. Now Air Facts has been reborn online, with Richard Collins back at the controls as its editor. Just like the original, Air Facts concentrates on providing analysis and opinion about important general aviation topics. Much of the content is reader-provided by pilots and aircraft owners. "We've put a twist on citizen-journalists and created journalist-pilots," says Richard Collins . "Pilots form a unique community and Air Facts provides a means for pilots to tap into their shared experiences in order to make their own flying safer." Another difference with the new Air Facts is that it's free. There is no subscription cost, and pilots and those interested in aviation don't have to wait for the next monthly issue as content is continually added. Today's Air Facts is made possible through the financial sponsorship of Sporty's Pilot Shop, the world's largest supplier of pilot supplies as well as a leader in producing educational materials for pilots. Jan 4, 2012

AirTran Airways, Department of Transportation AirTran Airways faces DOT fine over advertising. AirTran Airways faces a fine of USD60,000 from the Department of Transportation over new advertising rules. The rules require carriers to include taxes in advertised fares. "Airlines will soon be the ONLY industry required to include taxes in advertised prices," tweeted Airlines for America. Jan 5, 2012

Amazon Amazon, Check Point partner on cloud security offering. Subscribers to Amazon's cloud service will gain access to enhanced security tools under an agreement between the company and Check Point Software Technologies, a developer of virtual security appliances. Amazon Web Services will incorporate Check Point's cloud-based security gateways, enabling users to install and manage a variety of customizable security appliances and apply protocols virtually through a centralized interface. Jan 5, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire's 5-star reviews increase. Half of 8,529 reviews of Amazon's Kindle Fire give the tablet five stars, compared with 48% on Dec. 13, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found. "[W]e believe that satisfaction with the device improves the prospect for strong digital media sales in the coming quarters," Munster wrote in a research note. Jan 3, 2012

Amazon Amazon eases supercomputing wait times with virtual machine. Amazon has created a virtual supercomputer that can complete about 240 trillion calculations in a second using 17,000 cores. The device is designed to address the demand for advanced computing time in the medical and scientific research communities. The high-performance machine runs on Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud and ranks 42nd fastest among the world's supercomputers. It's available for USD1,279 per hour, or USD11 million annually for full-time use. Jan 3, 2012

American Airlines Mobile ad lets American Airlines customers book flights quickly. American Airlines has rolled out a new ad campaign that allows customers to quickly book a flight with a few taps on their mobile device. The ads for the "Great Deals. Every Day. On AA.Com. Book Now." campaign are appearing within TV Guide's iPhone application. Jan 4, 2012

Apple iPhone 4s is coming to China with 10 shopping days to spare. New Year's Day -- the biggest shopping event of the Chinese calendar -- falls on Jan. 23 this year. And in a piece of extraordinarily fortuitous timing, Apple (AAPL) announced Wednesday that it will launch the iPhone 4S on mainland China (and 21 other countries) next Friday, Jan. 13. That gives China's rapidly growing middle class 10 days to try to get their hands on what seems to be this season's must-have gadget. In Hong Kong, pre-orders for the iPhone 4S sold out in 10 minutes last November, and the launch the next week was overrun by line-sitters and smugglers buying iPhones by the bag-load to feed demand in the world's largest market for mobile phones. As of now, China Unicom (CHU), the country's second-largest carrier (20% market share) is the only one authorized to sell the iPhone. No word yet from Apple when the device will be available for giant China Mobile (CHL) (70% share) or China Telecom (CHA) (10%). The other 21 countries that will get the iPhone 4S next Friday are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda. But China is the country that matters most to Apple. Greater China -- which the company defines as Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan -- is its fastest-growing market, with sales up 270% since 2010. Last quarter, Greater China generated 16% of Apple's total USD28.27 billion revenue, nearly one out of every six dollars. Jan 4, 2012

Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble ponders a Nook spinoff. Barnes & Noble expects to lose twice as much as predicted this fiscal year after investing heavily in additional versions of e-reader Nook, amid fierce competition with Amazon, the bookstore chain said. The bookseller is considering spinning off the Nook operation. Jan 6, 2012

Broadcom Broadcom to add Sling Media software to video gateway chips. Broadcom has agreed to incorporate Sling Media's SlingPlayer software into its BCM7425 dual-tuner high-definition video gateway system-on-a-chip device for set-top boxes. The chip company will make the "SlingLoaded" devices available by the third quarter of this year. Broadcom also is sampling chips with the MoCA 2.0 standard from the Multimedia over Coax Alliance for home-networking applications. Jan 5, 2012

Cheapflights Canada Helps You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions. New Year's traditions include everything from the ball drop in Times Square to fireworks displays worldwide; champagne toasts with a loved one to polar bear dips with friends. And, of course, we can't forget the well-intentioned New Year's resolution. Year after year Canadians profess their annual New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, these are often left out in the cold by February. Whether it's to get in shape, to spend more time with the family, to indulge less or to save more, oftentimes our good intentions are put on the back burner. To help you keep your intentions on track,, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, offers its list of Top 10 New Year's Resolution Vacations. Let 2012 be the year for the new you. Getting away gives you enough distance from the stresses of everyday life and lets you focus on fulfilling your resolution. To give you an idea of what we mean, below are five of's Top 10 New Year's Resolution Vacations for those looking to reduce stress, spend time with the family, exercise more, stop smoking and eat better food. Resolution: Stress less Destination: St. Lucia, Caribbean - Blissful white sand beaches, lush green palm trees that provide welcome shade, and a seemingly endless sea -- the recipe for pure relaxation. Add to that the incredible lightness of being and the warmth of the Caribbean locals and you're practically in heaven. The Body Holiday LeSport resort on St. Lucia is an ideal destination to offload stress, humming the mantra, "give us your body for a week and we'll give you back your mind." The resort has a wellness centre for dealing with all the bells and whistles, lots of activities, culinary ecstasies and -- simply nothing that resembles stress. Search and compare cheap flights to St. Lucia. Resolution: Spend more time with family Destination: Quebec City, Canada - Even on a well-planned family vacation, it's not often you get to spend much time together. The kids jump around the pool all day while the parents sit on the beach and read. While relaxing for the parents and fun for the kids, it's not very sociable. For fun the whole family can enjoy, visit Quebec City in the end of January and beginning of February and catch the Quebec Winter Carnival. The biggest winter carnival in the world is like a kid-friendly Mardi Gras, boasting snow sculptures, dogsled rides, ice skating and other outdoor activities worth bundling up for...

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