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The FAA's new VR app lets you experience ADS-B tech through a plane's cockpit

If you're not an airplane buff (I'm not), chances are that you haven't heard of ADS-B tech. In layman's terms, it's a surveillance technology that uses satellite navigation to position and track an aircraft, and it's gradually replacing ground radar. The FAA has created a virtual reality app to showcase what using ADS-B is like in flight, and it's out now on the Play Store.

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US regulators will reportedly ban the Note7 from all airline flights [Update: It's official]

Those brave foolish few who have been determined to keep their Galaxy Note7s after the device was recalled a second time might want to think again. Bloomberg is reporting that the Note7 is heading for a full ban on all US flights. That means it's no longer simply a matter of not using the Note7 on a flight, it's illegal to have one at all.

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FAA cautions passengers not to use or charge their Galaxy Note7s on flights

In case you've been living under a rock for these past few weeks, several units of the Galaxy Note7 have exploded. Not only was this enough to prompt Samsung to initiate a global recall of the Note7, but it also prompted several Australian airlines (Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia) to ban the latest S Pen-equipped phablets. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration, more commonly known as the FAA, has issued an official statement.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Celebrates The FAA's New Electronics Rules With A Kindle Sale: Fire HDX For $195, Fire HD For $118, Today Only

Frequent fliers breathed a sigh of relief when the FAA ruled that most electronics could be used from takeoff to landing, and Amazon was a big part of that decision. To celebrate they're having a one day sale on two 7-inch Kindle models, the new Kindle Fire HDX and the year-old Fire HD. Enter the code "ThnksFAA" (note spelling) at checkout and you can take 15% off the regular price.


That discount brings the basic 8GB Kindle Fire HD down to $118 from $139, and the 16GB Kindle Fire HDX down to a more palatable $195.

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FAA: Airplane Passengers Can Safely Use Electronic Devices During All Phases Of Flight, Including Takeoff And Landing

If all things go as planned, this year's holiday fliers won't have to turn off their smartphones at any point during their trip. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that airlines can safely allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during all phases of flight. But first the competing companies must each submit plans to the government department detailing their plans to manage the electronics, and policies could potentially vary among each airline.


This decision comes soon after an investigatory panel consisting of representatives from airlines, passengers, pilots, mobile tech companies, and others recommended for restrictions to be loosened. The group concluded that most commercial airplanes could handle the limited radio interference signals emitted from portable electronics.

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FAA Panel Suggests Allowing WiFi Use During Takeoff And Landing: "Turn Off Your Devices" Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

We've all been there: for 20 minutes during takeoff and landing, the cabin of an American airliner becomes a virtual Faraday cage as every passenger is told to turn off everything with a battery, from the latest Android superphones to the humble Game Boy. This practice has been heavily criticized in the last few years, and there's finally some real movement towards tossing it out the window. The Wall Street Journal reports that a Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel has recommended approving electronic devices for use during takeoff and landing, including WiFi data access.


Photo credit: Alex Pang

Current restrictions ban basically all consumer electronics devices from being used below an altitude of 10,000 feet for fear of interfering with the plane's electronic instrumentation.

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The F.A.A. To Review Its Policy On Tablet And E-Reader Usage During Take-off And Landing, But Don't Expect Change Anytime Soon

Hey! Good news! The F.A.A is going to take another look at its stance on "no digital devices during take-off/landing" policy. Sounds pretty promising, right? Not so fast -- this process could take... well, forever. Why is that? Because in order to change the policy, every single device would have to be tested. One at a time. On every plane in existence. No, I'm not kidding.

For example, if the F.A.A wanted to approve Amazon's Kindle for use on planes during taxi, take-off, and landing, then it would have to test every single version of the Kindle (and Fire) on every single plane, on every single airline.

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