(Via AllThings D). For the first time, New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released an iOS app that shows train arrival times on seven subway lines. New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally joined the smartphone era today by releasing an iOS app showing train arrival times for seven subway lines. Available for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, MTA Subway Time will display train arrival times for 156 stations on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 lines, and the S shuttle line. Though officially in a test version for the time being, the app will use the same arrival times shown on station countdown clocks and on MTA's Web site.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the new rules will help meet the demands of American travelers, who increasingly expect near ubiquitous broadband access, "These new rules will help airlines and broadband providers offer high-speed Internet to passengers, including by accelerating by up to 50 percent the processing of applications to provide broadband on planes," Genachowski said in a statement, "This will enable providers to bring broadband to planes more efficiently, helping passengers connect with friends, family, or the office."The new rules were announced less than a month after Genachowski threw his agency's support behind allowing greater use of portable electronic devices on airplanes during flights, In a December 6 letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, Genachowski said the FAA should "enable greater use of tablets, wrap folio case for apple iphone xr - black/cement/gold logo e-readers, and other portable devices."..
The new rules are designed to speed deployment of Internet services on aircraft. The Federal Communications Commission announced new rules today designed to speed deployment of Internet services on aircraft. Since 2001, the FCC has authorized a number of companies on a case-by-case basis to offer in-flight Internet service via Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft, which carry two-way signals from an aircraft-mounted antenna to geostationary satellites. The FCC said the new rules define ESAA as a licensed application and sets a framework for processing applications, allowing airlines to test and win approval for systems that meet FCC requirements for not interfering with aircraft systems.
The iPad Mini is proving much more popular in China and Hong Kong than its bigger 4th-generation brother, which remains in stock, "Prior to the China launch, we indicated that the iPad Mini would be the 'next big thing in China' and we believe this phenomenon is starting to develop," White said in his note, "In our view, the smaller form factor and lower price point will allow Apple to sell the iPad Mini in more meaningful volumes versus the regular-size wrap folio case for apple iphone xr - black/cement/gold logo iPad."The Mini and the 4th-gen iPad debuted in Hong Kong on November 2 and in China on December 7..
Apple recently opened new retail stores in Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Beijing, and now has eight stores in China, compared with five a year ago. Hong Kong now is home to three Apple stores from just one a year ago. The iPhone 5 is also seeing strong demand across China, according to White. Unlike the iPad Mini, Apple's latest phone is available for walk-in customers as its supply has improved. But the new iPhone seems to be outshining the competition. "After the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note I/II became more popular than the iPhone 4S in recent months, our discussions now indicate that the iPhone 5 has recently become the most popular high-end smartphone at the resellers that we spoke with," White said.
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