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In-Air Entertainment Continues To Evolve


In 1911, just eight years after the Wright Brothers flew the first aircraft at Kitty Hawk, the pop song inviting Josephine on the newfangled flying machine was already on the market.

A decade later, an in-flight silent movie,”Howdy Chicago” was projected to passengers on a flight over the Chicago World's Fair. Regular in-flight movies didn’t start for another 40 years, when the now-gone TWA showed them in their first-class area only in 1961.

Since then, the advances have been rapid. Video games and small bulkhead TV sets emerged in 1975. Individual seat-back video started on some airlines in 1991, followed a decade later with live in-flight TV.

Many airlines now have seat-back multi-channel screens that beam out movies, games, live TV and advertising. Along with those airline-provided items, many passengers now carry their own private all-inclusive entertainment, with laptops, SmartPhones, E-readers and dozens of newfangled electronic miracles.

With airlines continuously seeking new ways to make extra bucks, passengers can expect more innovations in pay-per-view in-air entertainment in the near future.

Paris Behind The Scenes Tours - Notre Dame, EIffel Tower, Crazy Horse PDF Print E-mail

By Ted Sherman

This article originally appeared on Yahoo! HERE

Paris is filled with museums and a seemingly endless list of tourist activities. Our family has always sought out more unique, backstage experiences where we can learn how something works in addition to being entertained. Some of Paris' greatest monuments and tourist sites offer visitors VIP and backstage access, where they can be explored more intimately. For only a little bit more money than a regular tour ticket, these tours bypass the lines and crowds for a better use of your time. Here are three great backstage Paris tour experiences at the Eiffel Tower, The Crazy Horse and Notre-Dame Cathedral:

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Renaissance Long Beach Hotel - My Review PDF Print E-mail

This review was first published on Yahoo! HERE

Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation of the guest rooms, public areas and lobby space, the stylish Renaissance Long Beach (111 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach) sits ready to become quite the hotspot in this fun destination. I stay at a lot of hotels and I've found great properties start at the top. Leaders who motivate their team members, from the front desk staff to the people who clean the rooms, ensuring they all focus on one thing, delivering a great guest experience. The management here at the Renaissance Long Beach "gets it" and that results in an enjoyable, comfortable visit for those who stay here.

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Race time in Long Beach PDF Print E-mail

I just returned from an amazing, fun weekend at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. I'll be writing a lot more about my experience, but I can really recommend the hotel as a great place to stay for the race or any time. Recently renovated and with a cool GM who really understands luxury service, you get five-star service for three-star prices. Online specials on the Renaissance website offer advance purchase rates of $109, which is a great price to be across from the harbor and next to the excitement that is downtown Long Beach.

The view from my suite. That's the track in the center.

 

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New Sony Alpha a7S will shoot in full 4K PDF Print E-mail

Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera Realizes a New World of Imaging Expression

Features newly developed, wide dynamic range sensor with awe-inspiring sensitivity

Sony’s new α7S model puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers.

 

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Had a Great Getaway At Hotel Bel-Air PDF Print E-mail

I took the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI to a getaway at the Hotel Bel-Air so I could arrive in style. We had a great suite at this secluded luxury hideaway with our own back patio and private jacuzzi. Here are some pics of the suite on the Luxury Fred Facebook page. The hotel really is the best in Los Angeles and not only because it's the most expensive. Pure luxury and service from the Dorchester Collection, who also own The Beverly Hills Hotel, right down the street. My full review is coming soon.

The living room of the Chalon Suite

 

Our beautiful bathroom with heated marble floors

 
Loving the new Audi Q5 TDI PDF Print E-mail

I spent a week with this very cool SUV from Audi USA. With 20" rims, S-line styling and 428 lb ft of torque, it really moves. It's an SUV with paddle shifters and an F1-inspired steering wheel. It's fairly docile, but when you put it in Sport mode and crush the accelerator through the floor, it flies. I thrashed it up and down Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland and it was really amazing how powerful it was and how well it handled. It doesn't replace a sports car, but if you need the space of an SUV, it's a great option. I've driven the Porsche Cayenne and like this much better, at half the price.

The Audi TDI technology is great, 428 lb ft of torque yet 27 MPG for this luxury SUV. And TDI produces 20% less emissions than a gas engine.

Retail on this model, with options is $60K. More pics HERE on the Luxury Fred Facebook page.

 
Hard Rock Hotel Opens in Palm Springs PDF Print E-mail

Palm Springs has a new hot spot and I had a chance to spend the night there. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs had a soft opening in October 2013 and their official star-studded grand opening on March 6. It's all very cool, hip, retro design and vibe with some awesome music memorabilia. I'll be writing a full review of my experience but really had a great time.

Here I am enjoying one of the hotel's Rockstar Suites.

 
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