Airlines are starting to see the iPad as a helpful tool for pilots. On this week’s Bits: Tech Talk show, which will be posted shortly, Bettina Edelstein chats with Alaska Airlines’ director of flight standards, Jim Freeman, about how its pilots are using the iPad in the cockpit. Mr. Freeman, who also flies for the airline, says that the device can serve as an electronic flight bag, allowing pilots to ditch many pounds of paper they have to carry â" manuals, charts and other documents that must be on board the aircraft. He said pilots keep the devices on “airplane mode” during takeoff and landing.
Want to capture that big, wide view from your vacation trip? J.D. Biersdorfer explains how to make panoramas by digitally stitching together your photos, whether you took them using your smartphone, a D.S.L.R. camera or something in between. A number of free panorama programs are available â" and a little advance planning can be a big help.
Pedro Rafael Rosado owns a variety of Apple devices, but when it comes to portable media players, he’s always got room for models from other manufacturers. He checks out two new media players from Cowon: the Plenue D3 and the smaller, chunkier C2.
The news roundup includes Adobe’s preview of an alternative to Flash for Web designers; Android malware that can intercept phone calls; Verizon Wireless phones turning into digital wallets; iTunes movies and shows streaming on Apple TV; and more on the Windows XP death watch. Ms. Biersdorfer’s tip of the week: How to use search engine settings to filter unsavory query results.
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News â" 34:16
iPads in the Cockpit â" 25:30
Cowon D3 and Cowon C2 media players â" 15:38
Photostitching â" 11:42
Tip of the Week â" 2:56