Qantas denies economy passengers will have to pay for drinks and food

first_imgQantas has emphatically denied a report that it will be charging economy passengers for meals, drinks, and baggage.The airline was responding to a story carried by Australian Business Traveler related to a survey sent out this week to its Qantas Advisory Panel an invitation-only group of frequent flyers.According to ABT “members are being asked for their thoughts on “pay as you use Qantas flights between Australia and New Zealand”, indicating the busy and highly competitive trans-Tasman routes as a likely launch pad for what has often been a contentious model when adopted by other airlines.”WATCH: Emirates A380 creates a snowy blast However. a Qantas spokesman told AirlineRatings.com there are absolutely no plans to introduce such a fare system.“We often ask questions to get a sense of what the market thinks but that doesn’tmean we intend to do something,” a Qantas spokesman said.“Specifically, on this question, we have no intention on unbundling our fares. Givenwe’re in the middle of rolling out free wifi, we are clearly committed to being a fullservice airline.”Interestingly, however, Air New Zealand has successfully introduced the scheme on its trans-Tasman flights to Australia and as far afield as Perth.However, Qantas has long prided itself on a one-fare policy and Australians are very much welded onto to that model.Unlike Air New Zealand, Qantas has its low fare champion in Jetstar to offer low priced options without food, drinks or baggage.last_img read more

How The Apple Watch Stacks Up To The Competition

first_imgTags:#Android#Android Wear#Apple#Apple Watch#Pebble#Pebble Time#smartwatch#Tim Cook#Watch 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables brian p rubin Related Posts center_img With Monday’s big Apple event over and done with, we now have more information about the Apple Watch than ever before—or, at least, a few more bits than we previously knew. Call it a teaser: The public will have its chance to check out the watch up close in stores starting April 10, when pre-orders open. But in the meantime, the broad strokes that Apple painted about its first wearable device seem ripe for a few comparisons with the competition. See also: What Did We Just Learn About The Apple Watch? Not MuchUltimately, the main question is whether the Apple Watch does anything that other smartwatches don’t. The short answer is yes—but not much.Cooler Than A Shoe Phone, I GuessThe public was already acquainted with most of the Apple Watch features the company reiterated Monday. Features such as Siri, fitness tracking and messaging held no surprises. The Apple Watch does offer an interesting feature, however: the ability to take calls right from your wrist. This feature puts it in competition with the likes of the Tizen-running Samsung Gear S, as well as an upcoming new smartwatch from LG, which will run a brand new OS, among others. The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that can take calls without a SIM card.Unlike those rivals, however, the Apple Watch—which connects to iPhones over Bluetooth—will be able to make or take calls without requiring its own SIM card. That’s a trick that no commercially available Android Wear watch can pull off yet. There’s good news and bad with that: Wrist-based calling is undoubtedly a unique option for Apple fans, and some users might find it handy. But it’s unclear if even Apple can make wrist-calls socially acceptable. There’s a high risk factor for looking like a jerk who may or may not be from the future—similar to the way Bluetooth headsets can make people look instantly uncool. If appearances don’t matter, then consider the noise. Public transit already becomes irritating at times with run-of-the-mill mobile phone calls. That could escalate quickly if loads of people start chatting up their watches. All Day Battery (If A Day Is 18 Hours)Previously, Tim Cook stated that the watch will require daily charging. While he didn’t offer up details on battery capacity, he did say that it would last all day. Then he followed up that claim up with a figure of up to 18 hours. Actual battery life depends on usage, which means people will experience some deviation. But even if the longevity was perfectly accurate, it’s still mediocre compared to the competition. Most smartwatches tend to settle in between 1 and 1.5 days of battery life (that is, aside from Pebble and its upcoming Pebble Time, whose e-paper screen allows for 5 to 7 days between charges). See also: The Apple Watch Makes Its Play For The One PercentHowever, the watch’s Power Reserve time—in which smart features are disabled, and the face only displays the time—kicks in when battery is low. This, according to Apple, can last up to three days. Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 also offer a low-power mode, though in ReadWrite’s real-world experience, it can’t hold a candle to Apple’s claims. The company published a webpage detailing more specifics about the watch’s battery life. The power cell’s actual milliampere hour capacity remains missing, but the company disclosed results from its own testing using the 38 mm Watch model: All-Day Battery Life: Up to 18 hoursAudio Playback Test: Up to 6.5 hoursWatch Test (checking time): Up to 48 hours Charge Time: About 1.5 hours to 80%; about 2.5 hours to 100%Talk Time Test: Up to 3 hoursWorkout Test (exercising): Up to 7 hoursPower Reserve (standby, displaying time only): Up to 72 hoursAccording to the webpage, the “42mm Apple Watch typically experiences longer battery life.” The Price Is FrightWe knew back in September that the least expensive model—the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport with aluminum alloy—would start at $349. For another $50, the Sport’s body grows to 42 mm. Already, those prices exceed even the most expensive currently available Android smartwatch, LG’s $299 G Watch R (at least until the South Korean company releases its LG Watch Urbane). From there, Apple Watch prices will cost you an arm and a leg, and maybe a few internal organs, depending on your tastes. The mid-tier, stainless steel Apple Watch starts at $549, with options that take its price up to $1,099. The Apple Watch Edition is made of 18-karat gold and starts at a whopping $10,000, with iterations that go all the way up to $17,000. This is the lowest-priced version of the Apple Watch Edition—which is still $10,000.While we have yet to hear how much the recently announced Huawei Watch will cost, it seems unlikely that it will come close to even the mid-range Apple Watch’s pricing. Apple has clearly raised the bar for how much a wearable device might cost. Put another way: Don’t be surprised if all smartwatches start to cost more. The Best Brand Money Can BuyThe device also supports watch-to-watch communication. While not a new revelation, the feature does present something new and different that other smartwatches don’t currently offer. With this, users will be able to send real-time finger-doodles to watch-bearing contacts or their own virtual heart beats to loved ones, as well as virtual “taps” to capture friends’ attention. Given Apple’s focus on fitness, the watch’s built-in heart-rate monitor should come as no surprise. Although the Motorola Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and G Watch R beat Apple to the punch with heart-rate tracking, it’s certainly not standard yet. With this, Apple’s wearable can make somewhat more legitimate fitness-tracking claims than roughly half of today’s Android Wear devices. Ultimately, there isn’t much that the Apple Watch can do that other devices can’t. But that’s not really the point. Apple didn’t set out to build just another smartwatch. (In fact, it eschews the label completely.) Instead, the company focused on offering a stylish status symbol made of premium materials. There’s no other reason to offer a $10,000 miniature iPhone slathered in gold. Apple seems to believe that people won’t care about the technical and functional distinctions between the Apple Watch and the competition. What really matters, the company wagers, is whether your wearable of choice has the Apple logo stamped on the back.Images courtesy of Apple How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi…last_img read more

Here’s How Oklahoma State Can Still Make the Playoff

first_imgI know ESPN already called the playoffs for OSU, but that dream has a pulse (kind of).If we can presume that OU is playing for the Big 12 title and College Football Playoff this weekend (and I think everyone is), why can we not presume the same about OSU. That seems sort of odd in a conference where those two teams have the same record and every team plays each other, doesn’t it? Or do we just value playing Tennessee in the non-conference portion that much?Title Odds:Alabama +150Clemson 4/1Oklahoma 7/1N. Dame 8/1Baylor 10/1Mich St 14/1Iowa, Ohio St 20/1Ok St, Florida 25/1Michigan 30/1— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) November 23, 2015AdChoices广告It seems even more odd when you consider which teams OSU and OU lost to. The Cowboys fell at the hands of the best offense in the country. The Sooners fell to an offense that may or may not be the best on Texas’ campus in Austin (depending on a few of its A-league flag football offenses).It’s because the “when you lost doesn’t matter, please trust us!” argument is really stupid and because the College Football Playoff is a brand competition as much as it is one on the field. And it’s unfortunate that we let the committee sort of re-write how it thinks the season should have gone, but that’s what they said they were going to do all along.As for what it would take for OSU to slip through that back door into a NYE game with the top four? Not as much as you might think. 538 gives OSU a 9 percent chance of sneaking in. Here’s how I see it happening.You have to beat OU and have TCU or Texas beat Baylor. That’s the baseline. The only Big 12 team even potentially getting into the playoffs is the Big 12 champ, whoever that is. So the most likely thing is a TCU win on Friday and an OSU win on Saturday and neither is likely.Then you need the following wins.Florida State or Alabama over FloridaStanford over Notre DameMichigan State or Nebraska over IowaClemson or NC State over North CarolinaAnd actually that might be it. It would technically be better if Iowa won out but I’m trying to be realistic here.The teams in at that point would be Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State. You might need Michigan to beat Ohio State and Nebraska AND MSU to beat Iowa, though I wouldn’t mind seeing a non-Big 10 winning Iowa team getting in just to experience that podcast with Carson. To me, it would be pretty tough to justify putting 11-1 Ohio State (especially with how it looked against Michgan State) or 12-1 Iowa in over the Big 12 champ (though the committee would probably try to find a way). And if Stanford still sneaks in then I’m quitting this sport forever.[1. Until next August.]But yeah, those wins happening aren’t a huge stretch.Stanford is a favorite over Notre Dame. Bama, MSU and Clemson will be favorites in the games OSU needs them to win. The tough one might be TCU or Texas over Baylor. Actually the tough one is going to be OSU over OU on Saturday night.But the playoff door isn’t completely shut. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Higlights of OSU’s Win Over West Virginia

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I missed Glenn Spencer’s speech at Homecoming and Hoops on Friday evening, but it was apparently a gem if this quote that was pulled from it is any indication.“I’ve been in a lot of great venues in my career,” said Spencer. “Played down in the southeast. Coached down there. There’s no place like Stillwater, Oklahoma.”Enjoy the cinematic highlights of Saturday’s game. It means only OSU and Alabama are 3-0 against 6-0 teams or better in the last four seasons. A heady achievement.last_img read more

Gundy Shows Compassion Toward Texas Tech Kicker Postgame

first_imgOklahoma State snuck past Texas Tech in Stillwater in what turned out to be a nail-biter down to the end — something OSU fans have grown accustomed to over the last two years.The Cowboys failed to score the entire fourth quarter and, with OSU allowing a touchdown with less than 2 minutes on the clock, the Red Raiders simply needed an extra point to tie the game up after storming back.The extra point sailed wide right — which may not have even been the kickers fault! — ultimately sealing their fate unable to stop OSU in the closing minute. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The ball moved at the very end. Watch it. pic.twitter.com/S4nyCRUjz6— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016Mike Gundy showed compassion for the young man after the game.“He needs to realize there were a lot of plays in that game and he shouldn’t shoulder the blame,” Gundy commented after the game.Of course, it’s easy for Gundy to say that being on the winning side. But I think it shows a soft side of Gundy that I certainly respect as a common fan. After missing the field goal, the kicker was clearly down in the dumps, and it showed on his face in the ensuing kickoff with him moping and hanging his head.But Gundy is right, there were 162 total plays in the game on Saturday. It may have been what ultimately broke the game, but there were plenty of other opportunities throughout the game. Good on Gundy for commenting on it and being gracious after the game.last_img read more

Where Is Oklahoma State’s Missing Return Game?

first_imgA chance to leave his markBarry J. Sanders carried loads of promise coming into this fall. There were high hopes for the son of a Hall-of-Famer. Some of us had him penciled in as the would-be starter at running back. Yet here we are at Bedlam and he has just 26 rushing attempts in 11 games.Sanders has found his way onto the top of the depth chart at both punt and kick returner.We saw flashes early this season, including the 57-yard punt return that was reviewed but determined to be short of the goal line. That was Week 1.After he had the crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium chanting his name, huge plays in the return game would certainly be the norm. Unfortunately, no other return has come close and after two muffed punts, some Cowboys fans were calling for the grad-transfer to be benched.Sanders is averaging a respectable 12.6 per punt return but his kickoff return average of 20.9 is the lowest of a lead OSU kick returner in nine-plus years. That’s a far cry from following in his dad’s footsteps.But according to Mike Gundy’s Bedlam depth chart, Sanders is still slotted for the No. 1 spot at both return jobs. Can he finally make that play? We know he has the ability. Now, with his college career coming to an end and a Big 12 title on the line, maybe Sanders finally break one loose and leave his mark on OSU history. In 2012, OU wide receiver Jalen Saunders dashed Cowboy hopes with an 81-yard punt return score helping the Sooners pull off the overtime win. Saunders followed up the next year in Stillwater with a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown in OU’s 33-24 winOf course, one of the most memorable punt returns in OSU history occurred the last time the Cowboys traveled to Norman. Former Cowboy and Kansas City Chief rookie Tyreek Hill fielded Bob Stoops’ errant re-punt and went house to tie the game late. You know how the rest goes. That one play helped change the course of OSU football from then until now. Perrish Cox. Dez Bryant. Justin Gilbert. Jost Stewart. Dare I say, Tyreek Hill?Oklahoma State has had its fair share of dynamic return men in recent history. Any one of these players could flip the momentum of an entire game in one otherwise innocuous play.So, what’s happened? Over the last couple of years, the Cowboys have struggled to find a game-changer in the return game. In fact, for the first time in quite a while OSU does not have a single return touchdown, either kickoff or punt. See below.osureturntdsNote: Miketavius Jones’ blocked punt/recover and score against Kansas last year counts as a punt return.Since this is Bedlam week, I would be remiss to ignore some of the big return plays that have shaped this rivalry as of late. Justin Gilbert nearly stole Bedlam in 2010 with his kick return.#Bedlam pic.twitter.com/2esMaIvBM5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 30, 2016center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NTL MANAGERS MEETINGS

first_imgAs per the tournament conditions the 2006 NTL Managers Meetings will be held at the following times:Thursday March 9 at 1pm and 3pm for the Opens/20’sTuesday March 14 at 1pm and 3pm for the SeniorsA team/permit delegate must attend one of their respective meetings to receive new/updated information and to ensure all paperwork and registration forms are correctly filled in and handed out.last_img

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Title race not just Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Title race not just Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the title race is no two-horse race.The Reds are currently top of the table ahead of Manchester City.But Klopp says: “But not only City. “Tottenham have so many injury problems, the shortest break after the World Cup – I don’t know how many Belgian and English players they had – no pre-season and won all the games in a difficult situation. Now they are six points behind us. Wow! That’s really massive.“Arsenal’s start? Chelsea? That’s all really good. So how can we think about anything else other than just winning our games and getting as many points as we can?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The ACC Accidentally Called NC State “UNC State” In Its Tournament Program

first_imgACC calls NC State "UNC State."NC State fans aren’t fond of their in-state rival North Carolina, and as you’d imagine, they absolutely hate when people mix up the two schools. Wednesday, however, that somehow happened in the unlikeliest of places.The official ACC Tournament program lists NC State as “UNC State” on an entire page. We’re not sure how it happened, but you can assume that Wolfpack fans are very upset.Oops! Inside the @accmbb program a misspelling — “UNC State” instead of “NC State” @WFMY See pictures: pic.twitter.com/TTuWblGywI— Emily Spain (@Emily_Spain) March 11, 2015This is a straight up insult like who in the world is UNC State? pic.twitter.com/r7UOzNmEIB— Madeline (@Maddy_Dee13) March 11, 2015NC State took care of Pittsburgh Wednesday and has a date with Duke on Thursday. If the Wolfpack can keep winning, perhaps they’ll be able to convince people that they truly are their own entity.last_img read more