MOBILE, Ala. - Delta airlines snubs the Apple iPad.
It plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets instead for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million a year in fuel. American and United have been buying Apple's iPad instead.
An FAA panel has reviewed recommendations for easing the use of personal electronic devices on planes. It says airline passengers should be allowed to use their electronics when planes are on the ground or flying below 10,000 feet. But says restrictions should remain on sending texts, browsing the web, and checking e-mail after the plane's doors have been closed. There is no timetable yet for when the FAA would act on the recommendations.
Tech companies are rolling out their latest gadgets at Tokyo's Ceatec Tech Expo. Companies are showing off their latest models, like Sharp's "Smart Sweet Home". It's a concept that lets almost all of its appliances speak. Microwaves, refrigerators and vacuums offer a friendly "good morning" to anyone in the house.
And, Nissan is showcasing its latest Autonomous car. That's the self-driving car that unveiled earlier last month in the U.S. It uses cameras and lasers to navigate itself.
The expo is scheduled to run through the weekend.
That's your Daily Tech.
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