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[By Andrew Leonard | 22 May 2016 | No Comments]
San Mateo’s Maker Faire draws thousands

SAN MATEO, CALIF – From May 20 to May 22, the San Mateo Event Center became a temporary Mecca for makers: nerds, builders, hackers and geeks alike.

For the price of admission, visitors get to experience everything from fire-breathing metal dragons, to drone racing and video games. This is not a faire to be watched from afar, as nearly every exhibit is interactive; attendees are just as much a part of the faire as the exhibitors.

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[By Andrew Leonard | 22 May 2016 | No Comments]
Maker Faire is a combination of both low tech and high-tech. Pictured here, a programmable miniature game system was available for purchase.

SAN MATEO, CALIF – From May 20 to May 22, the San Mateo Event Center became a temporary Mecca for makers: nerds, builders, hackers and geeks alike.

For the price of admission, visitors get to experience everything from fire-breathing metal dragons, to drone racing and video games. This is not a faire to be watched from afar, as nearly every exhibit is interactive; attendees are just as much a part of the faire as the exhibitors.

Oakland, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 16 May 2016 | No Comments]
A Norwegian Air Shuttle cabin crew member serves guests in the premium economy cabin.

OAKLAND, CALIF. — Norwegian Air Shuttle understands very well who flies on its airplanes.

The low-cost long-haul carrier has made inroads in the United States with its rock-bottom fares and a la carte pricing that’s marketed towards budget conscious leisure travelers.

Oakland, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 16 May 2016 | One Comment]
Oakland Airport Director Bryant L. Francis (left) helps cut the ribbon on the airport's newest international non-stop flight to Europe.

OAKLAND, CALIF. — The launch for Norwegian Air Shuttle’s latest flight from Europe to North America came with a message from the company aimed directly at budget-conscious fliers and the airline industry: we’re not done expanding.

The low-cost international carrier began serving Oakland, California from London’s Gatwick Airport May 12.

Silicon Valley, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 5 May 2016 | No Comments]
International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh presents San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with a gift from British Airways: a model Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplane.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Cheers, applause and a British-themed celebration marked the launch of a long-sought non-stop flight between Silicon Valley and London on British Airways Wednesday evening.

“Not since the Beatles landed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ has a British invasion had a greater impact on the United States of America than today,” quipped San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo as he welcomed the airline Wednesday.

San Francisco, Travel Beat »

[By Tim Jue | 31 Mar 2016 | No Comments]
JetBlue Airways will expand its popular Mint service to Boston with flights between Logan Airport and San Francisco.

Amid rumors it may be interested in buying Burlingame-based airline Virgin America, JetBlue is aggressively expanding its popular premium “Mint” product to flights from Boston’s Logan Airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Last week, New York City-based JetBlue began flying one of its three daily Boston-San Francisco flights using a Mint-configured Airbus A321 aircraft. The two other frequencies will be flown by Mint planes by Fall 2016.