About to see Transformers Age of Extinction at Galaxy Theatres for my BDay present.

" Frantz Fanon

6 countries that U.S. airlines are prohibited from flying over

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine on Thursday left many travelers wondering about other unsafe conflict zones. U.S. carriers last week said they would no longer fly over eastern Ukraine after Flight 17 was shot down reportedly by pro-Russian separatists.

The FAA has since widened its guidance on where U.S. commercial aircraft may fly and has outlined other potentially dangerous regions. U.S. flight operations are currently prohibited over the following countries:

Ethiopia: U.S. commercial flights aren’t allowed to fly north of 12 degrees latitude in Ethiopia’s airspace. The U.S. also warns against using the Mandera Airstrip in Kenya, which is adjacent to Ethiopia and Somalia and may be fired upon by Ethiopian forces.

Iraq: All U.S. air carriers and commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Iraq are prohibited. On the ground, insurgent groups, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, remain active, as violence and instability reach levels not seen since 2007, according to the State Department.

Libya: U.S. flights are prohibited from entering Libyan airspace. The State Department warns security in Libya is unpredictable with many military weapons, including antiaircraft, in the hands of everyday people. There are limited services available for U.S. citizens in the country.

North Korea: FAA prohibits U.S. flights from entering airspace over Pyongyang west of 132 degrees east longitude. An advisory warns that North Korea is known for testing ballistic missiles without any warning. As recently as March, North Korea test-fired two missiles into the Sea of Japan. The country has launched a total of 90 rockets or missiles so far this year, according to the New York Times.

Somalia: All U.S. commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Somalia is prohibited. The State Department says war-torn Somalia remains unstable and dangerous. It also warns against sailing too close to the country with pirate attacks reported as far as 1,000 nautical miles off the coast. There is no U.S. Embassy in Somalia.

Ukraine: Airlines haven’t been allowed to fly over Crimea since April. After the crash of Flight 17, the FAA expanded the advisory, prohibiting any flight operations over eastern Ukraine where a separatist group is believed to have shot down the plane.

FAA has advisories out on other hostile regions’ airspace including Afghanistan, vulnerable to small-arms fire and rocket fire, and Congo, which in 1998 saw rebels shoot down a Boeing airliner carrying 40 people.

Other regions the FAA warns U.S. airlines on include Egypt and Sinai Peninsula, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Syria and Yemen.

Not to sound insensitive to those lost in and recent downed but I am NEVER flying ANY Malaysian airlines!

In Fact I am going to avoid Malaysia altogether.

Flight 370 disappeared.

Flight MH17 flies into a war zone in Ukraine? WTF?!! 

 

It’s like Burger King selling the Big Mac — sort of.

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Get ready for iPhones and iPads preloaded with specialized business IBM software.

Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) on Tuesday announced a partnership to leverage each company’s strengths. Starting this fall, Apple is delivering devices exclusively to IBM, which “Big Blue” will then prep with industry-specific apps for business customers.

The idea is to provide specialized Apple devices to companies in banking, health care, insurance, retail, travel and transportation.

IBM said it will listen to the distinct needs of business clients, then craft software that addresses those issues.

"For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement, calling the partnership "a radical step."

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty promised a “transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Starting this fall, the devices will only be available through IBM representatives to their business clients. They will include a private app catalog, data security services and more.

An IBM spokeswoman said it was too early to give examples of what kinds of apps would be available. The companies also said Apple devices would use IBM’s vast and powerful cloud services — which offer data storage and work-sharing capabilities.

Gee I wonder what Steve Jobs would say?

" X-Money
" X-Money

Urban Dictionary states: 

1).adj; The action of being true to one’s self as well as being true to others.

2.)adj; being exactly as appears or as claimed

3.)adj. free from any intent to deceive or impress others
I don’t have many “friends” because it’s hard to find someone that is real these days.

I don’t play pretend , we live in the Real world

I’ve kept it real when everyone around me is fake.

The most important people are the one’s who tell the truth and keep it real, rather than someone who thinks they have to put on a front and be fake when they around.
If I am genuine then why do so many Black people prefer those who are fake and not loyal?
X-Money: Today I almost got into a fight over me getting disrespected after I was keeping it real. 

Amazon streams 1 million songs from two of the three major music labels as opposed to Apple’s iTunes Radio offers over 37 million tracks – from all major (and minor) labels – and is free for all users and ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers (US$24.99/year).

I don’t know about you but this Amazon music streaming truly sucks! I say it once I say it again,”Once you go Mac you don’t go back!”

United has overhauled its MileagePlus program so that points will now be awarded based on the dollars spent on tickets, rather than distance traveled.

It’s a sad day for anyone who’s ever known the joy of carefully hoarding frequent-flier miles.

United Airlines announced that beginning March 1, 2015, members of the company’s MileagePlus program will earn award miles based on the price of their ticket, rather than how far they are traveling. Very simply, this means that the system will reward those who have more money to spend: travelers with corporate expense accounts, people who pay for first-class tickets, and anyone else who doesn’t mind paying full price for airfare, especially for last-minute flights. For everyone else who usually flies coach or at least likes to shop around for the best ticket prices, the changes mark a further erosion in the benefits of airline frequent-flier programs.

As part of the change, United will start awarding five points per every dollar spent. Those with elite status — from premier silver to premier 1K — will get anywhere from seven to 11 points per dollar spent. The chart for how many points are needed to redeem free flights remains unchanged. As part of Tuesday’s announcement, the company has added a few new redemption choices so that consumers can use points towards, for instance, upgrading to Economy Plus seats that offer more leg room.

"These changes are designed to more directly recognize the value of our members when they fly United," said Thomas F. O’Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus in a statement Tuesday.

The trouble is that for those who shop for a great bargain price for a trip to Tokyo from, let’s say, Washington, you’ll be getting rewarded as much as someone who massively overpaid for a last-minute flight to Los Angeles.

United seems to be following its competitor Delta, which made almost the exact same change to its SkyMiles program earlier this year. Smaller carriers, including JetBlue and Southwest, already have programs that calculate points based on dollars spent rather than miles. The news from United means that among the three biggest U.S. carriers — United, Delta and American Airlines — only American has not made the change.

It’s not obvious that they will follow suit, says Brian Kelly, founder of the Web site ThePointsGuy.com and self-described “frequent flier mile and credit card point ninja” on Twitter.

"I think American might use this as a differentiator: ‘We value customers, not just those who pay full-fare and first-class,’" said Kelly, who notes that American Airlines introduced the first frequent-flier program.

But he said that it’s only a matter of time before airlines begin making it much harder for customers to redeem reward tickets by raising the number of points needed. One easy way is to make redemption requirements based on the cost of the ticket as well, so that suddenly a $12,000 first-class flight to Asia requires many more points than it used to simply because the full fare is extraordinarily expensive.

So what should consumers do?

Kelly suggests that any MileagePlus users who are unhappy about the changes can try calling American Airlines to see if they can get what’s called a “status match,” where a member with elite privileges through United’s program can transfer that status to American. Another option is to rely more on credit cards to accrue points, especially those that make it easy to transfer points to multiple airlines — that way you’re not tied to one airline and subject to their increasingly frequent changes to their awards programs. Chase Sapphire Preferred and American Express’ Starwood Preferred Guest, for instance, allow transfers of points to multiple carriers.

"If one program devalues, you at least have other options and you can keep your points in a safe diversified place," said Kelly. 

It could also be time to look at those points you’ve been carefully counting up and make use of them soon—before the airlines make any more big changes.