Google's Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented — but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn't easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try.
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The FCC has been taking a much-needed stand against companies that block personal Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to get people to buy overpriced access to (normally crap) Wi-Fi networks. The latest pair of cartoon corporate villains: Hilton Hotels, and M.C. Dean, provider to Wi-Fi to the Baltimore Convention Center.
There is now a hotel in the world with a dinosaur concierge. He's also a robot. He also speaks English. He wears a cute li'l bowtie. And his coworkers are a bunch of other robots. Welcome to Henn na Hotel, aka, "Weird Hotel".
Today, hotels offer high-tech amenities that just a generation ago would be astounding — RFID key cards, customisable ambiance at the push of a button, and coming soon, humanoid robot concierges. So what started the high-tech hotel craze? It can all be traced back to the 1920s, when Americans started to demand a decidedly techno-centric flair in their hotels.
Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left behind.