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Well, that was quick.
It was just a few weeks ago when Tech Hive reported that MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment were okay with customers wearing Google Glass. Someone must have educated the staff at Caesars Entertainment about Google Glass, though, because they are now saying the high-tech eyewear will not be allowed in their casinos.
Here is an explanation on the banning of Google Glass at Caesars properties detailed in an email to Computer World:
Back in January, we were the first to tell you about the Vortex being built at the entrance to The Linq. That sounds like a gateway to Valhalla, but it's actually a 6,800-square-foot "color-changing lighting roof display" being created by the YESCO sign company. The same skillful operators who completed the Aria Pylon we recently raved about. Building permits indicated they've allocated at least a million dollars for construction on this attraction. And, it possesses a certain drama in the artistic renderings. Despite, as we'll show you, Caesars Entertainment's many renditions of what it will look like.
We thought it time we went for another close-up visit. And, did we discover an early test? We're not sure if this is a fluke reflection from The Quad hitting it just right, but it looked to us as if they were testing the rear of the Vortex's light show. You can make out the pink leaves or flame shapes.
If you're a tech geek, you're probably familiar with Google Glass. This is something straight out of science fiction movies we grew up watching. Google Glass is essentially a pair of computerized eyeglasses. Glasses have a computer processor, memory,
GPS sensor and camera (pictures and video) built into them. The lenses serve as a display screen. Update: Thanks to @Hunter on Twitter for letting us know that Google Glass will not offer built-in GPS, but can be GPS-enabled via a companion app on a Bluetooth-capable smart phone.
The technology that is available with Google Glass is really quite remarkable even if it is a little creepy to think anyone looking at you can record every move you make. Generally, we love new technology and any way we can make the Vegas experience better is alright good with us. Casinos don't always see things the way we do. They're always looking to protect their business and, sometimes, improvements in technology show potential to interfere with that. Strangely enough, the casinos that will not allow you to take photos inside the casino and won't even let you use your mobile phone to check a text message at a blackjack table will allow Google Glass.
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With April Fool's Day being so anticipated and expected these days, it's hard to play a proper prank -- something that was obvious to anyone who followed along with the mainstream news last week.
Companies made their best attempts at corporate humor. Google pretended they were introducing a few new products, such as Google Nose -- a joke that fell flat on its face. We also saw other phony products and services such as pizza-flavored Tic-Tacs, glass-bottom planes, and promises of good-looking delivery boys. Um? Then we have juvenile stuff like this floating around YouTube which had us scratching our head. Is this really the best we've got?
The saving grace is that Vegas, in particular Caesars Entertainment, is celebrating humor (or the lack thereof) all month long in the form of discounts to comedy shows and performances. Here's a roundup of the deals so you can see which tickle your funny bone most:
Total Rewards will soon launch a new credit card from Comenity Bank. The current Total Rewards credit card from Bank of America is closing on March 31.
The new Total Rewards card offers a lot of perks for signing up. The most important may be for those of you who only get to Las Vegas once a year. The credit card activity is as good as spending money in a Caesars Entertainment casino. Spending at least $1 on the credit card at least every six months will keep your account active and you won't lose any points earned due to inactivity.
In January, MGM Resorts announced it was bringing free WiFi to everyone.. in its public spaces. At the time, the gaming company mentioned that speedier service would be available for a fee. But, specific pricing wasn't mentioned.
drinking trip to Mandalay Bay last night put the answer in the palm of our hand when we put down the Crabbie's picked up our smart phone and found the screen shown above. Basic connectivity was offered at a speed of 256 kbps while a Web Browsing speed of 512 kbps was billed at $7.95 for 24 hours. For those in search of Media Streaming, 1.5 mbps was available for $14.95 for 48 hours.
Caesars Entertainment launched a new poker promotion earlier this year that somehow slipped by us until now. Recently, we caught a billboard touting a Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot that starts at $200,000. Filed away under "look into further," the mega jackpot paid out to over 200 players just a few days later with one poker player holding a hand that earned him over $136,000.
Bad beat poker jackpots aren't new, but generally are much smaller, paying out say a few hundred dollars to players involved in two ridiculously uncommon hands that have the unfortunate fate of being dealt against each other. Like one-in-a-gajillion unfortunate. Or, take four aces against a royal flush: depending on situation and number of players dealt in, these hands facing each other could be over 1 in 88 million. Gajillion or 88 million, the point is that it's rare.
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Caesars Entertainment began charging resort fees on March 1. They haven't released detailed information on the resort fees so we've had to do a little exploring on exactly who will pay resort fees and what we will get.
Nobody will argue that resort fees stink, but the Caesars resort fees aren't as bad as many initially thought. Why? Because not everyone will pay a resort fee. Caesars is "rewarding" their bigger players by waiving the charge. Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status won't have to pay a resort fee.
The resort fees at Caesars include only three items: local calls, fitness center and "Internet service for one device." According to a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson, this is what customers demanded. Many of us look at resort fees as the cost for WiFi since we don't bother with the local calls or fitness center. Well, the resort fees at the Caesars properties don't exactly include that.
Now that Caesars Entertainment has buckled under pressure and is charging resort fees at all their Las Vegas properties (and in its other Nevada locations), we've got some major updating to do to our 2013 Resort Fee Guide.
But, to make things easier for you, we've rounded up all the new resort fees right here. These will go into effect on March 1. And, to clarify, that is for bookings made on March 1st and after. So, if you're looking to go to Vegas and stay at one of the hotels below, book your stay now to avoid, on average, an extra $18 a night!
Are you sitting down? Resort fees are about to hit the fan again. You may recall our disappointment was so severe last year over news the Cosmopolitan was adding a resort fee that we named it the Biggest Dissappointment of 2012. VegasChatter's annual Resort Fee Guide always draws plenty of opinions on their usefulness or lack there of. Many readers confirmed they would stick to Caesars Entertainment which was so proud of its no resort fee policy, it once created a marketing campaign with angry showgirls to remind everyone they were above resort fees.
No more. Vegas.com is reporting that effective March 1 Caesars Entertainment properties will also tack on the much dreaded
Ticketmaster resort fee. Sigh. Sigh. One more: F*&$ing SIGH. Caesars Entertainment resort fees will reportedly start at $10 for The Quad and go up to $25 at Caesars Palace. The report indicates this covers admission for two to spa facilities, in-room internet access for one device, and all local phone calls.
Audrie Lane -- the little street that runs behind the now closed Bill's, the still open Flamingo, Quad and Harrah's hotels and the coming Linq -- won't be called Audrie Lane for much longer. Or, at least a portion of it won't.
Last night, Caesars Entertainment asked local government officials to rename a section of the tiny thoroughfare. Their first choice was LINQ Lane. But, they also offered up High Roller Way (a nod to the under-construction, same-named observation wheel a stone's throw away) or Casino Center Drive as alternatives.
An agenda for the meeting seemed to indicate that the answer would be a resounding no, nope, and nuh-uh after it relayed concerns that a name change could cause confusion for first responders (was that Link or Linq?), break precedent (streets have always had "common or correct spellings") and potentially be too repetitive (there is already a High Roller Avenue and a Casino Center Boulevard).
We were just minding our business this weekend when we were shocked and surprised by a tweet we saw from Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) already pimping March Madness packages. We're not even ready for the Super Bowl!
Watch college basketball with us from March 21-24 and enjoy premium seating with all-you-can-eat food and drink: het.bz/h9EMI— Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) January 26, 2013