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Weather service gets new site

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s national weather service, MeteoSwiss, has a new web site – contemporary, user-friendly, with new functions and better for smart phones. The new site went into service this morning, 16 December, providing stiffer competition for the numerous private weather forecast services online. The site has 1.4 million “users” a month for its […]

Geneva transport workers strike Wednesday

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva residents could find they are better off hoofing it to work Wednesday, thanks to a TPG public transport strike involving about one-third of the company’s workers. The 24-hour strike will slow down buses and trams, with nearly 800 workers of the 1,900 TPG employees taking part. The workers are members of […]

Official Swiss mapping now available offline

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – An ongoing federal government project to make official Swiss maps widely available has just made them accessible without an internet connection. “With the ability to store map data locally on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, maps can now also be used without internet connection. Positioning via GPS in real time […]

Geneva-Beirut flight, false bomb alert

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An MEA Liban airlines flight from Geneva to Lebanon was forced to land at Rome’s Flumicino airport Sunday, Italian media reported, after a false bomb alert. The plane’s 115 passengers and crew disembarked after Swiss authorities reportedly alerted Italy that the plane, over Italian airspace, had a bag on board that did […]

Public transport price increases: compromise

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The cost of public transport tickets will increase by 2.9 percent in 2015, but half-price cards and after 09:00 travel tickets won’t be included in the rate rise. Mr Price, the consumer watchdog, and the union of public transport companies reached a compromise on the increases, the government body announced 7 August. […]

Things to remember on Swiss trains

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Tips for travelers GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Trains are longer and more crowded than usual thanks to the car show, which opens to the public Thursday 6 March. Here are a few tips to make your journey smoother if you’re part of the crowd: Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. That said, […]

New digital distance surveillance home camera

Switel in Geneva has just come out with a CHF99 home or business surveillance camera system that you can access with your mobile phone, to keep an eye on your home or your baby or your small office while you’re away.

It has an alarm that you can programme in case of unusual noises, for example in a baby’s room.

The BSW 100 is quick and easy to set up and use. It’s available at a number of retail outlets including Fust, Media Markt, Interdiscount and Jumbo.

Swiss Post, get your mail electronically

Swiss Post Box is a useful service for people who needs to access their mail but don’t want it forwarded, or who need it more quickly, since forwarding takes a few days. It can be used inside or outside Switzerland and is the electronic equivalent of your mailbox. You can access your account with a mobile phone as well as computer. You register for an electronic mailbox and your mail is scanned when it arrives, Monday to Friday, and you receive the digital copy.

It’s then held for your or forwarded, depending on what you sign up for. It can be used temporarily or more permanently.

Costs vary depending on whether you want a personal or business solution and the forwarding options you select, but note that you can’t use it for packages and certain types of mail and documents won’t be accepted, such as court orders and mail with unpaid postage.

Geneva airport app

GVApp2_trioGENEVA, SWITZERLAND – More than half a million people have downloaded this award-winning application for iPhone and Android. You can check your flight information, track flights, check on parking lot availability, find out about shops – if you fly in and out of Geneva, this is must-have app.

Version 2 is now out, a reminder to those who should upgrade.

Contact lens safety net for travelers

Contact lens owners, if you don’t yet have one of these (or family or friends: here’s a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer), rush out and get one before you take another trip. If you’re like me, you’ll have found yourself sleeping on the plane, then putting your contacts back in over a sink without […]