Travel DEVICES roundup - Southwest, Aer Lingus, PitchUp, KayakNews / TechnologyBy PhocusWire | October 30, 2013Share This article was originally published on This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality on Wednesday 30 October 2013... DISH and Southwest unveil iPad lending programSouthwest Airlines is to provide travelers with the opportunity to borrow an iPad2 from its "Watch TV on the Fly" libraries, as part of a deal struck with DISH. Read more.Aer Lingus launches in-flight mobile services with AeroMobilePassengers onboard Aer Lingus' long-haul flights can now use their own mobile phones to text and browse the internet, using AeroMobile's inflight roaming service. Read more.Global Eagle Entertainment Acquires IFE ServicesGlobal Eagle Entertainment has bought Travel Entertainment Group Equity, the UK-based parent company of IFE Services from GCP Capital Partners for approximately $36 million in cash. Read more.Ustay+ app brings mobile messaging to hotelsHotels are being given a dynamic new way to pamper guests with a system which allows manager to send personalized, real-time messages to the smartphones of visitors, through a system developed by Micros Opera. Read more.PitchUp claims UK camping first with iPhone app Outdoor accommodation specialist PitchUp has unveiled its first mobile application, allowing consumers to book almost 700 campsites and caravan parks around the UK. The app (soon to be joined by a version for Android users) can search near a device's location, features content for each product and allows consumers to view existing and old bookings. Kayak hires senior vice president of mobile Mike Putnam has joined Kayak to become SVP of mobile. Putnam was previously VP and general manager of mobile at Rue La La and has also had stints with TripAdvisor where he led mobile product development.NB: Send links or releases direct to Tnooz via email.NB2: Devices image via Shutterstock.