Lifestyle: The Tech Geek
Vegas is a great place to recover from your system errors. Come and defragment -- you tired and burned-out techies.
Q: I'm coming to Vegas and need somewhere to use my laptop, get high-speed or wireless access to the web, and send and receive faxes. Where should I go?
A: Many hotels offer data ports or Wi-Fi in their guest rooms for an added charge, while some include it in the resort fee. Check out our hotel guide to see which rooms keep you connected. Most hotels, as well as the Las Vegas Convention Center, offer business centers with fax machines, computers and printers you can use for Web access, The Venetian has a printer/fax machine in every room, and the Four Seasons offers technology gurus to assist their guests with everything from presentations to VPN needs.
If you aren't carrying around a laptop, McCarran International Airport has pay-per-use kiosks located in areas throughout the C and D gates, and the MGM Business Center offers access but charges a per-minute fee. Many hotels offer pay-per-use kiosks as well, but they are definitely on their way out.
Some resorts offer Wi-Fi access throughout the public areas, but this usually comes with a fee for 24 hours of access.
Q: I'm not bringing my computer, but I do keep tabs on e-mail with my smartphone -- how's reception in the Las Vegas area?
A: Lucky for you, all of the major cell phone carriers have good reception and data speeds in and around most of the Las Vegas Valley. Where things get a bit tricky is inside resorts: You might be limited to 2G or EDGE speeds or little reception, although newer hotels like The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Aria at CityCenter have compensated for this in their designs.
If you're at a convention, you'll also be competing for signal with thousands of other convention-goers, so keep that in mind if there's any essential work or calls you need to take care of. Take advantage of any Wi-Fi being offered up by the convention itself or any of the exhibitors.
Q: As a matter of fact, I am coming to town for CES or a big tech convention. What's cool in Vegas for a techie like me?
A: The LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which is close to the Las Vegas Convention Center, tends to host tweet-ups, after-parties and other events during CES, so keep an eye out for those - make sure to get some after-party invitations on the show floor!
If you're a gamer at heart, Insert Coin(s) in Downtown Las Vegas is the nightlife spot you'll want to go to.
If you just love admiring technology wherever it may be, the higher-end guest rooms at hotels like CityCenter's Aria and Vdara, Encore, and The Cosmopolitan are some of the most technologically advanced in the country. Guests can control everything about their room atmosphere -- from the lights and temperature to music, drapes and room service -- with the touch of a remote.
The VIP tables at the Beatles-themed Revolution Lounge at the Mirage use infrared technology to allow guests to create colorful tabletop graffiti using their fingers or other objects that can then be projected onto a central diamond-shaped column in the lounge. Moon nightclub, located 53 stories above the city atop the Palms' Fantasy tower, is like a sci-fi vision of a nightclub come to life, complete with dynamic lasers, a futuristic atmosphere and a fully-retractable roof.
If you want to indulge your inner geek with some knowledge, there are quite a few options for you: The Atomic Testing Museum for the history of nuclear testing and technology; the Planetarium and Observatory at the Community College of Southern Nevada, to channel your inner Carl Sagan; and a Hoover Dam tour -- because who doesn't love an awe-inspiring technical marvel? Or, if all that sounds too grand, you can gawk at the marvelous inner workings of the machines at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Q: Are there any mobile app/site essentials for Vegas?
A: Absolutely! Most resorts in town have some sort of deals going for checking in on Facebook or Foursquare, like buy-one-get-one drinks at one of their bars or a discount on your meal at one of the restaurants - just fire up the app and look for nearby spots to see what's available.
If you want to increase your Klout (or you just love attention), you might end up on Miracle Mile Shops' big Twitter screen if they mention or #FollowFriday you. We're still not sure how to end up on that screen, but @MiracleMileLV might know.
And of course, VEGAS.com has a mobile site to help you get around or book on the go.