Do you have a lot of travel plans for this holiday season? Whether it is for work or play, new developments on the technology front may make your trip more enjoyable -- and productive too, if you'd like. The FAA is in the process of updating its policies on in-flight gadget use. With encouragement from the FCC and many frequent fliers, it is possible the FAA will expand when and what devices may be used during air travel.

If your trip involves leaving the country, you're likely to appreciate the more permissive policies, especially now that three of the United States' largest airlines will be offering Wi-Fi on their international flights. Prices for the internet access have yet to be determined, but will likely vary based on flight length and other factors.

If that flight happens to be taking you to London, you're in luck. London taxi cabs are now being turned into Wi-Fi hotspots, so you can continue that email -- or Netflix movie -- without ever missing a beat. With the help of the apps below, you may even be able to finish all of your holiday shopping, update your Christmas card list, and plan you holiday party, all before reaching your final destination.