Many travelers are familiar with this scenario: You are finally going on that well-earned vacation. You decide to take your smartphone on the journey. But you run into a host of tech snags after you arrive at your destination. You might quickly burn through your cellular data limit, for instance. Or maybe you can’t log in to some apps that send you text messages to confirm your identity. Your maps may not load. And your battery runs out of juice just when you need the smartphone most. These headaches may spoil what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. They may even make you wish you had left your phone at home. But your smartphone is your most vital travel tool: You rely on it for navigating unfamiliar places, finding places to eat and things to do, and taking photos. Smartphone travel checklist Tech accessories to pack Backup battery 3+ power cables A multi-port wall charger Plug adapter SIM card ejector Smartphone preparations Unlock phone Order foreign SIM card Download … [Read more...] about How to pack and prepare your smartphone for traveling this summer
Gadgets for travellers
This collection of gadgets, gear and apps helps travelers cope. Brave Era 100 Percent Mulberry Silk Travel Sheet NAME Brave Era 100 Percent Mulberry Silk Travel Sheet COST $99 from braveera.com WHAT IT IS A lightweight sleep sack made by women, for women (though men can use it, too). Weighing less than 6 ounces, it easily folds into an included pouch about the size of an iPhone, ready to be slipped into purse, bag or brief. THE GOOD The sheet is naturally hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, machine-washable and critter-resistant, making it among a traveler's most coveted possessions whether backpacking across Europe, cruising the Caribbean or just intent on having a little bit of luxury that is fully trustworthy. A roomy fit for sleepers up to 6 feet, 6 inches tall, the sheet comes in sharkskin gray and natural white. THE BADThe price is a little high, but then again, so is the quality.-- Tribune News Service HeadDefender NAME HeadDefender airplane seat cover COST … [Read more...] about Travel gear and gadgets for when you’re on the go
Last Updated May 7, 2009 12:03 PM EDT I never really considered a pocket camcorder to be an essential business tool, but after reading David Coursey's Pure Digital's New Flip UltraHD, A Tool for Any Business, I'm starting to reconsider. Here's an excerpt:Use the built-in software to post the video to YouTube and you can shoot a short video and get it posted very quickly. This makes it easy to share informal videos with employees, coworkers, customers, and the world at-large using YouTube, a company Web site, e-mail, or some combination of tools. The built-in software he's referring to is a staple of the Flip line: When you plug the camcorder into a USB port, its onboard app fires up so you can quick-edit and quick-upload your videos. That's insanely convenient, as it lets you work from any PC. The other point in favor of the Flip is its size: Unlike full-sized camcorders, it's small enough to tote around in your pocket (meaning it's perfect for travel as well as local shooting). … [Read more...] about Gadget Lust: Flip Video UltraHD Good for Recording Presentations, Training Sessions, Office-Party Bribery Videos
Last Updated Jan 25, 2011 10:56 AM EST Lousy hotels; they never have enough AC outlets! You go to plug in your phone, only to find that the TV and desk lamp beat you to it. Or the nightstand lamp and hotel phone. Sure, you could always unplug something, but that's inconvenient at best. (No TV? Are you kidding me?) Enter Flipit, a USB charger that works even when both outlets are otherwise occupied. All you do is unplug a cord, slip the prongs through the Flipit's matching holes, then plug it back in. Now you've got a powered USB port that delivers 0.75 amps (enough to charge any mobile phone, though just shy of what you need for an iPad). I'm not entirely sure how the Flipit works this bit of electrical wizardry, but I do think it's pretty cool. And with a price tag of just $15.99, it's more than reasonable for travelers weary of dealing with insufficient outlet availability (or IOA, as I like to call it). What do you think: killer problem-solver, or a goofy gadget for folks too lazy … [Read more...] about Gadget Lust: Flipit USB Travel Charger
(MoneyWatch) Throughout the modern age of air travel, there's been a general ban on the use of personal electronics -- gadgets like smartphones, e-readers, tablets and MP3 players -- during at least part of the flight. And it looks like that's about to change. Since 1966, the Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that no electronics be used below 10,000 feet. Originally proposed to mitigate any potential interference with the aircraft's navigation systems, the world has changed dramatically since then, while the regulations have stayed firmly rooted in the past. Not only have aircraft systems fundamentally changed since the 1960s, but so have personal electronics. And consumer expectations about their use have changed as well. Indeed, according to an FAA report, a third of airline passengers claim to have ignored directives to turn off their gadgets at takeoff.That means the existing directives are not only ineffective, but also irrelevant. Flight delayed? Get cash instead … [Read more...] about Ban on in-flight personal gadgets about to end?