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Jan 23, 2017

Amazon Tap with Alexa and Travel

Amazon Tap with Alexa and Travel

Amazon Echo, with Alex artificial intelligence assistant, is a home based hub that responses to a verbal request with responses on a multitude of topics. It can play music, tell you the weather, latest sports scores, and news headlines. Through skills that are available on Amazon's Alexa Skills page, Echo can increase a number of topics that it is able to answer. Amazon Tap is similar to Echo, except it is designed to be portable, making it great for travel, and needs to be tapped to activate.
Through learning these skills and quite a few companies developing new ones, Alexa is broadening out into the travel world.

Heading Out
Find out from Alexa what the weather is like outside and get a forecast.
Order Uber for your trip using Alexa.

City Guides
Alexa can also "learn" city guides. You can find out information within major cities, as currently available, before heading out to sight see.

Jan 16, 2017

Super Bowl LI Travel & Gadgets

Super Bowl LI Travel & Gadgets

Super Bowl LI will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5. On the east cost at this time the temperatures are around 36 degrees Fahrenheit. While in Texas, they are around 67°F. That feels a lot better and requires a lot less clothing.
This also means lighter packing. So grab your sunglasses, gadgets, and tickets, if those are still even available, and head over to the big game.

There is a multitude of ways that this device would come in handy before and during the game. You can keep track of the latest news on the weather, roster, team news, and such. You can also watch the game on the phone while out and about

Phone Charger
Not going to get far without one of these if you use your phone quite a bit. And you want a power bank that can charge a phone several times and has at least 5000 mAh. As well as do it quickly with 2.0 or higher USB connection. Below chargers meet all of these criteria and then some

Video Camera
A photo captures a frozen moment in time, video, on the other hand, lets you revisit the moment like you were there once again hearing and seeing everything again as well as share it with others.
I don't think it is even necessary to say digital camera nowadays, it is a given. Phone cameras are nice for a quick shot or some selfies. Though to get great shots of the area, the event, the action, and your entire group, you would need a camera with great optical zoom and fast shutter speed.

Jan 12, 2017

Why You Should Never Instagram Your Boarding Pass

Why You Should Never Instagram Your Boarding Pass

Or Facebook, or tweet, or post a picture of it on any other social media site. Boarding pass has a lot of traveler’s personal details on it. All of it contained within the pass's barcode. By using technology (there are even websites that will decode it for you) to read that barcode, someone can get access to your full name, future flight information, frequent flier number, address, and more.

You shouldn’t put pictures of it on the internet. That’s true even after the flight itself has taken place since a lot of personal detail is still extractable.
The information on your boarding pass can provide access to other confidential information, and it can allow someone else to cancel your booking. Steve Hui decided to demonstrate how easy it can be to access a stranger’s information by using a photo of a boarding pass. The traveler who posted the photo was flying on Delta Airlines, so Hui headed to the “Manage My Booking” section of Delta’s website. All the site required was the passenger’s name and the booking reference or ticket number, which was printed right on the boarding pass. Using this information, Hui was able to see all of the passenger’s details, including their travel itinerary, frequent flyer details, and the last four digits of their credit card number.

With this information, an unscrupulous person can change future flights’ seats, cancel the flights altogether and even reset the airline account so that the original account holder is no longer able to access it.

Jan 10, 2017

Travel Video of the Month - 5 Travel Gadgets That Travelers Will Love!

Travel Video of the Month -
5 Travel Gadgets That Travelers WILL LOVE!

In this video, there are newest innovations and inventions in technology and a lot of these are great for travel.
The paddles are an innovation on the regular ones. They provide light in the water while stand up paddling without a need for a flashlight. It has a built-in light-up strip that keeps the battery charged. The water bottles come with Bluetooth speakers and touchscreen. And has the capacity to charge your phone and keep your stash.

Jan 5, 2017

New Year's Resolutions: Going Beyond The Same Old

New Year's Resolutions: Going Beyond The Same Old

Exercise and diet are the usual resolutions just about everyone makes. Very few stick to them for more than a couple of months. If you have ever been part of a gym prior to this period and after, you would see how true that is. There is an influx of members in January and then the numbers start to slowly dwindle and more room and machines open up.
I am not going to say I shouldn't be making these type of resolutions. I do need to loose a few pounds and make further tweaks to my diet. However, I try to review and revisit these goals throughout the year, especially when I know I have been slumping, rather than once a year.

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