Mar 31, 2016

Top Travel Tech Gadgets Posts This Month - March



Top Travel Tech Gadgets Posts This Month - March

5 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding
www.traveltechgadgets.com/2016/03/5-coolest-travel-gadgets-currently-in.html
Lifepack: Solar Powered & Anti-Theft Backpack
The Best Travel Jeans in the World
GOQI wireless charging travel wallets...

Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel
www.traveltechgadgets.com/2016/03/smaller-apple-iphone-and-ipad-great-for.html
Apple just unveiled new smaller versions of iPhone and iPad ... The size and the power of both of these gadgets is what makes them a better travel companions

Amazon Prime - Why I Use It For All My Travel and Gadget Needs
www.traveltechgadgets.com/2016/03/amazon-prime-why-i-use-it-for-all-my.html
Prime account gives free 2-day shipping. And that is just one of many great features.
Other benefits of membership:
  • Streaming music
  • Movies and shows
  • Free, or discounted, kindle books
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
  • Free Photo storage
  • First dibs on daily and holiday deals



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Mar 28, 2016

What Are the Rules For Gadgets On A Flight These Days Anyhow?

New Rules For Gadgets On The Plane


In recent months there is something missing when you board the plane, take your seat, and meet your flight crew. There is no more announcements to turn off all your electronic devices. That's right. Now you are able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on your devices during most phases of flight. Larger electronic devices such as laptops and tablets, books, and other loose items do need to be put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing. Phones can stay in your hands. FAA found, after a review, that personal electronic devices, such as your smartphone or tablet, will not interfere with a plane's functionality.

In- flight Travel Gadgets 
All phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular services disabled. FCC regulations prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. You can use Wi-Fi if your airline provides the service during flight. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards. For more info regarding airplane mode and your phone click here 7 Cool & Useful Things You Can Do With Airplane Mode
Otherwise, you can do just about anything that doesn't require data transfer on your smartphones and tablets. You can keep playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, and reading e-books as your plane takes off and lands.

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WiFi
That is of course if you have pre-download all these onto your gadget prior to take off. And also charged your device (Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else). Airlines typically turn on access to onboard Wi-Fi once a flight reaches the cruising altitude of 10,000 feet. But using that Wi-Fi can be expensive and painfully slow. If airlines were to offer expanded Wi-Fi service, even during takeoff and landing, you likely still wouldn't be able to do things like stream videos from Netflix or download iPad games as that would be very expensive. Though if you don't mind spending some cash for access, you're free to post to Facebook or Twitter while in the air.

Exceptions
In rare instances of severe weather with low-visibility, as per FAA, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing.

Passenger reaction:

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. I'm excited to be able to read books on my iPad the entire flight



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Mar 24, 2016

Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel


Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel

Apple just held its annual Spring event to unveil new versions of iPhone and iPad. Both of them have improved technology on the inside, but most importantly, they are both smaller than the versions before them.
The new iPhone SE has a 4 inch retina display. Going back to the iPhone 5 versions' size. However, it has the the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. Giving you more and faster processing power. Graphics performance is also the same as on 6S, with capability to capture 4K video.
iPhone SE is light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, pocket, and bag. For travel, I think it makes for a good change since you get the power and camera of a larger device within a smaller unit.
www.apple.com/iphone-se


New iPad Pro will have a 9.7 inch screen, which is the same size as the original iPad. And will have the power, camera, and display resolution of the larger brethren. This more powerful iPad is more suited for travel with its smaller frame.
www.apple.com/ipad-pro


It does not look like much of a change or innovation in the announcement. Quite the opposite, as the devices are shrinking rather than increasing in size as they have in previous years. The size and the power of both of these gadgets, however, is what makes them a better travel companions.

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Mar 21, 2016

5 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding


5 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding

Lifepack: Solar Powered & Anti-Theft Backpack

Lifepack: Solar Powered & Anti-Theft Backpack

The Best Travel Jeans in the World

What makes these jeans great for travel and stand apart from others are the extra features. The jeans include hidden secure pockets, utility loop, and a smarter 5th pocket.
The Best Travel Jeans in the World

GOQI wireless charging travel wallets

"Travel without worrying. The GOQI Continental keeps you charged and organized wherever you go. No cables, no adapters, no worries." This wallet keeps all of your documents, credit cards and so on in one place, plus can store and charge your phone
GOQI wireless charging travel wallets

JmGO View Projector: A Smart TV In Your Backpack
While traveling or at home you can view movies, shows, photos, and presentations on a large screen anywhere where there is large, preferably white color, flat surface. Unlike other small projectors, JmGo also has built-in Dolby Digital speakers. While you can use those to create great theater experience, you can also use them without display as a regular Bluetooth speaker
JmGO View Projector

VoltTorch: Rechargeable Battery Bank + Waterproof Flashlight

This device has 10,000 mAh Lithium Battery, which means it can recharge most phones 4-6 times or power the flashlight for 15-20 hours straight. The flashlight portion has LED light that can last up to 50,000 hours. No replacement necessary. VoltTorch is waterproof to at least 20 feet.
VoltTorch: Rechargeable Battery Bank + Waterproof Flashlight

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Mar 17, 2016

Airport Security - Gold Statues are Subject to Screening Too

Oscar in the bin going through screening


Image: Mashable

Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Lászlo Nemes, traveling home with his prize found out just how strict and non-discriminating TSA can be when screening travelers. He had to place his Oscar statue in a bin to be checked by TSA agents at the security gate. The Hungarian director received the award for the movie "Son of Saul."


Did You Know?:
Oscar Winners 2016

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Mar 14, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - March

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - March

BMW reveals autonomous car on their 100th anniversary
BMW reveals autonomous car on their 100th anniversary

ReFlex – The world’s first bendable smartphone
interestingengineering.com/reflex-the-worlds-first-bendable-smartphone/
No more bendgate, if this phone makes it to mass production. The screen will not crack or bend if you sit on it while it is in your pocket. ReFlex is designed to give. It makes it possible to "flip" through pages and also play games with more interaction by pulling on the screen.

Need to Renew Your Passport? Now There's an App for That
travelwithkids.about.com/Need-to-Renew-Your-Passport-Theres-an-App-for-That.htm
Renewing passport could be quite a process. It usually requires filling out forms, submitting certificates, taking and submitting photos, fees, and mailing all this in. This app is looking to simplify the process a bit so travelers can get their passport ready the digital way.




Wireless energy transfer strips for electric vehicles and buses
interestingengineering.com/wireless-energy-transfer-strips-for-electric-vehicles-and-buses
Wireless charging for cars is coming closer and closer to reality. More companies are developing tech for roads that would generate energy to charge up electric cars and buses.

Goodyear Concept Tires Targets Autonomous Cars
ubergizmo.com/2016/03/goodyear-concept-tires-targets-autonomous-cars
Charged up and self-driving vehicles still need to have tires that do the heavy lifting. Goodyear is getting ready for next generation of cars by working on tires that would accommodate new type of driving and drivers.

Sony makes 'Her' a reality: AI bluetooth earpiece acts as a smart personal assistant
dailymail.co.uk/Sony-launches-Xperia-Eye-Wearable-camera-uses-voice-facial-recognition-capture-images-built-projector.html


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Mar 7, 2016

March Madness Travel and Gadgets

March Madness Travel and Gadgets


Every year best of the best in college basketball go mad with traveling around the country in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. That is actually part of the reason it is called March Madness, since it portrays the frenetic nature of the NCAA tournament.
This year the Championship Game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Average temperature in April in Houston is 79° high and 60° low. So pack accordingly for the big game.

Sunglasses
Bring shades along since it is hot and sunny most of the time



Travel Umbrella
While it is hot in Houston, it also rains quite a bit. The conditions are those of a rainforest without the designation but with lots of humidity



Travel Bluetooth Speaker
for better quality tunes in your room while pregaming. Trust me, your iPhone volume maxed out ain’t that great.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker


Camera
To catch action shots, the best camera for the traveling sports fan is the one that has a great optical zoom, image stabilization, fast shutter speed and relatively small body. Below are some of the best cameras with these features:

Phone and other chargers
All the gadgets that you will be bringing along to enjoy pre-game and the games need to be charged. This power bank has enough juice to charge your phone and tablet

RAVPower 16000mAh External Battery Pack

Travel Power Strip
Belkin Travel Surge Protector came in very handy at the airport and hotel room. We were able to charge multiple gadgets via one and only accessible outlet in the room
(Family Trip to DR - What To PackOne Little Thing Just Can’t Travel Without)


Duffel Bag
A nice carry-on spinner bag is a great option since it is easy to move around the airport.  Though a duffel bag is a sportier option when you don't have too many things or want to look like a baller.

Under Armour Undeniable Duffel Bag

Luggage Spoter
To make your bag standout from the rest and show your team pride, Luggage Spotter is a great travel accessory for your duffel or any other travel bag.

Kindle and MP3 player for the plane

Fire, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Price: $49.99


Traveling To Houston Tips:

VisitHouston Travel Tools and Info

Hydrate! A Lot! Water is essential to replenish after salty snacks, screaming and/or alcohol.

Hit the nearest CVS, Walgreens or such to purchase water for less, plus pick up some energy drinks, snacks, and a few beers

Sunscreen
As the sun is almost always shining this will be an essential travel item. While you don't spend a lot of time outdoors, it still important to have protection from the sun when you are outside.

Traveling in March, you also should pack an umbrella, see above

Pack a swimsuit. Even if you're not planning to visit the ocean, many Texas hotels have swimming pools.

Houston Travel Tips


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Mar 3, 2016

Amazon Prime - Why I Use It For All My Travel and Gadget Needs

Why Amazon Prime? - it's useful for the price


Why I use it and continue to use for all my travel and gadget needs:

Prime account gives free 2-day shipping. And that is just one of many great features.
Other benefits of membership:
  • Streaming music
  • Movies and shows
  • Free, or discounted, kindle books
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
  • Free Photo storage
  • First dibs on daily and holiday deals
Free Shipping
Just about anything you order, there are some exceptions related to seller set up, will be delivered to your pre-selected address within two days. Even on weekends. Depending on your location, can be delivered on Sunday. It makes it convenient for regular purchases for things you might need or want. Though makes it even better for ordering stuff while you are packing for a trip. Unless you are last last minute packer, you would be able to receive and pack anything you are missing with the fast shipping. In some areas they also have same day delivery and you can get last-minute travel items such as sunscreen and towels.

Music 
prime music page
Need some music to listen at work or home or while exercising? Amazon music has radio stations you can listen to by genre or by artist. You can also download the music on your device to listen when you are not online. And you can create your own playlists to mix and match different sounds.

Prime Instant Video
There are no latest movies, but there is a large selection of movies to stream that have been out in circulation for a bit. There are also many new and older episodes of shows that you can binge on. Amazon also has its own shows it has produced and that have been nominated for awards. All this is included in Prime membership.

Books
As a member, every month, we also get a selection of books from which we can choose one to read for free. Plus you have access to many more kindle books at discounts.

Join Amazon Prime - Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows Anytime - Start Free Trial Now

Sales
During lighthing deals or sales, such as the Black Friday week, Prime members get a head start on getting the deal and savings. Such as the example below:



Photo Storage
You get secure unlimited photo storage with your Prime membership. And that is a lot of storage considering it is included in the overall price of the membership. The upload is pretty quick. And they are adding new features, such as folder sorting, all the time. You can upload your photo on the site, via a mobile app, or a desktop app. And you can access your photos also either on your phone, computer, or tablet.
Free Unlimited Photo Storage

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