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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.

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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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Feb 15, 2016

Top Gadgets To Bring on Airplane (Infographic)

Top Gadgets To Bring on Airplane (Infographic)


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May 25, 2015

Ideal Travelling Companion Even for Napoleon

Ideal Travelling Companion Even for Napoleon


Napoleon took books with him everywhere he traveled. They were compactly packed within the wooden case that looked like a large book itself. One such case contained around 50 books. It was one of first portable and travel sized library. Or as we know it these days, a Kindle.


Readers these days can travel with a library of thousands of books uploaded into their digital library on a Kindle.

Why good to have on a trip:
- Kindle can give you weeks of reading time on a single charge
- lighter than most paperback books
- Can hold thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers
- Borrow from your public library for free




Did You Know?:
Napoleon was a very well-read man
He read books on diverse subject and discipline
He liked to read narrative history, tragic drama, and some comic poetry
Since he had to be on the road frequently during war years, his books traveled with him

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Apr 13, 2015

Cruise Travel: Gadgets and Accessories on our South America Trip

Cruise Travel: Gadgets and Accessories on our South America Trip


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Atitlan Leather Suede Leather Money Belt
When I first discovered a money belt, I thought it was genius idea. Though I was wondering what it would actually look and feel like. After some research online and amazon, I found this one. It looks great, quite stylish. The type of belt that I would wear on daily basis with a casual look. I ended up wearing it the entire trip. The zipper on the backside works well, though it is a very small compartment. You won't be able to fit ID or credit cards in there, but you would be able to fold and stuff some bills for quick access for tipping and such.


Eagle Creek Travel Gear Silk Undercover Money Belt
I was wearing this one most of our cruise on excursions. It is a great travel accessory to have with you. While it might not look like much, it is not a fashionable accessory, but very useful. It came in handy in countries where there are no coins given as change, just a whole lot of paper money. Instead of carrying a lot of the bills in my wallet, I placed some discreetly into my waist stash. Same for dollars, especially once we acquired some local currently, these were moved to the belt so that my wallet was not filled with them when paying for goods. This is especially helpful when looking to "negotiate" with local vendors for better prices.

Travalo Refillable Perfume Spray

Travalo Travel Sized Refillable Perfume Spray Dispenser
Yes, it is a perfume spray. However, it works just as well for cologne. I think it is a genius idea and travel accessory. Before I found out that this exists, I was wondering how I could transport my cologne without having to drag the entire bottle that also does not close very well and so usually leaks. Its not a huge problem when placed in a Ziploc bag and within my bag. My cloth just end up pre-perfumed. However, that is definitely not a desired effect. The Travalo dispenser is very easy to fill up. Just take off the cap off the perfume bottle and push the tip of it into the dispenser and the content will transfer over as much as needed. And then becomes a convenient travel sized spray

E-Scale Digital Luggage Scale

Orbsgo Precision Digital Luggage Scale w/ 110 Lb Capacity
We no longer take any trips without using and packing a luggage scale. This trip was no exception. We weighted our large suitcase many times to make sure it is up to airline's standards so we do not have to pay overage fees or have issues at the airport check-in. Well, on this trip, we still did. Since we did not realize before hand that this particular airline, LAN, was also very particular about the weight of carry-ons. At least the ticket agent we go was. The carry-ons were overweight, and we had to rearrange our belongings right there and then. Good thing my wife had a plan and was ready with a back up bag. Going forward we will be using our trusty luggage scales on carry-ons as well every time we fly.


Olympus TG-835 Tough Camera
We love this camera. We always have it with us no matter the adventure. With this camera we don't have to worry about it getting wet in the rain, so we can take pictures even if it is drizzling outside or we are on a boat. We also have with us at the pool for some great shots. And as it is also shock-proof from 5 feet, it can take some dings and keep on shooting. Panasonic Lumix is also freeze-proof to 14 degrees F, good thing for when we were sailing by Antarctica, and dust-proof.

Broken Sports Watch
We didn't start out taking along a broken watch. The sport watch we took was working OK in terms of showing time. However, when we were going through multiple time zones, we wanted to update the watch to those, and that is when we found the buttons on the watch stopped working. It was still a great gadget to have along since even if you don't want to, you have to keep track of time on a cruise. Either to get up for and catch a bus for the tour or meet up with your group or to make it to dinner, it good to have a time keeping piece. Will be looking for a replacement and will post what I found. If anyone have any recommendations, please let me know


Kindle Paperwhite 3G
My wife loaded up her new favorite series that she has been reading, which is 3 books, plus some others just in case. I also added on my book in case I get tired of watching movies and reading my magazine. All that on a small light easy to pack device. Kindles also have a very long battery life. So with full charge and average use it could last the full cruise without needing a recharge.

Earphones
There was no way I was going to be using the earphones provided on the airplane. Those are very cheaply made, nothing but plastic, with terrible sound, ear irritating devices. For the 12 hour flight that we had that won't do.


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Jul 10, 2014

The TSA Blog: Traveling with E-readers, Netbooks, and Other Small Gadgets (Including the iPad)

The TSA Blog: Traveling with E-readers, Netbooks, and Other Small Gadgets (Including the iPad)
E-readers, Net Books and other small gadgets are becoming more and more popular for travelers to bring along in their carry-ons. ...

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Nov 1, 2011

Newspapers = Obsolete? or Reborn?

Newspapers = Obsolete? or Reborn?

"I was on the train one morning. Alas without my Kindle. And as I looked around, I noticed that no one was carrying newspapers on my train. It seemed odd and interesting at the same time.
I took a closer look and saw just how many iPads and Kindles were bieng used and then how many of those users were looking at newspapers. Quite interesting. One person was on WSJ.com, another was on USA Today." - SG

Doing some research and looking on iPad as well as the Kindle store, it looks like while you can get free apps for most of the well known print publications, you would still need a subscription to get the newest version. If you enjoy reading it now, it is a good chance you would go with the digital subscription as well. There are still folks though that prefer, at least for the time being, to hold in their hands a print copy of a paperback or a newspaper. I think it would be at a sliding scale based on generation. For myself, while I like the accessibility and speed of digital publishing, once in awhile I like to have along a magazine rather than an expensive tech gadget that I have to be careful not leave or toss someplace.

Recently, Ziff Davis, one of the larger publishers, announced that they will be moving to all digital publication in 2012. It is more likely than not, that others will follow suit. Other large publishers also made news a few months back by putting up pay walls on the digital version of newspapers. While there was quite a bit of controversy regarding the move, it has been relativity successful for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Moreover, there are several applications that have been designed and have gained significant popularity as aggregators of news from well known newspapers and magazines. These apps are thriving since they are presenting articles from various publication within one easy to use interface. One such popular app is Flipboard, which is available for most mobile platforms.

So, are newspapers obsolete? I do not think so. Publishing is a very old industry that is meeting the new digital age. And as with most cycles there are always shakeouts. Some will survive and continue to thrive by being relative and providing great content and/or being reborn as digital publishers.

What do you think about the prospects of the newspapers?
How do you occupy your time during the commute? Leave a Comment


Did You Know?:
Letter to Our Readers: Times Begins Digital Subscriptions
How the Amazon Kindle Works