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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."


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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.


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

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.

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


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.

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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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