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Smart Luggage Controlled by Your Smartphone is Just Plain Smart

October 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lost luggage? Thing of the past.

Overweight carry-on? No more.

Forgetting the keys to your TSA baggage locks? Impossible!

It was probably only a matter of time before carry-ons got the smartphone treatment and, thanks to Bluesmart, some hassles of heading to an airport may soon be forgotten.

A new carry-on bag claims to keep travelers connected to their cabin baggage with the help of an iPhone app. It allows travelers to weigh their luggage instantly, locate misplaced bags, remotely lock and unlock the suitcase, and even charge devices while on the road. Here are the major features:

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New Flight History Tool Thinks It Can Make Sense of All Your Globetrotting

October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year we reviewed a handful of flight tracking tools, and hopefully helped you clean out that folder/drawer/bag pocket where you keep old boarding passes. Tracking sites are a great way to keep your flight history in one place, not to mention easy to reference (for those dinner parties that escalate into stats oneupmanship between frequent flyers).

This time around we're talking about Jet It Up, the newest flight diary to the scene, as it might be the easiest we've seen yet. First off, you have to be organizing your itineraries with the TripIt app. Jet It Up then imports directly from TripIt, and fills in the details you might not have remembered. Otherwise, you can do it the hard way and manually enter the incidentals, which include date, flight number, aircraft and airline from each journey.

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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The 7 Smartest Travel Features of Apple's iOS 8

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were among the first to download Apple's iOS 8 just as it became available, by now you will have had a good few days to play with the changes and how they relate to your usage of the iPhone. Among the many updates are a few that will prove a marked improvement for travelers who rely on their phones.

Previous updates gave us one place to store our mobile boarding passes (now even easier on the Apple Watch too), the sharing of photos directly from the photo app, and quicker access to frequently used apps, and the iOS 8 only improves upon these. Sure, the recent update has had its rough patches as of late, but these new perks are some of the coolest to date:

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See, Told You Virtual Reality Travel Wasn't Far Off!

September 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month ago, we wondered aloud whether virtual reality could make waves in the travel industry, allowing us to be mentally transported to destinations around the globe without physically leaving our home cities. We thought it was more of a daydream at the time, but this morning we awoke to the news that Marriott has unveiled what it calls "The Teleporter," a virtual reality machine that allows people to "tour" select hotels in the States.

The Teleporter made its public debut today at the Marriott in New York. It will remain there for five days, then take off for the rest of its eight-city tour to its properties in Boston, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.

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Hello Apple Watch, Goodbye Paper Boarding Passes?

September 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

As you're no doubt well aware, today Apple keynote to introduce not only the newest iPhones, but also the first Apple Watch.

At first it seemed like just another wearable gadget to sync with your iPhone, with the ability to notify you of incoming messages, emails, and the like, but the Watch seeks to act independently as well.

Travelers will appreciate the chance to use Apple Maps without whipping out a phone, and those who get creative with mobile travel photography will certainly enjoy using the watch's display as the viewfinder for the iPhone's camera. We are without a doubt most intrigued by the possibility of using mobile boarding passes on our wrist, which will be an option from the start when the Watch goes on sale in early 2015 for $349 and up.

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Could Virtual Reality Make Real Waves in the Travel Industry?

August 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

As you return to reality and head off to work after the weekend, we've got a little food for thought to spark a few daydreams. This weekend, we read a very interesting story from the BBC about how a group of psychologists are using virtual reality "time travel" to help people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

In a nutshell, patients enter a virtual world which allows them to interact with a situation they experienced in real life and come to terms with the decisions they made and now regret.

Obviously, the intent of the study has little to do with leisure travel, but the technology being used sure does. For example, the psychologists heading the study said that "participants could walk, talk and move similar to how they would in real life," and that "in virtual reality, the brain's low level perceptual system does not distinguish between the virtual and the real world; the brain takes what it sees and hears in a surrounding environment as given."

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Family of Flight Attendant May Have Created World's Best Itty Bitty Bottle Opener

May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

Weíve got a great little gadget for our flight attendant friends, and for everyone else, really. A new Kickstarter project is looking for funds to produce a clever bottle opener, and its all designed by the family of a flight attendant (hence the aviation-influenced look).

Apparently all those tiny, airline-size booze bottles are a pain in the neck to open, as the little screw tops just donít offer enough space to get a good grip for the twisting torque necessary to open them on op. The Mini Opener exists to rescue you from these kind of problems, as itís the perfect solution for opening mini liquor bottles, cans of soda, and bottles of beer. Itís made in right here in the USA and it's on track to become the next must-have accessory for a properly stocked liquor cabinet.

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British Airways' New Feature is Totally Cool with Obsessive Mileage Counting

April 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

At the beginning of this year, we reviewed the most popular flight tracking websites for managing your personal miles flown and more. Well, there's a new kid on the block with British Airways' just-released My Flightpath.

As with the other websites we reviewed, My Flightpath keeps all data under your own account, but you'll need to sign in with your BA Executive Club number. Then, the data will be populated with your full, associated flying history since joining the frequent flyer program. The tool will track the full mileage flown, minutes in the sky, and how many 'round-the-world' trips it equates to.

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The Best Flight Tracking Websites, Ranked and Reviewed

January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."

With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:

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Only Good News for Travelers Looking to Keep Gadgets On During Flights

December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, the rest of the world is finally beginning to follow along.

British Airways yesterday became the first international airline to declare gadgets safe for use throughout entire flights, even during take-off and landings, and without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet.

This is not something the airline has just up and done on its own; BA secured clearance for the change from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after passing safety tests. Expect more such news from European airlines in 2014, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is next to relax gadget rules on flights.

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Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use Coming to the European Skies ASAP

November 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that passengers on domestic US flights are keeping their power on during takeoff and landing (and everything in between), the question becomes when will other countries make the same ruling? Well, we have one answer: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will make gate-to-gate gadget use on European flights possible beginning the end of this month.

The news comes this morning from the EASA in Cologne, Germany. The exact wording is quite plain:

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