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iPads, in general, are a good thing for travel. Airline are utilizing them both in the cockpit and cabin to lighten the crew's work load both literally and figuratively, and private pilots can navigate and aviate with greater confidence thanks to some iPad apps. Even sticking an iPad in front of a child may ensure a quieter flight, but there are some instances in which iPads just aren't welcome.
Take, for instance, this weekend's case of the idiot who caused a security scare at Sydney International Airport. The entirety of Terminal 3 had to be evacuated owing to the stupidity of this one person, simply because he couldn't be bothered to look up from his iPad screen to notice he was walking the wrong way into a secure area after getting off his flight.
This terminal, home to much Qantas' domestic service, then had to re-screen all the evacuated passengers, causing a travel delay of approximately one hour.
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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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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:
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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American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.
The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.
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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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Flight delays and cancellations suck. Period. But since the U.S. government has levied guidelines on how airlines compensate travelers who experience flight disruptions, the situation has improved. Still, those strict rules and guidelines for payouts can be very confusing, and it's no wonder the casual flyer still has no clue what's due to them.
Luckily there's now an app for that.
Enter Claimair. This handy mobile app is basically the perfect flow chart if you have a cancelled flight, excessively delayed arrival, denied boarding, or facing lost baggage. So next time you're blood pressure is rising, step away from the gate and tap on this new app.
Start by choosing your flight inconvenience, then input flight details and answer a few questions directly in-app. ClaimAir will then display a result of what is due to you options on how to go about claiming it.
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On your next trip out of town keep an eye out for some charging stations at a few major airports. Sure it’s not worth scoring some airfare just to check them out, but we can’t complain when someone is doing something to make the travel experience that much better.
In total there’s 169 brand new charging stations doing their thing, as they’ve been installed over the last couple weeks at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. Look for them in areas where plenty of travelers are coming and going—think spots like the gate areas, the restaurants, and the shops.
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Have you posted a Hyperlapse yet?
Hyperlapse from Instagram, a free video app released yesterday to the iTunes app store, is enjoying runaway success, with more than 40,000 Instagrams bearing the #hyperlapse hashtag in just the first 24 hours. The quick uptake isn't surprising; the app is well-designed, easy to use, easy to sync with social media, and inspirational in nature.
It's obvious from the first moment of the first Hyperlapse (Instagram's promo video, above), that this brand new app is
god's Instagram's gift to mobile travel photography. Wired even went so far as to call it a "$15,000 video setup in your hand."
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."
We cover a lot of smartphone applications that help make life on the road a little easier. And, without question, these products of technology in our pockets allow us to take shortcuts with our trip planning that were not possible in the past, from driving directions and virtual guidebooks to researching hotel prices from a café.
In that sense, the smartphone has eliminated the risk of “getting lost” while traveling, ensuring we always have a safety net at our side. They also double as our cameras, and have eliminated the need for casual travelers to carry two pieces of equipment.
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Confession: we're extremely heavy users of data on our smartphones, since those phones connect us to social media, work, maps, and pretty much everything else while on foreign soil. We're not ones to "power down" on a trip, unless the destination is completely off the grid. Thus, one of our largest concerns is being smacked with a ridiculously large international data roaming bill upon return home.
To prevent against big bills, we search for SIM card packages offering unlimited data usage, and recently had a great experience with one in Japan, a country with such advanced cell phone technology that it can be challenging to use anything but the latest handset. And, unfortunately, Japan doesn't make it easy for foreigners to purchase a SIM card; one must be rented.