Last June in “How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos,” I reviewed these three options for visual storytelling:

  • Google+ “Stories”
  • Storehouse “Stories” created with an iPad/iPhone app
  • “Posts” using Exposure.co

I found too many flaws with Google+ “Stories” to recommend using them to “Show & Tell” people about your trip.

On the other hand, both Storehouse and Exposure were easy to use, could include text, still photos and videos, and could be shared via social media, e-mail, and by embedding in Websites and blogs.

Storehouse won that “horse race” for me because it is completely free, while Exposure only gave one the ability to create three free posts before ponying up money to create more.

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But now there’s a “new kid on the block,” the “Slate” app for iPad from Adobe, the folks who created the photo editing program and new English language verb, “Photoshop.”

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Getting the Most Out of Google Maps

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On Tuesday one of my “directionally challenged” hiking buddies was well off-course driving to the trailhead. He was about to give up and head home, but decided to phone me for help instead. While I verbally guided him on his way, it was the GPS function of his Android phone that made it easy for […]

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Fugu: The World’s Most Innovative Luggage?

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The operative syllable in “luggage” is “lug.” Even if you travel “light” you’ve still got to lug at least some luggage with you. And how do you stuff enough clothes and other stuff for a two-week or longer trip into an airline “carry-on” size bag that will actually fit into an overhead bin or under […]

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Apple Watch: Get It or Forget It?

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A new milestone in timekeeping and computing comes to pass today when the eagerly awaited “Apple Watch” becomes available for pre-order online and “demonstration” by-appointment-only at Apple Retail Stores. Deliveries and in-store sales kickoff in two weeks on Friday, April 24th. I published my first take on the Apple Watch back in September when it, […]

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Mamma Mia! Flying Is Fun!

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As I’ve said before, “The Golden Age of Air Travel,” when the Boeing 707 ruled the skies, has long since passed. Coach seating on aircraft is more cramped than ever. Flights are delayed or cancelled. And the airport experience is one all air travelers wish they could bypass. But for one passenger checking in for […]

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Streaming Video Apps: Meerkat vs. Periscope

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Meerkat? Oh yeah, a cute little weasel-looking critter (which is actually a cousin to the mongoose) that lives in parts of Africa. But I’m not writing about wild animals, but rather about a new app for Apple mobile devices that people are going wild about. So what, exactly does this “Meerkat” app do, and why […]

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Firefox Browser’s Super Simple Video and Voice Calling

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Video phone calling has been around, at least in concept, if not in practice, for decades. In 1964, U.S. telephone giant, AT&T, premiered its “Picturephone.” But neither that first device or its later iterations caught on. Fast-forward to the present, and thanks to services like Skype, Apple’s FaceTime for both Mac computers and Apple mobile […]

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FAA Says “No!” to YouTube Drone Videos

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I am both a travel writer who incorporates video into stories posted on Tales Told From The Road and someone who produces “shorts” for airing on public access TV stations. So when I first learned that one could shoot aerial footage with a GoPro camera mounted on a relatively cheap-to-own unmanned drone, I immediately became […]

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Live From The Apple Watch Event!

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Beginning at 10:00 am PDT, Apple will kick off a media event at which it is expected to lay out the details for the Apple Watch which should be available for purchase next month. Tales Told From The Road provides the following live reporting on the event by The Verge. For more on the Apple […]

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Watching Out For The “Apple Watch”

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Back in September when we published our first take on the latest Apple products, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we noted that you wouldn’t be able to get hands on the “Apple Watch,” the newest gadget to come from the famous Cupertino, California tech company, until sometime in 2015. Well, that sometime is […]

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ApplePay Takes Flight, Lands at Starbucks

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Using a credit card to pay for in-flight purchases such as meals and beverages isn’t new. It’s been in use by airlines for over five years. But up until now, owners of the iPhone 6 models have only been able to use the phones’ ApplePay mobile payment system at land-based merchants whose card readers work […]

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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

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Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public. But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”). The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of […]

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Credit Cards vs. Mobile Payments: Which Is Best?

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Back on October 24, 2014, not long after Apple showcased its two new iPhones, the “6″ and “6 Plus,” I took a fairly detailed look at “Apple Pay,” the mobile payments system that owners of those new phones (but not those with older models) could use with merchants’ “point-of-sale” terminals instead of swiping a traditional […]

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Go Climb A Rock: In Yosemite

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Back in November of 1970, living on an Air Force Base in central Indiana that was flat earth surrounded by cornfields, I watched on TV as two men did something that had never been accomplished before: They scaled the sheer rock face of El Capitan’s “Wall of Early Morning Light” in Yosemite National Park. (Click […]

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“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

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My first visit to s U.S. National Park was over 50 years ago, maybe even as many as 60. Since then, I’ve been to nearly every one in the Western U.S., and met the woman I’d marry (we’re still together) in Yosemite in 1968. (We’ll run another story about Yosemite tomorrow.) Way back then, I’d […]

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Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

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While it’s not uncommon for people to only have a cellphone rather than a “landline” telephone today, there’s still many (like me) who find that those “old-school” telephone devices can be more reliable (especially during a power outage) and have better call quality than even the smartest of smartphones. But there’s one problem everyone who […]

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Visiting National Parks of The West in Summer

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If you’re in the New York-New England area today you definitely aren’t experiencing summer. But once you’ve dug yourself and your car out the drifting snow, the power is back on, and you’ve got an Internet connection once again, there’s something you should be planning right now: Your summer trip to any one or more […]

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Etihad Airways Shows Passengers San Francisco Attractions

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United Arab Emirates national airline, Etihad Airways, doesn’t just let its passengers book flights to San Francisco online. It enlisted the air of top travel bloggers (including Tales Told From The Road editor, Dick Jordan) to point out their favorite San Francisco area tourist attractions on this interactive map on the airline’s Website. Etihad also […]

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Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

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If you’ve got multiple landline phones in your home, office, or hotel room, one is likely to be close at hand whenever a call comes in. But if you are out of earshot when your iPhone rings, you’ll miss the call. And as far as I can tell, there is no way to set up […]

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Deciding What “Tech” to Travel with in 2015

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On Wednesday, January 6th, the annual International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) kicks off a three-day stand in Las Vegas. If may be a little late for you to book a flight or hotel room to join in with 150,000 of your “new best friends” to take in the Whiz-Bang display of “tech stuff you can’t […]

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Happy New Year From The Times Square Ball!

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Except for two years during World War II, every year since 1904 throngs gathering in New York City’s Time Square on New Year’s Eve have seen a lighted ball fall toward the earth at midnight to mark the beginning of another year as the event is broadcast via TV to millions across the planet. But […]

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