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Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

Travel Tech

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

Destination Updates

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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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

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(This edition of the Tales Told From The Road Weekly newspaper features a wide-range of travel-related stories.) Get more travel news! Subscribe to our e-mail updates! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Etihad Airways Shows Passengers San Francisco Attractions

Destination Updates

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!

Christmas Holiday Videos
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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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Ask Santa: There’s a Website and App for It!

App Reviews
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At this time of year, a young kid’s mind turns toward what to ask Santa to bring at Christmas. When I was a lad, there are two ways to put a bug in Santa’s ear about what you wanted to find under the tree on Christmas morning: Sit on his lap at a local department […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Yosemite at Christmas

Travel Photo Thursday
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Snow falling in the Sierra Nevada mountains brings to mind a trip to Yosemite National Park on a Christmas past. If you are lucky, as I was on this visit to California’s most famous national park, the highways will be free of snow, but the mountains and meadows will be dusted with a light coat […]

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Santa Brings You A Gift: Air Travel, The Way It Was

Travel Essays
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“Dear Santa, “All I want for Christmas is two front seats. That is, seats ‘up front’ in the plane. You know, having a first class travel experience by flying in First Class. “But I know that maybe I haven’t been a good enough boy this year to qualify for such an extravagant gift. “So I’d […]

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Riding The Rails to Reno

Destination Updates
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In winter, you can leave the San Francisco Bay Area, cross over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and arrive in Reno, Nevada the easy way or the hard way. The hard way: In car, white knuckles gripping the steering wheel, for over 200 miles with heavy traffic for at least half or more of the […]

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How to Download Facebook Photos and Videos

Travel Tech
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So you uploaded photos or videos to Facebook, or one of your Facebook Friends did, and you’d like to share them outside of Facebook. That’s not a problem if your or your “Friend” have a copy available on a smartphone, tablet or computer. But what if that prized shoot or goofy video has been deleted […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Let It Snow!

Travel Photo Thursday
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California lives on snow. Snow that falls in the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter becomes a life-giving reservoir of water that sustains for much of the Golden State’s population as the snowpack melts from late Spring into Fall. After a prolonged drought, this weeks storms have Californian’s yelling “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let […]

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Holiday 2014 Movie Lineup

Movie Reviews
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Ah, December holidays. The movie studios just love them. Kids will be out of school, adults will be playing hookey from work, and they all want to see the latest, greatest, cinematic offerings from Hollywood and elsewhere. Tales Told From The Road focuses on films where the place where the story takes place is a […]

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Home (to Seattle) For The Holidays

Destination Updates
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Seattle was a bit of a culinary and cultural backwater when I was growing up there in the middle of the last century. There was plenty of fresh seafood at downtown restaurants like Von’s where I’d lunch on sole with my grandmother before we went grocery shopping at the Pike Place Market, many years before […]

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Recharging Yourself and Your Phone at Starbucks

Travel Tech
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For some months, what looked like 45 RPM records have been imbedded in the counter by the window of at a Starbucks near the gym where I work out. But they weren’t those oldie, goldie song discs. They were mobile device chargers built by a company called Powermat. They remained inert for what seemed like […]

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Day of The Turkey

Other Stuff
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Maybe you’ve heard of The Night of The Iguana, a 1964 movie based on the book of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Well today is “The Day of The Turkey,” Thanksgiving in the U.S., when many of us will be dining on what Benjamin Franklin wanted to be our national bird instead of the […]

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2014 Tablet And E-Reader Buying Guide

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Almost a year ago to the day, I published my “2013 Tablet and E-Reader Buying Guide” which covered iPads, Nooks, and Kindles, plus Samsung Galaxy tablets, the Google Nexus, and the Microsoft Surface. It was comprehensive, detailed, and when printed out, ran to about 10 pages, exclusive of the illustrations. By contrast, this year’s buying […]

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Off-Season in Sonoma Valley Wine Country

Destination Updates
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From late spring through early fall when the weather is likely to be warm and sunny sounds like the ideal time to visit “Wine Country” north of San Francisco. Weather-wise, it is, and that’s why during that time of year you’ll find lodgings fully-booked, restaurant reservations hard to come by, roads clogged with cars, and […]

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Three Cameras for Filming “The Action”

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Any relatively new smartphone, digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera can record high-definition video. But none are well-suited to filming your point of view as an “action figure” whether you are skiing, surfing, skateboarding, row, row, rowing a boat, or simply walking across the planet. For that you need a camera that can be attached to you […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Move Back to the SLR?

Travel Photo Thursday
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Nearly two years ago in “Travel Photo Thursday: Junk Your Camera!” I suggested that most leisure travelers could ditch their stand-alone digital point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras and simply use their smartphones to take trip photos. And since I wrote that story camera sales have dropped rather dramatically. But sales of point-and-shoot cameras appear to have […]

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