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First Take: New iPads, iMac, Apple Pay, and “Yosemite”

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About a month ago the world went amok (well, sort of) when Apple announced the release of two new smartphones: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With much less fanfare, last week the Cupertino company unveiled other new products: The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, a new iMac desktop with Retina […]

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4K: The Next Generation of TV and Video

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Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. Writing about technology is like life in general: Stories get written because of coincidences. By coincidence, my wife had a “supporting role” in a documentary “short” that screened at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. By coincidence, while listening […]

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Using “Tech” for a “Smoother” Flight

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Ah, flying. The one thing all travelers have come to hate! But here’s some advice from tech guru, David Pogue (formerly with The New York Times, now a “Yahoo” guy) on how technology can make life “up in the air” (or before you get to the airport) “more better.” Get more travel news! Subscribe to […]

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First Take: Apple’s New Mobile Devices

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(Originally published on September 12, 2014. Last updated on October 8, 2014.) Apple’s new iPhone 6 models will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 8th, in Apple and other retail stores, including those of cellular carriers. To help you decide which, if either, phone to buy, read this story which we ran last Friday and […]

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HISY: Remote Control for “Selfies” and Group Photos

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I recently learned that an Apple earbud will act like a shutter release on a DSLR if the Camera app on an iPhone or iPad is turned on. If you prop up your iPhone or iPad, you can stand or sit back up a few feet away and press the “+” button on the earbud […]

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Tips for Traveling to Europe

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(Tales Told From The Road just completed a virtual month-long trip across Europe visiting France’s Alsace and Austria’s Tirol regions, and the cities of Berlin, Dresden and Munich in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, plus Amsterdam and London. Here are some tips for planning your next European journey.) Here are some things to know […]

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Battery Can “Swell” and Crack iPhone Screen

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Yesterday I pulled out my iPhone to answer a call, and noticed that the left-hand side of the screen appeared to have pulled away from the case, allowing light to “leak” out from inside of the phone. This puzzled me since I hadn’t dropped the phone recently, and in fact, it was inside of a […]

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How to Make Photo Collages

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For quite some time I’ve noticed that many Facebook users don’t just post single photos, but rather a combination of a few to several shots made into a collage. It fact, so many photo collages are posted to Facebook, that one would think a collage-maker is built into that social media site. But as far […]

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Breaking News: Will TSA Take Away Your Electronic Device?

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In the past, airline passengers were sometimes asked to not only take their laptops out of a bag when passing through airport security, but to turn them on to demonstrate that they were indeed working computers and not explosive devices. This hasn’t been a problem for me recently since I now travel with an iPad […]

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Making Trip Photos into Movies

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You return from vacation determined this time to come up with a way to turn the photos you took into a visually compelling story of your journey. Last Friday, I explained how Google+, the free Storehouse app for iPad, and the Website Exposure.co can do that job for you. But all of them do so […]

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How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos

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Storytelling, whether done orally such as in the passing of traditional folklore from one generation to another, through pictures scratched on cave walls, or the printed word, has gone on for thousands of years. Things started to get complicated once everyone could afford a box camera, and yet more complicated when 8mm movie and 35mm […]

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Online Restaurant and Ride Booking: What’s It Worth?

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Usually stories about technology run on Tales Told From The Road on Fridays, such as how to use an app, how to use a Website, how to use a piece of gear, or how to use technology for travel. But today’s piece offers something different: Commentary and what restaurant booking service, Open Table, and car […]

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New Google+ “Stories” – Photo “Scrapbooks”

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Now and then, Google comes up with a really good idea. You go on a trip, shoot a lot of photos with your smartphone or camera, but never get around to sharing more than the odd one or two with friends and family. Google has invented a seemingly effortless way for it to assemble and […]

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Chromebook vs. iPad: Which is Best for Travel?

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Next week my wife is headed off to Arizona on a 10-day trip. She’s plans to take her 15” MacBook Pro with her so she can stay connected with the “outside world,” so she borrowed a laptop roll-aboard bag from a friend. As you read this story (which I wrote on my desktop computer before […]

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Finding Vacation Rentals with FlipKey

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When I’m on a trip longer than a week, including those that include more than one place where I’ll be stopping over, I often look for a vacation rental property, such as a condo or house, to bunk for at least part of my time on the road. Vacation rentals often trump hotels when it […]

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Tracing History with Google Maps

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Google Maps has for some time allowed users to not only get a “bird’s eye” map or satellite view of a location, but also to spin around a circle, seeing the place from all sides, using the “Street View” feature, such as with this image of San Peter’s Basilica seen across the wide expanse of […]

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“Tour By Locals” – Being Guided When Traveling

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I usually travel “independently,” which means I don’t go on days-long bus tours, cruises, or any sort of trip where a tour company is herding me (and 20-40 of my new “best friends”) from place-to-place like a bunch of cats too lazy to bother figuring out how to come up with their own “see-and-do” travel […]

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Flight Tracking Apps and Websites

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I’m sitting at home, thinking maybe it’s time to fly off somewhere on vacation. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I know that hundreds of planes are taking off and landing at local airports throughout the day and evening. But who’s up there now? Believe it or not, my mobile devices know […]

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Trip Planning with Trekkel

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In the past I’ve written about the “Holy Grail of Trip Planning,” a Website or app that will assemble a complete itinerary for a vacation trip, book your flights and hotels, recommend restaurants, and map out fun activities for you. No thinking would be required on your part. Just show up and have fun! Well, […]

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Making and Taking Trips with Apple’s “Siri”

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After watching the movie Her, in which Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) converses and then falls in love with “Samantha,” the voice (provided by actress Scarlett Johansson) of his new computer operating system, I wondered if “Siri,” who plays a similar, albeit less romantic role, in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for iPhone and […]

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Debate Over In-flight Cellphone Calls Takes Off

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(Our story on how to use Apple’s “Siri” for trip planning, originally scheduled to run today, will instead appear next Friday so we could bring you the following important update on the FCC’s proposal to allow in-flight cellphone calls and texting.) Three weeks ago in a story entitled “The Talk About In-Flight Cellphone Use,” we […]

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