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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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This App Shows Google Glass’ Potential

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By Carmel DeAmicis On December 25, 2013 When Google Glass first came out, people didn’t get the point. There didn’t seem to be much you could do with it. Shoot videos and pictures from your perspective. Check your email. Navigate on Google maps…

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Traveling with your new Tablet Computer

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So Santa brought you a shiny new tablet computer for Christmas. Lucky you. Here’s what you need to know before you go traveling with your tablet. Republish This Article

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The Talk About In-Flight Cell Phone Use

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In a 3-2 decision last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to solicit comments on whether it should repeal its rule banning in-flight cellphone use. But during the upcoming holiday season, that rule remains in place, and that will probably be the case for at least a few more months. For those who to make […]

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Is the Moto G the Goldilocks phone for spendthrifts?

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By Nathaniel Mott On November 15, 2013Smartphones don’t cost nearly as much as they should. Americans have grown so accustomed to purchasing subsidized devices from their wireless carriers that they won’t even consider paying the full price for…

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2013 Tablet and E-Reader Buying Guide

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As Thanksgiving approached, you’ve probably had two things on your mind: Turkey and tablets. Tablet computers, that is. (Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com Flickr Photo) In 2011, I published a buying guide to three tablets and e-readers: iPads, Nooks, and Kindles. Here’s my take on the current crop of those mobile devices, plus Samsung Galaxy tablets, the […]

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What to Know Before Buying a Tablet or E-Reader

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(Be sure to thoroughly read our advice on purchasing tablet computers and e-readers before reading our next post on the major ones currently available.) (Raymond Bryson Flickr Photo) To Buy or Not, That’s The Question If Shakespeare’s sulking Dane, Hamlet, were alive today and considering the purchase of a tablet computer or e-reader, he might […]

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Flying “Low” with your Electronic Devices

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Last week when the Federal Aviation Administration issued its much-awaited decision changing the rules for the in-flight use of “portable electronic devices” by airline passengers, it said that: “The FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines […]

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iPad Cases and Keyboards

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Today Apple kicked off sales of its new full-sized “iPad Air.” They aren’t cheap. Prices run from $499 to $799. If you bought one for yourself, or as a gift for someone, you should protect that high-tech investment with a cover, case,or a combination case and Bluetooth keyboard. Here why you should do so, and […]

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What the New iPads Mean for Travelers

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On Tuesday, Apple announced several new hardware and software products. Here’s my first-take on what the new iPads mean for travelers, and why they should put off buying a new or replacement iPad or, indeed, any tablet computer or e-reader, until the new iPad models become available next month. Republish This Article

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CNET, The Verge Report on Today’s Apple’s Product Event

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Earlier today Tales Told From the Road aired CNET’s live blogging about today’s one and a half hour long new product event by Apple. Click on “Watch on Livestream” to replay it. This four-minute plus video from The Verge provides a briefer recap.   Our own take on Apple’s new hardware and software products will […]

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Apple’s iOS7: For Better or Worse

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When Apple rolled out the new operating system (iOS7) for its mobile devices last month, I questioned whether Apple’s plan to make everything “look and work differently” on iPhones and iPads was going to make life better or worse for users of those gadgets. At that time I planned to put off updating from iOS6, […]

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Upcoming Changes in the Air Travel Experience

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Is inflight Wi-Fi getting faster? Is inflight entertainment technology changing? These are some of the questions addressed at the Airline Passenger Experience Association and International Flight Services Association Expo held in Anaheim California two weeks ago. One of the sponsoring organizations, APEX, said the event was attended by “nearly 3,400 airline and vendor representatives – movie […]

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Smartphones: iPhone Up! Blackberry “Down and Out?”

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It’s Fall. Halloween is a little over a month away. Thanksgiving comes soon for Canadians, but isn’t that far beyond the horizon for U.S. residents. But this year, Canada’s RIM (Research in Motion) maker of the BlackBerry, has little to celebrate. America’s Apple, on the other hand, continues to be thankful for a robust share […]

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How to Make a “Feature Length” Vine “Movie

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Back in January, Twitter grabbed the attention of Hollywood movie maker wannabees with short attention spans when it released the “Vine” video filming app for Apple iOS mobile devices. (A version of the app is now available for mobile devices using Google’s Android operating system). The Vine app lets users create stop-motion animation films as […]

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Travel and The “Seventh Coming” of Apple’s iOS

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If you travel with an iPhone or an iPad, next week Apple is going to tell you something that you may not want to hear. The bad news for those who have recently purchased an iPhone 5 is that the Cupertino company will probably unveil two new iPhones: The “5S” and a lower-priced “5C” model. […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: The Instagramization of Everything

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) The Instagram-itization of everything: Photos are so powerful that some apps just shouldn’t use them (via Pando Daily) By Sarah Lacy On July 9, 2013We get it: Photos are powerful. Photos are the backbone that built Facebook, […]

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Appalachian Trail hikers are going digital

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Appalachian Trail hikers are going digital (via NJ.com) Back home in Utah, John Volt never had much use for cell phones while hiking. Didn’t even own one. But when he decided to “thru-hike,” or complete, all 2,178 […]

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