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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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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.

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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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