Tag: iPad

What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

A week and a half ago Apple held its fall new product extravaganza.

Apple Store Hakan Dahlstrom
(Hakan Dahlstrom Flickr Photo)

But what does the company’s revised lineup of phones, tablets, apps and operating system mean for travelers?

Here’s my quick take on what’s totally new and what’s been updated, based on what I’ve read the tech pundits saying, since I’ve as yet not got my own hands on any of this “new and improved, greatest thing since sliced bread” high technology.

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Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

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 the iPhone so it continually gives you a sound or visual alert for a missed call.

However, if you have one of the following models of iPhone (or iPod) and iPad, the iPad can serve as an “extension phone” which will let you make and answer calls when your iPhone isn’t handy:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPhone 4s (sharing iPhone calls only)
  • iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini 3

The mobile devices must both be running Apple’s iOS 8 (or later).

Here’s how it works.

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Jet Lag: There’s An App For That

Jet Lag: There’s An App For That

One unpleasant aspects of long distance air travel has nothing to do with airports or airplanes.

It’s “jet lag” and its all about time zones.

(Sophie Flickr Photo)
(Sophie Flickr Photo)

Despite the fact that we have learned to artificially light up our lives and dispel darkness with electricity, we  seem to be cued to wake us up when the sun rises and head off to bed when it goes down at the end of the day just as though we were living in the time before our ancestors discovered fire.

So when we fly across the planet in a jet airplane and are transported from daylight to darkness and back to daylight at a speed faster than our brains can process the time change our sleep cycle gets disturbed.

Google “jet lag” and you’ll find various tips for dealing with jet lag, such as:

  • Arrive at your destination in the morning and stay up until 10-11 pm that evening.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks for at least a few hours before sleeping.
  • Get up and go to bed earlier for a few days before a eastward flight, later if headed west.
  • Avoid a heavy meal upon arrival at your destination.
  • Try to get out and about in the daylight as much as possible after arrival.

And now when someone says “Jet Lag!” you can say “There’s an app for that!”

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