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Wearable Technology Looks Cool, But Will Travelers Actually Wear It?

Wearable Technology Looks Cool, But Will Travelers Actually Wear It? Sep 19th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Flickr, LamdaChiAlpha Imagine being able to navigate a foreign city without a map or paying for a museum ticket with your watch, thanks to your cool electronic gadgets. Now imagine getting mugged around the corner, or leaving your expensive toy on a bus. Wearable technology such as Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch have fueled a lot of buzz among technology fans and travel marketers,...

Arthur Frommer To Publish New Guidebooks This Fall

Arthur Frommer To Publish New Guidebooks This Fall Jul 16th, 2013 at 8:45AM: Flickr, David Lytle While much of the world is on royal baby watch, there's a new arrival in the travel world to get excited about. Arthur Frommer has just announced via the New York TImes that he will again publish guidebooks under a new name, FrommerMedia. The guides will be distributed and marketed through Publishers Group West of Perseus Books Group starting in October. He will also launch a...

Google Makes Travel Easier For Lazy People

Google Makes Travel Easier For Lazy People Jul 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Google's ongoing world digitization is opening up some very cool travel experiences to people sitting in front of their laptops and tablets. Now, rather than spending thousands of dollars, lots of vacation time and a decent amount of physical exertion to see these places, you can arrive by a click and multi-task your exploring as you commute to work, procrastinate a project or tune out in a...

Explore The World's Tallest Building In Google Street View

Explore The World's Tallest Building In Google Street View Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Nicolas Lannuzel At 2722 feet in height, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world and quite an impressive feat of modern engineering. Since its opening in 2010, the glass and metal spire has become an iconic structure, even managing to stand out in a city that is known for its over-the-top architecture. Most of us will probably never get an opportunity to see it in person,...

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View May 28th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Google Google's Street View technology is a fantastic tool for those who love to travel. The service, which is integrated into Google Maps, gives us the chance to take a virtual tour of places that range from our hometown to some of the more iconic places around the globe. For instance, over the past few years, Street View has allowed us to visit Mt. Everest, the Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef,...

Hyperlapse Tool Takes Google Street View To A Whole New Level

Apr 11th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Google Street View was a boon to desk- and couch-bound wanderers when it debuted back in 2007, but even the most fervent Street View explorers would agree that the endless clicking is a bit of a chore. Enter a free online tool that uses Street View images to create a personalized animated road trip. The Hyperlapse tool, created by a Toronto design company, lets you choose any two drivable...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map Apr 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962 properties across the globe and provides information about each, including an array of photos for those who need the...

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks Apr 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Last week, I wrote a lengthy tribute to guidebooks and the sad news that Frommer's guidebooks would cease publication, and many readers here and on Twitter shared in my grief. Well, it's time to remove the black armbands, because Arthur and his trusty guides are back! Don't place your orders just yet; there's still a lot up in the air, but the key news is that Arthur Frommer has reacquired his...

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks Mar 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: It was with a heavy heart that I read the news last week that Frommer's guidebooks will cease to be printed. The guidebooks were purchased by Google last summer, and as of this year, the entire future list of titles will not be released. With the takeover of digital apps, social media, and user-generated content, we knew this was coming, but it still feels like the end of an era. It's become...

Google Translate Adds Phrasebook To Save Your Most Common Phrases

Google Translate Adds Phrasebook To Save Your Most Common Phrases Mar 20th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Google continues to be one of the most innovative companies in the world, developing everything from wearable technology to self-driving cars. And while they're incredibly busy inventing the future, the Internet search giant also continue to upgrade some of their existing products and services, bringing useful new features to the tools we already use. Take, for example, Google Translate, the...

Google Street View Takes Us To New Heights On Everest, Kilimanjaro And More

Google Street View Takes Us To New Heights On Everest, Kilimanjaro And More Mar 19th, 2013 at 8:00AM: We're big fans of Google Street View here at Gadling and over the past few months we've enjoyed the addition of the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon River, amongst other destinations. Through the use of modern technology, Google has given us the opportunity to explore some very exciting places without ever having to leave the comfort of our own homes. Now, with its latest addition...

New Spring Road Trip Options Save Money And Time

New Spring Road Trip Options Save Money And Time Mar 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: March 20 is the first day of spring and for those in the northern plains of the United States, the day just can't get here fast enough. Battered by late winter storms, spring road trip thoughts were put on hold as attention was drawn to record snowfalls. Spring will eventually get here. When it does, plans for a road trip might be just to get out of town with the destination unknown or a...

The Potential Of Google Glass For Travelers

The Potential Of Google Glass For Travelers Feb 22nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: One of the more interesting products currently in development at Google is a high-tech, wearable gadget known as Google Glass. In a nutshell, when worn like a typical pair of glasses, the device suspends a small LCD screen in your peripheral vision. When paired with a smartphone via BlueTooth, Glass is capable of displaying a variety of information without the user ever taking the phone out of...

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California Feb 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: If owning its own fleet of private jets wasn't already enough, Google wants to go one better and build its own airport. The Internet giant is just a step away from starting construction on an $82 million dollar facility in San Jose, which would include an executive terminal, facilities for aircraft maintenance and ramp space big enough for large business jets like the Boeing 737 and 767 (see...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Google Maps Adds Data For 38 Ski Resorts

Google Maps Adds Data For 38 Ski Resorts Feb 8th, 2013 at 8:00AM: For my money, Google Maps is one of the greatest technological advances of all times. Whether I'm at home or traveling to some new destination, it helps me to find restaurants, museums, shops and other points of interest, then routes me to those locations by car, foot or mass transit. Over the past few years, Maps has continued to evolve and add new features, making the system even more useful as...

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore The Grand Canyon

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore The Grand Canyon Feb 1st, 2013 at 8:00AM: Have you always dreamed of hiking the Grand Canyon but just can't get past all of the walking that would entail? Then you'll be pleased to learn that the latest update to Google Maps brings Street View technology to the national park, allowing us to take a virtual tour of its trails without ever leaving home. Back in October we told you how Google planned to capture images from the trail by...

Traveling Santa Caught On Camera

Traveling Santa Caught On Camera Dec 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: As the story goes, Santa should be loading up his sleigh just about now, preparing to bring gifts to the good children of the world during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24. No, wait. It's the elves that load the sleigh. So what does Santa do other than hang out in department stores to get an ear full of children's wishes? This photo gallery has Santa caught...

Google To Fund Unmanned Drones To Hunt Poachers In Africa

Google To Fund Unmanned Drones To Hunt Poachers In Africa Dec 12th, 2012 at 8:00AM: As part of their new Global Impact Awards, Internet search giant Google has pledged $5 million to the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to help fight illegal poaching in Africa and Asia. The funds will be used to create a sophisticated data network for tracking the movement of animals and will employ unmanned surveillance drones to hunt poachers in the field. In their announcement of the grant,...

Traveling With The Cloud: Do I Even Need My Computer On The Road?

Traveling With The Cloud: Do I Even Need My Computer On The Road? Oct 27th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Over the last few months, I have made a valiant effort to put everything in the cloud. I had tried before and failed. It all started with Apple's MobileMe that I really never did get to work quite right but ended with a Google Drive life full of wonder. Now, I have spreadsheets, emails, photos and documents all in one place, safe and secure on my Google Drive – a free file storage and...

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