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Going To The Museum? There's An App For That!

Going To The Museum? There's An App For That! Aug 14th, 2013 at 11:45AM: British Museum Museums have a lot to compete with these days. With so much information available for free online, many people who are less than enthusiastic about going to museums may think there's nothing new to be learned by peering into glass cases full of ancient artifacts. But museums are fighting back. Museum apps are available for most major and many lesser-known museums. Generally they...

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy Jul 17th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Joe Lanman/Flickr In the world of travel apps, we've seen geo-based, crowd-sourced and sharing technology that has opened up a lot of possibilities for travelers. We can automatically create a travel log with one, find a hotel on the fly with another and map our way through unknown lands with ease. The result? A home screen full of apps that demand to be sorted, modified and updated to be useful....

Hotel Tonight: Testing The Last-Minute Hotel Booking Service In New York City

Hotel Tonight: Testing The Last-Minute Hotel Booking Service In New York City May 31st, 2013 at 11:00AM: I just finished renovating my one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, an experience that has driven many a New Yorker to drink, or even better, to a hotel room. With my husband and me both working from home, a toddler at heel and not many friends with "extra" room for us to crash, we were forced to decamp while our apartment was without a kitchen or bathroom. Looking for options, I first turned to Airbnb,...

Three Airport Travel Apps That Work, Save Time, Make Flying Fun

Three Airport Travel Apps That Work, Save Time, Make Flying Fun May 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Jane Starz/Flickr Airport travel apps for smart phones and tablets are must-have items for some air travelers, much like that phone itself. But it is easy to get over-apped and have three different sources texting the fact that we have landed, that the flight is running late or that it is time to check in. Choosing the best ones can be more difficult than using them. Here are some tested, but not...

Geoguessr: The Internet's Newest Educational Time Waster

Geoguessr: The Internet's Newest Educational Time Waster May 15th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Where does this look like to you? I guessed central Mexico based on the Spanish signs and the mixture of dry soil and lush plants. Actually it's Brazil. The next view I looked at showed the characteristic onion domes of a Russian Orthodox Church. I guessed Russia and was correct. This is an addictive new online game called Geoguessr. It gives you random Google Street View images and you have...

Hacker Demonstrates Ability To Hijack Plane Using Smartphone

Hacker Demonstrates Ability To Hijack Plane Using Smartphone Apr 12th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Imagine this: you've fallen asleep on a plane headed to your dream vacation when suddenly erratic flight movement stirs you awake. The cabin is chaotic, and what's even worse, in the cockpit the pilot has no idea what is happening. All systems have been overridden, and – although the pilot doesn't know it – someone is controlling the plane from within the cabin. Hacker Hugo...

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 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...

Which App Offers The Lowest Hotel Prices? Priceline, Tonight Or Hotel Tonight?

Which App Offers The Lowest Hotel Prices? Priceline, Tonight Or Hotel Tonight? Jan 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM: Finding a dirt-cheap hotel room – either at the last minute or well in advance – is an art, not a science, and I'm always looking for new tools to save money. For years, Priceline has been my go-to resource for cheap hotel rooms and rental cars because I have a system for gaming the site and it works beautifully for me. Here's a few examples of deals I've scored by bidding –...

The 10 Best Travel Apps For Flight Attendants

The 10 Best Travel Apps For Flight Attendants Nov 29th, 2012 at 11:00AM: 1. FAAWait - During a creeping weather delay a flight attendant who also works part time as an air traffic controller told me about FAAWait. It's his favorite app. One click and we knew which airports across the country were also experiencing delays, how long the delays were averaging, and what had caused the delays. 2. MyRadar: Recently a fearful flier on board one of my flights spent three...

Sending A Postcard Fun Again With New Smartphone App

Sending A Postcard Fun Again With New Smartphone App Nov 14th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Sending a postcard when traveling was once a big part of the experience. Never mind that the traveler often made it home first. Bringing along stamps and an address book to enable sharing the places we visited was part of it all. That was then, this is now and the Canvas Art of Living app enables iPhone and Android users a chance to make their own digital postcard. Partnering with Hyatt...

10 Smartphone Apps For Business Travelers

10 Smartphone Apps For Business Travelers Sep 12th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Traveling for business can be stressful. Juggling clients and projects away from your desk with unreliable Wi-Fi, especially in an unfamiliar city, will make you wish you had some serious help. For assistance on the road, check out these 10 apps for business travelers. TripIt The first step to getting work done efficiently while traveling is to be organized. TripIt allows you to forward...

Police Urge Hikers To Learn Orienteering Instead Of Relying On Smartphones

Police Urge Hikers To Learn Orienteering Instead Of Relying On Smartphones Aug 16th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Police in northern Scotland have issued a call for hikers to learn orienteering rather than relying on their smartphones for navigation, the BBC reports. Grampian Police have had to lead four separate groups to safety in the past week. The latest rescue included the use of mountain rescue teams and a Royal Navy helicopter to retrieve 14 hikers. The hikers were in the Cairngorms, a rugged...

3 More Apps All Travelers Should Download

3 More Apps All Travelers Should Download Jul 31st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Here at Gadling, we think technology and travel go hand-and-hand. We use apps when hiking, to find food, and to get to know the locals, among many other things (like, for example, simply passing the time). Of course, new apps are being developed every day and we're also finding innovative ways to use apps that might not necessarily be branded for travelers. Here are three news apps that can...

An App To Improve Your Las Vegas Travels

An App To Improve Your Las Vegas Travels Jul 7th, 2012 at 9:00AM: We love Las Vegas, and anything that helps us save money in Sin City is good in our books. That's why we love the new TravelVegas app. Made by the same team that launched TravelVegas.com, a great site for Las Vegas Discounts, the free app is full of coupons and useful information. "By simplifying an overwhelming amount of information in an iPhone app, we are able to help travelers find their...

Is Instagram Helping Or Hurting Travel Photography?

Is Instagram Helping Or Hurting Travel Photography? Jun 24th, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's always fun to look at vibrant images of faraway destinations – a sun ray hitting the perfect piece of sand on a beach, an indigenous woman selling fruit at a weekend market or a mountain glowing 10 different shades. And, with all of the photography technology and apps we now have, it's making it easier and easier for people to take flawless and exciting photos. Do you ever wonder,...

Using Google Maps To Launch A Zombie Invasion

Using Google Maps To Launch A Zombie Invasion Jun 22nd, 2012 at 3:00PM: It was only a matter of time. The zombie craze has now infected Google Maps. A horde of living dead is coming to your street. A new app called Home Sweet Zombie from Confused.com allows you to type in the surname and address of someone you hate, then sit back and watch as zombies descend on their house. It's a great way to get back at your former boss or the significant other who dumped you....

Summer Travel Trends: Experiential Travel, Weekend Getaways And Digital Tools

Summer Travel Trends: Experiential Travel, Weekend Getaways And Digital Tools Jun 16th, 2012 at 9:00AM: A lot has changed in the way people take summer vacations from last year. According to the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker, consumer behavior is shifting towards experiential travel, with 42 percent looking to learn about local culture. Furthermore, 22 percent of travelers are looking for more "soft adventures," like cooking classes, spa retreats and trekking. Likewise, 36 percent...

Unique Food And History Tours Available On The Re-Launched Rama App

Unique Food And History Tours Available On The Re-Launched Rama App Apr 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Going on a guided tour is one of the best ways to get to know a new city. But sometimes we just can't fit it into our itinerary. Perhaps the cost doesn't work within our budget, the timing doesn't fit with our schedule or the tour is already full. For these reasons, guided tour apps have become a favorite tool for traveling smart phone users. The Rama app, which is known for quirky, focused...

New App Delivers National Geographic News To The iPad

New App Delivers National Geographic News To The iPad Apr 6th, 2012 at 8:00AM: For decades the National Geographic Society has been on the cutting edge of exploration and science, and its iconic yellow-bordered magazine has delivered news from those fronts into American homes for nearly 125 years. With the advent of the Internet age, the organization brought that wealth of knowledge online at NationalGeographic.com and has delivered daily updates on topics that included...

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