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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,...

Instant Film Makes A Comeback

Instant Film Makes A Comeback Aug 30th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Courtesy of Impossible Project Mobile phone apps like Instagram have made it possible to make our digital images look "vintage" using filters and effects, but they can't quite capture the particular nostalgic quality of actual film. Photography lovers have mourned the loss of Polaroid instant film since it was discontinued in 2008. Several former employees teamed up to experiment with a new kind...

Gadling Gear Review: Bluetooth Speakers For Travel

Gadling Gear Review: Bluetooth Speakers For Travel Aug 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Damson Smartphones, tablets and iPods have made it incredibly easy to carry your entire music collection wherever you go. This is particularly useful when traveling; you get an entire library of songs right at your fingertips, helping to make those long stays in airports and hotels just a bit easier. Add a portable Bluetooth speaker to the mix and you have a wireless entertainment system with high...

Does Your Credit Card Include Hidden Travel Perks?

Does Your Credit Card Include Hidden Travel Perks? Aug 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Flickr user 410(K) 2013 Millions of travelers are holding discounts to thousands of museums, concerts and airline rewards in their pocket without realizing it. Credit-card companies offer hundreds of perks that most holders never use. How good are some of these perks? It depends on the card. The great The American Express Platinum cardholders can receive unlimited access to several airport...

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...

Gadling Gear Review: Smartphone Accessories

Gadling Gear Review: Smartphone Accessories Jul 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: PowerStick As smartphones have become more commonplace, an entire industry has sprung up around mobile accessories that have the ability to make our gadgets even more useful than they already are. Many of those accessories have been specifically designed to make travel more convenient as well. Here are a few items that may come in handy the next time you hit the road with your favorite smart...

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....

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice Jul 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: There are plenty of ways for Americans to make a good impression in London. Scurrying into stores dripping wet, asking for large sacks of rice and zip lock bags isn't one of them. I was enjoying a relaxing walk along Regent's Canal after a visit to the Camden Lock Market in North London when, daydreaming, I tripped over a mooring post. I fell to the ground and my backpack, containing my Nikon...

Gadling Gear Review: Headphones For All Budgets

Gadling Gear Review: Headphones For All Budgets Jul 8th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Polk Audio A good pair of headphones seems to have become mandatory equipment when traveling these days. Smartphones, tablets and MP3 players have put a host of entertainment options at our fingertips and the headphones we carry with us have an impact on the overall experience. But choosing which models to spend your money on can be a challenge as there are now more options available than ever...

Gadling Gear Review: Kensington Accessories For iPad And Smartphones

Gadling Gear Review: Kensington Accessories For iPad And Smartphones Jun 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kensington Smartphones and tablets have become an important part of our daily lives, putting a wealth of functionality and information at our fingertips. Straight out of the box these devices can do amazing things to keep us entertained and in communication while on the go, but companies like Kensington are making some excellent accessories that can extend that functionality even further and...

NYC Is Getting Free Solar-Powered Cellphone Charging Stations

NYC Is Getting Free Solar-Powered Cellphone Charging Stations Jun 18th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Ged Carroll, Flickr You know the feeling: too many Instagram photos and work emails in an afternoon on your phone and by 3 p.m. you're down to that nasty red bar and you still have to map your way to dinner. And you forgot your charger. Again. With data heavy smartphones, we travelers are used to running out of battery power. Charging stations are a welcomed addition to any airport but when...

Gadling Gear Review: BirkSun Atlas Solar Powered Backpack

Gadling Gear Review: BirkSun Atlas Solar Powered Backpack Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:00AM: BirkSun As a gear reviewer for Gadling I see a lot of different products come and go across my desk. Everything from high-tech gadgets to travel apparel and footwear are sent my way for evaluation. After awhile, much of that gear can start to look alike and while I seldom come across an item that is completely without merit, it is also rare to find an item that surprises you with how well it...

Augmented Reality App Shows Rome's Colosseum, In All Of Its Glory

Augmented Reality App Shows Rome's Colosseum, In All Of Its Glory Jun 13th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Public Domain Augmented Reality apps on our smartphones and tablets can do some pretty amazing things. The basic premise is that these apps use our device's camera to show us the world around us while also overlaying information that may be of interest. For example, AR apps can give directions, complete with on-screen arrows showing us where to go, or they can display info about hotels,...

Gadling Gear Review: Portable Media Servers For Music, Movies And Photos On The Go

Gadling Gear Review: Portable Media Servers For Music, Movies And Photos On The Go Jun 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: HP Remember the days before smartphones and tablets? Back when our mobile entertainment options were limited to whatever books and magazines we could cram into our carry-on bag and that one movie that was shown three times on a single flight across the Pacific? It may seem like it was a lifetime ago, but it really hasn't been that long at all. Now days when we hit the road, we can carry our...

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line Jun 7th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Design Q, Vimeo.com Airplane manufacturer Airbus has been cooking up another innovation: a "smart bag" that allows travelers to check in and track their luggage from their phone. The tech-infused piece of luggage, Bag2Go, contains sensors and an RFID chip that communicates with airlines systems - including check-in and security - and relays the information to an iPhone app. For packing and...

Gadling Gear Review: Two Versatile Mobile Chargers

Gadling Gear Review: Two Versatile Mobile Chargers Jun 7th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Off-Grid Solutions There is no denying that smartphones have changed the way we work, play and stay connected with one another. Our phones provide us with directions to the nearest restaurant, tell us what time our movie begins and will even help us alert our friends when we're running a little late. They give us weather reports, stock tips and warn us about traffic delays, all while taking great...

Gadling Gear Review: Nyne NB-230 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Gadling Gear Review: Nyne NB-230 Portable Bluetooth Speaker May 20th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Nyne N-230 Over the past couple of years, the number of choices for consumers looking to buy a portable Bluetooth speaker has exploded. It wasn't all that long ago that our options were limited to just a few underpowered speakers that provided low-quality wireless audio, but now there are literally dozens of these speakers on the market making it much more of a challenge to decide which one to...

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea Apr 30th, 2013 at 3:00PM: When we review travel apps that actually do something, they often tap crowd-sourced information that is as rich (or not) as the number of users who have contributed their opinions or reviews. GPS-based travel apps take existing technology and manipulate it in one way or another to bring every thing from finding a friend on the road to creating a virtual journal of our travels, step by step. In the...

Gadling Gear Review: hipKey Proximity And Motion Sensor

Gadling Gear Review: hipKey Proximity And Motion Sensor Apr 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: One of the best things about the rise of the smartphone over the past few years is the incredible number of creative ways that companies have come up with to utilize them. We've seen thousands of innovative and interesting apps, and more recently some cool secondary gadgets that extend their functionality by interfacing directly with the phone. Take for example the hipKey from a company called...

Photo Of The Day: A Woman At Work

Photo Of The Day: A Woman At Work Mar 30th, 2013 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day (POTD), titled "A woman at work in the vegetable market in downtown Colombo," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member MyLifesATrip and was captured with an Apple iPhone 5. Not normally the camera of choice for photos I find POTD-worthy, MyLifesATrip AKA Gadling contributor Jen Pollack Bianco said of the device, "the iPhone/iPod Touch has the potential to become the...

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