People take trips for a wide variety of reasons: Conducting business, attempting to get away, studying abroad, or maybe even being exiled from your homeland. Regardless of the reason for escape, planning for travel is often stressful. Aside from the never-enjoyable act of packing, there's the hassle that comes with trying to organize your entire trip with no guarantees, except for a string of numbers for ticket confirmation and an uncomfortable moment with an overly grabby TSA officer.
If you think iPhone plans are expensive in the United States, try traveling across an ocean with one. We’ve all heard the horror stories: multi-thousand-dollar bills for forgetting to turn off the you-will-accrue-substantial-charges-if-this-is-turned-on slider, but what do you do if you actually need to use the Web overseas? We’re here to help.
Believe J.J. Cale, because he knows what he’s talking about: traveling light is the only way to fly. The next time you’re tempted to overpack, remember to take half as many clothes, twice as much money, and your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. An iOS device can replace paper maps, books, and travel guides; and the information you’ll find in apps and iBooks is more timely and relevant anyway. Obviously you won’t need CDs or a portable DVD player -- or pricey hotel or in-flight pay-per-view -- to stay entertained. And by posting photos or blog updates about your vacation online, you won’t even have to send postcards. To prepare you and your electronic travel buddy to hit the road, we found the best apps, gear, and know-how to keep you connected.
I don’t consider myself a germaphobe. But I also never, ever want to put anything into the seat-back pocket in airplanes. Have you looked in one of those lately? Candy wrappers, pretzel crumbs, wadded-up napkins and tissues, sometimes worse. But when your carry-on is stowed overhead, you still want your entertainment devices within easy reach. On my last flight, the Cocoon Grid-It Wrap earned its wings by keeping my iPad, iPhone, stylus, earbuds, headphone splitter, gum, and ChapStick together, keeping ’em organized, and keeping them from touching anything in that nasty seat-back pocket.
You may recall Garmin’s first move into the App Store back in January with StreetPilot, a navigation app that tried a different approach from the others -- leaving the maps out, requiring users to have data access through their iPhone. Now the company is back to rectify that move, complete with maps.
Remember those school reports you had to do in geography class, where you had to look up a bunch of data about local cities and towns? Probably not, because that's a lousy way to learn. Unfortunately, that's the WindowSeat experience too.
Part of every stereotypical tourist vacation is planning out itineraries, which generally can require a lot of time and research, and possibly cash spent on guidebooks to exotic locales. SpotWorld aims to take all -- or at least most -- of the hassle of planning expeditions by compiling all the information you need into a combo GPS, hotspot guide, encyclopedia, and light community networking app.
Long-distance relationships are tough, but when you snag somebody way, way out of your league, you gotta make it work somehow. Luckily, technology means you never have to go too long without seeing your significant other.
Following on the heels of a weekend rumor, Apple’s U.S. online store opened its virtual doors this morning with a new entry to its lineup -- the same old iPhone 4 you already know and love, available in black or white, 16GB or 32GB, but with one very different change.