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How Drones Can Be Used To Find You In the Remotest of Places…

December 20, 2014 by  

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Last summer, a Wisconsin search effort was under way to find 82-year-old Guillermo DeVenecia, a missing ophthalmologist who suffers from dementia. After a three-day effort involving search dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of people, DeVenecia was found by a consumer drone.
David Lesh uses his drone to shoot videos for his Colorado ski and snowboard business but decided to help with the search while visiting his girlfriend. It’s stories like these that provide an inkling of our future, one where drones will play a prominent role in many aspects of life. What is truly remarkable is that this scenario played out just four years after the introduction of the first consumer drone that helped mainstream the category. At the January 2010 CES, Paris-based Parrot S.A. introduced the AR.Drone, a $300 quadcopter equipped with a video camera and controlled by an iPhone. Parrot Bebop Parrot was the drone trendsetter, launching the first consumer drone in January 2010. Its latest state-of-the-art model is the Bebop drone, which retails for $500. Once considered a toy, drones, which are also called UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles, have blossomed into powerful aerial video tools that are reshaping many industries and…

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The Home May Become Connected, But What’s Useful & What’s Not?

December 17, 2014 by  

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When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in January 2014, it loudly signaled that the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Home trends had arrived. But it also caused more market confusion, as many now question Google’s motivations in the smart home market.
Connected devices are proliferating at a rapid clip. Besides the connected thermostat, we now have connected beds, connected toothbrushes, lightbulbs and light switches. Any device that is connected to the internet is considered a member of the Internet of Things.

Market Forecasts

It’s clear that 2015 is going to be a pivotal year, when the pixie dust starts to settle in the connected home market:
  • Market growth – According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates, shipments of both smart-home devices and controllers will grow by 20%, or more, annually in coming years.
  • Smart home devices – In 2015, U.S. smart-home device shipments will reach 25 million. By 2017, Parks estimates, total shipments of such devices as smart thermostats and smart door locks will reach 36 million:
  • Smart home controllers – Smart-home controller or “hub” shipments are predicted to increase 36% in 2015 to nearly 2 million. A 32% growth rate in


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TravelPro Spinner Luggage: Lightweight, Innovative & Smart

December 16, 2014 by  

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Amazingly lightweight and innovative ‘smart’ luggage Marquis from TravelPro combines lightweight design with the best ‘smart’ technologies, making the line ideal for business and leisure travelers. 
I recently had a chance to test out one of their roller bags and we’re thrilled with its durability and design.  Their Spinner styles offer straight-rolling MagnaTrac wheels, Contour Grip and a PowerScope Extension Handle. This stylish collection also features 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage and matching Totes. 
Many extension handles I’ve tried out in the past are on the flimsy side — they tend to stick often or simply won’t close when you need them to. Below will give you an idea of the robustness and comfort of their TravelPro’s PowerScope extension handle.
Their Platinum Magna collection of luxury 8-wheel Spinner and Rollaboard luggage is incredibly lightweight and durable, which for this traveler, is critical.
I’m on the road all the time and it’s astonishing to me how heavy some major luggage brands are, reducing the amount you can pack for longer trips. It’s due to four revolutionary technologies TravelPro uses — MagnaTrac, Duraframe, PowerScope and Contour Grip — which not


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20 Gear & Wear Holiday Gift Ideas for the Adventure Traveler

December 14, 2014 by  

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T’is the season and while it may be snowing and bitter cold in America’s Northeast, the Canadian Rockies and Northern Europe, the other side of the hemisphere, there are people tanning and swimming. And, truth be told, it’s so easy to jump on an airplane this time of year and head just about anywhere with the various holiday flight and package deals that hit the Internet from December through February. So, it’s good to be prepared for that adventure trip, here are 20 great gift ideas for the holiday season, ranging from electronic gear and bags to shoes, underwear and accessories.

1. Capture The World With A GoPro

We never leaves town without her GoPro. What’s great about it is it takes high-quality video on a small device that can be easily affixed to anything, from a head mount to a surf board (just make sure you have water-proof housing, which it comes with). This is one of your best options for capturing your adventures from a first-person perspective to share with loved ones and followers. gift guide    

2) Lightweight Travel Footwear

One of the most important aspects of enjoying explorations abroad is…

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Awareness Alert for Travelers: Cyber Security & What You Need To Know

December 13, 2014 by  

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The startling cyber intrusion of Sony is rattling America. It’s one thing to have the credit card accounts of 55 million customers hacked, it’s another to have salaries, strategy presentations and confidential communication between your top executives and Hollywood stars spilled all over the internet.
Well, World War III is already here — And we’re losing.
Think that’s an exaggeration? If indeed tiny North Korea is responsible for the Sony intrusion, just imagine what would happen if Russia or China would engage in that sort of cyber terrorism, if they already haven’t that is. And the toll this warfare is exacting from society is truly stunning:
  • Security spending – Gartner expects worldwide information security spending to reach $71 billion in 2014, a 7.9% year-over-year increase. The researcher predicts security spending in 2015 will increase 8.2% to $77 billion.
  • Cyber attacks growth – The GAO reports that the number of cyber incidents affecting computer systems and networks continues to rise. Between 2006 and 2012, the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has grown 782% (PDF):
  • Information security


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UV Skinz Clothing Provides UV and UVB Radiation Protection

December 13, 2014 by  

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I recently discovered the UV Skinz clothing line, which offers a variety of travel clothing options with built in UV and and UVB radiation protection. Yes, really! So, while it may not substitute having to put sun block on your face, the rest of you is protected. The line is specifically targeting active families who spend time in the sun, whether that’s on a weekend getaway or a holiday trip.  They offer a line for men, women and children. I absolutely love their hoodies! Below is a stylish men’s hoodie in blue, although the same one comes in a variety of colors, something else I love about the UV Skinz clothing line – they believe in color and give people choices. Unlike so many travel clothing options which often only have tan, blue, white and black, or the standard very masculine red, you can get this hoodie in orange, green, black, a deep blue and a bright, fun turquoise color. Flatlock-stitched seams throughout, heat transferred label and covered neck seam are smooth next to skin for zero irritation. Since they’re so family friendly, they even offer matching hoodies for kids. 

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Leisure Travel: Kipling Luggage & Its Fun L’il Gorilla Mascot

December 7, 2014 by  

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I came across Kipling luggage quite by accident – I noticed one of their bags rolling behind a passenger on a flight earlier this year and thought, how fun! I saw one of their bags again a month later and decided I should find out a bit more about Kipling luggage. Their style exuded fun and yet not long before I saw the bag, I decided to stop using low quality luggage, so began to be more and more observant about which brands people were using. Then, I set out on a mission to put several brands to the test. I started with Samsonite, since it was the earliest respected brand I can remember and we had used them as a family many years ago. I figured Kipling would be all things fun but not durable. So far, I’m wrong. Their large upright Florida Lite roller luggage has been on many a trip since it arrived months ago and it seems to be passing the durability test so far. From soft grip handles, a lockable zip, 3 front zip compartments which I love, a mesh zip interior compartment, to its nice expandable soft exterior, it’s a…

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Samsonite Luggage For Durability & Smoking Fast Wheels

November 30, 2014 by  

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I have to admit, I never thought of luggage as an important factor in traveling until a little over a year ago when I realized that most of the luggage I have been using ripped easily and weighed me down — not only were they cumbersome but the wheels were slow, something I had just grown used to over the years. I set out to find the most stylish, fun, durable and functional luggage on the market and while I’m looking at less known brands, you can’t get down and out with luggage without trying the brand master, Samsonite. My family owned Samsonite luggage many moons ago, but I hadn’t used a Samsonite in over a decade – yes really. In exploring their website, the collection that stood out for me most was  The Silhouette Spinner collection, which is apparently a popular seller. It’s easy to see why after using their roller bags for a few months now. While I got mine in blue (pictured above), the luggage collection also comes in black, espresso brown and port wine. In hindsight, I would have liked to try the port wine and should have gotten a carry on…

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