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Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

August 14, 2014 by  

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We discovered Yakima bike racks after several hours of fishing on the web and a couple of days of researching options for travelers. Since we’re doing a lot of car travel in New England this summer, we thought we’d test out a couple of bike racks and give them a spin. We’re starting with the Yakima, since we loved their variety of choices, making it a godsend for people with more than one kind of vehicle. There are various options for how you affix a bike rack to your car (for newbies) and for those who have tried more than one type, you’ll love the fact that Yakima gives you choices within each category. First, there’s the roof racks for people who like to put their bike on a pedestal but only have a car. The hitch racks go on the back of the car and albeit they can be a little pricier, they are very easy to assemble, install and load. There’s also one that connects to your spare tire and for those who have trunks, they offer racks you can use on the back of the truck to keep them securely fastened while you drive.  …

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Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

August 11, 2014 by  

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I discovered Arcopédico recently and since I’m always on the look out for great clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and technology gear for travelers, the Arcopedico shoe line jumped out. In my research for comfortable travel shoes, I kept reading comments that suggested that they’re the most comfortable pair of shoes they had ever worn. Hmmm! Such kudos from so many people had me intrigued. Here’s the thing! Comfort more often than not, does not mean stylish, unless of course you care about design, which this Portuguese family run business certainly seems to. After browsing through some of their designs (boots, sandals and walking shoes), I realized that a lot of thought not only went into the material and the comfort, but also the way the shoe looked, right down to color choices. Ever notice how often you fall in love with a product design, a dress or a pair of shoes only to discover that they don’t come in half sizes, so it doesn’t fit quite right or it only comes in two colors, the opposite spectrum from what you want or need? Both pairs of shoes I’ve been testing out bake my feet in comfort but the…

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Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

August 5, 2014 by  

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I just discovered the ZTYLUS, a nifty product that adds “photographic lens” value to your Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Essentially, the fixture brings additional quality and options to your smartphone. Imagine a professional grade camera rolled into one sleek and versatile unit. The device is designed for those who have outgrown the limited capabilities of your smartphone camera but not quite willing to tote around a relatively large camera.
ZTYLUS offers the power and flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system while improving your mobile photography experience without the bulk design.
It comes with a shell that your iPhone slides into and a lens attachment. It simply affixes itself to your smartphone and within a few quick button clicks, it offers you four different lenses, each one marked by its initials.
  •  FL – Fisheye Lens
  • CPL – Circular Polarizer Lens
  • W/M – Wide Angle & Macro
Here is a video that will give you a thorough overview of all the lenses and their functions.  Though the case featured is for the Galaxy S4, the same principles apply to the iPhone case. Ideal for travelers, its a small, flexible and gives you a boat load of options with a few turns.


iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

August 2, 2014 by  

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Meet the ever so cool iStick, a new product I discovered at CE Week early this summer, that was funded through Kickstarter in May. Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, the iStick touts its claim as the world’s first USB flash drive with an integrated Apple Lightning connector. What does that mean exactly? Essentially it means more storage for your iPhone and iPad, but quickly and easily. Unlike so many gadgets I discover or get pitched or try out (and am disappointed), this is dead easy. Everyone has used a USB flash drive of course and we use them to transfer large files like photos or videos between computers. iStick claims fast transfer speed and what’s great is that it doesn’t require the Internet to work and your data is never sent through 3rd party servers. I got my paws on a 32 gig one recently and it is that simple.  Simply slide it into the bottom of your iPhone and expand your memory instantly.   iStick turns from an ordinary USB flash drive to a flash drive that is Apple MFi certified to work with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can transfer music…

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SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

July 16, 2014 by  

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The SCOTTEVEST SeV Lola Jacket recently arrived on my doorstep, a very soft and and lightweight jacket with 17 pockets — yes 17. It’s a great option for women travelers who want something lightweight they can pack for colder travel months. In addition to the 17 pockets, which are customized so you can pack all of your travel amenities and gadgets you need on the road, there are other great features to the jacket.   Rather than having to prioritize what will fit in the two side pockets that most alternatives offer, SCOTTEVEST jackets pockets are sectioned off inside with places to store everything you could possibly need on the road. The jacket comes in three fun colors – Sparkle (light grey), Rhapsody (purple blue), and Fluff (a bright white). The pattern is quilted honeycomb nylon outer with Polyfill for extra warmth and the interior and zip plackets are lined in contrasting yellow color. Imagine having access to things you use frequently without having to carry a bulky day bag or purse, such as lip balm, phone, camera, gloves, credit card, keys, wallet, phone, earbuds , sunglasses, pen, notebooks (inside the small PadPocket which is included) and more.…

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ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-Glare Protection for your iProducts While on the Road

July 3, 2014 by  

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If you have an iPhone or iPad, it’s worth checking out the ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-glare screen protector, which features precision surface etching to reduce glare, a clear matte finish to reduce fingerprints, and extreme impact and scratch protection,  represents the best anti-glare screen protection available.. The surface of ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-glare is etched to create “ridges” that scatter light as it hits the screen. The etched surface is also naturally resistant to fingerprints and smudges. It supports the following products and is able to resist falls, thumps, bumps and hits, a great insurance against the possibility of a broken screen, the last thing you want to deal with when you’re on the road. BodyGuardz was founded in 2002, in Draper, UT. What began as a small line of screen protectors for a limited number of devices, grew into a solid organization that provides thousands of protection products to mobile device users throughout the world. BodyGuardz was recently placed on to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in 2011.  


Introducing Dwellable, the Online Vacation Rental Search Engine for iOS & Android

July 1, 2014 by  

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Relatively new to the market, Dwellable, now in beta, is the world’s foremost online vacation rental search engine. Dwellable is just like Google except that the search focuses specifically on vacation rentals. They list high quality listings from other web sites. When visitors want to book a rental, they send them directly to the vacation rental site to complete the booking. At the moment, they feature more than 250k rentals worldwide and are continuing to expand. They include reviews, photos, maps and more.  Some of the areas they cover in the early days of their beta product include Cape Cod, Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks, LA, London, NYC, Park City, Whistler, Vail, Disneyland, DisneyWorld, Legoland, Hawaii, Caribbean (St. Barths, St. Maartin), Mexoci, England, France, Italy, Spain and more. Getting known in the Seattle start-up tech scene, one of the founders of Dwellable, Adam Doppelt had a history with startup launches. He bootstrapped Urbanspoon to success, and now he’s trying to do the same with Internet veteran Brenda Spoonemore at online vacation rental startup Dwellable. Dwellable is the top vacation rental app on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and supports, Android, iPhone and iPad. Go to dwellable.com to learn…

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Magellan GPS RoadMate Boasts EasyTouch Screens + Android OS Support

June 26, 2014 by  

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There’s nothing easier than taking a road trip with a GPS system which can do all the work for you. I’ve been checking out the Magellan RoadMate Automotive PND GPS system, which features EasyTouch Screens and now supports the Android OS. The RoadMate Personal Navigation Device (PND) units also include traffic and lifetime maps for a more powerful navigation experience. The EasyTouch screens react to even the softest of finger touches, which is a nice feature given how unresponsive my last GPS unit was to the “touch.”  It comes equipped with many premium features such as landmark guidance, PhantomALERT, junction view, and free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates. All of this data helps drivers when they’re on long road trips make critical driving decisions and get to where they want to go quickly and efficiently.  In addition to the built-in PND/GPS technology and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) capabilities of the dashcam, the newer units out can also handle a wireless back-up camera. The RoadMate 6230T-LM can display either where they are headed on the PND map, or what the live camera feed(s) immediately ahead or behind them are showing. DVR capabilities…

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