Category: Travel Essentials

Be your own car guy

Recently on a vacation, we found ourselves with an unfamiliar warning light pop up in our unfamiliar rental car. So when I saw this phone car diagnostic kit, I thought ooh, that’s something that could come in handy. The Kiwi Bluetooth Android Phone Car Diagnostic Kit connects your Android phone to your car’s computer through that little port below the steering wheel. Download a car diagnostic app like Torque from Android Market and you get information like engine trouble codes, fuel levels and fuel efficiency. You can even set an alarm for any given stat. As long as your...

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Piquing our geek – Gogo Vision makes flights even smoother

With my husband being a pilot, we do our fair share of traveling. However with four kids, you can bet we’re heavily reliant on technology to make the trip as smooth as possible. So when I got wind of a revolutionary change that’s coming to inflight entertainment, you can bet I wanted to learn more. Gogo Vision is now being tested on a few American Airlines flights and will allow passengers to stream video content through their own gadgets. That means you don’t have to limit yourself to the two movies available on the plane, and instead watch more...

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Double your power, double your fun

Last week on a business trip, I realized just how many gadgets I’m traveling with: iPad, phone, camera, laptop…wow. Fortunately, Energizer now makes a couple of handy chargers that do double duty when you’re on the go. Literally. The Energizer dual USB car charger is so great–plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter, and you and the¬†sigOth can both charge your cell phones at the same time. At least in our car, that will cut down on a significant number of debates. They make a single USB car charger, but eh, get the dual. Can’t hurt. You just might...

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Distracted driving becomes less so with Jabra Freeway

When I started to work at home this year, my husband was ready to outfit my car with a full Bluetooth system to put the kibosh on distracted driving. He wanted some way for me to be able to talk in our hands-free state. I wanted my hands-free phone solution to be easy. And not rip up my dashboard. After some searching, I came across a terrific product from Jabra, makers of the amazing Jabra Stone headset. The Jabra Freeway is a small pod that you clip to your visor, much like the garage door opener. It’s essentially a...

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It just got 50% more affordable to drive responsibly.

Recently, I wrote about the Motorola Roadster, a great Bluetooth device that keeps you and your passengers safe while driving, and still lets you talk on the phone hands-free. Well now we found a way for you to grab it for 50% off. In honor of Safe Driving Month throughout June, visit Facebook.com/Motorola and pledge to continue being a responsible driver. As part of their Responsibility on the Road initiative, Motorola will give you half off select Bluetooth devices for your car, including the Motorola Roadster.Saving money and more safe drivers on the road? Seems smart to us. -Jeana...

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Getting a charge out of your laptop sleeve

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and that’s kind of what I’m thinking about this laptop sleeve, with a handy velcro flap opening to allow you to charge your Macbook Pro while it’s still in the case. The neoprene Charge Up Laptop Sleeve by Tucano is so smart for those of us who are always charging just before we get on the plane or run out of the house. Before you do, just grab the cord and the already sleeping laptop, shove them in your bag, and you’re off. Now if only the case itself actually charged the...

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Power adapters for infinity (or Europe) and beyond

With a European vacation in my family’s not too distant future (yippee!) I’m realizing we have become a lot more gadget-reliant since the last time I spent a good chunk of time abroad. It’s no longer just my hair dryer that needs an occasional plug-in with an adapter that can be borrowed from a hotel concierge. (Seriously, you think I’d leave my iPad at home when traveling with kids?) Fortunately I found a site that helps me know just what we’ll need. I was so happy to discover that Flight 001, one of my favorite travel shops, has a...

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Motorola Roadster may put an end to texting and driving

There’s nothing that irks me more than seeing someone driving on the highway fumbling around with their phone trying to send a text message or look something up. It’s more than irking though, it’s dangerous. Hey, I’ve got kids in the car! Yes, I understand, sometimes you have a very important email that you need to read or need to make a call that will change the world. In which case I urge you to get a Bluetooth-enabled device like the ingenious Motorola Roadster. The Roadster automatically syncs to your phone and immediately relieves you of the burden of...

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CinemaSeat turns your iPad into your car’s DVD player

I am always prepared when embarking on a road trip with my kids–and by road trip, I mean anything longer than an hour. That’s pretty much their threshold for patience before the “when are we gonna be thereeeeeeeeeee?” whines set in. Since our portable DVD player recently broke, I’m considering having my iPad be a stand-in for an upcoming three hour-long drive. Rather than jury-rig a way to attach the iPad to the seat back–I’d really prefer not to use duct tape–I figured it’s a better idea to find a dedicated case for this very purpose. Lo and behold,...

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Cars go cordless in 2012

With spring in the air, this past weekend presented a perfect time for me to clean out my car. Despite finding enough Goldfish crackers in the seat to feed a small army, I was more dismayed with the sheer number of cords that I had to contend with. I have a phone charger, a DVD power cord, an auxiliary cord and a cord for my GPS. I need a cord intervention. Imagine my delight when I heard about a new trend in automobiles that will include a wireless charging station built into the car to avoid cord chaos for...

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