October 11, 2012

The Best Gadgets and Apps for the Businessman on the Road

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One can hardly, turn a page in the newspaper or flip on the television these days without having some revolutionary new gadget or app flaunted in front of them. Naturally, not all apps and gadgets are equally useful, and you’ve probably found yourself shaking your head in disbelief at things like virtual bubble wrap apps, laser guided scissors or air-conditioned t-shirts.
But don’t lose your faith in humanity just yet! There are a handful of gadgets and apps that can actually make life easier for you, especially when you’re traveling for business rather than pleasure.
If you find yourself on the road more often than you’d like, check out some of these gadgets and apps to take some of the stress out of traveling.
TripIt app
Few things are more annoying while traveling, than having to shift through paper copies of itineraries every few minutes to reconfirm your flight number or check your reservation number. No need to worry about that with the TripIt Travel Organizer app, though.
TripIt can be linked straight to your email account and will scan and copy every reservation number, time change and flight schedule that arrives in your inbox. This doesn’t just cover flights either, it can be used for hotel and dinner reservations, and pretty much anything else you receive confirmation numbers for.
Especially useful is that while underway, you will automatically be updated of any changes to the time of your flight or any delays there may be, without ever having to check your email.
All in one travel adapter
Running out of battery power while on the go can be frustrating to say the least; especially when you discover that you forgot to bring the correct adapter for your laptop, cell phone or mp3 player and have to spend a few frantic hours searching for one in overpriced airport shops or under stocked local electronics stores.
With an all-in-one travel adapter, all you have to do is make sure you bring that one charger along, instead of checking and double checking your travel checklist before leaving the house. Swiss Travel Products stocks some excellent all-in-one adapters with USB ports that will serve you well in more than 150 countries.
Kayak app
If you are an Apple convert you are probably already familiar with the Kayak app. The app allows you to search for everything from hotels and flights to car rentals right and tourist attractions right from your phone. You can also make use of its handy Packing List to ensure that you don’t forget any of your nifty travel gadgets.
Other special features include flight tracking and currency conversion and of course, the best part of all is that it’s totally free.
Frequent traveler expandable carry on
The Tumi Frequent Traveler 22-inch Zippered Expandable Carry On is every business travelers dream carry-on luggage. This sleek black little suitcase is covered in what is known as “ballistic nylon” and can take nearly anything that your frequent jet setting lifestyle can throw at it.
The case fits a laptop in the front, magazines and books in a separate pouch and has a specially designed section where you can fit up to three suits without wrinkling them. Additionally, its size is carefully thought out so that you’ll never have trouble fitting it into the overhead racks or underneath your seat while traveling.
FlightTrack Pro app
This app allows you to check the status of your flight in real-time, so you won’t have to stand squinting up at hard-to-read information boards at the airport, or scramble to figure out which gate your flight will be departing from.
The app works for over 5,000 flights in 1,400 airports throughout the world, and if any changes have been made to your itinerary, FlightTrack Pro lets you search out other possible routes and connections to help you get to your final destination as efficiently as possible.
Noise cancelling headphones
As any frequent traveler knows, any moments of peace and quiet at airports, train stations or bus stops are few and far between. Most travelers try to sneak in a few extra moments of peace by putting in their headphones and cranking up the volume to drown out the noise,
Unfortunately, aside from the fact that ordinary headphones don’t drown out the noise, putting the volume too high can damage your hearing.
With a pair of noise cancelling headphones, tired travelers can retreat into their own world of music, audio books or just plain silence. The Bose QuietComfort headphones have a volume switch on the cord and are powered by batteries. 
Word lens app
If you have ever traveled through a foreign country and felt frustrated that you couldn’t understand the signs, then this app is for you. By simply holding your phone’s camera up to a sign or block of text that you can’t understand, you will be shown the English version of the same sign or text.
Although the Word Lens app is currently only available for Spanish speaking countries, Quest Visual’s app may soon be available for many other languages as well.
About the Author
Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Hospitality and Toursim Courses and TESOL courses. When not working, Aileen blogs about travel, lifestyle, and beauty tips. She is also often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find her on Google+.

Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Hospitality and Toursim Courses and TESOL courses. When not working, Aileen blogs about travel, lifestyle, and beauty tips. She is also often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find her on Google+.

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October 10, 2012

Printing from your phone

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Many of us nowadays own smart phones. They are wonderful gadgets. Not only can we make phone calls and text with them we can receive emails, Skype, snap pictures, watch clips and play games. Now there is even the technology allowing us to print from them. Just as our phone calls are mobile, printing has gone mobile. So, how can people you print from your phone?



Mobile printing has arrived thanks to a multitude of apps for devices such as the iPhone. It is truly amazing to think that you can take a photo with your mobile phone and send it straight to your printer wirelessly. There are a number of ways to do it:

These apps are particularly useful for printing content accessed from the web via the smart phone. Just as with a PC or laptop, they link to the printer via a WiFi network. Some of these apps have been developed by the printer manufacturers and will only allow you to link to their particular makes. Other types of app are web-based and the printers are web-enabled. This removes the need for the printer software to have to be initially installed on a computer. They are ideal for printing out forms and extracts from online newspapers. There are even apps designed for use with social networking sites such as Twitter. As they become more popular, web-enabled printers are expected to allow even more scope for those wanting to print using their smart phones.

With the latest iOS devices, AirPrint is what you are probably familiar with. Airprint comes installed on all iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches that are 3rd generation or higher. It unfortunately does not work with all printers, but most modern WiFi printers are compatible. You can find out if your printer is compatible on the official Apple site here. Once you have a compatible printer and iOS device, they both need to be connected to the same WiFi network, if they are then it's a simple case of choosing what you want to print and selecting your device from the list.

If you don't have a compatible printer, or maybe you don't have a iOS device, there are still many options available for you. The apple app store has a number of other printing solutions for you including Air Photo, HP iPrint Photo and EuroSmartzPrint. If you have an Android, don't worry, it's still possible for you to print, just check out Cloud Print, which uses Googles Could Print service to print wirelessly.

There has also been a recent development of phone specific printers, just one example being the VuPoint Photo Cube. It looks a lot like many other smart phone docks, you simple place your phone connecting it to the printer and select what you want to print, whether it's your latest holiday pics or a picture of a cat. The printer doesn't even need ink, it uses a dye sublimation thermal transfer method, meaning that a special type of paper used to print on react to heat that the printer generates to print the document or photo. It's a great device and they even have a WiFi version in the works!

Author Bio The author of this post, Kyle, is employed by www.cartridgeexpress.net, an online cartridge shop. He specialises in writing on a variety of subjects including printer technology and design.
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