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As I write this, I am squeezed into a coach seat on a 12 hour flight from an undisclosed location in the middle east to New York City. Once I get done with this, I have another 6-hour jaunt to Los Angeles, and the memory of my last 2-hour flight here fades with every drop of overpriced airline beer. In these trying times, a man needs to keep entertained. My DS is charged, but alas, I have completed Castlevania already.

There are three - no, four crying infants on board. The man to my left has clearly not showered since the Reagan administration. If I don’t survive, let me leave you with these thoughts of what could have been, if only I had taken this frightening possibility into deeper consideration.

Hit the jump for my last coherent thoughts before the chilling onset of complete madness.


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Exit Strategy NYC cuts down subway travel time

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Travel, New Apps, $1.99

We’ve got a couple of NYC MTA-related subway apps we want to share with you today, the first being Exit Strategy NYC. A simple app, Exit Strategy NYC basically shows you which car you should ride in depending on where you plan on getting off the train. You tell it what line you are riding, and which direction you are going, along with telling it your final destination. It will then show you which train cars are closes to the exits and staircases for transferring.

We do know that a majority of the lines and stops in all of New York City are covered, but there are a few that aren’t complete. Still, those will come in a future update, and this app can really end up saving you a ton of time. Even better, it’s only $1.99, which means it costs less than a ride on the subway. This one is highly recommended, and you can purchase Exit Strategy NYC now in the App Store.

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TripIt Introduces TripIt Pro Premium Flight Monitoring Service

TripIt Pro

Make no mistake, we are huge fans of TripIt, and have been using the trip managing site for two years now. I’d always wondered when I would be able to pay for the excellent service, and that answer came with today’s launch of TripIt Pro. TripIt Pro, first and foremost, stays on top of your flight plans and sends you text messages about flight delays, cancellations, and even gate changes (which is awesome.) In the event that a delay will mean you missing a connecting flight, TripIt will even let you know of alternate flights that will get you to your destination, including flight status and what seats are available. As you can see, TripIt is definitely trying to bring it with TripIt Pro.

According to the company, another much-requested feature has been added, that being a point tracker that keeps track of frequent flyer miles and hotel points that you rack up during travel. It’s nice to have that in your travel dashboard. Lastly, there is the Inner Circle, which basically let’s you set other specific TripIt members as contacts who can always view any of your itineraries, helpful for those of us with spouses or office assistants, where it would be helpful for them to just get those details without any action needed to be taken on your own.

TripIt Pro will cost $99 per year, and at that price, is well worth it if you travel often. Even better, though, is that from now through July 31, you can sign up and pay just $49 per year. If you sign up now, you will stay on a $49 per year price for every renewal period, until you cancel the service.

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Martin Jetpack Goes Public

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science, Transportation, Videos

Perhaps Steve Wozniak will give up his Segway now. Nine months ago it could only go about 2 feet off the ground, but now the Martin Jetpack can soar up to about 8,000 ft. A typical trip will last about 30 minutes at a speed up to 60mph. This is no simple toy for the curious, Due out later in the year, purchasing one of the first 10 will cost you $100,000.00, training included.

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Podio MP3 Handlebar Speakers

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For safety’s sake, bicycles and headphones don’t mix. The biggest problem with that is that a long bike ride can be marred by a lack of musical accompaniment! Luckily for you distance trekkers, 2-wheeled commuters and leisurely weekend riders, Podio has you covered. It’s a 2 GB MP3 player with an integrated speaker and an included handlebar bracket. Weighing in at a teeny 5 ounces, the Podio can easily be tossed in a pocket or worn around your neck for a walk, and with the built in headphone jack you’re not even limited to using the speaker.

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Bluetooth Optical Mouse With Case

Optical MouseThis mouse likes to travel. Arriving in its own carrying pouch, the 500/1000 dpi Bluetooth V2.0 Optical Mouse has a working range of 10 meters, can toggle the DPI setting with a simple button and works with all Bluetooth capable PCs, Macs, laptops, and ultra-portables. Powered by 2 AAA batteries (not included,) it comes with a user’s guide in English and free shipping with its $19.98 price.

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eCurrency Converts for Travelers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Travel, $1.99

eCurrencyNext time you travel overseas, think about downloading eCurrency. The simple interface supports 34 currencies with rates provided by the European Central Bank. All its functions are on one screen and it has a “shake to inverse calculation” feature. There is also a designated keypad for faster entry and it is compatible with iPod touch and iPhone and with a 2.0 software update. eCurrency is available at the App Store for $1.99.

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FlightTrack Pro GPS for Travelers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Travel, $9.99

Flight Track ProTripIt and FlightTrack Pro have teamed for this handy app for travelers. Forward a travel confirmation to the site and they send a master itinerary with maps, city guides and weather guides. It will also provide flight status updates, live tracker maps with weather updates and can track flights of other family members or coworkers. After the $9.99 initial download, future upgrades are free.

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Encore Portable USB Power Supply

USB Power SupplyOMG! What happens when you are traveling and your iGadget runs out of juice? With the musicPower Encore Portable USB Power Supply, you can charge up to two USB devices simultaneously as well as its own batteries. You simply plug it into any wall outlet with its input of 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz, .3A maximum. At a size of 4 x 1.8 x 1.2-inches, the Encore features a green/yellow/red battery level indicator and carries a price of $19.99.

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CP Docks Plug-in-Shelf Charging Station

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Plug-in-ShelfCP Docks has a new cell phone station. The portable Plug-in-Shelf takes care of messy cords while charging your cellie or handheld. The device features a plug adapter to accommodate your present charger, a shelf, and a cord holder. Made of plastic with a skid-free pad to keep things in place, this is a perfect last minute gift for the traveler in your life. Available for only $12.95, free shipping is also included for now.

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