You finally cleaned out that spare room that housed all the junk and sold it on eBay. What to do with the space now? List it for free on AirBed and Breakfast. Then when some weary traveler needs a room for the night you can make a bit of cash. The site lists over 600 cities in 68 countries. Whoever rents the room pays the site a surcharge so everybody is happy. We only had one problem with the concept. Do they screen renters or rentees? No matter. It is worth taking a peek for their video alone.
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Someone has finally come up with an idea to make traveling through airports a quicker experience. Clear is a plastic card with your photo and images of iris and fingerprint embedded so that you can whisk through security checkpoints with the help of Clear concierges. Register online or at one of their 12 kiosks. Available at 20 airports (and several football stadiums,) the $199.99 a year subscription seems expensive unless you tend to have airport rage.
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The screen on the iPod nano isn’t exactly huge with its 2-inch display. The Nano TV converts your 3rd generation device into a mini-TV. Designed to look like a TV/VCR player combination, the screen moves to a whopping 2.8 inches, ready to compete with the bigger iPods. Lightweight and compact, pop your nano into the top and it will play through its included speakers. Small enough for traveling, pre-order for £14.99 (~$22.00) for an early January delivery.
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Monash University student Michael Walsh recently conducted a study of those who used PMDs on trains. While some said it helped to escape the noise of the vehicle and other travelers, non-users sometimes resented them because the user “fails to communally experience the aural soundscape.” The report also said that although most of the PMP owners realized that they could damage their hearing they wouldn’t give it up. They might want to think about that one. Those of us that attended rock concerts years back that had the same warning didn’t listen either.
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There is now a Super Tiny Keyboard for travelers or those with super tiny fingers. The low keycap notebook device has 56 keys, number lock function, silent switch and USB port accessibility. At a size of 170 x 73 x 15mm and a weight of 116 g, it comes with a retractable cable and carries a MSRP of $25.00. Looking at it close up, we like the smallness, but it would take some getting used to if you now have a humongous keyboard (or super big fingers.)
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If you are egotistical enough to keep a mirror on your desk or nightstand, you might as well have one that does more than just reflect your handsome/pretty face. The Magic Mirror Clock displays the month, date, hour, and minute when you issue a sound over 80db or touch it. The blue LED clock measures 130 x 130 x 25mm and has an alarm mode, reset and snooze button, and is powered up by 3 AAA batteries (not included.) The mirror/clock carries a MSRP of $20.00.
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This flexible SB Internet Phone Keyboard has a multi-functional voice communication keyboard, supports Skype, has a built-in mic, speaker, and 2 USB ports. At a size of 340 x 136 x 8mm and a weight of 242g, the peripheral has an ergonomic flat design with concave keycaps, a waterproof silicone surface, and can type silently. Supporting Windows XP/Vista, the keyboard is both storable and portable, and comes with an included cable at a price of $40.00.
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If you are unfamiliar with an area that you are trekking around, Wikinear is a new service that will tell you about its environs. Utilizing Yahoo’s Fire Eagle, APIs will find your location and display the 5 nearest interest points on a Google map courtesy of Wikipedia. The service is currently in beta, so you are required to sign up for Fire Eagle and there are only a limited amount of invitations available. Still, we like what we see since we love traveling, and hope that by the time it is officially open it will have more info for the rest of us.
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We’ve been expecting an updated Airport Express from Apple for a few days now, after an image was leaked out of Switzerland. As it turns out, the new Airport Express with 802.11n support is now on sale in the US Apple Store. Yeah, on a Monday no less. In case you don’t know, the Airport Express is a small wireless router that supports up to 10 clients at a time, and also features printer sharing and AirTunes. That means you can stream your iTunes content to the device, and have it play through a connected speaker system. With 802.11n support, this is now the perfect travel companion, as long as you don’t mind not have a directly wired Ethernet connection to your computer.Or, if you already have an 802.11n network set up, you can now pick up a refurbished Airport Express model and use it to set up a secondary G network. The Airport Express will cost you $99, while refurbs are $79.
We have the full press release after the break.
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We have another entry in the Valentines Day gift suggestion box. Not to be outdone by AT&T, Verizon is offering the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red. Available online as of today, the smartphone has high-res color, a back-lit QWERTY keyboard, GPS, speakerphone, media player, and trackball navigation. This is a great phone for travelers as it can access e-mail and calls from over 100 countries. With a two-year plan, the red Berry can be yours or can be given someone you love for $299.99 after a $100.00 rebate, with an additional $100.00 credit if you sign up for voice and data plans.
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