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Travelers Resent PMD Users

iPod Subway UsersMonash 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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Super Tiny Keyboard

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Peripherals, USB,

Super Tiny KeyboardThere 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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Magic Mirror Clock

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech,

Magic Mirror ClockIf 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.

(Thanks, Fanny)

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SB Internet Phone Keyboard

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Peripherals, USB,

Internet Phone Keyboard

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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Wikinear is Mobile Guide

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Google, GPS, Internet,

Fire Eagle

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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Apple releases Airport Express with 802.11n

Airport Express 802.11n

We’ve been expecting an updated Airport Express from 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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Blackberry Turns Red

Red BlackberryWe 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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Spam Some Time

Spam Travel Alarm ClockOne truly can never have enough Spam. Its makers seems to know this and consistently provide its high quality foodstuff and enough product placement to make us positively ecstatic. This time it is the Spam Compact Travel Alarm Clock. Operating on a single watch battery (included,) the blue clock stands 2-inches tall and displays “Spam American Classic Est.1937,” should anyone forget. Pop up the time display with a simple push of a button. Available online for only $5.00 each, buy several and Spamalot.

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Spare Batteries Fly Under New Rules

Laptop w/BatteryThere are now different rules if you intend to fly this year with spare batteries. Here are the basics from the our ever-wary government and the FAA:   

  • Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare.
  • You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage.
  • You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry on luggage - see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!
  • Even though we recommend you carrying your devices with you in carry on baggage as well, if you must bring in one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.

While all this seems a bit too obvious to us, we figure that the elementary way of explaining the rules isn’t just for the casual business traveler. Check the site for more details.

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Driin’s Device Holder Keeps Gadgets Off The Floor

deviceholderHoliday traveling means (at least) two things - packing up handheld electronics to keep yourself entertained and connected, and trying to find places to stow those gadgets while they’re charging.  In hotel rooms and guestrooms across the country outlets may abound, but there isn’t always a place close to the outlets to safely sit your stuff while it recharges.

Enter Kikkerland’s Portable Device Holder by Driin.  The L-shaped accessory has a large hole in the top through which you plug the charger into the wall.  Sit your gadget of choice on the little shelf and voila - no need to rest your precious metals (or plastics, silicones, or combinations thereof) on the floor.

Read More | wejetset

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