Notebook Power Adapter
Universal power adapters just keep getting niftier and niftier. The latest from iGo uses any standard wall, auto or airplane outlet and works with international plugs. Like all iGo adapters, it leverages the company’s patented tip technology and comes with a selection of popular notebook tips for use with a wide array of brands including Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP and Toshiba. It also includes the new iGo dual-power accessory, so you can simultaneously charge your notebook and a low-power device, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player. And the retractable cord means you’re less likely to find yourself in a tangle. $129.99. (http://www.igo.com)
Inflight Power Recharger
Introducing yet another addition to the whata- great-idea list — a recharger that uses the audio output from the jack in your airplane, train or bus armrest as a power source to recharge a range of portable devices, including your iPod, BlackBerry or mobile phone. Just plug the cable into the jack, connect the other end to your device, and it converts the audio output into regulated USB power. $34.99. (http://www.inflightpower.com)
Samsung SC-MX10 Camcorder
This sleek, brand-new camcorder from the gadget gurus at Samsung caters specifically to the ever-expanding universe of video bloggers and YouTube enthusiasts. Small and simple to use, it includes a 512 MB memory card to get you started right out of the box, as well as PC software so you can start uploading video clips immediately to your blog or Web site. And at this price, it’s sure to pique the interest of Steven Spielberg wannabes everywhere. $299. (http://www.samsung.com)
Trackstick II Personal Tracker
From the geniuses-in-residence at Google comes this über-cool gadget, a tiny GPS recorder that tracks its own location, time, date, speed, heading and altitude at preset intervals. With more than 1Mb of memory, it can store months of travel information, so you can use it to create a quintessentially 21st-century travelogue while on vacation, or to trace your exact route when you’re hiking, biking or exploring a new city. Use it to import pictures and other information into Google Earth, Google’s geographic information tool (downloadable for free at earth.google.com), to create a whole new perspective of your journey. Powered by 24 orbiting satellites, it works anywhere on Earth. $179. (http://www.googleearthstore.com)
Brewing long and deep at its center before radiating out to the rest of Europe, Vienna boasts an illustrious history and lasting intellectual impact. The Austrian capital dates back to Celtic and Romen rule, the latter inhabitants using the center city as a military hub among many other employments.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Whether taking a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight or looking up different travel restrictions before planning your trip, travel has looked a little bit different this past year. With all the extra steps for traveling, American Airlines is committed to finding ways to provide ease and more flexibility and choices for passengers when traveling.
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The lights of the aurora borealis appear frequently in the Fairbanks region of Alaska, with a growing number of Aurora Trackers in the area. A new video from Explore Fairbanks features five Fairbanks Aurora Trackers sharing their thoughts and photography on the northern lights.
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