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Tech tips for travel #32 - One gadget to keep your phone charged that every traveller should have

Tech tips for travel #32 - One gadget to keep your phone charged that every traveller should have

So keeping your devices charged and running when you are travelling is important! Past posts have previously covered 5 power conservation tips, carrying a power board and also backup portable battery chargers.   Well now we have one more nifty gadget to add to the list!We stumbled across NomadPlus the other day, which is the latest product from electronic design house Nomad.They already have a few great products like a compact charging cable that fits on your key ring and one that also acts as a clip, but NomadPlus seems to take the cake in terms of a 'must-have' travel...

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Tech tips for travel #31 - Top 5 ways to make your life travelling better with Evernote

Tech tips for travel #31 - Top 5 ways to make your life travelling better with Evernote

Evernote is the king of note taking Apps.Yes it isn't the only note taking App, and it is far from perfect (often a glitch or freeze here or there), but it is by far the most advanced/powerful and useful app for storing notes I've come across. For that, Evernote makes the list for 5 reasons:1. Storing ID numbers and addressesRemembering passport numbers, member numbers, discount coupons, mailing addresses...you get the picture! Type them in and they are there to refer to when you need.2. Storing reservationsReservations, bookings and even scans/photo shots of your tickets. Organised into notebooks, and fully searchable...

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Tech tips for travel #29 - An iPad camera connection kit to load photos from your SD card to your iPad

Tech tips for travel #29 - An iPad camera connection kit to load photos from your SD card to your iPad

I dropped by the Apple store today and after having a look at a few iPad covers (time for an upgrade from my el cheapo market purchase I think!), I asked one of the 'geniuses' what their top tips would be for a traveller heading overseas.An iPad camera connection kit was top of their list, and actually I already have one so they didn't quite make a sale, but I thought I'd outline a few tips on them here.So they come in two forms, depending on the connection your iPad takes:- 30 pin for the traditional connector- Lightning connector for...

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Tech tips for travel #30 - When you forget your travel plug adapter

So have you ever arrived overseas and forgot that travel plug adapter? You don't always have to go out and buy a new one- particularly if you have arrived in the UK. In the UK you can use a pen or plastic pointy object to open the bottom middle opening (NOT one of the two prongs), but the third/bottom hole which is just an earth wire. This opens the slots for the two top holes and any US plug will fit in and should work - and maybe even some Australian plugs. Always research and double check the voltages and amperages...

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Tech tips for travel #28 - How to use Skype on your phone overseas

When travelling overseas keeping connected to your friends and family is one of the most important priorities of most travellers. Skype is a roaming travellers best friends for this purpose.There a few main areas:- Diverting your home phone to your local SIM or voice mail- Making calls back home or to local numbers:i) to other Skype numbers (free)ii) using Skype's paid service calling service- Sending text messages&- very shortly (hopefully) live language translation!http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/27/microsoft-demos-breakthrough-in-real-time-translated-conversations/The key to any of these uses is having access to either mobile data or WiFi. Speed of the data is critical, a minimum 1-2mbps is required for...

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