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Lonely Planet iPhone guides

June 9th, 2009 No comments

Anyone that has done even a little overseas traveling knows that the Lonely Planet guides are considered the best. Easy to use, nice design, full of great advice and excellent recommendations. The one drawback is they can get pretty heavy, especially if you are carrying everything on your back. But apparently Lonely Planet has figured out a way to keep all their great features and get rid of their one bad one. Lonely Planet for your iPhone!
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In addition to it’s already excellent content, the iPhone (also iTouch) version includes interactive, personalised and fully searchable mobile access. You can mark your favorite locations for easy access or locate them by keywords (no address search function as of yet though). It also includes GPS so you can see your current location and any interesting spots near you. And it is completely stand alone so you don’t need a signal in order for the guide to work. Also (and this may be the best part), you don’t have to look like a tourist scouring your Lonely Planet book while on the street corner or in a coffee shop. For all anybody knows you are just checking your email.
There are a few limitations with the current version though. For instance you can’t access the restaurant and bar listings through the actual sections of the book. You have to use the map. Though hopefully that will change in the near future.
Also, you can’t leave your iPhone guide behind when you leave the country for someone else to use. But for all the paper and transportation energy that is not being wasted I think I can overlook this one.

The iPhone guide is $15.99 on the iTunes app store. There are currently 20 titles with more on the way, and the San Fransisco guide is free during the WWDC! That was nice of them:-)

via Wired Gadgetlab
See the Lonely Planet Product Page
or purchase on the iTunes app store

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Star Trek inspired communication device?

May 14th, 2009 No comments

After seeing the latest Star Trek film (and loving it, I might add) I thought I’d post about a few Star Trek inspired items. First is the iTRAVL handheld language translator. It’s like your own personal pocket-sized Uhura (though admittedly not quite as sexy as Zoe Saldana (not by a long shot).

iTRAVL Deluxe
iTRAVL Alpine

Learning languages is difficult. And it’s not just the memorization or recall that makes it so. Language is so entangled within culture that often it is difficult to distinguish the two. This was my experience in Japan and SE Asia. It would have been nice to have had a portable translation device for the various languages I encountered making it easier to say what I really wanted to say instead of stumbling through the few phrases I manages to memorize without really understanding their meaning. Attempting to understand another’s language and speak it in turn, even if it is just a few phrases here and there, can help you go far in building relationships or just make it easier for you to get around.
The iTRAVL includes voice recognition for instant translation of words and phrases as well as a personal language tutor.
With over 30 languages to choose from you can customize an SD card with the language combination of your choice.
And that is just the start of all the bells and whistles this item’s designers thought to include to make the traveler’s life just a little bit easier.

Specifications:
• Extensive bilingual translating dictionary with voice synthesis
• Audio Travel PhraseBook recognizes and speaks 14,000 travel-related phrases
• iHELP pronounces Emergency or frequently used phrases instantly
• CIA World Factbook for 180 countries around the world: Maps, Flags, Country Profiles, People, Geography, History,
Economy, Essential Statistics, International Organizations and Groups and more
• Consistent Full-text Machine Translation
• 70,000 WordNet English explanatory dictionary
• Windows CE powered for advanced functionality and responsiveness
• Hi-resolution touch-screen and hands-free speech navigation functionality
• Mp3 player, games, calculator, metric converter, and word time clock utilities
Check out the website here: iTRAVL Translation device
With the base model starting at $319.95 you’ll be spending about the same amount trying to learn as much of the language as you can in advance of your trip using The Rosetta Stone software, and you can’t take that with you in your backpack everywhere you go! So I’d say the price is just about right. However, each language you want will add another $59.95 to your total so watch out!

iFlyz Media Stand

January 19th, 2009 No comments
iFlyz Media StandiFlyz Media Stand

Unless you have 3 arms, you might want to check out the iFlyz Media Stand to help you juggle your entertainment and business needs simulatenously.

It’s very convenient for in-flight use. It can be adjusted to the perfect angle and has a clamp specially designed to attach to the pull-down table in-flight. It uses a suction cup to attach to your phone. It doesn’t mention if it will work with other devices, but since it’s just a suction cup, it should. At the very least, it should work with an iPod Touch or iPod with Video.  It should also work with iPhone 3G even with the phone’s curved edges. You’ll have to wait about a month before you can get your hands on one though. These won’t be out until February of this year, but they are available to be pre-ordered. If you’re within the US it will cost you $29.99 with shipping and those of you outside the States it doesn’t cost much more.

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