Written by GT on March 7th, 2013
While there are some good options getting internet internationally, such as XCom’s Mifi Rental or increasingly inexpensive plans from carriers, there’s still not a one-device-to-rule-them-all option. GlobalGig is working really hard at being the first to get there, though. Simply buy the $99 hotspot device, and get access to easy 3g-speed wifi in the US, UK, and Australia — and today announcing service in Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Hong Kong. Though you won’t get the blazing fast speeds of WiMax or LTE 4g, the 3g/2g compatibility will probably provide more functionality outside a few countries that do actually have 4g. The data plans (1 gb – $17, 2 gb – $25, 5 gb – $45, 10 gb – $80) are reasonable and as long as you buy the device outright, you’re on a month-to-month contract. You can check your usage on their website to see how much you’re using so there are no surprise charges at the end of the month, since there is a $0.05 charge for every extra megabyte ($50/gb), you’ll want to keep an eye on that.
Written by GT on February 14th, 2013
Urbanears, a swedish company known for their custom colored headphones, has just launched their new Slussen (Free/$14.99 adapter; iOS) product. The Slussen adapter is an ingenius mini headphone and speaker plug that allows you to cue and preview from within your headphones while simultaneously broadcasting your tunes out to the party via speaker. It handily stays clipped to your keychain when not in use, ready to be whipped out a moments notice.
The Slussen iOS app allows you to cue, crossfade, preview, sync, scratch, adjust BPM, and EQ (with kill switches) from entirely within the app. Simply load up tunes from your music library and it will start analyzing the waveform for easy syncing (by hitting the “sync” button in the middle). From trying it out this morning, there is actually some control on the beat matching, and the “sync” function luckily only attempts to sync the BPM’s instead of the entire beat matching process (as some other apps do). With the help of the adapter, this would be seamless. The app seems to work fantastically, with a great attention to detail. Even pressing the play button off affects a turntable-stop sound.
No need to pack that turntable anymore for the just-in-case DJ set on the beaches of Goa.
Written by GT on February 13th, 2013
Photo by Shardayyy/flickr
Whether you’re traveling, inside a blocked access network, or just trying to see some TV that’s not available in your country, you have some options.
Lifehacker just published a great round-up on extensions and software to do just that, emphasizing the use of Hola Unblocker (Free; Windows, Chrome, Firefox) as the “easiest method” — with a simple extension installation you can have access to Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, CBS.com, FOX.com, BBC’s iPlayer, and ITV Player, and they’re working on even more sites.
These are mostly desktop based solutions, so if you want similar access from a mobile device, we’d also suggest you check out options we’ve suggested for mobile access as well as desktop connections, using Tor Browser and Hotspot Shield, which would essentially give you unlimited access to any country-specific media outlets, but with a little more tech know-how required.
Written by GT on April 18th, 2012
We’re proud to announce that the latest iteration of GeoTipper has been released for iOS. For those of you that don’t know, it’s a comprehensive tip guideline database and tip calculator for the traveling nomad. In this new release we’ve added tipping guidelines for New Zealand, Fiji, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Peru, and the Bahamas, which means that you can find the appropriate tips for taxi drivers, bartenders, restaurant, and hotel service in 65 countries!
For more info, check out our Support page here.
Download or update now, and happy travels!
GeoTipper (iTunes App Store)
Written by GT on March 23rd, 2012
MTN Satellite Communications has just launched their MTN Worldwide TV service, which will stream eight US and international channels: BBC World News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sport 24 and E! Entertainment Television, as well as special event programming such as sporting events. This launch is concurrent through their commercial (cruise ship) and government offerings.
What’s revolutionary about this is that you can watch these TV streams from wifi enabled devices (laptops, tablets, and mobiles) anywhere on a ship, instead of a hard-lined TV. Got an iPad? You’ve got your own mobile television on-board. Government offerings will especially benefit from this if governments shell out for streaming TV for deployed Navy personnel. Check MTN’s coverage area to see if you can watch NFL games on your next sea jaunt.
Written by GT on March 14th, 2012
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When your smartphone or tablet becomes your travel computer, it not only becomes more precious, but it also enters more precarious situations: constantly in your hands as you shuffle out of the tuk-tuk in Thailand, on the table in a French cafe as you calculate the tip, or shoved in your backpack while you’re on a train ride through Northern India. But since you’re trusting it to keep your info safe, your maps handy, and your guidebooks available, you have to make sure that thin piece of electronics doesn’t break if it slips out of your hands, falls off the table, or gets trampled on in a pile of gear. Hit the jump for an extreme case bonanza… Click to continue »
Written by GT on March 7th, 2012
There’s lots of smartphone stand-cases out there, but if you’re set on your own non-stand case already (like I am, sporting a Speck Candy Shell Card Case), then you’ll need some kind of external stand.
The Wedge stands out from the 100′s of phone stands you can find on amazon simply because it’s soft. It resembles a beanbag, but because of the sewing angles, and the lip on the front, it makes for a great universal stand, on any surface — like reading on your iPhone while laying in your bed.
The only downside is that it can get pretty dirty traveling with you everywhere, especially if you end up using it to prop up your phone for movie-watching on an airplane folding table. Luckily, Jordan from WedgeWorks tells us: “you can throw it in the washing machine but we prefer to let it air dry or if you must use a dryer, do not use heat (tumble dry only) as it can melt the foam inside.”
Written by GT on February 29th, 2012
Using Google Music you can store 20,000 songs on Google’s servers and stream them back to your phone, tablet, or computer. While traveling with a limited storage device, such as a smartphone or a tablet, having a depository of music that’s only a wifi connection away is invaluable. But the biggest problem with Google’s service is that it is only accessible from within the US. Which is exactly the problem I ran into while traveling through Thailand last month; tired of my limited tunes, I connected to my hotel wifi and was quickly stiff-armed by the Google Music site.
Enter (previously mentioned) Hotspot Shield (Free, iOS) and Tor for Android (Free, Android). Known mostly for their desktop VPN counterparts, these apps will allow you to connect to US servers (along with other countries, if you’re using Tor), and mask your IP from the gatekeepers at Google, appearing as if you’re in-country.
While this does work specifically for Google Music, it will also work for Pandora, iTunes, and many video sites that allow only specific-country access. So happy travels AND happy listening.
Written by GT on February 24th, 2012
Image by OpalMirror/Flickr
Sometimes it’s too difficult, your trip is too short, or you just don’t want to spend the cash to acquire a local SIM card while traveling. Luckily there’s quite a few apps that allow you to call over 3g or wifi, giving you the flexibility to call friends, family, and coworkers from a recognizable number.
Sure, there’s Skype and Google Voice, but they’re far from perfect. Skype has a well-rounded service, but you end up having to buy and pay for every function and add-on (Phone number: $18, One SMS: $0.11 to US). Google Voice offers a free number, voicemail, and US SMS, but the main functionality of the Android and iOS apps are reliant on normal cell signal, although there are workarounds.
It turns out “free calling” is quite a versatile term and applies to a range of apps that provide a wide-range of services. Free calling apps are not created equal. MagicJack Talk Free? No dedicated calling number. Line2? Too many fees, and expensive texting. Viber? Only really works app-to-app. Fring? Outdated, with no voicemail, texting, or phone number. Vopium? No voicemail and overpriced SMS. Vox.io? Call-to and Texting number confusion.
This is the search for an all-in-one calling app. One app to master calling while traveling for your needs, without having to bend to the fees of Skype. Is it out there? Hit the jump to find out. Click to continue »
Written by GT on February 21st, 2012
It sounds like something out of a “As Seen On TV” ad, but the new Biolite Campstove ($130) not only will cook your meal but will charge your gadgets as well. Simply add twigs and small sticks to the stove part, light, and you’ve got yourself a mini fire to cook, roast marshmallows, and play guitar around. But with the added benefit of USB charging powered by the heat of the contained fire, adventurous globile travelers can charge their travel computers for the next day of bushwacking.