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Happy 10th Birthday Apple iPhone


Ten years ago today, January 9, Steve Jobs stood on a stage at MacWorld 2007 and changed how people think about their phones.
Back then, a mobile phone was a device that (gasp!) was used to place calls. It didn’t have a touchscreen, the App Store didn’t exist nor did apps for that matter, music on a phone was a ringtone of questionable quality, and Internet access required a phone the …

Grinch at Large: The Worst Apple Store Experience Ever

The mostly empty Apple Fifth Ave. store on Dec. 23

Apple’s senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, who previously ran Burberry, has said that the company wants its in-store experience to be more about enriching the lives of its customers than simply selling them things.
If indeed that is the case, the company may still have a long way to go as a recent visit to one of its most notable Apple stores, the Fifth Avenue location, revealed.
Expecting crowds the night …

Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition – Review


Instead of releasing what would be Motorola’s fourth generation Moto X, the innovative wireless device company settled on a slightly different moniker: Moto Z. While the second and third generation Moto X phones offered slight improvements and spec enhancements over their predecessors, the Moto Z family embodies a greater departure not just from the X series but from smartphones in general. Attachments and accessories have been around since the onset …

The Smart Travelers Guide to Using Your Smartphone Abroad

Alter Botanischer Garten, Munich

Using your mobile phone or smartphone abroad requires
a.) A local SIM
b.) Wi-Fi Connectivity
c.) Outrageous data roaming fees
d.) None of the above
If you chose “d, none of the above” you probably don’t need to read the rest of this article. Otherwise, please continue.
While many travelers fantasize about disconnecting from the digital world while relaxing on a trip, the reality is that most have come to rely on the devices for everything …

Lobby Bar – November 25: Pokémon Panic, Rooftop Flamethrowers, and Fast Food Airlines


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Fire away. If there’s one relevant quote from Game of Thrones right now, it’s “winter is coming.” Make sure you’re prepared with these five helpful winter driving tips, including swapping out the leaf blower strapped to the roof of your car for a commercial flamethrower. For extra heat generating capacity, the use of Li-ion batteries is highly recommended.
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Information Overload Chronicles: Hit ‘Reply to All,’ Shut Down U.K. National Health Service

A hackney carriage in London

Many of our readers know that, in my former life, I was chief analyst at a think tank that focused on the issue of Information Overload. While it’s no longer my job to be the poster child for combating this scourge, it is a topic that I follow avidly and continue to speak about, both to the media and at conferences. It therefore behooves me to inform our readers of …

Dear Traveler, Today is Information Overload Awareness Day: Here’s What You Can Do

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Before my life at Frequent Business Traveler, I spent over a decade helping companies and knowledge workers address the problem of Information Overload. Somehow, in 2010, I managed to create a holiday to call attention to the issue, which costs the U.S. economy close to a billion dollars a year.
Information Overload causes people to lose their ability to manage thoughts and ideas, contemplate, and even reason and think. It has …