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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 …

5 Very Useful Tips and Tricks for the Apple iPhone 7 and iOS 10


First, a word of caution. Don’t expect an actual review of the new iPhone 7 in FBT. It’s a great phone, it doesn’t have a headphone jack, it has awesome stereo speakers, a significantly improved camera, and it takes like a duck to water, capable of lasting up to 30 minutes under one meter of water without a problem.
Instead of a review, for those of you who are getting the …

Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. WatchOS 3 Makes the Original Apple Watch 3x as Fast

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As someone who has had an Apple Watch from the very beginning, I’ve grown accustomed to having it on my wrist, eschewing the “better” timepieces sitting in watch winders on my dresser. It was never just a curiosity for me. From the outset, I found it practical and useful … as well as clunky.
The user interface? Not only did the UI not make sense in many cases, but it didn’t …

Review: Flying Tiger Copenhagen ‘Makulator’ Shredder


If Ikea had a gift department, it would look like a Flying Tiger store. If you aren’t familiar with Flying Tiger, it’s a Copenhagen-based company with over 650 shops across the globe, including several in the United States. The company, founded in 1995, operated until recently under several different names including Tiger and T-G-R (in Norway and Sweden) but it has rebranded all locations with the new moniker.
Flying Tiger unquestionably …

10 Radically New and Awesome Features in iOS 10

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When Apple first introduced the iPhone, the operating system didn’t even have a name. At launch, it was called iPhone OS and received its current designation in 2010 with the introduction of the iPad.
Every one to two years, Apple introduces a major update of the mobile operating system and the newest version, iOS 10, is expected to be released in September.
Apple says that the new version will be the “biggest …

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Amazon Prime: 6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Amazon


Many of us at FBT regularly use Amazon Prime, a paid membership program that gives customers free two-day shipping on most purchases, access to Prime video and books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Most people use only a fraction of what’s included in the $99 per year membership price. Therefore, as a public service, we are pleased to show how to get the most out of the service.
Here’s what you need …

Travel Alert: Robbers Targeting ‘Pokémon Go’ Players

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This was to be a review of “Pokémon Go,” a viral phenomenon that’s only been available since last Thursday, but the game’s use of augmented reality – namely that Pokémon will appear as if they’ve been spotted in the real world – can put players in high-risk situations, made us change our plans.
Last week, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company debuted “Pokémon Go” on both iOS and Android platforms. It’s a …