Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.
"You are trapped in the mysterious laboratory, where it has been said, they study time travel. The door is closed. A lot of hidden clues await you. You wonder if they were able to make time travelling true..." These words on a poster beckon you in to a frantic puzzle-solving team experience that can lead, as it did in my case, to your untimely demise.
Or you might...Escape from the Time Travel Lab.
SCRAP Entertainment's first Real Escape Game was held in Japan, and nowadays the company is putting on events in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. In addition to the basic Mysterious Room, people have escaped from the Magic Show, the Werewolf Village, and other sticky scenarios. There are also Real Escape Game branches in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, plus there seem to be at least four live-escape game companies operating in the UK, so I'm going to call this a worldwide phenomenon. If the rest of this sounds fun to you, you may be able to find something similar nearby.… Read more
Caterina Fake wants to make the places around you come alive, and she needs your help to do it.
Co-founder of the once-beloved photo site Flickr and the archetype of the female geek, Fake hopes to prove that she can once again make technology more human -- less about me and more about we. This time around, she's using an app called Findery to put the world's greatest stories in the palm of your hand.
When I was a young reader, one of my favorite books was "Travels with Charley," a tale of one man's trip across America with his faithful poodle. As I grew older, I fell in love with other books authored by Charley's traveling companion. That's why it's only fitting to me that John Steinbeck's work be celebrated through the latest Google Doodle.
Born in Salinas, Calif., on February 27, 1902, Steinbeck worked at a series of odd jobs before embarking on his writing career. Though his first novel was published in 1929, Steinbeck gained … Read more
With hacks, stolen credit card data, and identify fraud constantly on the rise, some credit card companies are looking into how to better beef up security.
MasterCard announced Tuesday that it has partnered with mobile technology company Syniverse to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to buy goods with nabbed credit cards. While working to heighten credit card security is nothing new, MasterCard's most recent plan is a bit different because it involves users' smartphone geolocation while they're traveling abroad.
The idea is that a users' credit card cannot be used unless it is within close range … Read more
It's not all about the mAh, people.
Sure, the more milliampere-hours packed into a mobile charger, the better. A 5,000mAh battery is better than a 2,000mAh battery because it supplies more power between charges. But I daresay there's a feature that's even more important.
I am, of course, talking about built-in cables. The vast majority of mobile chargers rely on separate cables (and/or tips -- horrors) that are not only inconvenient but also easily lost. That's why, by the laws of state and human decency, all mobile chargers should have built-in cables.
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It was just a few weeks ago I told you about the Charged-Card, a wallet-friendly battery pack designed to provide emergency power for your smartphone.
Pretty cool, yes, but a little costly at the expected retail price of $39.99 (early backers can still get in for $30), and a little limited with just one connector: Apple 30-pin, Apple Lightning, or Micro-USB.
Unfortunately for the Charged-Card folks, there's already a better product in the works: the Jumper Card, which does more for less.
Physically these two gizmos are just about identical. The Jumper Card is barely larger than a … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Make way for GameSpot's Ultimate Upgrade Sweepstakes.
Airbnb, the travel service that aims at getting people to rent their homes or apartments to others, is helping the UK economy in a big way, the company claims.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Airbnb announced that its service generates $824 million in economic activity in the UK each year. Exactly what "economic activity" is might be up for debate, but it ostensibly means that its service brings tourists to areas where they spend money. The company also claims that Airbnb supports 11,629 jobs in the country.
Airbnb operates outside the UK, but kept its data … Read more
When it comes to passing the time on long trips, it's hard to beat an audiobook. I've been a die-hard fan for as long as I can remember (back when they were called "books on tape").
Amazon's Audible service is already a pretty good deal at $14.95 per month, but it's an even better one at $0: Amazon Local is offering a coupon for two free months of Audible. That entitles you to, among other things, one free audiobook per month.
As you might expect, this offer is good for new Audible customers … Read more