Three Apps For Taking Notes on a Fall Getaway

Remember those days when you suddenly felt inspired and couldn’t find a notebook to write down those wonderful thoughts, feelings and ideas? Thank God we now have smartphones that can aid our beloved inspiration. So whether you need to go to the supermarket, prepare you luggage for a trip, organize Christmas presents, or keep a record of your trip, take a look at these three apps that will help you be ready for taking notes wherever you are and whenever you feel like.

With all the note taking apps out there it is difficult to decide which one to use, that’s why we’ve chosen three of them that can be use whether you have an Android or iOS smartphone.

Evernote

 

 

This awesome app lets you dictate or manually enter notes, plus snap photos, scan text, audio recording, create to-do-lists, share them with others and much more. Isn’t it great? Evernote has a clean interface, it’s surprisingly easy to navigate and it can sync with all your devices so you can quickly modify everything. This app is available for iOS and Android, and if you want to learn more about the uses of this appyou can check out the blog now.

 

Related: Three Apps For Working Out When Traveling

OneNote

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Crop images, insert audio, video and other files into your notes, are just some of the uses of this beautiful app. Apart from being integrated with MS Office (has been part of it since 2003), One Note is great for travelers. Why? Because you can clip pictures from the internet and add them to your itineraries (like a map, something you saw on a museum website, etcetera). It really looks and feels like a digital version of a paper notebook, and lets you create simple or complex notes from scratch and sync them among a variety of platforms, including Windows PCs, Macs, iPads and iPhones, Windows Phones, Android devices and the web.

Google Keep

 

 

 

 

The interface doesn’t just looks great -it is highly functional too. Google Keep allows for voice and photo to be added to notes, and you can even set reminders, share what you’ve written down,and is integrated with Google Drive. You can even extract the text from images (a business card, a sign on the road for example) and turn them into an editable text. It’s simple, it has an easy access and integration with other Google services. The app is available for iOS and Android.

 

Related: 5 Signs You’re A Travel Addict

From story ideas, project notes, places to visit, things to pay on time or random personal stuff, note taking apps have made our lives easier. Don’t you agree?

Do you use any of these apps? Share your favorite with us!

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New LugLoc App!

During the past few months our team has been working really hard to create a brand new experience for the LugLoc app. During the redesign we had the following objectives in mind:

  • Make LugLoc easy to use for the first time, and every time thereafter
  • Create an ‘online’ experience, letting users know the most updated information about their luggage
  • Make LugLoc one of the best travel apps in the App Store today

We soon identified we would not be able to create such a cool version of our app on our own. This compelled us to launch our LugLoc Beta Test Program. The program involved inviting a group of over 300 hundred of our most frequent users to put the app through the paces. This really helped us raise the bar when it came to our work. Beta test participants, we owe you a BIG THANK YOU for your efforts… you really rock!

After all was said and done we came up with some pretty cool features we hope you will enjoy:

Adding a device to your account is now simpler than ever

Until now, in order to add a device to your account you had to enter the device id located at the back of the device. The device id is an 8 digit number, but many users found it hard to read and copy in our app. Every LugLoc has a unique Bluetooth signal we use to track the device from close range, so now we are able to use us it to detect your devices seamlessly.

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However, you may not always have your device with you, or it may not be charged. So if we are not able to identify your LugLoc on Bluetooth, we will still allow the entering of the device ID manually, making it super clear how to find it.

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Customize LugLoc

Using the app you’ve always been able to assign a name to your device. But if you’ve ever lost a bag, you know the first question you get when you claim it at the airport relates to what the bag looks like. A black bag? That’s not enough when there are so many bags lost each year. Now you can add a picture to your LugLoc to make it more customized and more accurate than ever before.

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Accurate Reporting

We now geocode your location to describe the city and country where your things are. We are also working hard so that soon we’ll be able to inform you if your LugLoc is located at a specific airport. This gives you even more details about where exactly your bag is, and how to retrieve it.

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Effortless Search

Our old app would let you trace your LugLoc at any time. We later improved this feature by giving you the latest location we had of your device. Our new app actively looks for your device all the time, thus giving you the most accurate location possible. We are combining Bluetooth and GSM in the same experience so you don’t have to even think about what technology should be used to locate your bags. You open the app, and we do the rest. It’s just that easy.

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All the Details

The home screen is not the only way to see your LugLoc information. The details screen will show more information, including Bluetooth distance (and vibration), a map you can expand for more details about the position, and we let you handle your service plans. All easy to access with the swipe and tap of a finger. We have new features coming up in this screen, so stay tuned.

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We invite you to check out the new experience, already available in the Apple Store, and really soon in the Android Play Store. All LugLoc devices, old and new, are 100% compatible with this app. We really hope you will love our new app as much as we love you, our faithful customers.

 

Sincerely,

Diego Renau

Front End Manager.

Delta Invests in Technology To Help Control Lost Luggage

Reports of Delta investing in new technology with the goal of reducing lost and delayed luggage has travelers and experts wondering how effective the technology is, and if other airlines will follow.

Delta’s new tracking system uses “radio-frequency identification” (RFID) technology to make sure every bag gets to the right destination, by scanning all bags through different points of the airports.

You might be wondering that this RFID technology is. Well, an RFID device is basically the same as a bar-code, or as the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or ATM card: it provides a unique identifier for that object through radio-frequencies. The advantage over the bar-codes that Airlines have been using is that it can be scanned much easier with the RFID scanners, and it can be automated as well.

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According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Delta handled about 120 million checked suitcases in 2015. Lost luggage has long been a nightmare scenario for travelers, but now that luggage fees have become standard (Delta charges a $25 per bag for domestic flights), patience for lost or delayed luggage is less welcome than ever.

The story described an airport employee using a computer to make sure each bag going onto a flight was supposed to be on that plane. A flashing light meant a checked bag was in the wrong place, and it was taken off the conveyor belt leading to the plane.

Jeremy Ciccone, the development director at MaxMedia, a digital retail agency, says Delta’s use of RFID tags follows the trend of the technology impacting the world across a variety of applications.

He explains that the technology uses small antennae, and work with RFID readers to identify objects up to several feet away.

“RFID tags allow for faster and more efficient bag identification for large numbers of bags compared to the older system of bar codes,” Ciccone says. “Baggage handlers can now scan an entire cart full of bags to make sure they are headed for the correct belts.”

Ciccone notes the cost of an RFID tag is minimal, and saves a lot of time because baggage handlers don’t have to check individual bags.

“RFID technology will eventually automate additional baggage-handling tasks to maximize efficiency, speed and accuracy — resulting in bags promptly arriving where they belong,” he says.

Delta has not revealed how much it pays for each RFID tags, but has disclosed that it is less than 10 cents per tag. At first sight this might seem inexpensive, but in truth implementing RFID technology requires great investment in infrastructure, which is why this solution has not been widely by other Airlines implemented yet. Delta has invested over $50 Million implementing this system.

And we could see RFID make its way into many areas of life. Ciccone says the tags could replace bar codes at grocery stores. The technology even could provide of list of what’s in your refrigerator to your phone, letting you know, for example, if milk has soured or if you’re low on your favorite beverage.

“RFID tags can also be applied in retail environments to accelerate the checkout process, or provide a ‘touch’ count for a product,” Ciccone says. “For the latter, the retailer can measure how often a customer removes a product from a display, and pair the number of ‘pick-ups’ versus its sales figures to attain a new conversion metric.”

Delta’s track record with luggage is already one of the industry’s best, as just 1 out of 500 bags handled by the airline are lost or delayed. RFID is determined to make that record even better. If it works, other airlines are sure to follow. Ciccone says the technology not only could result in fewer bags getting lost, but also speeding up the bag-sorting process.

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However, all is not perfect. Delta is only the first Airline in the US to implement RFID into its baggage tracking system, and while other Airlines are looking into this and other technologies, it is yet to be seen if others will follow. Less than 5% of the Airlines have RFID technology worldwide, which means lost luggage is still a big unsolved issue.

Furthermore, Delta’s new tracking system won’t follow every suitcase. There are limitations, and items like strollers or bags checked at the gate for regional jets, such as those picked up at the arriving gate, won’t be tracked with RFID.

If a Delta passenger connects onto a flight with a Delta partner, the traditional barcode tag takes over for the final leg of the journey. And nothing is preventing the airline from losing your bag if any of these tags get ripped off along the way, including the RFID tags. As SITA Baggage Report of 2016 reveals, 20% of Lost Luggage is caused by tag errors.

All this means that lost luggage will still be an issue for a long while. As Airlines try to find the perfect solution to this issue, travelers need to take matters into their own hands to be able to take control of their luggage. This is where LugLoc comes in.

The innovative LugLoc luggage locator provides travelers with the ability to track their bags, so that if the airline loses them, you know where they are. This will speed up recovery time immensely, and decrease unpleasant surprises. To take advantage of this system, simply purchase the tracking system, which combines GSM and Bluetooth technology, and then track it using its simple app. After downloading the app, a map will appear showing the exact location of your suitcase, regardless of where in the world it is.

 

 

 

 

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Best Gadgets To Make Your Life Easier When Traveling

Is there anything better than a fancy gadget that can not only provide quick solutions to everyday problems but also reduce human effort and conserve space? Tricky question. If you are a gadget geek and a traveler, take a look at this selection of items that will help you control your life in digital, wireless, and remote ways.

A Wireless Security Camera

The Nest Cam Indoor security camera is designed to help you look after your home and family – even when you’re away. Whether you’re on vacation or eating out for dinner, you can constantly monitor activity inside and outside your home. Some cameras can’t stay on all the time because they rely on batteries, with a Nest Aware subscription, Nest Cam continuously records 24/7 so you never miss a thing.

 

This beautiful gadget lets you see your home in 1080p HD video and it features night vision and microphone abilities. What’s more, it can send you notifications when there’s suspicious sounds or motions outside your house and it allows you to hear and speak through the device. A great pick for those who seek peace of mind! Price: $199.

Related: Four Must-Have Apps For Travel Pros

A Power Bank Charger

We can’t imagine leaving home without our smartphones. As keeping it powered up on long journeys can be an issue, a power bank can be an excellent gadget to have. They come in all shapes, weights and capacities (and some recharge their own battery using solar energy, which could mean you never need to charge your devices using the main power again).

Lepow Moonstone 6000 is a smart & portable battery power compatible with all smartphone and tablets. It has an ergonomic design and it can fit your pocket, backpack, and purse.

Keep in mind that some Airlines, particularly in Asia, prohibit carrying Power Banks during flights. Please keep  this in mind if traveling by Flight!

 

A Personal Cloud Storage

Whether you are on a family vacation and taking millions of pictures, or on a business trip and in need of dozens of documents, having a storage device that gives you access to all of your files and media (music, movies, etcetera) no matter where you are is invaluable.

Lima helps you with that. It works over WiFi, 3G, 4G and even offline (as long as you’ve set it for offline viewing); it helps you save space on your computers and mobile devices while providing instant access to the same drive from all your devices. This gadget is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS.

 

A Bluetooth Speaker

The UE Boom 2 is a compact, durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that you can take everywhere you go. It was designed to get wet, muddy, or covered in snow, and has a strong battery life that can last up to 15 hours. A great gadget for the adveturous travelers.

 

This amazing speaker comes in six different colors and is fully waterproof. Plus, you can tap the top of the device to pause your music and double-tap to skip a track forward: gesture controls rock!

Related: 5 Wearables You Must-Have When Traveling

A Luggage Locator Device

LugLoc makes your luggage smart: it is a tiny luggage locator that uses GSM and GPRS so you can track your bag at any airport in the world and never miss your personal belongings again. You will be able to keep an eye on your bags in real-time within the LugLoc mobile app with this patented, TSA-approved tracking device.

 

The first 30-Days of service are on LugLoc and, after that period is over, you will need to acquire one of the Service Plans they offer to keep tracking your stuff.

The internet of things is changing the way we travel. Which of these gadgets would you love to try? Please let us know!

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