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A Camera that Won't Work at Tourist Sights

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2015, 8:15 PM

Instagram is bigger than you thought. This morning, Facebook (which owns it) announced there are now 400 million active users—that's up 100 million since the start of 2015. Soon, nearly half a billion people will be recording their experiences that way. And look what that mentality has wrought. New, in things we don't need: An idea for a camera that won't let you take pictures of popular t...

The World's First Drone Film Festival is Actually a Travel Film Festival

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/14/2015, 8:00 PM

Everyone talks about drones—those small unmanned flying robot cameras—as if they're predominately a technology story. But when you look at the sort of footage that comes out of them, it's very apparent that drone filming is actually a travel trend. Most people who own drones use them as surrogates for human exploration or as extensions of the self that can fly to where human bodies cannot reac...

The World's Most Obscene Hotel Wi-Fi Charge

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2014, 4:00 PM

What would you do if you signed on to the Wi-Fi in your hotel room and saw a bill for €300 (US $391) the next morning? According to the Telegraph, that's what guests of the Majestic Barriere in Cannes are being hit with.  The hotel (which isn't one Frommer's recommends) used to charge €15 a day for everyone, but like so many hotels it recently switched to a tiered system in which the m...

This Incredible Piece of Luggage Earned $1.3 Million in a Month: Want One, Too?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2014, 2:00 AM

Check this out: A newly invented piece of luggage just collected an astounding $1.36 million in a little over a month on crowdfunding site Indiegogo—and when you hear what it can do, that number might seem a little low. Bluesmart is not the most intuitive name for cutting-edge luggage, but hold on, because it gets better.  As designed by first-year MIT student Brian Chen, this carry-on...

What to Expect from Hilton's New Room Selection App and How It Will Change Hotels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2014, 7:30 PM

Okay, travel nerds, here's what I predict will happen soon.  Bustling new websites will be devoted to which specific hotel rooms are the best ones to book. Travelers will debate, sometimes bitterly, the finer points of palm tree placement outside a resort's windows. Hotel staff will learn how to handle guests who won't rest until they're reassigned from 431 to 432. Rooms with numbers ...

Explore the Allure of the Seas On Your Computer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2014, 4:30 PM

The Ice Rink as seen by Street View, complete with creepy blurred faces   Today's latest gimmick: Royal Caribbean has invited Google Street View onto its (current) biggest ship, Allure of the Seas, enabling you to get 360-degree views of the ship from your computer.  As an idea, it's a great one, although its execution is not as revolutionary as you might suspect. Only a few m...

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