Last month, I joined hundreds of tech and gaming fans for Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC. Engadget + Gdgt Live is the only nation-wide tech event series that connects thousands of real people with the top brands in technology. During the event, held in SoHo we kicked it in mobile lounges packed with the latest tech from from Samsung, Monster, Gogo and more!
Throughout the evening Monster hosted demos highlighting their new durable EA Sports headphones for gamers with Brand Ambassador Tyson Beckford inside of the Monster lounge. The Samsung mobile lounge hosted a variety of activities from the S Beam social bar to demonstrating animated photo features of the new Galaxy S4 smartphone. Gogo welcomed guests to a 30,000ft experience within their lounge area where guests lounged in the ultra luxe Gogo in flight seats, played games for cool prizes and even took home prints of their Instragrammed experiences. Check out the evening of Engadget + Gdgt LIVE fun with Gogo below.
Byline: Christen Rochon is the Editor & Publisher of DivasandDorks.com, DivasDriveInHeels.com and DivasOnDestinations.com – each with focus on technology, automobiles and travel for multicultural women. Based in NYC, Christen is a former advertising executive in broadcast media that now tours around the world in search for unique experiences that enhance living life to the fullest.
Airfare rates have been increasing, but consumers now have much better tools at their disposal for comparing prices and deciding when to purchase their airfare. With so many websites out there, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth using. These websites listed below can be great tools in helping you get a great price on your next flight – so you’ll have more to spend on your vacation! Remember that Southwest Airlines flights are generally not represented in these websites. Also, be sure to consider incidentals like bag fees and seat assignment fees when comparing prices.
In 2008, Microsoft purchased the small startup Farecast.com, and rebranded it as Bing Travel. It’s a great way to search airfares, but also offers fare predictions that can help you decide whether you should purchase your airfare right away, or wait.
In a day and age where nearly everyone owns (and travels with) a smartphone of some sort, “iPhonography” has begun growing in popularity. Why carry an extra camera around when you already have one built-in on your phone?
Here are a handful of great photo apps for the traveler who likes to bring home plenty of digital memories:
This camera app is my absolute go-to whether I’m taking photos of landscapes, food, city scenes, or people on my travels (or even in my everyday life). The app has editing tools and filters built in, and you can share photos directly from the app or save them to your phone’s photo album for later sharing. The “clarity” tool in the editing options is my absolute favorite – it usually gives a photo the perfect boost in color, tone, lighting, and sharpness.
I take/edit my photos in this app, and then usually upload them to Instagram and/or Facebook later.
Available for: iPhone ($1.99)
As I write this blog post, I am cruising.
Not cruising on a boat or in a car, though – I’m cruising along in an airplane at 36,000 feet, on my laptop and connected to the Gogo wireless Internet. I can check my e-mail, keep an eye on my Twitter feed, search for a hotel room for tonight, and even stream video from YouTube while soaring above the clouds.
Photo by GlennFleishman, on Flickr
100 years ago, the thought of this would be absurd.
In fact, 100 years ago, the thought of cross-country air travel in general would have been nothing more than a nice fantasy – commercial flights weren’t even introduced until after WWII.
It’s become a running joke in my family that my grandmother is continually astounded by how light I pack when I travel. This is the grandma who packs a whole pickup truck bed to go to Florida for a month, and whose purse we nicknamed “the Mary Poppins bag” when we were kids. Because, as she says, “You never know what you might need!”
Well, the more I travel, the closer I have come to predicting exactly what I’ll need (and what I won’t) when traveling. I’ve visited the Arctic with just a small rolling bag, and have packed for months of traveling around Europe in just a backpack.
For most people the perfect spring break involves partying hard while staying safe and not getting arrested. To help you in your quest to achieve the perfect balance between responsibility and recklessness, we’ve compiled this list of 10 apps that will help you get into all the right kinds of trouble and avoid the wrong ones.
Available for: iPhone / Android
The self proclaimed “king of drink recipe smartphone apps,” Mixology includes thousands drink recipes that can be searched by drink name or found by inputting your available ingredients. It even helps you to find the nearest liquor store and offers low calorie drink suggestions.
When it comes to staying connected at 36,000 feet, tablets and smartphones now make up a whopping 67 percent of the devices being used to connect to Gogo. Tablets are the most preferred device at 35 percent, followed closely by laptops (33 percent) and smartphones (32 percent).
Apple devices are still reigning above the clouds, following the tablet trend with the iPad being the device of choice. Among all mobile devices being used to connect through Gogo, 84 percent carry Apple’s iOS operating system while 16 percent carry the Android operating system. If you look only at the smartphones our customers are using, the iPhone makes up 73 percent and all Android devices make up 26 percent, with Blackberry and Windows based devices each making up less than 1 percent of devices being used in air.
So, what are our passengers doing once they connect at 30,000 feet? It’s no surprise that general Web surfing ranked as the number one in air, online activity users want to do. Besides Web surfing, passengers spend their time in flight accessing personal email, engaging in social media, checking sports scores and shopping. Business travelers ranked accessing their work email and finalizing reports as the most frequent activity above the clouds. Passengers also utilize Gogo to explore their final destination’s weather, entertainment options and directions upon their arrival.
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Introducing Gogo gift cards — the perfect present for any jolly traveler!
Our new gift cards are available in standard and eCard option. Both options allow for a personal message to be added. Standard cards arrive in just 3-5 business days, and you can order as late as 12/17 for delivery on time for Christmas. eCards are delivered in 1-2 business days.
Best of all, these cards never expire – ever!
Cards are available with 2, 4 or 8 Gogo sessions. You’ll find the purchase page, along with more information at gogo.to/giftcard.
Share the joy with our social media sharing buttons below, and perhaps a loved one will get the hint and treat you to some of your own Gogo gift cards!