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Crowdsourced Airport Security Line Information

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What if you could crowdsource airport security line wait times? You could arrive for your flight maybe an hour later than planned if you knew the queue was moving quickly.

Miflight is a mobile app that does just that – it determines how long the airport security line takes and shares that information with travelers around the world. Simply select an airport and a terminal to check the time. Once you arrive, set the timer (which can be manually adjusted if you forget) and submit your update. Now this app will only work if people use it so download it now, fellow travelers! 

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|  October 18th, 2014

A Hidden Narration in Waze

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Here’s a trick to play on your friends: open up their Waze app, go to Settings, then Sound, then select English US – Terry Crews. Yep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Sgt. Terry Jeffords has recorded navigational directions.

Next time your friends open their app and punch in a destination, the former football player turned actor will bark point-to-point directions – and they really won’t know what hit them. This isn’t the first time the Google-owned app has recorded a celebrity.  Kevin Hart was a voice option last year. Since these latest celebrity guest guides often coincide with a TV or movie launch, I’m hoping Waze is already queuing up Darth Vader or Yoda for the next Star Wars movie… 

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|  October 18th, 2014

Adrenaline-Raising Travel with Locals

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As a tourist, it’s easy to get taken advantage of. Want to rent a kayak for a few hours on the Chicago River? That will set you back almost $100 per person. Did you know you can buy a simple kayak for around $200? If only you had some kind of local hookup… well, now you do.

Advlo is short for “adventure local” and it’s a way for tourists to connect with adrenaline-seeking locals who will share their expertise, their gear, and their favorite sights. Visitors will still pay these kind folk, but the costs associated with the peer-to-peer network will be much lower than the exorbitant fees charged by tourism companies. Not only can the providers offer cheaper prices – they can offer incredibly unique experiences – it’s just another way the sharing economy is working against the man and for us. 

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|  October 11th, 2014

Crowdsourced Earthquake Relief Kit

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After the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, OLIVE, an online forum, was created to crowdsource DIY survival tips and advice. Now all of that information has been translated into a tangible kit that can help turn victims into survivors in a flash. 

The Second Aid disaster kit includes an info-packed book plus food and water, medical supplies, tools, and toiletries. The items are clearly labeled and simply designed for easy use. It’s only available for purchase on Amazon Japan right now for the equivalent of roughly $75 USD. Since the immensely helpful Wikipedia-style forum ended up being translated into multiple languages, I’m hoping the kit will too. 

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|  October 11th, 2014

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When I travel, I have a sudden urge to know what’s going on immediately in the new city that I’m in. I want to know where the locals are and what they’re doing. 

An Instagram and Vine-based iOS app called Now crowdsources photos of real people in real places in real time. Places or events with the most photos rise to the top of the newsfeed, which can be sorted by categories like food, parties, or music. Whether you want to know what’s going on in your travel destination, your hometown, or some exotic place around the world, you can drag the map anywhere. Happy browsing!

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|  October 4th, 2014

Buy Now: Travel Standing Desk

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I finally trained myself to power through my workweek using a standing desk. But any time I want to head to a coffee shop or travel, I’m at a loss: only a sea of chairs greet me every place I go. One afternoon with my butt in a chair is the equivalent of eating a double cheeseburger and fries during a diet.

That’s why I immediately backed a Kickstarter for the Stand Stand. Thanks to this creation, I can continue my standing streak regardless of where I go. The Stand Stand is a portable standing desk for laptops made by a Tom Cruise lookalike. The three birch pieces lock together to create a lightweight laptop-size structure that fits in your bag. I’m counting down the days until its December arrival.

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|  October 4th, 2014

Bicycle Wheel Lights

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Whether you’re a DIY kind-of-guy or not, check out these Instructables tutorials for bicycle wheel lights that will make your two-wheeled transportation safe for night rides while looking totally sweet.

Ok with soldering LEDs and clamping a battery to your wheel? This LED bicycle wheel tutorial looks pretty sleek once completed. If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty and learn a few new skills, this rainbow-colored wheel light tutorial will generate random colors and patterns as you ride. For those looking for something easier, this easy EL wire tutorial only involves weaving wires through your spokes. 

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|  September 6th, 2014

Jetpac Joins Google

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Google just acquired Jetpac, an awesome city guide app that pulls content from Instagram.

In this travel app, there are no reviews. Places basically get voted up via the number of shared photos on Instagram. You can search the app for things like “Bars Women Love in Moscow,” and it will scour Instagram for the bar with the most images of lipstick-clad women. Search “10 Happiest Places in Chicago” and it will track smiles. Search for hipster haunts in San Francisco and it will count the mustaches. Although the app will be removed from the App Store, here’s hoping that it will be heavily integrated into Google’s algorithms.

Read more about it at Tnooz

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|  August 30th, 2014

No More Waiting For The Check

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There’s been a slow but steady movement of dining and ditching – but in a good way. Developers are always looking for ways to make our lives easier and paying for your restaurant bill by smartphone is just one of those ways.

The popular reservation-making app OpenTable is now incorporating payment functionality into its app. The service is only available in New York and San Francisco right now (see the list of participating restaurants), but it should be available in 20 additional cities by 2015. Simply book your reservation with OpenTable, add your credit card, the server sees that you’re paying digitally and closes your check, you approve it, and leave whenever you’re ready. Not bad.

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|  August 23rd, 2014

A Better Bike

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The Bike Design Project gave five firms in five cities the chance to design the best urban bike imaginable. New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle dreamed up their best designs – and Seattle won by popular vote.

Denny is the name of Seattle’s two-wheeled creation and here’s what made it a shoe-in to win: the handlebar is not just a handlebar – it’s a lock. Not only does this prevent riders from having to throw a lock in a bag or attach it awkwardly to the bike, it deters thieves from stealing. Because how can you ride a bike without handlebars? The Denny is a super simple bike for the casual rider with a few added benefits like automatic shifting and turn signals. What? Yep. It’s that amazing. A limited run of Denny bikes will be released in 2015. 

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|  August 23rd, 2014