Saturday, June 16, 2012

Traveling for Geeks

Ah! geeks(); hate traveling, we just want to sit in front of our PCs. While social networks open in our tabs we think for the next line of code. We just hate any type of interruption at that point and especially if the interruption is aimed to take you out of your room.

But there is always a time when you have no other option than to leave. Whether it's a family holiday, a business trip, relative's wedding or you yourself feel captive.


What to carry with you?
Control your urge to carry all your prized possessions with you during your trip. Carrying a dslr is totally not suggested unless you are a photography geek, you can get more than your want from smartphones these days! You can carry a ultrabook or a light weight laptop, if smartphones and tablets does not satisfy all of are needs and even some of your needs effectively specially when you're hunting for a solution to last night's java problem.

Must have Apps

XE
XE covers almost every currency conversions. Go to xe.com/apps and select the for your smartphone.
Price: Free

Ask A Nomad
For any new place you visit, inevitably there are bound to be a lot of questions mostly regarding which place to visit. Ask A Nomad lets you ask a question and get answers from other users who may have some idea about the subject. This is a lot more interactive than just searching for information on the web. Also, you can answer questions about places you have been to.
Price: Free
OS(s): iOS

Agoda.com
Another must have app, it will surely have information on the hotel that you plan on staying in. Considering over, 1,70,000 hotels worldwide are a part of this database, users can search for hotels based on pricing and type, and even get special deals. This service also lets you book using a credit card, along with special offers and deals from time to time.
Price: Free
OS(s): iOS
Download from: http://www.agoda.com/pages/agoda/default/page_mobileapps.aspx

Foursquare
If you have a number of friends who're explorer's in their own right, this may just be the app for you. Utilise the knowledge base of your friends to get information about a place you're going to visit, or have already checked in to. Also get recommendations from others users who've visited the place and written reviews about it.
Price: Free
OS(s): iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian.

EveryTrail
This GPS app will guide you on an easy-to-read map as you walk, providing street names, a compass, audio guides, POI’s, and details of your average speed, elevation and duration.
Price: Free
OS(s) : iOS, Android
Download from: http://www.everytrail.com/mobile

Kayak
This is one of those all-in apps. The app includes flight, hotel and car search and booking, as well as Flight Tracker. You can also, convert currency and check out tours and attractions around your destination.
Price: Free
OS(s) iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Phone and Symbian.
Download from: http://www.kayak.co.in/mobile

Google Translate
Confused with a sign board in a unknown place, don't worry just push the handwriting button and simply write what you want to translate. It can translate words and phrases between more than 64 languages. And, for most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.
Price: Free
OS(s) iOS, Android.

Offline Maps
Navigation is a great technology. But it render you helpless if it doesn't work. The best alternative is to have maps on your phone that don't need a data connection to update. Thankfully, there is an option to download offline maps at offmaps.com and mapsdroyd.com.

Where to Travel?
Plan your travel around these biggest tech events held yearly.

Computex (Taiwan)
This exhibition attracts observers, analysts, and journalists of computer and information industries from all over the world to discover and report the latest technologies, developments, and trends.
Mostly held around May/June.
Website: http://www.computextaipei.com.tw

Hong Kong  Electronic Fair
It is Asia's biggest electronic event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. One of the fair's highlights is the Hall of Fame – a special section dedicated to high-quality electronic products that are distinguished by their design and function.
Moslty held in October (Autumn Edition)
Website: http://www.hktdc.com/fair/hkelectronicsfairae-en/HKTDC-Hong-Kong-Electronics-Fair-Autumn-Edition.html

E3
Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, is an annual trade fair for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It's an ultimate destination for a gamer. E3 allows video game publishers to show off their upcoming games and other gaming gadgets.
Mostly held in May/June at Los Angeles
Website: www.e3expo.com

CES
CES is the world's biggest consumer electronics show and the place were the tech world's good and the bad show off their big wares. You can expect big celebrities, plenty of announcements and, plenty of things to look forward to. Every year, the most cutting-edge innovations can be seen in one place.
Mostly held in January at Las Vegas
Website: http://www.cesweb.org/
CES 2012

MWC
MWC is the biggest mobile phone trade show and the place where big companies like Samsung, LG, Nokia, HTC, Sony Ericsson, and others announce the phones of the year. Expect announcements about all inventions in smartphone world.
Mostly held in Feburary at Barcelona.
Website: www.mobileworldcongress.com

Other popular tech events SITEX IT (Singapore), CeBIT (Hanover, Shanghai, Sydney, Istanbul, New York City).

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