Summer Gadgets

3:08 PM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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Many of you are scrambling to make your last-minute vacation plans while you can - and it's all about being able to find that perfect destination, making sure you have Internet access and all your favorite gadgets wherever you go - all without breaking the bank. So, we've gathered some hassle-free and affordable gadgets and apps for summer travel! 

FreedomPop (Free)
FreedomPop is a cool new company that gives you free Internet through all of these different devices you see here. My favorite for summer travel is this Overdrive Pro hotspot - it's a portable hotspot that fits in your pocket or purse, and it gives you 500MB of free Internet access each month! This is perfect if you're on the go, and you want to upload those photos of the kids at Disneyland to Facebook , or you want to send a quick email to your colleague at work - without having to pay for pricey (and sometimes unreliable) hotel or Airport Wi-Fi.

Gogobot (Free)
Gogobot is a free app that has been dubbed "the Facebook of travel." What it does is it allows you to research any location by getting advice from friends while letting you plan where to go, book hotels, make restaurant reservations and share your travels experiences and recommendations.

ChicBuds "Porta Party" Bluetooth Speakers ($50)
ChicBuds is a neat new company that makes stylish headphones, earbuds and portable speakers. This is what is cleverly called a "Porta Party" Bluetooth speaker! They are wireless, so you can take them anywhere with you, and use it for music stored or streamed on your phone or your iPod, and it has 10 hours of play time. So, when want some tunes while you're sunbathing on the beach, this is a perfect - they put out an impressive amount of sound! And of course, what I like best is that they come in these really unique prints like this one here.

Mophie Juice Pack Reserve ($30)
How inconvenient is it when you run out of battery life on your favorite gadget while traveling? This Mophie portable battery pack plugs right into your iPhone or iPod to give it that extra charge it needs while you're on the go. It's also small, and affordable! Find it at Best Buy stores and

HotelTonight (free)
So, you're traveling, but you haven't quite planned out every detail, such as where you're going to stay! HotelTonight is a free app that lets you secure pretty incredible deals on last-minute hotel bookings. You can sort by area and get rock-bottom prices for rooms that these hotels are trying to fill for the night.



Courtesy: April Mayrath, tech expert

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