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Ski and snowboard season are in full swing and you know what that means… time to buy some new gadgets. If you are like me and I know you are, you love gadgets. To me it doesn’t matter what the gadget does, as long as…

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Ski and snowboard season are in full swing and you know what that means… time to buy some new gadgets. If you are like me and I know you are, you love gadgets. To me it doesn’t matter what the gadget does, as long as its new and cool, I’m buying it. Sure, buying stupid gimmicks before has burned me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my gadget.   Tech has taken over skiing and snowboarding and as consumers, we are stoked. The technology involved in skiing and snowboarding is always top notch and cutting edge, so let’s see what these scientists have been cooking up in the laboratory.

 

Whether it is for safety, convenience or just so we can be styling, these new inventions or improvements on old standbys are blowing my mind.

 

Piq Robot

Ski brand Rossignol has paired up with tech company Piq Robot to produce an analytics tracker that records and analyzes all your day’s runs. This is pretty impressive if you want to see just how well you handled the terrain. This gadget is great for novices to professionals and anyone in between who wants to see how effectively they ski. Sorry snowboarders, this isn’t yet configured for you.

Suggested retail of $200 USD.

 

Outdoor Research Capstone heated gloves

These gadgets just keep getting better.  No more cold hands and frostbite fingertips with these bad boys. The answer to hand warmers that eventually lose their heat, this Capstone heated gloves stay warm all freaking day. The gloves are powered by two rechargeable lithium ion batteries and have adjustable temperature controls.

Suggested Retail of $500

 

Arcteryx Voltair avalanche airbag

Avalanches are very common in backcountry skiing and an airbag increases survival rates dramatically, so check this bad boy out. Avalanche backpacks are not a new invention but the Canadian company Arctervyx has improved greatly on the old models. Instead of using gas canisters to inflate the airbag, the Voltair instead uses a rechargeable battery. These may be expensive but if you’re in the backcountry, this is a necessity, especially in late season when avalanches are much more common.

Suggested Retail of $1650 USD.

 

Mammut Barryvox S avalanche transceiver

Sticking with the avalanche section, this is a literal lifesaver. The transceiver sends out a signal to help find a skier who has been buried by an avalanche. Any skier or snowboarder who often goes off the trails should invest in an avalanche transceiver. This little watch could save your life or help save a buried skier. With an easy switch, the transceiver can receive transmissions from buried people nearby. Transceivers, along with a shovel and a probe should be in every backcountry skiers bag.

Suggest Retail of $500 USD

 

Oakley Airwave 1.5 with a heads-up display

Ok, Oakley is bringing the future to skiing with their new goggles. These incredible pieces of technology have a heads-up display that appears on the goggles’ lens. The data shown includes maps, speed, temperature and many other useful bits of data. These goggles will make a great gift for the skier that literally owns everything and is a tech geek.

Suggested Retail of $700 USD.

 

Abom anti-fog goggles

If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, your biggest issue with goggles is they fog up all the time. Well, Abom has solved that problem, makers of the new anti-fog goggles.   They use a small electric current to heat up the lenses and it removes the fog, it’s the same technology that is in your cars rear window. The battery fully charged lasts up to seven days, that’s great for the forgetful skier.

Suggested Retail of $250 USD.

 

 

 

Check out the full article over at CNN

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The Coolest Innovations Amongst Airlines Coming This Year

It’s getting harder for airlines to keep customers satisfied so expect some really exciting perks on airlines in the near future.

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The competition between airlines has never been more intense than it is now and we consumers are about to be the beneficiaries. Competition brings better deals, innovative designs and exciting new technology. It’s getting harder for these airlines to keep customers satisfied so expect some really exciting perks on airlines in the near future. We should see these new inventions being tested in the next few months and rolling out across the board by early 2018. Let’s see what all the hype is about.

 

Text Seats

Imagine being able to text freely while soaring in an airplane, without the flight attendant reprimanding you. Well, welcome to the future. Alaska Airlines just merged with Virgin America and is celebrating by introducing an exciting new feature to all of its flights, free texting! Yep, with their free Gogo Wi-Fi, you can text using apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. Since this feature doesn’t use too much data, this innovation is actually pretty cheap for the airlines.

 

Picture Boarding Passes

What if you can totally ditch your boarding pass from now on… and instead just use your face? Wow, talk about innovation. JetBlue is partnering with tech company SITA to introduce facial recognition software where you no longer will need a boarding pass. The software would use your passport or another certified image in the Custom’s database to check you in, simple as that.

 

Hawaiian Vibes

Hawaiian Airlines is going back to its roots, as a truly Hawaiian airline. They redesigned their airplanes to feature native materials and fabrics while creating an island vibe. Expect fishing nets and native Hawaiian Language on the signage. If this doesn’t get you in the island spirit, nothing will.

 

Supersonic is BACK

The Concorde made its last transatlantic flight in 2003 and we thought supersonic technology was about to take off, but nearly 15 years later and nothing. Until now, when Virgin Galactic is partnering up with startup BOOM Technologies to develop and produce the first supersonic passenger jet in years. The planes should make the New York to London trip in less than three hours. Expect test flights later this year and airplanes should go into production in 2018.

 

Picture Check Bags

Delta is introducing its own facial recognition software, to help speed up the check-in and baggage processes. This technology will speed up the laborious process and free up gate agents top actually help people. The tests run all summer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

 

VR is a reality

Virtual Reality is fast becoming an actual reality with airlines implementing the technology to attract a higher end clientele. Lufthansa is using VR headsets to help lure passengers into their more expensive Premium economy class, which offers more legroom, and VR headsets for entertainment.

 

Lounges becoming shared office space

Say bye to the airline lounges you have become accustomed to, and say hello to more business traveler friendly, shared workstations of the future. Lounges are transitioning to these as a way to lure more business travelers into their circle of airlines.

The future is excitingly here now and we should all be excited for what’s about to happen to the airline industry.

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European Beach Vacations for the Budget Traveler

If you want to save big on your summer holiday, try visiting one of these seven cheaper destinations for all the bang with half the buck.

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Summer isn’t officially here yet on the calendar but someone should tell the weather because it’s hot out there. Time to plan and book your summer vacations so let’s look into where the best deals are for your European beach trip. The hotspots are always busy and not very affordable so maybe we will skip Barcelona, Marseille and the other trendy destinations. If you want to save big on your summer holiday, try visiting one of these seven cheaper destinations for all the bang with half the buck.

 

Malta

Sure Malta isn’t as cheap as you may wish, but it’s still much more affordable than hotspots like Lisbon or Sorrento. Head to Sliema for a hip beach town filled with designer shops and trendy cafes that won’t totally break your budget. The nightlife is wild and fun and the beaches are gorgeous.

  

Portugal

Obviously, major beach cities like Lisbon will break your budget wide open, but Portugal has plenty of affordable alternatives. Try Algarve, just down the road from popular Lisbon but nearly half the cost. Enjoy over 300 sunny days a year, warm waters and some of the best surf on the Atlantic coast. This small beach region is a gem and should be visited even if only for a few days.

 

Cyprus

The ancient Mediterranean beach city of Paphos in Cyprus is the perfect beach destination. Enjoy ancient ruins of the Greco-Roman empires while basking in the warm sun. The city comes alive in the warm summer months and visitors will enjoy the variety of restaurants, castles, and monasteries the old town region has to offer.

Greece

Greece is the Mecca of Mediterranean beaches and many are extremely expensive, so let’s find an affordable one. Try Cephalonia, a small island that rivals Crete for cheapness. Get the most out of your European beach vacation at this Greek island and have the best trip possible.

 

Bulgaria

OK, hear me out; maybe try a beach destination that isn’t on the ocean. Head to the resort town of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria and save huge on your summer vacation. The Black Sea isn’t salty and has very mild waves; so expect a lake type of vibe with a party atmosphere. The nightlife here gets rowdy and the bars along the beach stay open late.

 

Croatia

No longer a well-kept secret, Croatia is now a hotspot for vacationing Europeans. Instead of hitting the hot islands or capital city, try Porec for your budget summer vacation in style. The city is a throwback with rustic architecture and an old town that features cobblestone streets.   The water and beaches are great and the weather couldn’t be better.

 

Italy

Everyone wants to visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy, but few of us can afford such a luxurious trip. Instead try to visit the Puglia region, which is much less crowded and offers some really great deals. Check out the resort town of Otranto, which features huge rock pools and rustic beaches. The stone buildings will bring you back in time and the cheap prices will bring you back.


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Stay Safe from the Summer Sun

We’ll share insights, hassle free tricks and clear up some common misunderstandings about sunscreen.

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Summer is here everyone and so is the intense sun so it’s about that time that we talk about how important sunscreen is.   There are certain things about sunscreen that we all should know and we made this helpful list to inform the masses. We’ll share insights, hassle free tricks and clear up some common misunderstandings about sunscreen.

 

No Skimping

It’s important to get sunscreen on every part of skin that gets sunlight, which includes your hairline, scalp and ears. Dermatologists see skin cancer pop up in these spots more often than any other. That’s a direct reflection of how people often skimp in these danger zones.

 

Anti-ager

Sunscreen doesn’t only keep you from getting torched by the summer sun; it also acts as an anti-ager. Yes, sunscreen makes you look younger, awesome! No need to get Botox injections, instead just use some facial sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher everyday, even on a cloudy day. Sun exposure really messes up your skin especially after years of neglecting sunscreen. If you want healthy looking and feeling skin for years, just use sunscreen.

 

Tan equals damage

Remember that no matter how pretty your tan is it is still skin damage. The sun’s rays are powerful and no amount of base tan will help you out. Keep SPF on anytime you go into the sun, just to be safe.

 

SPF Sprays are good

Don’t worry about spray tans not covering you; as long as you follow the instructions, the spray actually does its job. I do the 1:3 rule, that’s spraying 1-inch from the skin and I make 3 passes with the spray.

 

Higher SPF the Better

The SPF is usually much lower than it’s marked because of user error. I tend to go with an SPF around 50 because when using a SPF of 30 it’s really only about 15. We usually don’t apply a thick enough layer to actually get the listed SPF.

 

Umbrellas don’t have SPF

Umbrellas may block some of the sun’s harmful rays but more UV rays make it through than you think. That’s why umbrellas are never substitutes for good old-fashioned sunscreen. Umbrellas are great, don’t get me wrong, but they need to be used along with sunscreen instead of replacing it.

 

Baseball caps are not great

Sure baseball caps block the sun from your eyes, but they do nothing for the rest of your head and neck, which is why a sun hat is exponentially better.

 

Rash guards

Stop wearing a white T-shirt to keep the sun off of your tender skin and try a rash guard instead. Did you know that a white T-shirt only has an SPF of 7 and when that shirt gets wet it drops the number to 3. Wow, that’s not very good, so now you’ll understand why rash guards are the way to go. They have sun protection built in and won’t make your skin break out from friction.

 

Skin cancer

Just using sunscreen won’t guarantee anyone from not getting sun damage or cancer; it will only help prevent it.

 

Just use sunscreen and you won’t have to worry about all the negative effects the sun can and will have on your body.

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