You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

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How many pictures can YOU take?

Over the past few years, Google, Microsoft and even Apple have bene pushing cloud storage as a safe and secure method to store our data online while also allowing for quick and simple file sharing.  Google Drive has been one of the leaders in the space for quite some time, offering free storage tiers to anyone who has a Google/Gmail…

Air travel. You may not like it

  The European Commission recently published guidance on “how to safely resume travel .” If its proposals are widely adopted, travel is going to get more complicated compared with the recent past. And it might get more expensive too. Read more courtesy of Barrons.com  

You can get a refund & a voucher

Early on in the pandemic I told you to wait to cancel your travel plans. Two months ago I suggested that future plans shouldn’t cancelled right away because if the travel provider cancels on you then you’ll be entitled to a refund, while if you cancel plans when a flight is still operating all you can get is a voucher. That’s…

Remember earth?

Remember Google Earth? Many years ago, it was on everyone’s lips.  Oooh and ahhhh. But then it all seemed to go quiet. Perhaps it’s time for another look.  Not only is it dazzling technology, but it can also be very useful in your holiday planning. See more courtesy of GoogleEarth.com  

See into the future

We may not be living on Mars or traveling to work using jet packs, but there’s no doubt the coming decade will bring many exciting technological advances. In this article, author Bernard Marr wants to outline the 25 key technology trends that I believe will shape the 2020s. Read more courtesy of Forbes.com  

Reach for the stars!

Big projects come with big risks, and sometimes those risks end up outweighing the project’s benefits. That leads to truly impressive objects and buildings being abandoned, and in some cases, they’re abandoned before they’re even finished! There are many reasons why an ambitious engineering or construction project might be given up and left behind, and we’re about to take a…

Running on empty

Airlines are flying very few passengers and near-empty aircraft these days, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. A captain for a large international carrier told me he recently flew a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Los Angeles. His aircraft normally seats 255 passengers, but there were only 25 on board. Separately, a first officer for a U.S. carrier said in an email…

Warm regards

The Telegraph (UK) was the first foreign media outlet to visit the Chernobyl control room, a few dozen feet away from the reactor that blew up and would become one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Read more courtesy of The Telegraph.co.uk   https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wpqet3HCIlI

Everything you wanted to know about flying….

…. but were afraid to ask. From the dangers of turbulence to the importance of “airplane mode,” here are the answers to everything you’ve been wondering about flying. Long flights offer plenty of time for your mind to wander and settle on those burning—and often frankly worrying—aviation questions. Has this plane got enough fuel to get us there? Will my…

Can I have it? Yes, you can’t.

The U.S. government is clear that airlines must refund passengers whose flights are cancelled. The European Union is clear on this too but airlines have ignored their rules. In fact, European airlines have offered refunds to Americans (or where itineraries touch the U.S.) but not for Europeans (travel that doesn’t touch the U.S.). Canada had been clear that airlines do…

None shall pass

While Deloitte, as administrator, seeks to find new money to restart the carrier, it’s also going to be restructuring the airline’s debts.  Since Virgin Australia reportedly owes about US$10 million to the Perth airport in unpaid fees, the airport decided to block a Boeing 737-800 from taking off as a way of physically securing their claim – using a bulldozer.…

I would walk 500 miles

As it turns out, meetings and hangouts aren’t the only activities you can do online; you can travel around the world, too.  The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread lockdowns in major cities across the globe, forcing many to cancel their travel plans, as well as temporarily shuttering museums, theme parks, and popular tourist attractions….. Read more courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com 

Where BnB?

Brian Chesky is no stranger to big lifts. The 38-year-old former bodybuilder and Airbnb CEO has, in the space of 11 years, hauled his property rental dream from a single air mattress to a multi-billion dollar startup success story. But as hosts rage and debt piles up, the huge weight of the coronavirus pandemic might be too much for Chesky…

Dr. Robotnik

Elizabeth Maciel grew frustrated that she couldn’t get a same-day appointment with her daughter’s pediatrician when, smack in the middle of flu season, the 3-year-old woke up with a high fever and bad cough. So the 39-year-old from Hayward, Calif., turned to an app-based service called Heal, which connected her with a physician within 2 hours. Better yet, the doctor…

Try Notiflyr prior

What is Notiflyr? Well, it’s simple really.  You sign up here and tell us what airports you like to fly from, and we send you deals from those airports when they become available. Notiflyr has developed unique technology that allows us to identify all routes that are related in any particular sale, very soon after they are available. This gives us two…

Airline routes? Simples!

The city of Palermo, Sicily, has a storied history. Once the undisputed headquarters of the Sicilian mafia, the city has, in recent years, experienced a rebirth as a cultural center of Southern Italy. Its transformation to bustling tourist hub will be complete this summer, when United Airlines launches a new seasonal route from Newark to the Sicilian capital city on…

A dear in the headlamps

Melbourne based outdoor company Knog seem to have a thing for launching new products through kickstarter campaigns. Their last few crowd-funded headlamps have been way over-subscribed and it appears their latest product – the 400 lumen Bilby – is no exception. Read more courtesy of wild.com.au.  

Another plus from Airbus

We’ll make no bones about it – here at Matouring, we rather like Airbus planes.  Always innovative and practical, they’re a massive presence in aviation – number 2 in the world. So we were excited to see this:  a new variation of the Airbus A330neo. With a maximum 251 tonne take-off weight, recently had its first flight from the Airbus…

Antamatronics invade Venice

At the Venice Biennale, Korean-American artist Anicka Yi created giant pods out of kelp, filled with animatronic insects, that dripped into puddles of goo on the floor. It was like walking in on the most nightmarish scene from your favourite sci-fi movie. Another piece involved living soil and bacteria vitrines controlled by artificial intelligences the artist designed. Weird, surreal, smart…

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