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Lomography's New Camera

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Long before Hipstamatic and Instagram, the cool kids used Lomography cameras to take nostalgia-inducing photos on film. Now the Austrian company has a Maps Edition series with cartographic motifs: the Diana F+ (pictured) and Diana Mini for dreamy, 70’s-style pics; the Fisheye for distorted images; and the wide-angle La Sardina, which produces saturated colors. Bonus: they won’t drain your iPhone battery. From $99.

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The Final Say: Using Electronics on Planes

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Q: Why do I have to turn off my devices during takeoff and landing?

A: Electronics emit a variety of frequencies that can interfere with navigation systems. The problem is: no one is sure which devices pose a threat. Variations in aircraft and individual gadgets (a new device is different from one that’s taken some abuse) make each situation unique. For now, better safe than sorry.

Amy Send your dilemmas to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@aexp.com. Follow @afarles on Twitter.

 

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PhoCusWright "Young Leaders" Q+A Series: Tristan Gatsby Mace of Want Me Get Me

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At this month’s 2012 PhoCusWright Conference, the travel tech industry’s much-anticipated annual event, many in attendance agreed that the Travel Innovation Summit, held on Day One, was, always, a highlight. (Read our conference dispatches here and here.)

It comes as no surprise that some of the most exciting, buzz-worthy attendees and presenters were the wunderkinds behind travel start-ups and high-profile online products. At the conference, they breakfasted together behind closed doors, networked, and schmoozed investors. Travel + Leisure sat down with select Millennial entrepreneurs—or maybe a better moniker is disruptors?—shaping the next generation of Travel.

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Tech Thursday: Digital Tools to Aid Your Travel Experience

GenConnect interviewed Sarah Spagnolo, T+L's digital projects editor, about our latest tech tools that can help you get the most out of your travels.

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Tech Thursday: The Peninsula Hong Kong's High-Tech Renovation

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The 84-year-old grande dame just unveiled the next-generation rooms of its modern tower, part of a $58 million, 15-month renovation. (The original building will reopen in April 2013.) T+L got an advance look at the 21st-century makeover, complete with cutting-edge technology hatched in the hotel’s own R&D lab and a sleek new design that maximizes space and functionality. $$$$

• Guests can make free international calls on the wireless phones with VoIP (voice over Internet protocol).

• Ten multi-language touch-screen panels placed around the room control the lights, curtains, thermostat, television, and Internet radio (all 3,000 stations).

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Online Travel Brass at PhoCusWright

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Some 1,400 people from 30 countries are packed in this year to the PhoCusWright conference at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s three days that are themselves packed full of information on the travel technology industry. Day 1 is the Travel Innovation Summit, while Day 2 brings in CEOs and other industry big shots.

One of the highlights is always the interview with Dara Khosrowshahi, President and CEO of Expedia. His company’s back to double-digit growth this year, and they’ve been busy. They revamped their hotel search experience, and are about to do the same with flights and package tours. A feature we love about Expedia is its user hotel reviews; in order to write a review, someone has to have booked that hotel through Expedia and actually stayed there.

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Latest Travel Tech Innovations

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We love Day 1 of the annual PhoCusWright conference—the Travel Innovation Summit. A full 30 companies present; some are startups, some are existing companies introducing new products; four judges then give feedback (which ranges from encouraging to blistering). The day offers a snapshot of where we are in the evolution of travel technology.

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Tech Thursday: The Future of Hotel Technology

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When it comes to reliable, easy-to-use tech amenities, hotels have lagged confoundingly behind what most travelers have at home or on their smart phones or tablets. Even at many so-called state-of-the-art properties guests wrestle with inscrutable room controls, ornery A/V setups, and awkward communications systems. Thankfully, some hotels are now stepping up their tech game—for real.

What’s Here Now

These days, any property worth its room rate offers free Wi-Fi. But too often it’s exceedingly sloooow. Solution: many hotels (including the Radisson in San Diego and the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo) are rolling out 100 Mbps Internet service, which is fast enough to download an album in three seconds.

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California Okays Autonomous Cars on Public Roads

Growing up I was always fascinated by science fiction movies and television, particularly because they showed off the possibility of technology to come. Though many ideas seemed like pipe dreams, there was always that What if? factor that I latched on to.

So you can imagine my excitement when I read about Google’s development of autonomous cars. (Robot cars!) To further that excitement, I just learned that California’s governor, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill that will allow these autonomous cars to drive along the state’s roads, right alongside vehicles driven by humans. (!!)

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Tweet-Up: Plan a Vacation to Charleston, SC

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Full of southern charm, cutting edge art, and a fast-rising culinary scene, there are treasures abound to be discovered in Charleston, South Carolina’s second largest city. Whether you’re looking to peruse the myriad antique shops, tour the seemingly endless historic sites, or stroll through its many plantations and gardens, there’s something for everyone. But if you’re having a hard time figuring out where to begin, we’re here to help you. We’ve enlisted a team of experts to dish out some fab travel advice so you can start planning your next trip to Chuck Town. The tweet-up, presented by Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, will take place Thursday, October 4, from 2–3 p.m. ET.

The Panel

Jennifer V. Cole, features editor, Southern Living
Beth Jenkins, Travel + Leisure A-List travel agent
Matt and Ted Lee, Travel + Leisure contributing editors
Jessica Mischner, senior editor, Garden & Gun
Shane Mitchell, Travel + Leisure special correspondent
Sarah Spagnolo, Travel + Leisure digital projects editor
Andrew Zimmern, chef and television host

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @Charleston CVB
2. Use the hashtag #TLSponChat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/TLSponChat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

2010-hs-josh-pramis.jpgJoshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial, advertising and commercial purposes.  See full social media T&Cs.

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