Make Sure To Change This Setting On Your Phone Before Traveling

If you’re like me, there are probably hundreds of functions and settings on your phone that you don’t even know about. When installing an update, it’s easier to just leave the default preferences in place.

The only time I’ll ever go into the settings of my phone is after I read an article that actually explains what a setting means and why it might be a good, or a bad, idea to change things around.

I noticed this new “feature” of my iPhone but at first, I thought it was just a glitch. I knew it wasn’t when I saw someone on Twitter complaining about the same issue and I looked into it some more.

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Airlines Are Preventing Dangerous Electronics From Planes. How Can You Find Out If Your Stuff Is Allowed Or Not?

Recently, several airlines have banned passengers from bringing certain Apple MacBook Pro models onboard planes as either hand baggage or inside checked bags. The underlying reason is that the batteries in the recalled laptop computers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

I was reminded of this when I went to check a reservation on the Singapore Airlines website.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017 is the affected model. This article on Business Insider is keeping up on all the airlines who have banned the computer. If you have this model of computer, here’s Apple’s website giving instructions on how to get it repaired for free.

This isn’t the first time airlines have taken action to prevent a certain electronic product onboard airplanes. How can we forget the highly publicized problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

So this begs me to ask the question, how can you find out if your electronic products, such as computers, smartphones or even headphones, are a subject of a manufacturer recall? Continue reading “Airlines Are Preventing Dangerous Electronics From Planes. How Can You Find Out If Your Stuff Is Allowed Or Not?”

Comparing The iPad Pro Versus MacBook Air For Working On The Road

Toward the end of 2018, it became evident that the technology I used while traveling was woefully inadequate. I had a first-generation iPad Mini to watch movies or TV shows on the plane and an 11-inch MacBook Air from 2011 to write on for our blog while on a plane or in a hotel room.

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I replaced the battery in the MacBook to try and preserve its life and did a full format and reinstall of macOS High Sierra to remove anything that was slowing it down. Still, I could only have a few tabs open on Safari or no more than a few programs open before it started to get sluggish.

As for the iPad Mini, it had reached that point where the newest iOS will no longer update. That also meant I could no longer update any apps, except those that still made versions that worked on such an ancient device. I got a constant lag when streaming video, even with a strong WiFi connection.

It was time to upgrade.

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JetBlue Announcement, Devaluation Of Credit Cards, Disney Haunted Mansion Wedding & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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When Should You NOT Use A Shopping Portal For A Purchase

I’m always looking for ways to maximize the number of miles and points I can earn with every purchase I make. Besides using a credit card with the best multiple for that category, I’ll look to see if I can get extra miles by starting out at a shopping portal (For more information about shopping portals, check out our article on how to find out which one is best for each purchase).

Last week, I was excited when I saw several posts and received an email advertising a limited time offer for bonus points for purchases from the Apple Store.

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There were several things about this offer that immediately made me happy:

  • The usual payout bonus is 1 mile per dollar, so this was a great deal.
  • The offer was good for the newly released Apple iPhone and iPad products, which are often excluded from shopping portal bonuses.
  • There was an offer of 500 bonus points for purchases over $200.

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The only drawback was that this offer was only available through the United MileagePlus shopping portal. While I have no plans to fly with United ever again, there are still uses for MileagePlus points. I logged into the MileagePlus shopping website and clicked through to the Apple Store.

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