Finding things to do is pretty simple if you are in your hometown, but if you arrive in a new destination and want to find something to do, eat or drink, you are often completely on your own. One of the newest ways to take care of this problem is the Goby mobile app. Goby has been on the web for some time now, helping you find fun things to do, but their new mobile apps take that knowledge onto your mobile device.
The app is free of charge, and is available for the iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Once you’ve selected your current location (or hand-picked a location), you can browse over 350 different categories of things to do — and each entry has a fantastic amount of information. Entries include reviews, the neighborhood, maps and more. Every city town and region of the U.S. is included, and once you find something fun, you can share it via email, Facebook or Twitter.
We’ll file this one under “why didn’t I think of that” — EasySign is an iOS app that allows you to import, edit, sign and send documents right on your device, without the need for a printer, scanner or fax. The app was released earlier this year, but today the developers announced an iPad native version.
Using EasySign is ridiculously simply — you sign up, and instantly get three free document credits. Your signature can be drawn on your screen or imported using the camera in your device.
Once your personal information is submitted, you can email documents to the EasySign service, and they’ll instantly be available in the app. EasySign supports PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and even HTML and image file formats. In my own test, I was able to open a document, sign it, add some personal information (name and date) and send it, all in under 30 seconds. Considering simple tasks like this often take 30 minutes on the road, it is very easy to justify the minimal investment.
Best of all, document credits can be purchased directly inside the app, and use the in-app billing system. Document signing bundles start at $0.99 for 3, or just $14.99 for unlimited documents. If you know in advance that you’ll be signing a lot of stuff, it’ll make sense to immediately go for the $14.99 option. The app itself is free (along with your first three documents) and can be found on your iOS device or through this iTunes link.
A word of warning – this is a long video, but if you have the patience to watch it, you’ll see what the title means. This Russian Tupolev Tu-154 took off from an airport near Moscow, and experienced a defect in its controls. According to one source, the plane hadn’t flown for over ten years, and was sent skyward without any checks or repairs.
Apparently, the crazy dancing plane was able to stay airborne just long enough for the pilot to circle around and land safely. If you just want to see the highlights, point your mouse to the 3:20 mark. Any aviation experts care to comment on what they think we are looking at?
If you don’t want to settle for the speakers in your laptop, but do want something that is easy to pack, then a new speaker product from Altec Lansing may be just what you need. The Orbit USB Stereo builds off the success of their Orbit MP3 speaker (my first ever review on Gadling) but moves up from a single speaker to stereo speakers.
The design is pretty slick – the speakers attach to each other, and the USB and audio cord stores inside the rear end of each speaker.
Sound from the Orbit USB Stereo is actually quite impressive — and certainly much better than you’d expect from something this compact. Because the speakers use a generic USB audio system, you don’t need any drivers either, simply plug them in and you are good to go.
While they are noticeably larger than a pair of headphones, once combined, the package really isn’t that big – and I had no problem finding a spot for them in my laptop backpack. Since they are USB powered, you don’t need to carry a power adapter or batteries.
Looking to do more than play Angry Birds during your next trip? The new Scosche freeKEY Bluetooth keyboard is designed with productivity in mind. The flexible and waterproof keyboard connects to any device with support for Bluetooth input devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Motorola Xoom. The keyboard retails for $59.99 and comes with a retractable USB charger cord.
So, next time you are working on a presentation, and the flight attendant spills Diet Coke all over your tray table, just hope it doesn’t hit your tablet computer because your keyboard can simply be washed clean.