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How to Stay Awake During a Long Layover So You Don’t Miss Your Flight

The comfort on board planes has significantly improved compared to a couple of decades ago, especially during long-haul flights. Today, you can watch video content on streaming services on your phone or other device. Most airlines even offer access to wifi these days, That means you can play free no deposit bingo, read the latest news, or even respond to business emails to save some time.

While the actual flight might be more enjoyable than in the past, a problem occurs when you have a long layover. Nobody likes to wait for hours until their next plane arrives and they take off to their final destination. However, sometimes it is the only option for the intrepid traveler. Here is what you can do to pass the time quickly and ensure you don’t miss the next flight!

Do You Have Enough Time to Explore the City?

Here is the first thing to ask yourself – how many hours will the layover last? You might have ten hours between the flights, but you need to be at the airport for an hour or two before the next flight. That is something to consider when calculating if you have enough time to leave the airport.

If you have several hours to spare, there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the city. It might be a unique opportunity because who knows when you will find yourself in that location again. 

The experts advise designing your city exploration plan in advance. You probably won’t have time for everything, so focus on sight or two that you want to see the most, with perhaps a meal away from the typical airport fare. Additionally, make sure that you return to the airport by the specified time. Make sure to leave some wiggle room in case something goes wrong, such as your taxi getting in a traffic jam while taking you back to the airport. It’s better to be at the lounge an hour or two earlier than to risk missing your flight. Remember – this is only a layover. It isn’t worth missing your ride to your final destination!

Your Gadgets Are Your Best Friend

It’s vital that your mobile phone is fully charged and capable of enduring active use while you are waiting for the next flight. Your cellphone will allow you to check-in with your friends and loved ones and talk to them. You will also need it for other activities we suggest later in the article. Anyone living in the modern age understands the essential nature of a cellphone while traveling. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to consider being prepared with a SIM card for your destination(s). Otherwise, you might be swarmed with hidden fees.

Apart from a mobile phone, you might be carrying a laptop, tablet, or another device. All these can be useful to pass the time, so make sure you have sufficient battery. The alternative is to find a place to charge at the airport, which can be a restaurant or coffee shop. Additionally, you can be prepared by bringing your own portable charger. These are an essential gadget for any traveler – some suitcases even come with them built in these days!

Here is what you can do with these devices:

  • Respond to business emails and finish work-related tasks – you have time to spare, so why wouldn’t you use it intelligently and complete those work-related things you’d like to avoid while on vacation? Whether it’s responding to emails or writing a draft of a meeting, all it takes is finding a quiet place where you can focus.
  • Play games – mobile phones and tablets feature games that can keep you interested for hours. If there is a game you love playing at the moment, you will have several hours to enjoy it, which is a true blessing.
  • Watch TV shows and movies – the odds are the airport has high-speed internet, so how about watching a few episodes of your favourite show?
  • Listen to music – you will need headphones because you don’t want to disturb the passengers, but listening to your favourite tunes is another option. Furthermore, you can also listen to podcasts and other content. 

Make a Game Out of People Watching

Some people find it a bit strange, but others believe this is a creative way of passing the time. The idea is to position yourself in a place where people often pass by, and the airport is the perfect location for that. Your task is to watch a person and see what you can guess about them. Some find coming up with elaborate backstories for different travelers quite amusing.

Perhaps you can guess where they came from and then see what their luggage says. Make sure that you do the entire watching discreetly because it should never be one’s intent to make another traveler uncomfortable.

Freshen Up for Your Next Flight

Most airports have large toilets where you can invest some time to freshen yourself up to feel better. You probably have carry-on luggage that includes your skincare and other cosmetic products. Even a couple of wet wipes, a mouthwash and a swipe of deodorant might do the trick. 

If you want to take things to the next level, discover if the airport offers showers or spa services. Many airports where layovers are common include these facilities as they want the layover passengers to feel comfortable. You can get your batteries charged and energized by having a hot shower or getting yourself a massage to relax after a tiresome flight. Why approach the next step of your journey feeling overly foggy, when you can approach it pampered and prepared?

Are You Feeling Hungry?

The next thing to consider is whether you could use a nice meal. Most airports offer multiple restaurants and fast food facilities, but the time of day (or night) will effect which of them are open. If it’s the middle of the night, the odds are that only a late-night snack bar will be available, which is better than nothing. Treat yourself to a coffee, and healthy snacks such as a granola bar or fruit to keep you feeling energized.

However, if you find yourself at the airport in the afternoon, you can probably pick between multiple options. Since you are not in a rush, take some time to think and go with the restaurant that seems most tempting. It may even be an excellent opportunity try the local cuisine.

Read a Book

Did you start reading a book on your first flight and didn’t have time to finish it? If you can’t wait to see what happens next, how about reading it now? If it is an interesting read, it will help keep you wide awake and engaged in your surroundings. That’s the entire point – finding an activity you find attractive ensures you don’t fall asleep.

Books are a convenient way of passing the time but don’t forget to pick them carefully. If you need to start a new book and you find it boring, you might become sleepy. That’s why choosing the right title is imperative, so go with those books you know you will like. Many airports offer bookstores where you can browse numerous titles if you are in the market for something new.

Conclusion

It’s not pleasant when you have to wait for hours for the next flight. However, we staying awake can be easier if you engage in entertaining activities. Apart from ensuring that you don’t fall asleep, time will pass more quickly until you finally hear that boarding call to your final destination.

You want to plan your layover before heading on a trip. Make sure all devices like smartphones and laptops are charged and don’t hesitate to bring books and headphones to listen to music. It’s all about designing a layover plan that suits your preferences, as that one increases the odds of staying awake for as long as necessary.

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Making Work-From-Home Work with Milo

Over the years, BDI has built its reputation on building office and media furniture designed to complement the way you live — and look good doing it. For many of us adapting to the new normal of working from home, space constraints make it impossible to put together a home office with a full-size desk, office chair and filing cabinets. 

Still, there’s something to be said for getting away from the kitchen table. That’s where a c-table like BDI’s Milo can come in handy. Though small in size, these tables are big on versatility. 

Weighing only 10 pounds, Milo is easy to pick up and move. It effortlessly slides up to or under seating and is always right by your side whenever you need it.

Place it in the living room to enjoy the morning light while you sip your coffee and tackle the first tasks of the day. Then move it to the deck for a change of scenery while you answer emails. Thanks to its durable powdered aluminum construction, it can occasionally go outside.

At the end of the day, Milo plays as hard as it works, serving as the perfect side table to hold remote controls and libations while you binge the latest must-see television series.

For more information on Milo, visit http://www.bdiusa.com/milo

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BenQ 27-inch

One of the best monitors for an aspiring graphics person. Affordable yet compatible with most terminals. Loaded with features its competitors lack.” – 360 MAGAZINE

BenQ Launches 27-inch 4K UHD PD2720U Thunderbolt™ 3 Monitor with HDR, Newly Redesigned Hotkey Puck, and eye-care™ Technology

The Monitor Comes Equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology for Ultimate High-Speed Mac or PC Compatibility for Designers and Creative Professionals

BenQ America Corp, a world-leading display technology and solutions provider, announced today the release of the PD2720U professional monitor as part of the DesignVue series. Engineered for marketing, business, and creative professionals, the 27-inch 4K UHD monitor offers Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain technology for full compatibility for Apple users. Exclusive AQCOLOR™ technology delivers an accurate and brilliant color experience. 

The PD2720U features advanced IPS technology with 4K resolution to deliver extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures for ultra-precise color rendition for professionals with visually intensive work. The monitor is also equipped with HDR10 technology to allow users to preview their video content in HDR throughout the editing process. With a customized M-book mode, the monitor minimizes visual differences between the monitor and the connected MacBook to create a consistent workflow. The monitor is also equipped with the latest color standards, Display P3 and DCI-P3, to ensure accurate color application for professionals, especially Mac users.

In addition to premier color accuracy, the PD2720U offers a newly redesigned Hotkey Puck G2 that allows professionals to use the OSD to customize shortcuts to preferred features, increasing overall productivity and work efficiency. With a 3-side edge-to-edge design, the PD2720U can display continuous pictures across multiple monitors for ample work real estate.  

Through Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain connectivity, the monitor is compatible with the latest Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C equipped Apple and Windows laptops, which allows the monitor to efficiently transmit and deliver video, audio, data and power for increased productivity and work real estate. For added productivity, the 27” monitor also features versatile ergonomics like height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and a 90-degree pivot to portrait mode.

While the PD2720U features enhanced compatibility, the monitor also includes BenQ’s ZeroFlicker™ and Low Blue Light Mode as a part of their eye-care™ technology. These features support a healthy viewing experience and reduce digital eye strain, fatigue, and other harmful effects of prolonged screen time. 

In order to provide enhanced efficiency for designers and business professionals, the PD2720U also offers specialized display modes to allow creative professionals to produce their highest quality of work. 

  • CAD/CAM Mode highlights superior contrast on lines and shapes of technical illustrations, bringing the smallest details into view. For an incredible display performance, pair CAD/CAM Mode with Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA or other CAD/CAM software. 
  • Animation Mode controls and perfects every movement and lightens image areas with 10 levels of display to better visualize the details hidden in dark areas, without over exposing bright regions. 
  • Darkroom Mode adjusts the brightness and contrast of images to create the optimal setting for work in darker post-processing environments. 
  • DualView Mode allows the user to work on content in two different modes or color spaces simultaneously.

 “The PD2720U provides professionals in a variety of industries the versatility and flexibility to create high-quality work,” said Steve Yang, senior director at BenQ America Corp. “We always want to enhance our customers’ professional performances with user-friendly, compatible technology that will drive efficiency and accuracy.” 

The BenQ PD2720U monitor is now available at a retail price of $1,099.99. For additional information, visit http://www.benq.com/en/monitor/designer/pd2720u.html

About BenQ America Corp.

The world-leading human technology and solutions provider, BenQ is aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives by designing products with a purpose. BenQ sells and markets innovative technology products, consumer electronics, computing, and communications devices. Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ focuses on the aspects that matter to most people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, and enhance learning by providing people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications, and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters. For more information about products and to purchase, visit www.benq.com

How to Design Your Own Interactive Magic Mirror

Interactive magic mirrors are an interesting piece of tech. In an instant, they are able to provide those that look into them with all sorts of information, from personal skincare tips to what the weather outside is like on that day. They are also transforming the way people are now shopping for clothes and makeup, as they are able to show customers what they look like in certain styles.

If interactive magic mirror tech has taken your fancy, why stop at being a consumer of it? Why not go the whole hog and design your very own? To see what you need to do in order to set about this somewhat difficult yet highly rewarding task, make sure to read on.

Source the right tools and equipment

When it comes to designing an interactive magic mirror, you need an abundance of tools and pieces of equipment by your side:

• Computer screen, mouse, and keyboard

• Basic mirror

• Raspberry PI (extremely important)

• USB power cord

• 8GB SD-card

• Adapter

HDMI-to-VGA adapter

As this is fundamentally a piece of IoT technology, you’re also going to need tools that help you to build a circuit board. The first thing that you need to source in this regard is a PCB design tool. By installing and implementing such a tool into your working process, you will be able to design PCBs from idea to manufacture with ease, especially when you allow the CircuitStudio how-to video to assist you along the way. Other tools needed in this instance include a breadboard, a soldering iron, and etching equipment.

Get your sizes spot on

It is incredibly important that you take the literal size of your task into consideration — if something is even just an inch out of place, the whole project could be ruined. This sentiment rings especially true when it comes to matching your mirror with your computer screen. By choosing a screen that doesn’t fit your mirror, the render that the screens gives will be out of place and, subsequently, made to be all but redundant.

Install your Raspberry PI

The previously mentioned piece of equipment known as the Raspberry PI plays a pivotal role in proceedings, so make sure that you don’t forget to source one. When it comes to installing this equipment, just make sure that only one cord is pulled through the bottom of the mirror’s case — this will stop the tech from becoming overloaded with data and, ultimately, it will stop it from overheating.

Don’t forget to install the Raspbian operating system, as doing so will give you free rein to tap into the PI boot sequence as and when you see fit going forward.

Connect your mirror to the Internet

After all the hard work that you put in, it would be a shame to ruin it all by forgetting to connect your magic mirror to the Internet. Once this connection is forged, your mirror will be able to display real-time information, such as weather reports and news bulletins.

When you decide to design a magic mirror, you will be sure to be occupied for months on end. It will all be worth it in the end, though.

HACK Is Here To Help

Hack, a full-stack laptop designed to teach kids to code by enabling them to hack games, settings and apps, is announcing the launch of its pre-release beta.
Hack is the only laptop designed for everyday use that has a unique superpower – the benefit of inspiring kids to learn how to Hack. Using the flip-to-hack feature, kids can edit parameters, immediately see their changes and develop familiarity with basic coding in an authentic and safe environment. Built on the Linux-based Endless Operating System, kids access source code and use a real sandbox for learning how to code.
The award-winning ASUS laptop comes with all the apps and tools families need for everyday use, including Chrome, Calculator, Skype, Office Suite, Scratch, Spotify, Steam and more. Recognizing that many parents are eager to introduce STEM to their children and give them a computer of their own, Hack is a dual-purpose laptop great for everyday use and STEM education, for $299. What’s more, it is a safe, ad-free and virus-resistant computer with parental controls. Hack is the screen time that parents should feel good about for their kids.
“As a parent and passionate tech executive I am excited to empower the next generation with digital literacy, creative problem-solving skills and an understanding of how to engage consciously with the world. In turn, we hope to enable and inspire children to create innovative and exciting opportunities for themselves and others,” stated Roberta Antunes CEO of Hack.
Hack characters, based on computer science luminaries including Ada Lovelace and Mary Jackson, guide players through immersive adventures and provide them with new coding challenges every month. For $9.99 per month, Hack families will access an unfolding adventure story and learning quests, and hackable levels that unlock as the player’s skills improve. As the child evolves, so does the product. The first 12 months of the content subscription are free for launch customers.
To participate in the Hack beta, visit hack-computer.com and signup for the waitlist. Pre-orders for the public release on January 24th are also available on Amazon.

Samsung Unveils Thunderbolt Monitor

Samsung Unveils First Thunderbolt 3 QLED Curved Monitor at CES 2018.

Monitor featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity Streamlines Performance and Enhances Content Presentation for Entertainment and Professional Users- At CES 2018, Samsung Electronics Canada expanded the connectivity and performance capabilities of its signature curved display line-up with the debut of its new CJ791 monitor, the first curved monitor to feature Intel Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Designed for entertainment and business audiences, the 34-inch CJ791 model aligns single-source power and processing speed with an exceptional picture quality for a comfortable and productive user experience.

Through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, CJ791 users can link and dock their monitor and laptop without extensive wiring. The Thunderbolt 3 connection provides processing speed of up to 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) – a rate nearly four times faster than current USB alternatives¹ – allowing users to enjoy connectivity across a full ecosystem of docks, displays and peripheral devices including iOS laptops, USB type-C laptops, and other desktop accessories like storage drives or external graphics cards. The Thunderbolt 3 interface also enables the CJ791 to provide up to 85 watts (W) of laptop charging power.

Whether for gaming or professional use, the CJ791 aligns Thunderbolt 3 connectivity with our immersive curvature and QLED picture quality, pushing the envelope of innovation and intuitive design,” said Pat Bugos, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Canada. Efficiency at Work The CJ791’s clear, detail-rich design empowers business users to efficiently complete a range of tasks. The 21:9 aspect ratio provides ample screen real estate for multitasking, while a complementary 3440×1440 ultra-wide QHD resolution elevates content and imagery with nearly 2.5 times the pixel density of full HD alternatives². In turn, professionals can view large files, spreadsheets and data tables in a more readable format, and without extensive scrolling or zooming. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com