Suspicionless Searches of Travelers' Devices Ruled Unconstitutional

· Andrew Orr · Link

A federal court ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ phones and laptops is unconstitutional, a win for privacy rights.

The ruling came in a lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S. ports of entry.

TripIt Adds a Mac App for macOS Catalina Users

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

TripIt is a great app for travelers and lets you plan your entire trip with it. It recently launched an app for macOS Catalina that uses Apple’s Project Catalyst. Starting today, you can access TripIt on your desktop with the new TripIt app for Mac. Simply download the TripIt app for Mac on the Mac App Store to see all of your travel details in one place. With TripIt app for Mac, you’ll get the itinerary-managing power of the highest-rated travel-organizing app right on your desktop, including: A menu bar that makes adding travel plans a breeze, and the availability of more screen real estate and a full keyboard for fine-tuning itineraries; Notifications on your desktop so you never miss a beat; Plane-friendly features, such as offline access to your travel plans and Dark Mode; An enriched pre-trip experience, with access to neighborhood safety scores and links to Maps to help you explore the areas you’ll be visiting. Mac App Store: TripIt – Free

Photos of Travelers, License Plates Stolen in U.S. Customs Breach

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Photos of travelers and license plates were stolen in a U.S. Customs breach. A subcontractor for the agency was hacked, but CBP won’t say which one. One hypothesis says it might be Perceptics.

CBP said copies of “license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP” had been transferred to the subcontractor’s company network, violating the contract’s security and privacy rules. The subcontractor’s network was then attacked and breached. No CBP systems were compromised, the agency said. It’s unclear whether passport or facial-recognition photos were included in the breach.

BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter

We have a deal on the BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter. equipped with adapters for EU, UK, US, and AU outlets so you can power your personal devices almost anywhere you go. It’s $29.99 through our deal.

2019 FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe: $59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe

We have a deal on the 2019 FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe. This is a clever little device designed to keep your valuables secure on the go. It features a reprogrammable lock, is cut-resistant, and it’s made with RFID blocking material to help keep your digital assets secure, too. It’s $59 through our deal.

Hero Traveler is a new Social Platform for Millennial Travelers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Hero Group, a New York based advertising and new media agency that specializes in Millennials, led by Joseph Anthony, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Gen Y and Gen Z, today announces the launch of Hero Traveler, the first travel-focused social media platform and app dedicated to informing and empowering the next generation of Millennial Traveler. The first of its kind platform allows travelers to easily create, publish, share, authenticate and ultimately book travel experiences curated by their peers. Hero Traveler leverages the power of user generated travel stories combined with content curated by a global network of pre-vetted travel influencers and creators. Share your best travel adventures, tips and memories with the world, in the form of beautifully composed travel stories and guides, comprised of your best writing, photography and videos. Help fellow travelers by providing them with ideas and insights into how to make their travel experiences unforgettable. App Store: Free

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Hero Traveler is a new Social Platform for Millennial Travelers

Just In Case...Sensitivity – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 715

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Detective Gear with Magnifying Glass and text Just in Case Sensitivity Mac Geek Gab 715

APFS is still quite young, and both the market for it and our experience with it are evolving at a rapid pace. There’s plenty more to learn about it, and your two favorite geeks dig in a little today. But that’s not all! Some questions from the forums, some questions from the email, and more round out the show. Press play and enjoy!

WWDC 2018, Travel Tips, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 712

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 712 WWDC 2018

Dave’s in San Jose covering WWDC, and he and John talk through all of today’s announcements and what they mean to you! Then it’s on to sharing some Cool Stuff Found, including a few travel-related items that Dave found on his journeys this week. Lastly, some of your questions are answered. All of this and more when you press play and enjoy.

Apple Maps can Navigate You Inside Airports

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Navigating airports is a little easier because Apple’s Maps app has been adding floor plans for many terminals as part of its indoor mapping project. Right now indoors maps are available for many U.S. airports, along with a few other cities such as London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Toronto. The maps include restaurants and shops, directs to gates, and more. It’s all just there, so you don’t need to worry about any app updates before your next trip.

Apple Maps can Navigate You Inside Airports

6 Must Have iPhone Apps for Holiday Travel

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and airplane

Holiday travel can be pretty hectic, but it’s possible to cut out at least a little of the stress. Check out these iPhone apps that can make your travels easier and your trip experience more fun.

What's Really Going on with Uber in London

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

The Uber App on an iPhone

Uber has become a core part of London’s busy transport system. So why are some people trying to ban it from the capital?

iPads, other Electronics Banned on Flights to US from Several Islamic Countries

· Jeff Gamet · News

US blocks tablets, laptops, and other electronics from carry-on for flights from several Muslim-dominant countries

If you’re planning on working on that big project on a flight to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries, think again because the Trump administration just banned anything larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, laptops, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

Apple, Other Tech Companies Aren't Openly Opposing Trump's Second Travel Ban

· Jeff Gamet · News

Protesters in Denver speaking out against Donald Trump's anti-woman and anti-immigration policies

The second targeted travel ban to come from the White House has been temporarily blocked, but this time the fight didn’t include support from Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Facebook. They weren’t, however, alone in skipping out on signing the brief opposing the ban because less than half the companies that signed the previous brief participated in this one.

Apple and Politics, Apple Watch Stand Out Features - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-16

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple didn’t sign the amicus brief opposing the second travel ban executive order, but that doesn’t mean the company supports it. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s political versus business positions, plus they look at the features that keep them using their Apple Watch.

Moving Photos, Fixing Mail, Securing Your Network & More – Mac Geek Gab 639

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Back from CES, your two favorite geeks have some fun stuff to report about and all of your questions to answer. The latter include things like fixing’s CPU-hogging, which hibernatemode to use for your MacBook, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy!