New Social Sites and Google Flight Search

September 14, 2011 by  
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A new app creates sheet music, without the pages. One social site lets the DJ within shine through, while another new one helps consumers find the best products for their budget. And get ready to take flight with Google.

Hands-Free Symphony

A new application for the iPad allows anyone with the ability to play a musical instrument to read sheet music directly from their tablet. The app, called Tonara, has its own music store, that allows users to download their favorite songs and play along. 

The collection will continue to grow as the company sets up agreements with publishers, so if you don’t find what you want right away, chances are it will be there soon. 

Here’s the best part of this e-sheet music: no pages to turn when you’re ready to move on to the next measure. Whether it’s an acoustic guitar, an electronic keyboard, or even a person’s very own pipes, the app tracks the tune and turns the page as the beat goes on.  

Find Tonara on Apple’s app store, free of charge.

Listen Up

Staying with the musical theme, is now in the iTunes app store, available for the iPhone and iPad.

The free app lets each wannabe-DJ play music with their friends and others online. Each song played gets a vote of “awesome” or “lame.” (“Lame” songs get skipped, while “awesome” ones earn one point each.)

People can share their favorites and find new songs, and also locate their favorite DJ later for more playlist-building inspiration. Facebook members can sign up with their friends and join “rooms” of up to five DJs to get the best experience. Music lovers without an interest in DJing can stream the songs and listen as long as they want.

Get It, Got It

Social media meets good shopping sense through a new website called Get that combines interactivity and neighborly communication. The Consumer-Reports-style concept helps consumers who have specific questions about a product and need answers immediately. 

Get lets users find out what other people are saying about a particular product. Broken into categories such as electronics, automotive, beauty and parenting, Get is an open forum for feedback, helping people to make the right buying decision to fit their needs and budget. Get community members give suggestions, offer reviews and even participate in a voting system for particular products. The site hasn’t officially launched yet, but you can sign up for access by clicking here.

Google Travels

Attention airfare search engines: there’s a new kid in town. Search giant Google (GOOG) is helping travelers find their way through the skies with its recent launch of Flight Search.

The tool searches for flights according to number of stops, preferred airline and flight time. There’s also a price section that allows bargain-hunters to set their limits. The cheapest fares found through the search are displayed in green, while the more expensive ones are in black. Some prices (the ones OnSale tried were all from Southwest) won’t be listed. 

Next time you’re booking travel, try typing “flights from [point A] to [point B]” will prompt the engine to seek Flight Search, so there’s no extra URL to remember.

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Great Late Travel Deals 14/09/2011

September 14, 2011 by  
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Seven-night five-star Madeira from £587 pp, inc return flights
ESCAPE on a seven-night getaway at The Pestana Carlton Madeira from £587 per person including return flights. The clifftop hotel overlooking Funchal Bay is  quiet hideaway but is just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Guests can also enjoy the indoor pool, spa and a wide range of activities nearby, including golf, windsurfing, sailing and diving. The price includes seven nights accommodation in a standard room on half-board basis, with return flights to Funchal from Manchester with Thomson Airways and return airport transfers. Must be booked by September 22. Valid for travel from October 3 v2011-April 30 2012. To book, visit or call 0845 078 2029.

Camino de Santiago, Spain – the alternative way
NINETY per cent of people trek the last 100k of the French Way to Camino de Santiago to qualify for the pilgrim’s certificate, making it a very busy route, but their alternatives. Walks Worldwide offers a choice of six different paths (including the French Way) one of which is the least trodden path known historically as The English Way. Graded as moderate to demanding, the walking is between 11-30km per day, passing through small town and villages along the way.  The self-guided holiday costs from £625 pp which includes six-nights’ accommodation, most meals, baggage transfers, route notes and Pilgrim’s Passport. Fully-bonded, Walks Worldwide can book flights on request. Call 0845 301 4737, visit

Light up October half term with three-day festival
MUSIC beneath the world famous ‘Crooked Spire’ Church, an encounter with the ‘Nearly Naked Chef’ Hardeep Singh Kohli (pictured above) and a spellbinding lantern parade to a magical Garden of Light offer a colourful end to October in one of the UK’s oldest market towns. Chesterfield is hosting its eighth annual Arts and Market Festival from October 27-29. Programmes and tickets are available from Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre, Rykneld Square (01246 345777/8). More details about the Festival can be found on For short break ideas  visit

Napoleon III’s Classic Clarets in Bordeaux
FROM October 28-30 October Grape Escapes is running its annual two night ‘Classic Clarets’ tour in Bordeaux. This visits the four principle villages of the Medoc which were chosen by Napoleon III to showcase the best wines of France in 1855. The Medoc includes the wine villages and estates of Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estephe. These are visited on a wine tasting tour in a luxury mini coach and complimented by a four course lunch at Pauillac with local wines. The tour price starts at £297 per person and includes two nights’ bed and breakfast at a chosen hotel in Bordeaux, a guided transported tour of the Médoc, tastings and the lunch. Enquiries and bookings can be made at or by calling 08456 430 860.  

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort, Algarve
SOVEREIGN Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936, is offering a FREE Night, a Complimentary room upgrade and an online discount – 7 nights from £599 per person on a bed and breakfast basis, departing September 301. Price includes flights from Manchester and private transfers. Saving up to £756 per couple.

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Hacker Fares: Sound sketchy? Not when they save on airfares

September 14, 2011 by  
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Hacker Fares sound downright illegal but they’re not. Kayak recently coined the term that pops up in its  airline searches along with “nonstops,” “1 stop,” etc., when you go airfare shopping at the online travel website.

Basically, Hacker Fares allow you to book two one-way flights with separate airlines and separate tickets. (Don’t confuse this with code sharing, which involves flying on different airlines through inter-airline agreements.)

The point, of course, is to save money. Savvy bargain hunters already know it’s not rocket science to mix and match airlines to find a low price. I like the fact that Kayak makes it easy by displaying Hacker Fare options alongside other choices.

I checked a weekend trip in early October from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cheapest round-trip price was the Hacker Fare at $311, flying outbound on AirTran ($151) and returning on Virgin America ($160). In this case, it was only $8 shy of round-trip fares on a single airline.

I also checked round-trip airfares from Los Angeles to Omaha over Thanksgiving. Hacker Fares were cheaper ($465) than single airline fares (starting at $505).

Bottom line: Hacker Fares provide one more way to save on the cost of airline tickets. And where’s the downside to that?

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Dad charged after son thrown overboard on cruise (AP)

September 14, 2011 by  
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SANTA ANA, California – A father was charged Wednesday with child abuse after prosecutors said he slapped his 7-year old son until he cried then threw the boy overboard during a pleasure cruise in California.

Sloan Briles, 35, had been drinking before the boy was tossed 10 feet (3 meters) over the side of the Queen in Newport Harbor during a cruise on Aug. 28, authorities said.

When other passengers became angry, Briles jumped into the water before someone on a nearby boat retrieved the boy, prosecutors said.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Queen asked people on the other boat not to help Briles, who was pulled back on board.

Several days later, Briles told the syndicated show “Inside Edition” that it amounted to “roughhousing.”

“We were just screwing around, just showing off, just being guys,” he told the show. “It’s not like I threw him off. We went together. It was just like a hand-in-hand thing.”

A call to Briles on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Briles is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 26 in Newport Beach on one felony count of child abuse and endangerment and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison.

Briles took the cruise with his girlfriend and two young sons from a previous marriage. He was arrested on board by deputies and later released on $100,000 bail.

Passengers aboard the 42-foot (12.8-meter) Queen — which offers a tour past the homes of John Wayne and other celebrities — were shocked and disgusted at the incident, according to emergency services tapes.

Afterward, Briles’ two sons were returned to the care of their mother, who was divorced from Briles in 2007.

Family court filings showed Briles lost his mortgage industry job in 2007 and successfully petitioned to get his child support obligation reduced.

He later tried for a second reduction that his ex-wife opposed, writing that Briles only saw the boys on his weekends and rarely called them during his off weeks.

Briles pleaded guilty in in February 2009 to being in contempt for not paying child support and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty in 2011 to public intoxication.

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Caesars to start booking new Octavius hotel tower (AP)

September 14, 2011 by  
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LAS VEGAS – The Caesars Palace resort on the Las Vegas Strip is about to start taking reservations for stays just after the New Year in the hotel’s nearly $1 billion Octavius Tower expansion.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. officials said Wednesday that visitors can book the 662 new rooms starting Thursday for stays beginning Jan. 2.

The tower is the sixth in the Caesars Palace complex. It features 60 suites, six luxury villas and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool.

Opening the Octavius Tower will mark the completion of an $860 million hotel expansion. Construction began in 2008.

Rooms feature 42-inch flat panel TVs and bedside iPod docking stations.

The company is also announcing an iPhone application that gives guests direct access to room service, housekeeping and the front desk.

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Justice Ginsburg slides to safety off airplane (AP)

September 14, 2011 by  
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CHANTILLY, Va. – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 78 and has battled cancer, was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate a flight at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said.

Ginsburg was on her way from Washington to San Francisco and was not injured, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada.

A pilot noticed a problem with the engine on the United Airlines Flight 586 and ordered 179 passengers and six crew members to exit, said airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs.

Gibbs says three people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation, two of whom refused treatment, and one was taken to a hospital.

One passenger, Jodi Gersh, director of social media for the Gannett media company, described panic on her Twitter feed as the plane was forced to evacuate.

“My plane just had an emergency evacuation — down the slides. I am shaking. I don’t know why. People were screaming.”

Later, she posted, “Attendants opened rear door to see where smoke was coming from. They then started very loudly yelling `everyone get out.’ Very scary.”

Officials have not confirmed whether smoke was detected on board and have released few details of what went wrong. The plane returned to the terminal after the passengers were off.

Ginsburg, the high court’s oldest justice, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

She underwent surgery and chemotherapy for the cancer and was hospitalized on two other occasions that year but is maintaining an active travel schedule that is taking her across the country at least twice this summer.

Estrada said Ginsburg would not be commenting on the evacuation.


Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko, Eric Tucker and Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report.

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Point Inside bringing you deals while you shop in the mall

September 14, 2011 by  
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Seattle startup Point Inside wants to make it easier for shoppers to learn about special offers, daily deals and coupons as they stroll through the mall.

The company that developed smartphone applications to map indoor spaces such as malls, hotels and airports is releasing Point Inside Shopping Travel 3.0. The Android app takes Point Inside’s indoor mapping technology to the next level for shoppers.

The app brings the deal to the shopper, by allowing consumers to find deals superimposed on maps on their favorite stores in shopping malls and centers.

The app signals the next level of reaching customers with daily deals and other offers.

Point Inside Shopping Travel 3.0 is “a big leap forward” in how shoppers find deals, said Josh Marti, CEO of Point Inside. He said the idea is to reach the consumer at an opportune time, with some behavioral data such as what stores they prefer their buying habits and location.

I caught up with Marti and Chief Marketing Officer Todd Sherman to talk about the app and the company, which launched in 2009.

Point Inside’s maps that cover 1,000 malls and shopping centers and 150 airports, where Point Inside helps travelers quickly pinpoint gates, ticket counters, restaurants, rest rooms, taxi stands and other points of interest.

The new app is the latest way Point Inside is building on its indoor mapping technology to connect shoppers with more than a million retailers.

“Our users have told us they really want to see deals for the stores they shop. Now they can,” Sherman said.

The initial release is for the Android platform and we’ll be following up with the iPhone and iPad versions in a few weeks. The company also plans a Windows version.

Point Inside also is working to help shoppers drill down inside retail stores and find where items are stocked on individual isles. The Point Inside is using the technology in Meijer stores, a company that has a chain of superstores similar to Fred Meyer in the Midwest.

The service allows shoppers to enter their shopping list and quickly find out where to go within a store.

“If you can get people to where they want to be sooner,they will have more time to buy more things,” Sherman said.

Point Inside is growing. It has 26 full-time employees and about a dozen contractors, with openings for 15 more permanent workers, Marti said.

In August, Point Inside raised $800,000 as part of a $2 million offering from angles and “super angles.”

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Passport Day: Walk-up passport services provided this Saturday

September 14, 2011 by  
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If you need to get a passport or renew an old one, Saturday might be your lucky day. Passport Day provides walk-up service at passport agencies, libraries, post offices and other sites in Southern California and around the country.

The idea is to provide passport information and services on Saturday for folks who can’t get to offices and agencies during regular weekday business hours. Passport Day was scheduled for April 9 but was canceled during the fedral government’s budget crisis and potential shutdown earlier this year.

What to take with you: Those seeking new passports should have filled out an application (DS-11), proof of citizenship (most commonly, a birth certificate), an ID (driver’s license, military ID, etc.), photocopies of each ID document and a photo. A new passport costs $110 plus a $25 processing fee; renewals cost $110. Passport cards, passports for minors and other services are offered as well. Check out these U.S. State Department requirements before you go.

Where to go: Many sites in Southern California will be open to handle passport services. Here’s a sampling (check out all Passport Day locations):

–10 a.m.-3 p.m. L.A. Passport Center, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000, Los Angeles.

–10 a.m.-3 pm. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills.

–9 a.m.-6 p.m. Airport Station Post Office, 9029 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles.

–10 a.m.-3 p.m. Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Room 202, Santa Ana. Reservations are recommended; call (714) 834-2588.



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Plan a free art outing this month on Museum Day 2011

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Museum Day 2011 on Sept. 24 means free admission to places such as Storm King Art Center north of New York City and Frank Lloyd Wright’s home near Chicago. It’s a good excuse to plan a weekend getaway and drop in on a museum you’ve never visited.

The deal: Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 is offered at selected museums around the country. Check out the list at the website and make plans, whether you stay close to home or are on the road. Fill out the ticket request form online to score the freebie.

When: The offer is good for museum admission on Sept. 24.

Details: Here are some sample savings based on typical general admission prices per person: the Autry in Griffith Park ($10), the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles ($7), the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach ($9), the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco ($7), the Living Desert in Palm Desert ($14.24) and the Marston House in San Diego ($10).

Info: Museum Day 2011


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Raleigh museum to exhibit Rembrandts next month (AP)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Museum of Art will show an exhibit of Rembrandts that curators say has the most authentic works from the artist’s American collections that have ever been assembled.

“Rembrandt in America” will open Oct. 30 at the museum, which organized the exhibit. It will open at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Feb. 19, 2012, and at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on June 24, 2012.

The exhibit will explore how American collectors desired Rembrandt paintings, creating critical research about the Dutch artist’s work. It will include more than 30 authenticated paintings by Rembrandt on loan from private collections and more than two dozen American art museums.

Americans began collecting Rembrandts in the late 19th century, when wealthy industrialists began acquiring his works.

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