How to Travel Internationally For The Very First Time

Did you know that only five percent of Americans travel abroad each year? Beat the odds, get a passport and go see the world. It's easier than you might think. Here's our starter guide for the new traveler.
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Blackberry Confirms Its Bizarre Box-Like Phone Is Coming This Fall

According to the folks over at Mobile Syrup, during Blackberry's quarterly earnings report, John Chen confirmed the existence of the company's next phone—and it's a head-scratcher. Previously known as the Windermere, the device is now officially known as the Passport and features a square 4.5-inch 1440×1440 pixel… » 6/19/14 12:34pm 6/19/14 12:34pm

Man is stuck in South Korea after his kid doodled all over his passport

A Chinese man and his four-year-old son are apparently stuck in South Korea because his son used his old man's passport as a drawing book. Seriously. While on vacation, the kid started doodling over his Dad's passport, decorating it with human-ish and animal-ish figures, a lot of scribbles and some added flair. Cute! » 5/30/14 7:40pm 5/30/14 7:40pm

Apple: No NFC for You! Come Back, One Year! Maybe!

When is an NFC antenna not an NFC antenna? When it's reportedly attached to an iPhone 5. Contrary to recent speculation, Apple's newest handset will not feature an NFC payment system. » 9/12/12 1:56pm 9/12/12 1:56pm

There's Not an App for That: When Will Our Smartphones Be Recognized as…

Over the weekend, I flew to LA to attend the wedding of my mother's cousin, a beautiful ceremony, right on the ocean, at a hotel in Santa Monica called Shutters. Vows were exchanged and champagne flowed and as soon as we were seated inside for dinner, I was hit with a world of ridiculous. » 5/14/12 10:00pm 5/14/12 10:00pm

Western Digital My Passport Studio Drives, Now With E-Paper

Don't expect to read a book on 'em, but Western Digital's latest My Passport Studio hard drives feature a customizable e-paper display that stays on even when the drive is unplugged. » 3/01/10 10:46am 3/01/10 10:46am

Scary Video: RFID Passports Secretly Copied on a Lovely Sunday Drive

If you have an RFID-lojacked passport but don't keep it in a faraday cage wallet, this video of Chris Paget's war-driving exploits—plucking information off them from afar—should make you think real hard about it. » 2/02/09 3:20pm 2/02/09 3:20pm

Scosche Passport Makes New iPods Work with Older Firewire Dock Chargers

Chances are, if you have an iPod integration system from a few years back, it will not be compatible with the iPhone 3G, Nano 4G, or Touch 2G, which can't be charged by Firewire power. The Scosche Passport is one of the first shipping solution to this problem, an adapter that negotiates power, audio and video from new… » 10/16/08 8:10pm 10/16/08 8:10pm

3M Mobile ID Reader Helps Big Brother Take Your Identity More…

3M's new Mobile ID Reader scans MRZ and RF chip data from passports and visas and immediately checks them against local or international watch lists by using wifi or GSM/GPRS EDGE networks. It seems like a great tool to further make you feel like you're living in some scary dystopian sci-fi novel, especially when you… » 9/27/08 10:00am 9/27/08 10:00am

NY Driver's License Embedded With RFID: Doubles as a Passport

New York is joining Washington State and North Carolina by offering motorists the option to purchase an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) with an embedded RFID chip. The license will enable travelers to pass in and out of Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean without having to use a traditional passport. The DMV… » 9/17/08 11:50am 9/17/08 11:50am

Samsung OLED Passport Is Perfect for Secret Agents, Plastic Surgery…

For some reason, Samsung SDI and German company Bundesdruckerei think that their new passport with a 700µm (tiny) polycarbonate data page, which contains an active matrix bendable 300µm (really tiny) OLED display—capable of displaying video or text regarding the passport holder—is the next thing in border security. » 5/19/08 1:25pm 5/19/08 1:25pm

Western Digital Finally Pops 320GB USB-Powered Passport Drive

When you saw the news that WD launched a 320GB Scorpio laptop drive, you knew it was only a matter of time before a bus-powered Passport external version showed up. It'll come with WD Sync software (featuring 128-bit encryption; Windows only of course), deliver 480Mbps transfer speeds, and you can pick from five… » 12/03/07 8:34am 12/03/07 8:34am

New E-Passport Is Patriotic, High-Tech and Ugly

The NY Times reviews the new U.S. e-passport today (if you didn't want one, apparently you're too late). It mostly focuses on how ugly the pastiche of American iconography is, but it mentions the new embedded RFID chip holding all of your biographical info and "a digital image of the passport photograph, which will… » 4/29/07 12:00pm 4/29/07 12:00pm

Truly Portable Western Digital Passport 160GB External HDD

This pretty looking box is an external hard drive manufactured by Western Digital. Here the low-down: it looks sexy in a shiny black casing, and it is completely bus-powered—meaning no need for any kind of power adapter to get this hard drive enclosure to function. Every Dick, Bob and Jane makes an external hard drive… » 9/13/06 12:26pm 9/13/06 12:26pm

Faraday Cage Passport Wallets: Jams RFID-Chipped Travel Docs

Wired News reminds us that today, the US starts issuing passports with RFID chips inside. Privacy nuts will want to remember these Faraday Caged passport wallets from DIFRWEAR. Beats us if it will "foil" (heh, get it?) the radio signals from your travel docs, but it sure beats wearing a lead overcoat through LAX… » 8/14/06 1:01am 8/14/06 1:01am