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The Best Noise Canceling Headphones For Travel
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In a previous review we put to the test two of the most popular high-end noise reducing headphones—the Sennheiser PXC 450 and the Bose QuietComfort 3. Our verdict: the PXC 450 was the better.

Since that review Bose introduced a new member of its noise reducing headphone lineup: The QuietComfort 15. So how does it compare?

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Spotting September & Labor Day Travel Bargains

Fall is coming to the Northern hemisphere, spring to the Southern, and travel bargains abound. Here’s a selection of some September travel deals that caught our eye.

As always, you can stay updated on our latest travel deal posts by . . .

• going directly to our travel hot deals page;

• or, getting a Kindle subscription to our travel blog;

• or, perhaps best of all, subscribing to our RSS feed and getting all of our travel posts delivered directly to your email inbox or to your RSS aggregator;

or—why not?—act on all three of those options.

Please note that most of the offers below are for a limited time. And with that, here’s to happy, high-value travel!

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The World’s Best Sunglasses

We are surprised how often we meet people heading off on a nice, reasonably expensive holiday with cheap sunglasses. Their logic goes something like this: I’m afraid of something happening to my sunglasses, and I might loose them, and since all sunglasses are basically the same I’ll just get cheap ones.

Well, besides the fact that most cheap sunglasses are usually also cheap looking, the problem with skimping on your sunglasses is that they will certainly cause more damage to your eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all.

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Spotting a Selection of August Travel Bargains

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of posts Spot Cool Stuff is launching on cool travel deals. Awesome airfare discounts, spectacular cruise sales, reduced resort rates, guidebook bargains, high-value all-inclusive vacations—we keep an eye out for current deals on them all, aggregating the best into a single “travel bargains” post.

Look for new travel bargains, with the latest deals & discounts, to be published once or twice a month. Oh, man! How can I stay updated on the latest deals? you are surely asking yourself now. Well, you could . . .

• go directly to our travel hot deals page;

• or, get a Kindle subscription to our travel blog;

• or, perhaps best of all, subscribe to our RSS feed and get all of our travel posts delivered directly to your email inbox or to your RSS aggregator;

or—why not?—act on all three of those options.

Please note that all of the offers below are for a limited time. And with that, here’s to happy, high-value travel!

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The Best Wireless Mouse For Travel (and Home)

“Elegant” and “Microsoft” are usually not words that go together. Yet somehow those adjectives managed to meet up in the cool, wireless Microsoft Arc Mouse.

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The Kindle 2 vs The Kindle DX
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Amazon offers two “current” versions of its popular e-book reader: the Kindle 2 and the Kindle DX.

Both Kindles are among Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite gadgets, especially for traveling. But why? And what’s the difference between the two Kindle models? And which one is better?

For the answers, Dear Reader, continue on . . .

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The Interactive Pod Beds That Know Who You Are

Imagine a network of interactive multimedia beds—located in hotels and airport lounges around the world—that would automatically know your favorite music, your travel schedule and your television preferences.

Creating that network is the ambitious goal of Yoo-Pod Ltd. and their Somnus-Neu project, named after the ancient Roman god of sleep but billed as “the future of beds.” And with all of these beds’ high tech features it is easy to see why.

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Go First Class At The Airport
(Even Flying Economy)

When we traveled as backpackers in our early 20′s Spot Cool Stuff was happy to slog through airports. Back then we took some perverse pride in coping with uncomfortable travel conditions. These days, wiser and more monied, we would not take an airplane trip without our Priority Pass card.

One magical membership in the Priority Pass program grants you entrance to exclusive airline lounges throughout the world regardless of what airline or class you are flying.

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