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2014 Travel on a shoestring gear, gadgets and apps

If you're traveling this summer on a small budget, some of these gadgets and apps may make your life easier.

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Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock

Name: Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock

Company: Kensington 

Price: $28.95

When you're traveling, keeping personal possessions safe is a top priority. It only takes a moment for a thief to snatch your laptop while you get your coffee, and so security devices like Kensington's computer lock can prove to be worth every penny. The self-coiling cable extends up to six feet, and can be attached to most notebooks with the T-bar locking system. Pick a combination code and relax knowing your laptop can't be easily snatched. 

Via: Amazon

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Kindle Fire 7" HD tablet

Name: Kindle Fire 7" HD tablet

Company: Amazon

Price: $139

Saving you luggage weight and money, wanting to take a large collection of ebooks with you on holiday doesn't mean you necessarily have to buy the latest tablet or Kindle model. Instead, consider the Kindle Fire 7" tablet, which comes with 8GB or 16GB storage -- more than enough to store many books and a film or two for a good price. 

Via: Amazon

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Victorinox at work USB drive

Name: Work USB 32GB

Company: Victorinox

Price: $50 approx

A Swiss Army knife developed by Victorinox brings the letter opener and tool-equipped gadget in to the modern age by including a handy USB storage drive. Capable of a reading speed of 30MB/s, the USB drive comes in 16GB and 32GB versions -- providing you with lightweight digital storage as well as the usual useful tools found in Swiss Army gadgets. 

ViaVictorinox

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Samsung Smart Camera ST150F

Name: Samsung Smart Camera ST150F

Company: Samsung

Price: $250

The compact camera market is congested, but if you're focusing on good value for money and lightweight gadgets, there is plenty on offer. Samsung's ST150F is one such device, and comes equipped with a 5x zoom, F2.5 25mm lens, 16.2MP image sensor and capture of 16.3 megapixels. The camera is also capable of recording 720p HD movies, and is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to share pictures on the go over email and social media. 

Via: Samsung

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Veho 360 Rechargeable Pop Up Speakers

Name: Veho 360 Rechargeable Pop Up Speakers

Company: Veho

Price: $13

Veho's pop-up speakers, at a bargain price, are mini speakers which can be used with an iPod, iPhone or standard MP3 player. While the sound quality is only going to be so good with these types of speaker, they can be used for 8 hours without recharging and take up little space in your backpack. 

Via: Iwantoneofthose

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PocketGuide

Name: PocketGuide

Company: PocketGuide Inc.

Price: $Free

The PocketGuide app is a free audio city guide covering most of Europe and sections of Asia, Africa and the United States. The app determines your location via GPS and relays information automatically when interesting sites are nearby -- but keep in mind that using it while roaming city streets will result in roaming charges. Alternatively, you can donate to the app makers to download audio guides in offline mode. 

Via: iTunes Store | Google Play

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Skype

Name: Skype

Company: Microsoft

Price: $Free

The Skype iPhone app will have you making calls around the globe with little fuss, and without picking up the bill for high roaming charges. The free application allows you to use a Wi-Fi or data connection to connect and make video or voice calls with other Skype users, or you can pay for a Skype number to make calls to standard cells. 

Via: iTunes Store | Google Play

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TripAdvisor

Name: TripAdvisor

Company: TripAdvisor

Price: $Free

The TripAdvisor app is a popular way to save some cash, find out where the best tourist attractions and restaurants, how best to travel between place to place and to book cheap hotels and flights. The most useful feature I find to be is the forums, where you can seek honest advice about your travel plans. 

Via: TripAdvisor

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