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Trove Wallet Might Convince You On Minimalist Money Carrying

The Trove Wallet is a slim wallet that differs itself from the competition buy going for a small and soft aesthetic that might entice you to finally leave the fold.

You can watch my full review in the video above or read on.

Trove’s Minimalism

Like most slim wallets, the Trove Wallet cuts down on pockets by giving you space for the stuff you actually use. Unlike most slim wallets however, the Trove is made of an elastic material, not hard plastic or metal. The flexibility of the design, which primarily uses two fabrics stitched together results in a wallet that’s only as big as it needs to be.

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The first elastic fabric comes in a variety of colors you can choose from with a single piece of material (reflex, carbon-fiber, or leather) used to hold the form together. (Reflex and carbon fiber are vegan options.) All of the components can be configured with the colors you want from the reflex to the stitching or you can choose from Trove’s default selection.

Additionally, you can add a “Swift” tab which let’s you pull up your cards out of the front pocket of the Trove. Honestly, I couldn’t see using this wallet without it.

Fabric Design

Although the Trove Wallet is physically small, it’s also physically diverse and inconspicuous. There are three compartments, two on the top and one on the bottom formed by the tension between the two top pockets coming together. The best way to use the Trove is to put your 2 or 3 most used cards in the front pocket, less used cards in the rear pocket, and cash in the “underneath” pocket. You could also use this underneath pocket for receipts or miscellaneous items like a coin or two but you won’t be able to carry much change at all.

Who’s The Trove For?

Read this part first, react, then give it a second to sink in: the Trove Wallet holds up to 10 cards and a few bills of cash, maybe a receipt. Your gut reaction might be “there’s no way I can reduce my wallet to all of that!” But if you check your current wallet, that’s probably all you’re carrying as it is. (Plus that membership card you haven’t looked at in 5 years.)

For frequent travelers, the trade offs for a slim wallet will be worth the switch. The Trove Wallet is slim, light, and so much more convenient although it takes a week to get used to the new form factor. Traditionalists who don’t like change probably aren’t reading at this point but if you’ve been on the fence about slim wallets, the Trove brings a lot of the best from folding and slim wallets.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Earbuds vs. Sony: How To Choose!

Bose and Sony make two of the best over-ear noise-canceling (ANC) headphones on the consumer market. ANC is a feature that uses anti-sound waves to create a silent room between your ears and can nearly eliminate jet engine noise on a flight for example. Until now though the tech to make ANC work was bulky, limiting it to full size headphones. With the new releases of the Sony WF-1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, ANC has made its way into portable buds with varying results.

You can see the difference between the Bose QC Earbuds and Sony WF-1000XM3 in the video above but here’s a hint: if you value sound quality and good ANC, you’re going to have to pay for it.

Bose QC, Clunky King

The QC are function over design… sort of. The function isn’t all that great (my full review here) except when it comes to two features you may have guessed. It’s hard to compare the Bose QC to the Sony WF-1000XM3 in terms of sound quality and ANC since Bose has brought the over-ear quality to their earbuds. Just about everything else with the physical design could be refined, the touch controls improved, and the Bose Music app enhanced. But for those of you who really care about ANC – frequent flyers especially – the Bose are a class ahead of the WF-1000XM3.

bose quietcomfort earbuds

Sony’s Slimming Down

On the other hand, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are what you wish Bose’s headphones looked like. They are earbuds are smaller and the charging case is slimmer, more pocket-able, and gives you 18 hours of additional charge (versus 12 for the Bose). You can watch my full review of the Sony WF-1000XM3 in the video below.

How To Decide

With the Sony now floating on sale to prices half that of the Bose QC (just keep watching for discounts) they’re a much more attractive option. Unless you’re looking to completely replace your over-ear headphones, fly frequently, or place a high value on premium sound quality and are willing to pay for it, the Sony WF-1000XM3 have a lot to offer. A lot to offer when they’re on sale for significantly less than the Bose QC.

How To Rent An Office Anywhere In The World

Renting an office most anywhere in the world can be an expensive commitment. Often on trips longer than a few days (or just pandemics in general) you need a quiet place to work outside of your home or rental accommodation. Regus Spaces is a service that let’s you rent temporary space in over 3,300 locations worldwide with agreements as short as one month. Here’s how it works.

Regus Rentals

Regus is a company with a network of 3300 work spaces worldwide and includes other brands like Spaces, which is focused on temporary or short-term rentals. There are a number of options using Spaces but it basically breaks down into two basic categories: time and type.

The first general option with a Spaces subscription is the duration. You sign up for a monthly or year subscription (discounts if you do the latter) and can cancel with one month’s notice. If you only need temporary office space for a month, simply cancel the day you sign up. Options to rent are 5, 10, or unlimited days in a month with some restrictions. Most notably the days of the week (business days only) and hours (typically from 9am-5pm). Otherwise you’re free to use your office days as you please and can book at any of the 3,300 locations the day before.

regus spaces office

The second option is type.

  • Lounge Access – Similar to an airport lounge, this levels gives you access to Regus business lounges. These are open spaces with free high-speed (I’ve tested, it’s fast) wifi and common facilities like a printer, scanner, and photocopier.
  • Co-Working Option – Includes all the Lounge Perks but guarantees you a desk with rates (varying worldwide) starting at a little over $100.
  • Private Office – Gives you a dedicated private office space, including access to all of the perks and spaces in the other plan types.

The private office option usually runs about double the price of a co-working monthly membership.

Not Renting A Single Space

It’s important to note that in all of these Spaces plans you’re not renting a single co-working desk or private office in say, Berlin. Your subscription gives you access to all of the 3,300 Regus locations. Working one day in Berlin then flying to London for a business trip? You can split your days in between them or simply try a new office across town from another Regus location.

Every office has a different design, some are open plans with large windows while others are more traditional four walls and a desk. You can visit any of the locations as a member or set one up to see what nearby options are before you sign up. Take a look in my video here of a look inside a Regus/Space temporary office. For those of you who travel frequently or simply need a quiet place to get some work done outside of the house or hotel, Spaces has a number of flexible places in a location that might be close to you.

The Bose QuietComfort Noise-Canceling Earbuds Are Made For Frequent Flyers

The new QuietComfort (QC) Earbuds are the first generation of noise canceling earbuds for Bose and it shows. These are clunky earbuds with an even clunkier case but Bose is hoping you’ll overlook all of the QC’s shortcomings for its superior sound and excellent noise canceling (ANC). For most people, those two features won’t be enough for the pricey price tag but if you fly a lot, then these Bose could just be for you.

Portable But Not Comfortable

At 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.7cm (1.54 x 1.02 x 1.06 in) the Bose QC are relatively large earbuds which noticeably stick out of your ears. They’re not too heavy – 8.5 grams each – and thanks to Bose’s familiar wingtip design the QC are much more comfortable than they look. These larger earbuds though don’t come with longer battery life, hovering around 5-6 hours per bud. The beefy charging/carry case also has a disappointing 12 hours of battery life although it supports wireless charging. (I think most of us would have preferred a bigger battery rather than the space the wireless coil takes.)

A lot of these physical design drawbacks come from being a first gen product certainly but Bose is banking that you’ll appreciate what’s housed inside – not what’s missing.

Impressive Sound And True Noise Canceling

Where Bose does know a thing or two about is sound quality and noise cancellation. First, the sound quality. It is immersive, full, with vibrant tones across the spectrum from highs to mids to lows. When listening to these QC the thought of “these are huge earbuds” becomes “I can’t believe the sound coming out of buds this small.”

bose quietcomfort earbuds

That’s the same thought when activating active noise cancelling as well. As the world around you melts into silence (a close competitor to over-ear versions) even with a jet engine screaming in the background the QC show off what they’re capable of. With 10 levels of noise cancellation through the Bose Music app you can go from ambient mode all the way to quiet library.

Travel Trades

Given the powerful noise canceling frequent flyers might be tempted to get a pair of the Bose QC. Yes, the touch controls for volume, noise canceling levels, and pause/play aren’t sensitive enough to work reliably and the charging case is an odd shape that’s hard to pocket. It’s true the QC can’t connect to multiple devices and staying connected is something of an adventure you shouldn’t have to deal with at premium prices.

I’m glad Bose added IPX4 certification, meaning they can reliably survive a splash of water so you can use these in light rain. I like the auto pause when you take the earbuds out. But if it weren’t for the exceptional sound quality and ANC it would be hard to justify the price. For most people it still won’t justify the price but if you find yourself on planes or other noisy situations often, the Bose QC could just convince you.

How To Get A Refund For Canceled Flights From Any Airline

The best way to get a refund from an airline who’s canceled a flight on you is to protect yourself at purchase. There are however other ways you can get your money back, even if you haven’t taken some airfare precautions. With flight cancellations being so common lately and the airlines adapting their policies to let themselves off the hook, here’s how you can get a refund for a canceled flight from any airline.

Protecting Your Purchase

Before booking plane tickets you should know that the airlines in general have changed their policies to make re-booking easier in the event they cancel but refunds more difficult. That’s great if you know you’re going to take a trip regardless of a delay but sometimes once a flight is canceled so is that trip. You’d like to get your money back but the airline policies usually won’t help you.

But there is one area where airline policies could still be on your side: frequent flyer miles. Assuming you have enough miles for a given flight, using them to book airfare can protect your wallet against cancellations. Most of the major mileage programs you should be using have different refund policies than regular airfare purchases meaning if an airline cancels a flight, typically they refund your miles back within 30 days.

In case you don’t have quite enough miles for a given flight, if you’re close, consider purchasing the remaining amount. Typically that’s not a good deal but if it’s only a few miles, consider it insurance against losing your entire airfare.

Get Travel Insurance

As the airlines have adapted to an increasing number of flight cancellations, so have insurance companies. Using the insurance aggregator SquareMouth you can search through policies and filter by cancellation refunds (in the case of Covid or otherwise). Once you’ve narrowed down your choices you can choose the coverage that works best for you. An obvious bonus is that you now have travel insurance too if your trip does go as planned.

squaremouth

Check Your Credit Card

Many of you might be relying on protections your credit card might come with if you purchase airfare. Most people though don’t check what those policies are and end up losing money when a flight doesn’t happen. Always verify with your credit card company if you’re going to rely on it for insurance but if a flight is canceled you might be able to dispute the charge. This doesn’t always work and often has to be done within 30 days of the original purchase but something to consider if you don’t have other options.

Keep in mind though your chances of success will be much higher if you call your credit card company rather than using their online tool. It might be more time consuming but could make the difference for you successful dispute.

Is The iPhone 12 Camera Worth Upgrading To Over The iPhone 11?

The iPhone 12 has an impressive 7-element lens with 1.6 aperture and slightly wider prime lens than the iPhone 11. But with the iPhone 11 still on sale new from Apple – at $200 less than the 12 – is there enough difference in the picture quality to justify an upgrade or trade in?

Find out for yourself in the video above which tests your ability to see the differences between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12. For those of you coming from older cameras (iPhone X and before) both the 11 and 12 will be a significant jump but for everyone else, the improvements are much more subtle depending on what you’re shooting.

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