Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.


Use WhatsApp To Save On Messaging While Abroad

When you go away on vacation to another country, it’s always good to stay in contact. As a dad, I like to check in with Grandma and Grandpa to stay up to date on what’s happening with our kids while we’re abroad. However, texting the traditional way can be very expensive when you travel abroad. If your family happens to all be an iPhone family, you can use iMessage to send text messages and pictures while on Wi-Fi while abroad. However, many families are a mix of Android, iPhone and other phones. Lucky enough, there’s a solution: WhatsApp. This...

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Find Everything With Tile

We’ve all been there. You’re headed out the door, phone in hand, wallet on your person – and you’re missing just one thing. Your keys. Tile is a small little gadget that’s about the size of a matchbook and costs a mere $25 at your local AT&T store and is meant to help you find your frequently lost things. Because my wife is always looking for her keys, I gave the Tile to her for a real-life example of how we can put the new gadget to use. The Tile is a pretty tough little device, about as thick...

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Customer Service in 2016: Welcome to the Bot Era

Are you ready to talk to artificial intelligence-powered bots for your travel and customer service when working with brands? Yesterday at the Facebook F8 Conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined a new model for corresponding with brands via Facebook. The world’s largest social network has laid the groundwork for brands to interact with their customers, replacing 1-800 numbers with a mix of artificial intelligence and human intervention. In a demo that featured CNN and 1-800-FLOWERS, Zuckerberg showed how you can order flowers via a text-messaging like interaction using conversational language. “You never have to call 1-800-FLOWERS again,” said Zuckerberg. Shifting...

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Top SXSW 2016 Travel Trends

SXSW 2016 wrapped a few weeks back and as the showcase for all things trendy and new when it comes to social media and technology, it’s time we take a look at travel-related trends that emerged from the conference. SXSW Welcomes President and Michelle Obama To start of SXSW on Friday, March 11, President Barack Obama gave a keynote that verified the first-class speakers SXSW, in its 20th year, is able to bring to Austin, Texas. Virtual Reality Virtual reality has finally become mainstream. During the entire week of SXSW, hoards of attendees lined up to experience Samsung’s VR...

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Carlsbad Serves Up Beach Fun

Editor’s note: This post is part 3 in a 3 part series that explores three distinct beach destinations in Southern California. be sure to see our earlier articles on Long Beach and Huntington Beach! Carlsbad is in North County that encompasses the communities of Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside. Carlsbad is located about 40 minutes north of San Diego proper, close enough to be a part of the San Diego vibe but far enough to have its own identity and feel. The city of Carlsbad is easily accessible via the San Diego airport (40 minute drive north) and also by...

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Huntington Beach Offers Chill, Active Adventures

Editor’s note: This post is part 2 in a 3 part series that explores three distinct beach destinations in Southern California. be sure to see our earlier write up on Long Beach ! When you pull into Huntington Beach, you instantly feel the laid-back fun beach vibe. Cruising down the PCH, with panoramic views of the ocean, the long white sand beach and non-stop lifeguard towers, you instantly get that Huntington Beach is all about, togetherness surrounding their esteemed beach. Dubbed “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach is home to year-round 75 degree weather, professional surfers, skaters and people of all...

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Long Beach is the ideal Southern California family destination

Just southwest of Los Angeles on the Southern California coastline is Long Beach, the beautiful home to the Queen Mary, 12 miles of beach frontage and a portfolio of family fun. During a recent trip, my wife and I vacationed in Long Beach with our three small children, aged 3-8. In Long Beach, we found a top beach destination that’s teeming with amazing food, beach fun galore and other experiences that every family seeking SoCal family fun should know about. Staying in the heart of it all Our home for our stint in Long Beach was the Hyatt Regency....

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Taking in the Natural Side of the Palm Springs Area

When you think of Palm Springs, you might think golf courses and yuppies sitting by the pool. While Palm Springs is the playground and getaway spot for Southern California, the region brings a diverse set of experiences for everyone to enjoy, especially families or couples looking for a fun weekend or a week-long vacation. My family is not one where we like to stay at a resort and just hit the pool all day. We we love our pool time, but we also want to get out and see the natural beauty and features as well. This article will feature...

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Alaska Air Entertains With Alaska Beyond

We all know entertaining ourselves on flights can sometimes be a chore. You can’t exactly use Netflix over airplane WiFi because it just isn’t fast enough. Downloading movies via a service like iTunes ahead of time is the way to go, but it’s often hard to remember to do this ahead of time. On Alaska Airlines two days ago, I came across Alaska Beyond and I was instantly amazed – and entertained. On the same screen where you typically go to pay for your GoGo inflight wifi, there’s a button that says “Free movies and entertainment”. You can use...

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Three must-do Maui activities for families

Editor’s note: this article is the second in a two-part series on Maui travel for families. Be sure to check out the first post about the outstanding Napili Kai Beach Resort. It’s hard to find a vacation spot that has a wide variety of activities to satisfy every family members’ tastes and needs. Whether you want to surf, see nature or experience amazing food, finding a place that has all these facets is tough. That is, until you find Maui. The island of Maui has the ocean, amazing cuisine, fantastic vistas of desert landscapes, high mountain adventures and of course...

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