During the pandemic, virtual travel gained traction when flights were restricted, and countries implemented quarantine or outright bans to travelers. You can go online and take virtual tours around the world without leaving your home.
Google Maps comes into play for travel as well as navigation. You can open the app when you’re in an unfamiliar area to get recommendations and information on points of interest. What’s also interesting is the app’s censorship of certain spots around the world. Tap or click here to check them out and see if you can find any of your own.
While we’re on the topic of travel, do you ever wonder where your various devices come from? Your headphones, router, smartphone, tablet and more are all built somewhere, right? There’s a site that provides this information if you’re curious.
Use this site to check out your stuff
The site productfrom.com has a database of more than 80,000 products and information on where they’re manufactured. Products are divided into categories, companies and countries of origin, and there’s also a search option.
Pick a product and select Details to get information such as the manufacturer, part number, category, country of manufacture and the date it was added to the site.
Select Buy, and you’ll get links to product pages on eBay and Amazon.
Select the Categories option, and you’ll find subcategories in alphabetical order such as Audio, Cables & Leads, Electronics, Lighting and Mobile. Beneath each of these is an extensive list of more specific categories, including Blue-Ray Players, HDMI Cables, Smartphones and more.
Some of these can be found in multiple categories, such as Tablets/iPads, which are under both Mobile and PC Computers.
Click the Companies option, and you’ll get an alphabetical list of manufacturers from A-Z. You’ll find the heavy hitters of tech are here, including Apple, Canon, Microsoft, Sony, Tesla and many others you’ve probably never heard of.
The Country tab is split into six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. There are dozens of countries spread out among the continents, but like the missing continent of Antarctica, you won’t find all of the countries of the world represented here.
Search for things yourself
Look around you. Your home office, place of employment, workstation and type what you see in the Search field at the top-right of the ProductFrom site. Try these search terms for starters: monitor, mouse, keyboard, smartphone, speakers, PC, laptop, cables.
Want to be more specific? We’ll help you get started: Logitech mouse, Dell monitor, Lightning Cable, Samsung phone, Netgear router.