Kobo Aura ONE
Kindle is synonymous with e-readers, but Kobo is giving Amazon a run for its money. The Aura ONE, the company’s flagship model, competes with the much more expensive Kindle Oasis. Its design features a 7.8-inch e-ink Carta screen with 300 dpi — bigger and with the same pixel density as the Oasis, though the Aura ONE is slightly thicker (and also slightly lighter). One thing none of the Kindles have is a waterproof housing. For people who like to read in the water, the Kobo Aura ONE features an IPX8 rating, which can handle 60 minutes under two meters of water. $229.99.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
Hue has been around for a while and is finding its place in homes with the White and Color Ambiance Kit. This updated package contains three LED bulbs (now 800 lumens) and the bridge that connects your smartphone to your lighting and peripherals. The bulbs themselves are nothing special; the magic truly lies in the smartphone app, where you can choose between various “scenes” to match décor, seasons and time of day. There are even “actions” which trigger a scene based on something happening, like rain or sunshine. $179.99.
Michael Kors Access
Android Wear is popular with techies, and now fashionistas can join in on the fun with Michael Kors’ new line of Access smartwatches. Available in two models, the Bradshaw and the Dylan, these devices are designed to allow interchangeable straps in metal, leather and silicone. The operating system (recently updated to 2.0) allows you to customize the look to match the luxurious watch faces. A full battery will last for about two days, and it can be charged with a wireless, magnetic dock for easy access. $395.
For most listeners, a smartphone’s headphone jack is more than enough in terms of sound. Contrary to what some audiophiles believe, the iPhone’s digital-to-analog converters are quite robust, but for people who enjoy higher-quality formats, a dedicated digital audio player can bring out every detail of music. Astell&Kern’s AK70 plays 24-bit/192kHz audio (compared to the iPhone’s 16-bit/44.1kHz) via headphone jack, WiFi, Bluetooth or even through a USB or optical output. While it can’t stream music, the AK70 shines as a dedicated player for your music library. $599.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
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Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
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