ARCHOS G9 Tablets
This new range of tablets from tablet leader ARCHOS features an unrivaled combination of speed and storage. Powered by Android 3.1 “Honeycomb,” the latest Android version, they come with Google’s full suite of mobile applications and Android Market, giving you access to more than 200,000 applications including games, news and books. They also feature a unique 3G-ready solution that means you don’t have to choose between WiFi and 3G models at purchase: The G9’s concealed USB port, when paired with the ARCHOS 3G USB Stick (sold separately), enables 3G connectivity. A 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor means 50 percent more raw computational power over comparable models and reduced page load time. They’re also the only tablets able to decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos. Available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch. $279–349. www.archos.com
Another fab idea whose time has come: HeyWire, a social messaging hub that combines free texting (SMS) from a U.S. phone number with Twitter and Facebook, all within one free app. You can text, tweet and Facebook-chat with friends and family in 45 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and regions like the Caribbean and South and Central America. HeyWire works over WiFi, so you won’t encounter expensive international roaming fees — you can text and chat while you’re sipping coffee in an Internet café or relaxing by the pool at your hotel. It also lets you group-message across existing social networks — send out one message simultaneously to friends on Facebook Chat, Twitter or via text messaging, eliminating the need to switch apps. And since HeyWire works over WiFi, all you need is an Internet connection to keep in contact while you’re in the air. Want to drop off the radar for a bit? HeyWire’s SmartSMS auto-reply feature disables sound notifications and sends customized auto-responses to your friends, letting them know you will message them back soon, perfect for when you’re sleeping, flying or driving. Available at the iTunes store or Android Market. Free. www.heywire.com
OfficeDrop iPhone app
This brand-new app triumphantly demonstrates that iPhone applications aren’t just about playing blackjack and FarmVille: It actually turns your iPhone into a scanner. Just snap a photo of a paper document and upload it as a text-searchable PDF document within minutes. Once an item is scanned, you can browse the document, apply labels, search text using OfficeDrop’s optical character recognition technology, plus share and access documents from anywhere with OfficeDrop’s cloud filing cabinet. Best of all, it’s free to download at the iTunes store, though you do have to sign up for an OfficeDrop account; and the aforementioned cloud filing cabinet gives you 1GB of storage and 50 pages of text-searchable scans per month. How cool is that? Also available for iPad and Android. Free (upgradeable from $9.99/month). www.officedrop.com
Verbatim Store ‘n’ Stay USb Drive
Talk about packing serious punch into a small package — this new USB drive is as wee as they come, literally about the size of a dime. But don’t let its small stature fool you. It’s as powerful as its brawnier competitors. Available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities, it’s designed to be left in your computer’s USB drive for always-ready storage, protruding a mere 5 mm — just pop it out for quick, convenient file sharing. Compatible with most Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS 9 or higher systems. $19.99–59.99. www.verbatimstore.com
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: