This gets our vote for the coolest gizmo to come down the high-tech highway in a while. Biscotti transforms your TV into a high-definition video phone — yep, think James Bond talking to M, or Austin Powers chatting with Basil. Simply connect Biscotti to your TV and start making calls to family and friends on their TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones (they’ll need a Biscotti to connect via TV, but they can use Google Talk on their computers or smartphones). You can connect with anyone, anywhere, and it sets up in minutes. Biscotti’s high-definition camera and microphone capture the entire room — no head-and-shoulders-only view — so you and yours can move about freely. And like your voice phone, Biscotti is always on — you can even receive calls while watching TV. No computer or phone line is required; just a WiFi connection and an HDTV. Best of all, it’s a one-time price, no monthly fees. $199. www.biscotti.com
Here’s a very plugged-in idea, quite literally: a “limitless” secure USB device that lets you access, edit and share files and media between any two online computers anywhere in the world. An entirely plug-and play solution, it works like this: Plug one half into an online computer, plug the other half into any other online computer and — voila! — the two computers are connected, allowing you to securely access your entire hard drive. And unlike USB drives, iTwin lets your data stay safely at home (or in the office). When you’re on the road, you can use it to move copies of files from your laptop to your home or office computer, or you can work on a presentation with a colleague half a world away without having to email multiple versions back and forth. If you’re traveling and taking lots of pictures, you can free up your SD card by moving files onto your laptop and transferring them back home. Upload files to the office from wherever you are — no configuration or login required. It’s as secure and simple as data transfer gets. There’s even a remote-disable feature, so you can rest assured that your data is safe, even if you lose youriTwin device. $99.
Bose SoundLink Wireless Speaker
The audio aficionados at Bose have debuted this sleek portable speaker that connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device. You can stream music from a smartphone or tablet with the touch of a button. The SoundLink speaker’s audio impact defies its size. Four low-profile neodymium transducers for clear high- and mid-range frequencies combine with new dual-opposing passive radiators — designed with a patented waffle-shaped surround — for rich, deep, low notes. Vibration is eliminated, turning the energy into acoustic power. At less than 2 inches thick and no bigger than an average book, it’s super-portable. For instant setup, its integrated cover unfolds into a stand: Open the cover, and the system is ready to be played; close it, and the system shuts off. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery supplies power for more than eight hours at typical listening levels. Designed to resist sand, wind and moisture, it’s crafted from automotive-grade chrome, so it will survive repeated drops. $299.95. www.bose.com
Kensington AbsolutePower Charger
It’s often said that absolute power corrupts absolutely . . . but in this case, it’s a very good thing indeed. Kensington’s AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, Tablet Charger is the first compact charger of its kind with simultaneous triple charging ability, providing 100 watts of power to charge your laptop and two USB devices simultaneously. The smallest, lightest, most powerful charger in its class, this industrial-strength charger is compatible with top-selling Windows-based laptops; smartphones like the iPhone, BlackBerry Torch, Sony Experia and more; and iPad, iPad 2, BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy tablets. Now you can leave that big tangle of multiple chargers behind. $119.99. www.kensington.com
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.