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 Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
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Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.