Apple first introduced Pay on the iPhone 6, implementing a Near Field Communication antenna for connecting to payment terminals. It hasn’t quite revolutionized the in-store buying experience, but the feature has quietly grown in the past year despite a head start by Android and Samsung. The software is compatible with more than 800 retail brands, and security features earn praise for utilizing the new iPhone’s Touch ID and a token-based payment system to prevent fraud. Currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, and slated to launch in China this year, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, 6s and Apple Watch. Free to users.
Digital security becomes more important than ever as we manage more aspects of our lives on the Internet with only a password standing between thieves and our personal information. Yubico offers an ingenious solution in the form of YubiKey, a flash drive device that acts like a “key” to your computer. YubiKey protects your information in two ways: by encrypting all your cloud-synced passwords and requiring you to insert the flash drive when logging in. Your computer will identify the device as a keyboard, allowing you to enter passwords with just a touch of the activation button, thereby preventing your accounts from remote hacking. $40–50.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
Bowers & Wilkins, a trusted brand in hi-fi circles, bridges superb sound with tasteful design that sets it apart from the multitude of headphones out there. The company’s latest offering introduces the wireless version of its P5 Series 2 headphones, its mid-range model that balances sound and portability. With classic rectangular ear cups, listeners can enjoy pristine sound thanks to a high-quality Bluetooth aptX connection. $399.99.
Asus Chromebit CS10
It looks like a flash drive, but that’s actually an HDMI connection on the end. The Asus Chromebit is the latest addition to the growing family of “computers on a stick” that pack all the components of a PC in a tiny device that jacks into your television. The Chromebit comes with Chrome OS, designed to work on cloud-based software, though the device includes 16GB of storage for handling files. While downloading third-party software is limited, you have little reason to do so, as the device can run Amazon, Google Docs, Netflix and even the free online version of Microsoft Office. $84.99.
Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
American Airlines Mobile ID creates a more seamless, touchless travel experience for American Airlines customers with TSA PreCheck. Recently started at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, AAdvantage members with PreCheck can use Mobile ID at selected checkpoints to verify their identity. AA plans to deploy the technology at Miami (MIA), Phoenix (PHX), Washington, D.C. (DCA) and more later this year.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
First opened in 1742 by George William Wilton, a seller of oysters, shrimp and cockles near Haymarket in London, Wiltons continued drawing diners with its delicious food for more than two centuries. This summer, Wiltons celebrates its 280th birthday and its place as one of London’s most beloved fine-dining establishments with a unique dining experience.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Prague celebrates the beauty and eternity of this historic city with a limited-time stay offer. The Eternal Beauty offer includes a stay in one of the Premier River rooms, which boasts unique views of Prague, a limousine transfer and breakfast.