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.
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.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.