Now here’s a great idea: CarryQuote’s CNBC Pro is a ground-breaking mobile application that provides you with on-the-go, affordable access to real-time global market data from over 100 exchanges worldwide. It covers all asset classes and 95 percent of the world’s markets and also offers live CNBC global programming and price and news alerts. CarryQuote’s unique relationships with financial exchanges provide data snapshots rather than streams, enabling CarryQuote to deliver the exact same data from the exact same global sources at a fraction of the price of the traditional market data suppliers. You can track your favorite securities, in real time, with access to integrated charts, live CNBC and related news headlines. And real-time interactive and historical charts offer custom timeframes from one day to five years, including pre- and post-market trading. There’s also an enterprise version for financial institutions and their clients. Available on BlackBerry; other mobile versions coming soon. Monthly plans start at $29.99.
A sleek, rechargeable battery pack for the iPhone 4 that doubles as a protective case, the InCharge Mobile boasts one of the largest battery capacities for iPhone 4 chargers on the market at 2300 mAh, the equivalent of one full charge. Features include an integrated stand for landscape viewing and FaceTime chatting, LED battery status indicator and a micro USB cable for charging and syncing. $79.99.
This über-cool smartpen captures everything you hear and write to provide quick and accurate access to important information. When you take notes at a meeting, it records not only what you write but what’s being said around you; your notes then become fully searchable and easy to reference. Available with either 4GB of memory (400 hours) or 8GB (800 hours), it has a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack; a new, streamlined design; and a flat underside to prevent rolling. With the Livescribe application Paper Tablet (only available on the Echo), the smartpen can be used as a mouse to mark up slides, presentations, PDFs and more. Want to convert handwriting to text? MyScript for Livescribe (not included) converts ink handwriting into texts in 26 languages, which can then be copied into Microsoft Word, email and text messages. Livescribe also offers a wide range of new and useful apps, such as a travel phrases application, which can act as a translator. $149.95 (4GB); $199.95 (8GB).
A nifty protective case for iPad that easily transforms into a highly adaptable and practical mounting device, the Freedom lets you mount and view your iPad virtually anywhere, including on car seats, airplane seats and walls. Whether you’re at home, in a hotel or on the go, Freedom provides a secure, flexible and instantly accessible mounting system that lets you position your iPad where and when you need it. $49.99
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Navigli is Milan’s current “it” neighborhood, a quick tram or train ride from the Duomo, the oft-photographed Quadrilatero della Moda shopping, museums, chain stores and throngs of tourists. While it has the youthful vibe and artist-chic found in formerly industrial neighborhoods in major cities around the globe, it’s not every day you’ll find such a district that has reinvented itself as a Venice that’s wholly defined by the stylish and tech-savvy locals who live, work and play there. It is both photogenic and approachable, while also tapping into the current sustainability zeitgeist.
Believing everyone of all abilities and skills should have a fulfilling ski experience, Steamboat Ski Resort partnered with Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports to allow all to hit the slopes, no matter their abilities. A nonprofit focusing on empowering lives through adaptive recreational activities, STARS will help Steamboat Ski Resort offer an adaptive ski experience for skiers and snowboarders with disabilities.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
Icelandair adds Rome (FCO), Alicante (ALC), and Nice (NCE), to its international network for travel this summer. As popular tourist destinations, the addition will provide connections between North America and Iceland during the busiest travel time of the year. Passengers flying to these three new destinations can take advantage of a multiday stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Air France’s long-haul business-class passengers will receive a new comfort kit made of 93 percent recycled material. The new kit, part of the airline’s eco-responsible approach, boasts the company’s historic winged seahorse emblem in two colors: navy blue and grey.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Maui, Hawai’i, with us.