This private data sharing and storage device eliminates data breaches presented by cloud services, ensuring privacy by storing data only on authorized devices while providing global access and unlimited sharing. Its new iOS and Android mobile applications let you remotely access, upload, download and share stored files directly from your device. Even share large folders (music, photo or movie collections) stored on Transporter from any device regardless of capacity. Use Transporter as a stand-alone private cloud or share with other Transporter devices to create a network with friends, family and colleagues. Transporter is a one-time purchase with no monthly charge. $199 (1TB); $299 (2TB).
Sky Wifi Smartpen
The first digital pen to integrate WiFi and cloud services, this gizmo captures everything you write and hear and automatically sends it to your Evernote account. Access written notes and recorded audio via paper — a camera in the pen pairs with dot-matrix notebook paper to record strokes and audio and send a “pencast” via WiFi — or from your tablet or smartphone. Easily play back pencasts with the web-based Livescribe Player. Share pencasts publicly or privately with colleagues via link, email, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, or share entire notebooks for easy collaboration. $169.95 (2GB); $199.95 (4GB); $249.95 (8GB and one-year Evernote Premium subscription).
Sony Cyber-Shot HX50 Camera
The world’s smallest and lightest camera with 30x optical zoom, this newcomer weighs less than 10 ounces and measures a teeny 4.4 by 2.6 by 1.2 inches. Its 20.4 megapixel sensor pairs with a powerful BIONZ processor to produce high-resolution, high-quality images in all lighting conditions, broad daylight to dim interiors. Its exceptionally high-speed AutoFocus locks onto subjects at full zoom, while Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces camera shake and blur at all ranges. Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application for Android and iOS wirelessly transfers photos and videos to a connected smartphone or tablet and turns a connected device into a wireless remote to control the camera. $450.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
This addition to the Bose lineup connects wirelessly to a smart device, delivering the brand’s world-famous superior sound. At 1.5 pounds, it weighs no more than the average tablet, and it’s a third the size of its predecessor. New Bose transducers move twice the air as conventional same-size transducers for clear mid-range and high frequencies, while integrated digital signal processing means tonally balanced sound. Bluetooth A2DP and a powerful antenna ensure reliable wireless connections. Store the six most recently used Bluetooth devices in memory, eliminating the need to pair again. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to seven hours of listening. $199.95.
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
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