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.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.