SAMSUNG UN49NU8000 SMART LED TV
If you want to join the growing number of consumers switching to cable-free TV, the Samsung HD Smart LED TV is one of the best options on the market. With this 49-inch, 4K Ultra HD TV, you’ll get access to Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu, Vudu and Spotify, among others, and enjoy voice control thanks to the Bixby assistant. In addition, the picture quality is as good as you’d expect from 4K — and it’s stylishly designed, too. $999.
HALO SPORT 2
Bluetooth headphones are fast becoming the new standard, but the Halo Sport 2 model boasts a special feature. By passing a small electric current through a series of soft protrusions in the headset, Halo promises to stimulate the area of the brain associated with movement and help you learn new skills faster. Scientists and leading athletes back the concept, known as neuropriming. Plus, it’s not just sporty types who can benefit; the effect is the same for learning an instrument or a language. $299.
Smart thermostats not only help you lower heating and cooling costs, but they are also more environmentally friendly. The ecobee4 pioneers a new generation and provides all-around comfort. Its room sensor reads the temperature and occupancy level in various rooms of the house and adjusts accordingly. Alexa Voice Service is built in, allowing users to perform many of the same functions from their thermostat; you can hear and speak to it from across a space. Its mobile app lets you control it from the room, and its ENERGY STAR certification saves around 23 percent in heating and cooling costs yearly. Good for users and for the planet. $249.
RYLO 360 VIDEO CAMERA
Many people carry around a great camera with them every day, built into their smartphone. To stand out from the crowd, get your hands on a 360-degree camera like this Rylo model. It captures immersive video in an impressive 5.8K resolution and boasts built-in stabilization technology for smoother shots. Shoot away and then attach your phone with the bundled sync cable so you can watch, edit and upload your videos to share them with family and friends. Get yourself a water-resistant Adventure Case, and it will be ready to travel on even the most rugged trips. $499.
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.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
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.