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.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
Life House, a new boutique hospitality brand, plans to open a new property in Nantucket next month. Life House, Nantucket follows similar hotels in Miami, Denver, Brooklyn and Chattanooga. The hotel, set within the historic Century House, is taking reservations for bookings beginning in August.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
My husband, friends and I visited Parkway Bakery & Tavern on a recent trip to New Orleans. The restaurant is one of the most well-known for the city’s signature sandwich, the po’ boy. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so we arrived close to when it opened and braved the already-long line.
Airline alliance oneworld launched an information portal for customers to provide updates on the health and wellbeing measures travelers can expect as part of the alliance’s member airlines’ commitment to passenger safety and care.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Airbnb, known for providing travelers with affordable vacation houses and rooms to rent, is now offering online experiences that would-be travelers can enjoy from the comfort of home.