Our favorite newcomer from the it’s-about-time-someone-thought-of-that department, the Bheestie Bag removes moisture from personal electronics, including cameras and mobile phones. Spill your drink on your phone? Drop your PDA in the pool? Just remove the battery, toss it in the bag and zip it shut. Bheestie’s powerful moisture-absorbing beads physically pull the liquid right out. Presto — your gadgets are saved! Lasts up to a year, depending on use. How cool is that? $20.
Like the idea of a Kindle but prefer to maintain some of the vestiges of “old-fashioned” books? The brand-new Blio is the first eReader to preserve the image-rich format of books and magazines, including their layout, typesetting, images, color and graphics, while also supporting full media functionality, including video, graphics and Web links. Through a partnership with Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, Blio offers a library of more than 1.2 million titles across genres; purchased books are stored in your personal virtual library, giving you limitless access to their downloaded content. This library seamlessly migrates from one device to another, allowing you to begin a book on a home PC, then pick up where you left off on a mobile device. For 2010, Blio will run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and iPhone operating systems. Prepare to be wowed. Free.
Nikon COOLPIX L110
One of the newest COOLPIX cameras from industry stalwart Nikon, the L110 is optimized for action shots, high-powered zoom and simple operation. A full-featured long-zoom camera at a great price, the COOLPIX L110 owes its versatility to its incredible 15x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. Covering a focal length from a wide 28mm to 420mm super-telephoto, the lens’ broad focal range can capture everything from action photos to stunning landscapes. It also features Sport Continuous Mode, allowing you to capture the best highlights from the stands or the sidelines. The power-efficient L110 digital camera can shoot approximately 840 still images or record seven hours of HD video. Available in red or black. $279.95.
5BARz Road Warrior
Here’s another idea whose day has finally come: the first consumer-ready, portable plug-and-play cell signal booster. A winner of the International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards, the patent-pending 5BARz Road Warrior delivers full cell phone signal strength and up to 20 times faster Internet speeds (including 3G) in “dread” zones with the weakest network carrier coverage. The device can be used anywhere that power is available, including cars and hotel rooms. And unlike conventional, professional-grade cell phone boosters, the 5BARz Road Warrior requires no installation, external cables or antennas. $299.
Once an abandoned 1923 constructed warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina, it took a creative group of designers, artists, musicians, chefs and business folks to transform a neglected, 100-year-old structure into one of Asheville’s most interesting and daring hotel projects.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
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JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco recently completed renovations of its entrances, lobby, culinary concepts and meeting space. This marks the final stage of the renovation, which began in 2021 with the revitalization of its 269 guestrooms and 45 suites.
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You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.