Notebook Power Adapter
Universal power adapters just keep getting niftier and niftier. The latest from iGo uses any standard wall, auto or airplane outlet and works with international plugs. Like all iGo adapters, it leverages the company’s patented tip technology and comes with a selection of popular notebook tips for use with a wide array of brands including Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP and Toshiba. It also includes the new iGo dual-power accessory, so you can simultaneously charge your notebook and a low-power device, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player. And the retractable cord means you’re less likely to find yourself in a tangle. $129.99. (http://www.igo.com)
Inflight Power Recharger
Introducing yet another addition to the whata- great-idea list — a recharger that uses the audio output from the jack in your airplane, train or bus armrest as a power source to recharge a range of portable devices, including your iPod, BlackBerry or mobile phone. Just plug the cable into the jack, connect the other end to your device, and it converts the audio output into regulated USB power. $34.99. (http://www.inflightpower.com)
Samsung SC-MX10 Camcorder
This sleek, brand-new camcorder from the gadget gurus at Samsung caters specifically to the ever-expanding universe of video bloggers and YouTube enthusiasts. Small and simple to use, it includes a 512 MB memory card to get you started right out of the box, as well as PC software so you can start uploading video clips immediately to your blog or Web site. And at this price, it’s sure to pique the interest of Steven Spielberg wannabes everywhere. $299. (http://www.samsung.com)
Trackstick II Personal Tracker
From the geniuses-in-residence at Google comes this über-cool gadget, a tiny GPS recorder that tracks its own location, time, date, speed, heading and altitude at preset intervals. With more than 1Mb of memory, it can store months of travel information, so you can use it to create a quintessentially 21st-century travelogue while on vacation, or to trace your exact route when you’re hiking, biking or exploring a new city. Use it to import pictures and other information into Google Earth, Google’s geographic information tool (downloadable for free at earth.google.com), to create a whole new perspective of your journey. Powered by 24 orbiting satellites, it works anywhere on Earth. $179. (http://www.googleearthstore.com)
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
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.
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United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.