Ety8 Bluetooth Earphones
From the “It’s About Time” department — introducing the first in-ear Bluetooth-enabled wireless earphones. Weighing less than half an ounce, they’re super-comfy and come with a selection of eartips to ensure a perfect fit. These nifty gizmos work with iPods (with Etymotic’s patent-pending 8•Mate iPod Adapter) and other Bluetooth-enabled music players. They’re also the first Bluetooth earphones to provide 35 dB to 40 dB noise exclusion — reducing the typical airplane-cabin noise level to that of a normal living room, and greatly enhancing your ability to hear the music without having to turn up the volume to unsafe levels. $299 with iPod adapter, or $199 for earphones alone. (http://www.etymotic.com)
Aegis Bio Hard Drive
This virtually indestructible, hardware-encrypted biometric hard drive (say that three times fast!) lets you securely access your files with a fingerprint sensor. Able to store up to 10 fingerprint profiles, the Aegis Bio secures data with real-time 128-bit AES hardware encryption — making the drive impenetrable even if it’s removed from its enclosure. It’s cross-platform compatible, enabling you to take your data from work to home and on the road, and no software is required on the host computer to access your data. A 16-point omnidirectional shock-mounting system also protects the drive from accidental falls and knocks. $179 to $379, depending on GB size. (http://www.apricorn.com)
SPOT Satellite Messenger
This ingenious tool, the world’s first satellite messenger, lets you contact friends, family or emergency services, if need be, with GPS accuracy, independent of cellular coverage. With a push of a button, your location can be tracked to within 20 feet using Google Maps and the dedicated SPOT network.Weighing just over 7 ounces, it works around the world with 99.4 percent accuracy, and runs on AA batteries. It’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, for long road trips through areas where cell phone coverage might be spotty — and for letting loved ones know your whereabouts in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. $149.99, plus $99.99 service fee. (http://www.findmespot.com)
Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard
This innovation from ThinkGeek is arguably one of the all-time coolest gadgets to grace this column. Connecting to PDAs and Smartphones using Bluetooth, this tiny, 3.5-inch device projects a full-size QWERTY keyboard on any flat surface. You can type away just as you would on a regular keyboard — accompanied by simulated key-click sounds. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 120 minutes of continuous typing. Compatible with Palm OS 5, PocketPC 2003,Windows Smartphone, Symbian OS, and Windows 2000/XP; limited Mac OSX support. $179.99. (http://www.thinkgeek.com)
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
The Islands of Tahiti offer a range of captivating activities for travelers with diverse interests, from hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, riding horses on secluded beaches; swimming with sharks; or immersing in Polynesian culture through traditional dance, music and art. For watersports enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoons offer exhilarating experiences like surfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding. And if you’re looking to relax, the pristine beaches, overwater bungalows and tropical sun offer the perfect setting. With 118 islands and atolls to explore, island hopping is an excellent way to experience the full diversity of The Islands of Tahiti. With its blend of adventure, culture and relaxation, The Islands of Tahiti offer a truly unique travel experience.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: