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)
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
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.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
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.