Kindle Fire HDX Tablet
Amazon’s latest debut is a dazzler, featuring a stunning HDX display with exceptional pixel density, 100 percent sRGB color accuracy, reduced glare, dynamic image contrast and improved brightness for better viewing in any lighting conditions. Available in two sizes — 7 inches and 8.9 inches — its powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor provides more than three times the processing power versus the previous generation. New features include hardware and software encryption, secure WiFi connections, VPN integration and wireless printing. One touch of the new “Mayday” button connects you to an Amazon expert to guide you through any feature 24/7 for free. At just 13.2 ounces, the 8.9-inch version is the lightest large-screen tablet on the market. From $344.
Republic Wireless shakes up mobile communications with hybrid calling plans that use both WiFi and cellular for talking, texting and data. As a Republic subscriber, use Motorola’s Moto X phone to make calls and send texts over WiFi whenever possible, eliminating high international roaming long-distance charges. When no WiFi is available, it uses Sprint’s cellular network. There’s no contract, and you can switch plans on the phone or your online account portal up to two times a month, so you pay only for services you need. The phone boasts Touchless Control and Motorola Assist, which can detect if you’re in a moving vehicle and automatically reads texts aloud or tells you who’s calling. $299; service plans $5–40/month (unlimited WiFi only to unlimited WiFi plus 4G).
If you’re frustrated by the complications and technical snafus of most Web conferencing products, GlobalMeet is here to simplify matters, making meetings a snap even on the go. Easily host and join meetings, connect to audio through phone or Internet, see who’s in the meeting and when they’re speaking, invite guests via email or call them from the app, enhance security by locking access and record meetings for playback. All plans include a permanent, customized URL, a desktop app for instant one-click meetings, 24/7/365 global support and unlimited cloud storage for access to files anywhere from any device. Compatible with PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. $19–65/month; first 30 days free; discounted annual plans available.
The roaming revolution is upon us, and KnowRoaming is leading the charge. The world’s most powerful “smart” sticker attaches to your phone’s SIM card and automatically connects you to local wireless carriers, reducing roaming charges by up to 85 percent in 220 countries. The technology activates when you leave your home country; when dormant, it won’t interfere with your normal service plan. With a free app for iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry, monitor usage, compare country rates to your home provider and even purchase a local number in the country you’re visiting. The technology is prepaid and your credit never expires, so what you don’t use is available for your next trip. Starting at $35 (single user); family and business packages available.
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Take a visual journey through Japan with us.
THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
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.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.