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.
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
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.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: