Here’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for the golfer in your life. Swingbyte is a 3-D swing analyzer that weighs less than an ounce and attaches to any club just below the grip. Upon contact with the ball, it transmits a digitized version of your swing via Bluetooth to Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. View your swing image — along with measurements of club head speed, swing plane, face angle, tempo, and loft and lie angles — during practice sessions, pinpoint swing flaws and work to correct them. Includes an app for Android and Apple devices. $149. (For a limited time, price includes a two-year subscription to LINKS Magazine.) swingbyte.com
This revolutionary gizmo transforms the harsh light from your pop-up flash into pro-quality light for indoor photos. The lightweight device attaches to your DSLR camera and works by redirecting the flash, creating broad, natural, flattering light — and eliminating such indoor-photography snafus as dreaded red eye, uneven lighting and the “cave effect,” where people close to the flash are washed out and white while those in the background are dark and hard to see. At this price, what’s not to like? $29.95. lightscoop.com
Here’s a gift that keeps on giving the whole year through in truly high-tech fashion. This awesome app delivers more than 70 magazine titles to your iPad or Android tablet, offering unlimited perusing of current and back issues from five leading U.S.-based publishers. Titles include InStyle, Elle, Wired, Fortune and People, just to name a few. Once an issue is downloaded, you can access it locally — no need for WiFi, so you’ll never worry about running out of things to read, wherever you are. $9.99/month for monthly titles; $14.99/month for monthly and weekly titles. nextissue.com
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
If getting more organized is one of your New Year’s resolutions, this portable scanner may be just the ticket. Measuring just 10.74 by 1.87 by 1.33 inches and weighing 12.3 ounces, the ScanSnap, for Macs and PCs, can digitize your paper world anywhere. Scan a letter-size piece of paper in just 7.5 seconds (in color at 300dpi), or scan multiple-page documents into a PDF at the touch of a button. Its adjustable, two-way paper path supports a wide range of documents including plastic cards, IDs, thick paper stock and long forms up to 34 inches. With cloud service support, scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs, making your files and photos easy to store, access and share. $199.99. scanners.fcpa.fujitsu.com/scansnap11/s1100.html
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.
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.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
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.
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.