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
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
Life House, a new boutique hospitality brand, plans to open a new property in Nantucket next month. Life House, Nantucket follows similar hotels in Miami, Denver, Brooklyn and Chattanooga. The hotel, set within the historic Century House, is taking reservations for bookings beginning in August.
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.
My husband, friends and I visited Parkway Bakery & Tavern on a recent trip to New Orleans. The restaurant is one of the most well-known for the city’s signature sandwich, the po’ boy. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so we arrived close to when it opened and braved the already-long line.
Airline alliance oneworld launched an information portal for customers to provide updates on the health and wellbeing measures travelers can expect as part of the alliance’s member airlines’ commitment to passenger safety and care.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Airbnb, known for providing travelers with affordable vacation houses and rooms to rent, is now offering online experiences that would-be travelers can enjoy from the comfort of home.