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
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
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.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
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.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.