Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung’s highly anticipated smartphone debut, which set sales records throughout Europe and Asia, has arrived on U.S. soil in time for the holidays. Ultra-thin and sleek, it features Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus touch-screen display, delivering brilliant colors and high contrast for a crisp viewing experience. The Galaxy S II features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multitasking, application management and customization; and includes Live Panel, which offers a magazine-like view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photos and more. Samsung’s Social Hub service transfers email, instant messages, contacts and calendar reminders as well as social network connections including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be divided into tabs or combined into comprehensive lists. It’s powered by the innovative Android Gingerbread platform, with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android Market with access to more than 250,000 applications, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and more. It also boasts Samsung’s Media Hub movie and next-day TV content service, featuring thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and television networks. Available from Sprint (as Epic 4G Touch), AT&T and T-Mobile. $199.99–229 with two-year service agreement and qualifying plans; contact your provider for details. www.samsung.com
TomTom Go Live 1535M
The world’s first portable navigation device featuring a suite of popular travel apps, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M combines the most comprehensive road and traffic information with the insight of travel-related apps. Using TomTom’s connected LIVE services, you can access information while behind the wheel by browsing helpful travel apps from Yelp, TripAdvisor, Expedia and Twitter, and you can find hotel availability or access updated fuel prices, weather forecasts and Local Search. TomTom HD Traffic provides the most accurate reporting available by capturing more actual traffic jams than ever before, processing traffic conditions for all major and secondary roads within the U.S. road network and delivering real-time traffic updates every two minutes. It also features Bluetooth hands-free calling, intuitive voice recognition and a 5-inch touch screen. $249.95; includes a free 12-month subscription to LIVE services. www.tomtom.com
Polaroid GL10 Mobile Printer
Designed by Polaroid and Lady Gaga, this portable printer gives new life to images stored on cellphones, hard drives and digital cameras through the archetypal Polaroid instant experience. The 15-ounce GL10 produces full-bleed 3- by 4-inch photos in the Polaroid Classic Border in less than one minute; photo-lab-quality prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating. Prints wirelessly from most smartphones, including BlackBerry, Android and Windows-compatible phones via Polaroid apps; from your PC or Macintosh computer; and via USB connection from your digital camera (not compatible with iPhone). Its rechargeable battery lets you print up to 35 photos on a full charge. As Gaga would say, it’s on the edge of (high-tech) glory indeed. $169.99. http://www.polaroid.com
Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless Security Tether
A great stocking stuffer and a failsafe way to keep track of your iPhone 4, BungeeAir is the essential 3-in-1 accessory: wireless tether, case and battery. Just place the iPhone into the battery case, attach the BungeeAir Fob to your keys, and never lose or forget your iPhone again. When you and your phone are separated, the battery case sends a command to the iPhone, instantly password-locks the screen and sends an alert to the BungeeAir Fob. A convenient app lets you customize security settings. And if you misplace your iPhone, just press the button on the BungeeAir Fob and — presto! — it rings the battery case, which also provides four extra hours of power. $99.99. www.kensington.com
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Indianapolis International Airport officially opened its first-ever art gallery, The KIND Gallery, named after the airport’s international airport code. It is initially featuring artists from Harrison Center for the Arts.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Allianz Partners USA’s 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index estimates Americans’ total spend for summer vacation travel will cross the $150 billion mark for the first time in the Index’s 10-year history, a 160 percent increase over spend in summer 2020 and 50 percent over spend in a robust 2019.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.