Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
This groundbreaking computer-within-a-pen captures handwriting while simultaneously recording audio and synchronizing it to your notes, creating a truly innovative link between pen-and-paper and the digital domain for those who still depend on written notes. An infrared camera at the tip of the pen captures 72 pictures per second to digitally track numbers, words and drawings. Simply tap the pen on your notes using the Livescribe Dot Paper Notebook, which contains millions of microdots (one notebook included), to replay what was recorded from the exact moment you’re writing, so you never miss a word. Then transfer your work by putting the pen in its USB cradle and attaching it to your PC. You can store up to 250 megabytes of work (several thousand pages) at www.livescribe.com, and even weigh in on the scribblings of others if the mood strikes you. Write-o! $149–199 (1 or 2GB). (www.livescribe.com)
Pioneer XMp3 Satellite Radio
The perfect stocking stuffer for gadget enthusiasts and music lovers alike, this brand-new combination portable satellite radio and Mp3 player is the first with simultaneous multichannel recording capability. The lightest and most compact satellite radio on the market, it lets you record up to 10 hours of individual songs from its live music channels and schedule up to five channels of recording simultaneously, letting you store up to 75 hours of programming. It also includes the first portable satellite radio program guide that displays broadcasts on each channel up to two weeks in advance, so you can schedule recordings or be alerted about future broadcasts. A micro-SD card slot allows for additional Mp3 storage, while the included XM2go Music Manager software lets you organize your saved content and your personal Mp3 collection. $279.99, plus subscription fees. (www.xmradio.com/xmp3)
Altec Lansing Orbit
From the audiophile favorite Altec Lansing comes this nifty ultraportable minispeaker which offers instant connectivity and 24 hours of continuous play from any digital audio device including iPhones, iPods and laptops. Weighing less than seven ounces, it delivers a strikingly rich and clear 360-degree field of full-spectrum sound without distortion. And in these lean times, it’s refreshingly easy on the wallet. $39.95. (www.alteclansing.com)
MPro 110 Digital Projector
The latest debut from projection technology leader 3M, this handheld digital projector takes the power of projection from the boardroom to any room, making it a perfect traveling companion. Roughly the size of a digital camera and weighing less than a pound, it projects up to a 50-inch still or video with true VGA resolution, no-speckle and a high-fill factor when attached to a video-capable pass-through device such as a laptop computer, DVD or Mp3 player, or handheld video game. An LED light source makes it unusually quiet and eliminates the hassle of replacing bulbs. $359. (www.3mmpro.com)
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.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
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.
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.
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.