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)
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: