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)
Falling asleep in economy class can be a test of flexibility and patience, often depending on how tired you are. No matter how many ways your body contorts to sleep sitting upright, it’s hard to avoid the dreaded head drop, from little to no head support, that can easily jerk you (and your neighbor) awake.
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.
Heathrow Airport built a “bespoke set of anti-drone systems” around its airfield. The system, created by U.K.-based firm Operational Solutions, detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace. The “new and innovative” system can also locate drone pilots and show their location.
New upgrades at Frankfurt Airport include renovations at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the addition of a new hotel, Frankfurt Airport Marriott. To make room for the new property, the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel was reduced to 779 guestrooms from its previous 1,008 guestrooms, allowing for 233 guestrooms at Frankfurt Airport Marriott. All Sheraton guestrooms are now refurbished.
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.
Marriott International had a record 2019, marking seven straight years of record-breaking organic growth.
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.
A historic U.K., hotel, The Grand Hotel Birmingham is expected to open this summer after extensive renovations. One of the city’s most iconic buildings, The Grand Hotel Birmingham was originally constructed in the 1870s.