High-Tech Holidays

by Alexandra Kirkman

Jan 1, 2016
2015

Wacom Bamboo Spark
A smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, this nifty tool bridges the gap between old school and digital age by letting you capture and store drawings and handwritten notes to the Wacom Cloud with a companion app for editing, archiving and accessing anywhere. Press the button to save your notes securely, even when you’re not connected to another device; when you reconnect, they automatically sync to the app and, once you’re online, the Wacom Cloud. You can access and edit your notes on different devices after they’re saved, or share them in PDF and JPG formats with third-party services like Dropbox and Evernote. Collaborate by sharing notes via the Bamboo Paper app with colleagues who also have the app installed. $160.
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Polaroid

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Polaroid Snap
Polaroid resurrects its iconic instant camera with a new iteration. The 10MP digital camera features an integrated printer using ZINK Zero Ink technology to automatically print full-color, 2-inch by 3-inch prints when you snap a shot, letting you continue shooting while it prints. A Micro SD card slot holds up to 32GB to save, transfer and upload images to a computer, cloud service or social media platform. Customize pics with capture modes (color, black-and-white and vintage Polaroid), and print with or without the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format. The self-timer makes taking the perfect selfie simple, while its photo booth mode takes six quick pictures in 10 seconds. $99.
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Samsung

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Samsung SleepSense Sensor
Samsung unveiled the new SleepSense Sensor to help the sleep-starved masses catch some serious ZZZs. Slip the sensor under your mattress, download the app, connect the two and hit the sack. The sensor analyzes heart and respiratory rates, nocturnal movements and other factors, mapping your sleep score against the average for your age with what Samsung claims is 97 percent accuracy. Receive advice developed in partnership with a Harvard Medical School professor to help you sleep better. SleepSense can connect to Samsung smart appliances to control the air-conditioning and program the television to turn off when you start dozing for an optimal sleeping environment. Price TBD.
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SanDisk

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
A perfect stocking stuffer, this new-generation flash drive is designed to effectively expand mobile storage for your truly mobile lifestyle without the need for an Internet connection. The USB drive emits its own WiFi signal, letting you store and access documents, videos, photos and music wirelessly to and from your mobile device wherever you are, with the SanDisk Connect app installed. It can also share content with multiple devices at once, making it ideal for team meetings and festive gatherings. And you can stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers simultaneously as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity. In four sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB. $29.99–99.99.
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Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Barrio Alto district in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Giuseppemasci | Dreamstime.com

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Sep 15, 2019

Hotel Barrio Alto Opens in Former Lisbon Palace

Two years ago, an 18th-century palace in the center of Lisbon closed for construction — the building is ready to re-open as a luxury boutique hotel.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

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Sep 15, 2019

Cunard Launches Exclusive Musical

Cunard premiered the musical Top Hat aboard Queen Victoria last week. Next week, the musical premieres aboard Queen Elizabeth. The musical is slated to appear exclusively on Cunard ships for the next four years.

Lufthansa. Photo: Alexander Efisko | Dreamstime.com

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Sep 15, 2019

Lufthansa Launches Innovative Carbon Offset Program

Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.

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The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

Desert. Photo: Galyna Andrushko | Dreamstime.com

Daily
Sep 15, 2019

Shop New Desert-Inspired Capsule Collection From The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.

LG Pay. Photo: Piotr Swat | Dreamstime.com

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Sep 14, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines. Photo: Ajdibilio | Dreamstime.com

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Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Photo: Jason P Ross | Dreamstime.com

Santa Monica, California. Photo: Tupungato | Dreamstime.com

© GNTO

The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

Google Search. Photo: Viorel Dudau | Dreamstime.com

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Sep 13, 2019

Google Expands Price Comparison Tool

Google announced last month it added additional features to its price comparison tool. The tool helps users plan trips and compare rates. The new features include one that shows whether the price of a planned flight plus accommodations is low, average or high.

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News
Sep 13, 2019

Singapore Airlines Begins Non-Stop Service Between Singapore, Seattle

Singapore Airlines launched its non-stop service between Singapore (SIN) and Seattle (SEA), Sept. 3. Seattle is Singapore Airlines’ fourth U.S. destination following Los Angeles (LAX), New York (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to receive non-stop service to and from Singapore.