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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
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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.
Incentive travel has long been a way for organizations to drive sales and reward employees with opulent trips to exotic destinations. Today it encompasses even more.
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: