Etymo¯tic mc2 Headset + Earphones
These cutting-edge earphones offer the documented highest noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today, making them the world’s most accurate noise-isolating headset plus earphones under $100 for the audiophile on a budget. Designed for compatibility with smartphones and tablets from BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, Motorola Mobility, HP and Apple, they deliver tight, accurate bass with crystal-clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels. Available in a spiffy high-gloss polished black aluminum finish, the mc2, like all Etymo¯tic products, can also be customized through the company’s CUSTOM_FIT program for personalized ear molds that provide a pitch-perfect fit. $99. www.etymotic.com
JOOS Orange Personal Solar Charger
This new gizmo — the only portable solar charger that can effectively turn sunlight into electrical power under sunny, cloudy and even rainy weather conditions — launches the idea of being green into the stratosphere. It delivers up to two hours of cellphone talk time for every hour of direct sunlight, making it the world’s most powerful solar charger. The large, 5,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery holds enough power to fully charge up to three smartphones (or four standard cellphones) and retains a charge for more than one year. It can also be charged from a USB power source. $139.95. www.solarjoos.com
Samsung Series 9 Laptop
You might call this the Lamborghini of laptops, or at least the Porsche of personal computing. Samsung’s Series 9 is the n’est-plus-ultra mobile machine equally suited for work and entertainment. The 13.3-inch powerhouse weighs in at less than 3 pounds and boasts Samsung’s hallmark SuperBright Plus display. Crafted from Duralumin, a material typically found in advanced aircraft that’s twice as durable as aluminum, its sleek, ergonomic styling evokes thoughts of speed and performance with an ultrathin 0.64-inch profile. Series 9 integrates the second-generation Intel Core i5 processor, affording you the latest in performance computer technology. Intel HD graphics, combined with the new processor, deliver crystal-clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth HD video and audio playback. It also comes equipped with USB 3.0, Blue-tooth 3.0, built-in WiMax and the latest in WiFi and Sleep & Charge USB technologies. $1,649. www.samsung.com
Iomega SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone
We’ve all been there: Your iPhone crashes, and you realize you’ve lost all your contacts and photos because you’re a little lazy about regularly synching your iPhone with iTunes. Never fear — it’s the SuperHero to the rescue! It automatically backs up contacts and photos on an iPhone (or multiple iPhones) every time you charge it. The device comes complete with a 4GB SD card that provides the storage in the docking station for iPhone contacts and camera roll pictures. (The SD card is upgradeable if you need more capacity.) You simply download the free SuperHero iPhone app from the Apple Store and you’re ready to go. After the initial backup, future backups only include incremental contacts and photos. Then, if you lose or damage your iPhone, you can restore contacts and photos to a new iPhone by docking it in the SuperHero dock and selecting the “restore” button. Fully compatible with the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G, as well as the iPod Touch (fourth generation). $54.99. http://iomega.com/superhero-iphone-backup
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …