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
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.
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.
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.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Marriott International had a record 2019, marking seven straight years of record-breaking organic growth.
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.
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.