It’s been a while in the making, but HomePod is finally here. The hybrid device will compete with Google Echo and Amazon Home as a voice-controlled AI assistant while also taking on high-end wireless speakers such as Sonos and Haim. Apple is selling the device based on its great audio quality, and it seems like an elegant solution for music fans who want amazing sound as well as voicecommand capabilities. Buy two for different rooms or use them in the same space for stereo sound. $349.
AWAY: THE BIGGER CARRY-ON
Luggage startup Away took the industry by storm when it released its affordable luxury range, featuring the 46 liter-capacity The Bigger Carry-On. It fits in the overhead bins of all major airlines while giving you enough space for all of your stuff and comes with a built-in battery pack for charging your devices on the move. Luckily, it complies with new rules on batteries that saw rival brands banned by airlines. Available in eight colors, the bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. $245.
LOGITECH MX MASTER 2S ERGONOMIC MOUSE
The demands of the world of work evolved far more rapidly than the human body in recent decades, making fatigue and injury from using computer equipment for long periods a worry for many people. One way to cut down on tendon and muscle fatigue is to invest in an ergonomic mouse, such as this offering from peripherals heavyweight Logitech. It connects over Bluetooth or wireless USB for convenience and works on any surface, including glass. Its large body is designed to fit every hand comfortably, and the rechargeable battery lasts 70 days. $99.99.
DJI MAVIC AIR
If you don’t need a professional-quality drone but you’re looking for something more impressive than entry-level models, the new DJI Mavic Air is perfect. It’s incredibly portable, making it great for outdoors enthusiasts, and it’s easy to fly. Once you’ve got the hang of the controls, you can fly at an incredible top speed of 42 mph while shooting stabilized 4K video. $799.
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.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
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Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.