Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
They say there’s a kid in all of us — and if that’s true, this may be just the phone for you. The world’s first PlayStation-certified smartphone combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the latest Android smartphone technology. You can take conference calls, send emails and win the Super Bowl (well, kind of), all on one device. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, exclusively for Verizon Wireless, redefines mobile gaming by combining all the features customers expect from a fully featured smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience.
Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it comes pre-loaded with seven game titles including Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. More than 50 additional games are available for download via VCAST Apps. Go instantly from executive to gamer with the slide-out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys. It also features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 205 GPU, Adobe Flash Player; 4-inch multi-touch display; support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search and Google Maps; and access to more than 200,000 apps available from Android Market. $199.99 plus monthly access plan. www.verizonwireless.com
OnStar FMV, an abbreviation of For My Vehicle, brings the industry-leading safety, security and communications service — previously only available in certain car brands like Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac — to your car, whatever make it may be. It offers the same core features that have made OnStar an invaluable resource for more than 6 million subscribers. For example, Automatic Crash Response, triggered by an accelerometer in the OnStar FMV mirror, connects you to a trained OnStar emergency advisor in the event of a crash. The advisor can provide the exact location of the crash to emergency responders using your mirror’s GPS location, even if you’re unable to respond. Turn-by-Turn navigation, OnStar’s most popular service, is accessible with a press of OnStar’s blue button; ask for directions to a specific address or location and they are downloaded to OnStar FMV, which provides spoken turn-by-turn instructions to the destination. Security services include Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which also uses OnStar FMV’s global positioning satellite location. OnStar FMV also provides two choices for hands-free calling through the OnStar service or through a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone. Installation, which requires replacing your rearview mirror with the OnStar FMV, takes less than an hour and costs less than $100. $299, plus monthly service plan. www.onstar.com
Altec Lansing Orbit USB Stereo
From the masters of audio at Altec Lansing comes this new on-the-go audio solution with plug-and-play simplicity. The Orbit USB Stereo, comprised of two cylindrical speakers, significantly amplifies and enhances the sound of any laptop, netbook or computer without compromising portability. Making a presentation from your laptop to a group and need bigger, better audio oomph? You’ve got it. Its unique, compact design interlocks the two speakers like a camera lens and stows the cord, so it’s easy to pop in your bag or suitcase — and it boasts a lot of bang for your buck. $49.95. www.alteclansing.com
Beacon Universal Remote Control System
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … smartphone-turned-remote control! Beacon Universal Remote Control System from Griffin Technology is powered by Dijit (a free, downloadable application that turns your phone into a Personal Media Assistant). This dynamic duo transforms your iPhone and other iOS devices into universal remote controls, magically transforming Bluetooth signals into infrared commands that your stereo, TV and other devices can recognize. How cool is that? Plus, it looks a lot like a game-show buzzer, which is also fun — just don’t hit it too hard. $79.99. www.griffintechnology.com
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.