Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
You can never be too thin or too … waterproof. At just under a pound, the world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet features the first 10.1- inch tablet display, complete with Sony’s full HD Triluminos color technology for rich, natural color; and the X-Reality image-processing engine to make photos and videos pop. With its Walkman and Movies applications, access your song and video libraries and tap into Sony’s Music Unlimited (free 30-day trial included) and Video Unlimited services. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and a 6000mAh battery provide oomph, while the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS is user-friendly. In black (16GB or 32GB) or white (32GB). $499.99–599.99.
Move over, plastic fitness trackers: There’s a much chic-er option in town. Outfitted with a classic round analog watch display and designed by style-minded Parisian designers and exacting Swiss watchmakers, Activité has two dials: One tells time while a sub-dial tracks your activity (calories burned, distance traveled, sleep patterns and more). Activité communicates with iOS devices via Bluetooth, while the Withings Health Mate app keeps you on track to your fitness goals. Available in black or silver, it’s made of stainless steel 316L; the shatterproof sapphire glass face functions as a touch screen for switching modes. Activité instantly switches time zones as you travel. Available this fall. Price TBD.
Magellan SmartGPS 5390
This GPS doesn’t just get you where you’re going — it tells you where you want to go for a fraction of the price of in-dash infotainment systems. The SmartGPS leverages the ever-expanding power of social media to push localized reviews and deals from Yelp and Foursquare, plus the lowest gas prices, traffic reports and traffic camera alerts, right onto the device screen, no additional subscription plan required. Sync with your smartphone, computers and tablets to update and share information across devices so you never lose your favorite destinations — plan entire trips ahead of time or bookmark locations on the spot. $229.99.
Mophie Space Pack
The world’s first rechargeable battery case with local built-in storage made for iPhone 5s/5, Space Pack solves the two biggest smartphone difficulties: lack of juice on the go and enough memory for all your stuff. The 1700mAh protective battery case provides space for an additional 16,000 pictures; 9,000 songs; 14 hours of movies; plus Web and email downloads galore. The Space app automatically organizes files on the pack into collections so it’s easy to find items, manage and organize what’s in your storage, share files and access things you can’t normally save to your iPhone. The rechargeable case doubles battery life for an extra eight hours of talk time or 10 hours of video. $149.95 (16GB); $179.95 (32GB).
Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
American Airlines Mobile ID creates a more seamless, touchless travel experience for American Airlines customers with TSA PreCheck. Recently started at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, AAdvantage members with PreCheck can use Mobile ID at selected checkpoints to verify their identity. AA plans to deploy the technology at Miami (MIA), Phoenix (PHX), Washington, D.C. (DCA) and more later this year.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
First opened in 1742 by George William Wilton, a seller of oysters, shrimp and cockles near Haymarket in London, Wiltons continued drawing diners with its delicious food for more than two centuries. This summer, Wiltons celebrates its 280th birthday and its place as one of London’s most beloved fine-dining establishments with a unique dining experience.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Prague celebrates the beauty and eternity of this historic city with a limited-time stay offer. The Eternal Beauty offer includes a stay in one of the Premier River rooms, which boasts unique views of Prague, a limousine transfer and breakfast.