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).
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.