TESLA MODEL X
Tesla makes established car companies nervous, having won the prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award for the Tesla Model X, or as the company calls it, “the future of the SUV.” The family-oriented vehicle has an eye for technology, seen in Tesla’s staple touchscreen console which connects to a variety of entertainment and information resources like Google Maps and Pandora. In addition to a basic autopilot mode, the Model X features auto-adjusting seats, environment sensors and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. The falcon-wing doors, on the other hand, are pretty but generally considered impractical. $74,000.
Smartphones broke new ground for electronic musical instruments, introducing millions of budding artists to the intuitive magic of touchscreen synthesizers. The limits were soon reached by more demanding instrumentalists, realizing a hard glass surface is not conducive to music. Roli is one of many companies seeking to fix this, creating innovative devices easy to pick up yet complex enough to be expressive instruments. Roli Blocks can be your drum pad, clip launcher, synthesizer and arpeggiator, all in one handheld package. $179.95 and up.
BOSE SOUNDTOUCH 300
For a long time, consumers were stuck between stock television speakers and a full-on home theater system. Surround sound is cheaper than ever, but for people with small apartments and a lack of technical know-how, soundbars offer an attractive alternative. The Soundtouch 300 is made of sleek metal and glass, giving it a sharp look, especially under a large LCD. Bose’s 38.5-inch speaker comes with a wall mount and remote, but the best part is it fits right into an upgraded surround-sound system. $699.95.
XBOX ONE S
Microsoft’s latest gaming console offers a major improvement over the Xbox One released three years ago, giving the Sony PlayStation 4 plenty of competition. It’s 40 percent smaller with a clean look and can also stand vertically, but most exciting is the implementation of 4K and HDR video, increasing screen resolution by 400 percent as well as picture quality. If you’re looking to play today, the console comes in a few bundles with Madden 17, Halo or Gears of War 4, but serious gamers might want to wait for Microsoft’s next-gen console, dubbed Project Scorpio, set for release in late 2017. $299 and up.
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.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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.