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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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 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.
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.