BBK AM99 English/Chinese Talking Dictionary
Unless you’ve spent the last couple of years exploring the outermost reaches of the galaxy, you’ve likely heard that China is the new business frontier now that it’s a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organization. If you believe the hype and have an entrepreneurial streak, you may want to start learning the language with the help of this handy electronic dictionary from BBK. It provides accurate translation and authentic pronunciation in both Mandarin and English, as well as Pinyin (Chinese phonetic) displays along with the Chinese characters. The dictionary also features bi-directional English/Chinese dictionaries, idiom dictionaries, and five specialty dictionaries for biology, computers, business, medicine and Chinese medicine. There’s even supplemental information to help you familiarize yourself with Chinese expressions and day-to-day conversation, and a QWERTY keyboard and built-in speaker for easy usage. Go East, young businessman! $99.99. (www.bbkusa.com)
V-Dimension Solar Backpack
Are you looking for a slick, stylish way to carry your gear, charge your cell phone and be “green” at the same time? You can do all three seemingly disparate things with the new solar backpack from Volere. The pack’s Light Amplifier Technology optimizes solar light intensity and electronically matches the spectrum to your cell phone or iPod, even in dim room lighting — day or night — using a small, inconspicuous solar panel. Here’s to environmentally friendly multitasking! $120. (www.volereinternational.com)
This nifty, fully faceted handheld from Verizon Wireless lets you leave your laptop at home. Equipped with Wi-Fi Internet, Windows Mobile 5.0 and a unique sliding QWERTY keyboard, the XV6700 is also a phone/speaker phone and 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder. It’s even equipped with a “flight” mode, which allows you to turn off the wireless functions and work on Word documents or view PowerPoint presentations while en route to your next destination. $299.99 after $100 rebate with a two-year contract.
SwissMemory S.BEAT MP3
Forget the good ol’ Swiss Army knife you’ve been toting around forever. From those crafty folks at Swissbit and Victorinox comes the new-and-improved version — the world’s first integrated MP3 digital audio player and multitool. The s. beat boasts a high-capacity USB stick, audio player — it can store up to 1 GB of MP3, WMA, WAV or OGG Vorbis digital audio files — a voice recorder and FM radio, plus such optional old-fashioned fail-safes as scissors, a blade and a nail file. The digital audio player is detachable from the multitool body, so you can stroll through airport security with no worries. Who would have thought you’d ever be plugging your Swiss Army knife into your USB port? Now that’s progress. $199-$260. (www.swissarmy.com)
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
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.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.