Samsung continues its well-known tradition of combining sleek style and serious substance with this new handheld, which includes a QWERTY keyboard with high-resolution QVGA color screen, MP3 player, 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and camcorder, Windows Mobile operating system, stereo Bluetooth version 2.0 and streaming music and video. It charges in less than three hours and weighs less than four ounces. Thanks to a wide range of features and the gotta-have-it buzz since its launch, we bet BlackJack will be one of the hottest gadgets this year. $199.99 with two-year Cingular contract. (http://www.cingular.com)
Loc8tor Personal Homing Device
This nifty set, composed of a lightweight handheld device and tags (each the length of a paperclip), transmits and receives radio signals, allowing you to keep track — literally — of invaluable possessions like laptops, handhelds and cell phones when you’re traveling. Just attach a tag to almost any item. When the item moves out of your pre-set safety zone, Loc8tor alerts you and can direct you (within a range of up to 600 feet) to within an inch of where it is. You can register up to 24 tags to each device. Now only if they could invent the same system to keep track of your kids. $99.99. (http://www.loc8tor.com)
Imagine being able to access your desktop by plugging your iPod into any PC anywhere in the world. Now you can with MojoPac, a technology that allows any storage device — iPods, USB flash drives, even cell phones — to carry all the resources and data of your PC. Just plug the device into the USB connection of any computer and voila! your personal computer at your fingertips. Better yet, it’s completely secure. When the device is removed from the host computer, no file or private information is left behind. As your language settings are stored on your MojoPac, you can connect to a Japanese PC and still access your applications in English. What happens on MojoPac stays on MojoPac. $49.99 for one license. (http://www.mojopac.com)
S-XGen Next Generation Ultra Mobile PC
The crafty crew at Seamless Internet transports mobile computing to a whole new level with this handheld uber-computer that has even the most diehard gadget fans falling in love. It packs a nearly full-size keyboard, Intel 520 MHz processor running Windows CE 5.0 operating system,Microsoft Office Mobile, 256 MB RAM, a 20 GB hard drive,WiFi (802.11 b), Bluetooth and tri-band GSM/EDGE/CDMA EV-DO network access, Ethernet and USB ports, a 4-inch TFT LCD touch screen, and a 280-pixel Web video camera into a 14-ounce package that measures just 6.5 x 3 x 1.25 inches. Got all that? Considering its head-spinning functionality, only serious road warriors need apply. $1,395. (http://www.seamlessinternet.com)
If fabulous food and beverages are a must-have for any weekend getaway, then look no further than the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your palate has a penchant for vibrant Latin American fare or cozy French cuisine, whether you're an oenophile looking to swirl, sniff and sip your way around the globe or you’d rather sample farm-to-glass cocktails, Philly’s got it all this fall. (With the exception of Bolo, which is a short taxi or Uber ride away and definitely worth the trip, the rest of these spots are all within walking distance of each other.)
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
From Santoríni to Dubai to New York, some hotels just have that “it” factor that draws visitors far and wide. For some hotels it’s their proximity to popular landmarks and attractions, for others it’s their amenities. But these hotels have something few can claim: a true room with a view.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
Two historic Craftsman-style homes connected by a newly built third extension will take on a new life as the 19-room The Chloe Nashville in 2024. Developed to aesthetically harmonize with both Nashville’s past and future under the direction of Nashville-based Remick Architecture, guestrooms range from 400 to 817 square feet and start at $375 per night, with its top suite running $950 per night. The architecture and interiors maintain the original homes’ residential feel while incorporating modern and traditional design elements reflective of Nashville’s character and history.
A must for travelers seeking quiet on a plane or any noisy atmosphere, QuietOn’s newest launch, QuietOn 3.1, launches a limited-time sale on the product for last-minute trips this fall and winter. Originally selling for $289, QuietOn 3.1 is on sale for $50 off at $239 this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
With more travelers opting to book solo trips, Star Clippers invites solo travelers to embark on one of its tall-ship sailing itineraries with a special offer. Solo travelers who book by Sept. 30 will receive waived single supplements on a variety of itineraries through 2025.