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)
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.