Imagine charging your laptop and portable electronic devices without unraveling a tangle of cords and searching (often in vain) for an available power outlet in your hotel room. The whizzes at WildCharge have developed a revolutionary product using electromagnetic induction that lets you do just that. The WildCharger is a flat, thin, wire-free charging pad capable of delivering up to 90 watts of power — enough to simultaneously charge and power most laptop computers and a range of small devices placed anywhere on its surface. (The WildCharger Mini provides almost 15 watts of power for up to four small devices.) Simply put, it’s true full-power, wire-free electricity for the mobile consumer. How cool is that? $100. (www.wildcharge.com)
Speed Trio TV5
This handheld entertainment center combines a movie player, video recorder, MP3 player, and 5-megapixel digital camera into one nifty, versatile package that won’t break the bank. It supports MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF and WAV formats, and comes equipped with 512 megabytes of built-in memory (expandable to 2 gigabytes with an SD card). A built-in surround-sound feature provides a rich listening experience. Bottom line: The TV5 boasts lots of features and functionality for a fraction of the cost of many media players. $119. (www.machspeed.com)
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard The Bluetooth revolution is gaining converts left and right — and there’s no shortage of devices aimed at making working on the go easier than ever. Enter this perfectly portable, practical keyboard from iGo, ideal for extensive emailing and typing. The Stowaway boasts a Qwerty keyboard with four full-size rows, yet folds up into a convenient case ands weighs in at less than six ounces. It’s sure to make your smartphone seem even smarter — and will take up much less space than your laptop on your next flight. $149.99. (www.iGo.com)
While it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the lightning pace of computer innovation, replacing your home computer with the Next Big PC just became a whole lot easier. This nifty gizmo from Data Drive Thru, a standout at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, lets you transfer data between two computers in a snap — with no additional software or pesky computer experts involved. Just connect both computers via the Tornado’s USB cables and watch as the contents of both hard drives are displayed in split-screen format. Then simply drag and drop files or entire directories from one computer to the other. Better yet, sit back and let the kids take care of it. $59.95. (www.buythetornado.com)
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
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.