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)
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
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.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
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