NEST CAM IQ
Nest forged a strong reputation for making connected smart devices for the home, and the company’s updated indoor security camera is the most impressive yet. Its 4K image sensors, 12x digital zoom and high dynamic range (HDR) video make for quality video, but it’s the algorithm-based capabilities that differentiate the Cam IQ from the crowd. The device sends an alert with an image to your phone if it detects a human in a shot, and the Familiar Faces feature means the camera can differentiate between family members and strangers. You’ll have to sign up for a Nest Aware subscription to use the defining features, but the Cam IQ is a great way of using the Internet of Things to make your home safer. CAM IQ, $299; Nest Aware, $10 per month.
LINGMO TRANSLATE ONE2ONE
Being able to communicate effectively is incredibly important, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. With the Lingmo Translate One2One, you won’t have to study a language in order to speak it. The artificial intelligence-powered headset, made by Australian startup Lingmo International, uses IBM Watson natural language understanding technology to translate between English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin. The technology easily detects regional dialects and considers the context for more accurate translations. There’s no need for a Bluetooth or WiFi connection, so you can use the headset almost anywhere. $179.
SKYBELL WIFI DOORBELL
The Skybell lets you see, hear and speak to anyone who knocks on your door when you aren’t there in person. Thanks to WiFi technology and an accompanying app, a live feed alert is sent to your smartphone even if someone approaches your door without knocking, allowing you to keep your home safe and sound. With multiple user connectivity, the Skybell is perfect for couples and families who travel often. $199.
NOKIA STEEL HR
Smartwatches tend to tout technological features with futuristic designs, but what if you want high-tech capabilities in a classic package? While it looks like an elegant timepiece, the Steel HR is a heart rate monitor, activity companion and sleep monitor. It functions as a personal assistant with text, call and event alerts, and it produces exercise reports and analytics in an accompanying app. With a battery life of up to 25 days, the Steel HR is a smartwatch that looks and charges like a classic timepiece. $179.95–199.95.
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.
Six Senses Kocataş Mansions opened late last month along the Bosphorus Strait. The property is housed within two restored, Ottoman-era mansions in Istanbul. The resort’s urban decor incorporates architectural features and artifacts from the mansions.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
InterContinental Hotels Group expands its footprint in Saudi Arabia with plans for the new InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh. The property opens in 2020, a short drive from King Khalid International Airport. The property is also near King Abdullah Financial District and many luxury shopping options.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Heathrow Airport is testing new technology that could help recycle all of its plastic waste into uniforms and furniture.