FlipStart Super Compact PC
Have you ever dreamed of an ultra-portable computer that had all the capabilities of a regular PC, but at a fraction of the size? This tiny powerhouse has made that dream a reality, offering 1.1 Ghz of processing power, a 30GB hard drive, and the choice of Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business operating systems in a familiar clamshell design that measures just 5.9 x 4.5 x 1.6 inches and weighs less than two pounds. An InfoPane feature provides you with a low-power external view of Microsoft Outlook email, calendar and contacts without having to open the unit. No need to squint at the high-resolution, 5.6-inch display: FlipStart’s Zoom lets you enlarge a specific area — such as a window or Web image — or an entire application up to nine levels. Given that FlipStart Labs is the latest pet project of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, we have a very good feeling about this one. $1,999. (http://www.flipstart.com)
LINgo Voyager 4 Talking Translator
This BlackBerry-like device may fast become your new favorite traveling companion. With a 14-language capability (German, Portuguese, French, Russian, and Chinese, to name just a few), it speaks and translates more than 280,000 words and 32,000 useful phrases. It’s also the first 14-language translator to come loaded with the New Oxford American Dictionary, as well as a built-in voice recorder and eight games and puzzles, including the wildly popular Sudoku. It also includes a currency converter, shoe/clothing size converter, and an oversized eight-line LCD backlit screen for easy reading. Don’t leave home without it. $199.95. (http://www.lingotravel.com)
Hammacher Schlemmer 10x Cell Phone Reception Amplifier
Few things are more annoying than a dropped call when you’re traveling in the car through a reception dead spot. This nifty tool boosts your cell phone reception 10x by improving bi-directional signal strength, including both voice calls and data streams, without requiring special programming. Just plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter and connect the antenna magnetically to your car’s exterior — there’s no physical connection to your phone, so it’s perfect for use with a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone. And it works with all current cell phone carrier protocols. $199.95. (http://www.hammacher.com)
XM Xpress RC
This new device from satellite radio leader XM (shown below) is the first-ever full-color, split-screen radio receiver. It allows you to customize your display to view one, two or four channels simultaneously; the split-screen function displays current channel information on the left side, and either the previous channel or three additional XM channels on the right. A 60-minute buffer automatically saves the last 60 minutes of programming so you can replay what you just heard, even if you change channels. $169.99. (http://www.xmradio.com)
Love to laugh and travel? Join Just For Laughs in Cancún presented by Pollen Presents Nov. 3–7. This festival event brings together the relaxing accommodations of a 5-star resort and laugh-out-loud funny comedy sets for a long, unforgettable escape.
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Indianapolis International Airport officially opened its first-ever art gallery, The KIND Gallery, named after the airport’s international airport code. It is initially featuring artists from Harrison Center for the Arts.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Panama City with us.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.