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)
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: