Samsung Gear S2
Samsung takes aim at the Apple Watch with the release of Gear S2. The newest entry into the wearable market comes with a stainless steel body and replaceable leather band. A rotating bezel allows users to easily navigate apps including Twitter, Yelp, Nike+ and more. Samsung also introduces its own health-tracking capabilities as well as Samsung Pay, with an ecosystem growing every day. Other Gear S2 features include media storage for up to 300 songs, stylish watch faces by Atelier Mendini and optional 3G connectivity. $299.99–349.99.
If you find yourself disappointed by Siri, virtual assistance reaches new heights with Amazon Echo, a voice command device built out of a wireless speaker and microphone array, all housed in a black cylinder. The device looks impressive, but the real power is in its speech recognition ability. Trigger the device by saying “Alexa,” allowing you to check your calendar, get weather reports, play Pandora and more. While the device was made fully available summer 2015, Amazon Prime members had a year to play around with Echo, saying its voice recognition improves over time. Amazon is simultaneously unveiling new features. $179.99.
Icontrol Piper nv
With the advent of smartphones and Web 2.0, home security is no longer an expensive undertaking. Many companies offer a variety of monitoring solutions, but Icontrol’s Piper nv aims to be the complete DIY security solution. It features a 3.4-megapixel camera that can pan, tilt, zoom and even do a four-panel split screen, but Piper offers more than video monitoring. Motion and sound detectors are built into the device, which can trigger a 105dB alarm. The microphone allows two-way audio communication through Icontrol’s feature-rich app. Piper also has a Z-Wave hub, allowing you to link your other smart products to the device, like digital locks and smart thermostats. $279.
Apple iPad Pro
Apple’s latest offering is the flagship iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch follow-up to its popular line of tablets. Unlike the Air and the Mini, the Pro aims to replace the computer as your primary work device. iPad Pro provides 78 percent more screen space combined with a desktop-grade, 64-bit A9X chip, which is 1.8 times faster than the Air 2’s CPU. Using technology from the iMac with Retina 5K display, the iPad Pro offers a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels, calculating to 226 pixels per square inch. Other features include a four-speaker audio system, 10-hour battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front camera and the new Apple Pencil. 32GB $799; 128GB $949; 128GB with 4G $1,079.
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
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IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: