New Year, New Gear

by Akhil Kalepu

Feb 4, 2016
2016

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.
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Amazon

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Amazon Echo
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.
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Icontrol Networks

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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.
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Apple

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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.
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Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Barrio Alto district in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Giuseppemasci | Dreamstime.com

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Sep 15, 2019

Hotel Barrio Alto Opens in Former Lisbon Palace

Two years ago, an 18th-century palace in the center of Lisbon closed for construction — the building is ready to re-open as a luxury boutique hotel.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

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Sep 15, 2019

Cunard Launches Exclusive Musical

Cunard premiered the musical Top Hat aboard Queen Victoria last week. Next week, the musical premieres aboard Queen Elizabeth. The musical is slated to appear exclusively on Cunard ships for the next four years.

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Sep 15, 2019

Lufthansa Launches Innovative Carbon Offset Program

Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.

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The Island of the Knights

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.

Desert. Photo: Galyna Andrushko | Dreamstime.com

Daily
Sep 15, 2019

Shop New Desert-Inspired Capsule Collection From The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.

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Sep 14, 2019

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The Island of the Knights

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.

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Sep 13, 2019

Google Expands Price Comparison Tool

Google announced last month it added additional features to its price comparison tool. The tool helps users plan trips and compare rates. The new features include one that shows whether the price of a planned flight plus accommodations is low, average or high.

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Sep 13, 2019

Singapore Airlines Begins Non-Stop Service Between Singapore, Seattle

Singapore Airlines launched its non-stop service between Singapore (SIN) and Seattle (SEA), Sept. 3. Seattle is Singapore Airlines’ fourth U.S. destination following Los Angeles (LAX), New York (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to receive non-stop service to and from Singapore.