IZON 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Monitor
This groovy, cutting-edge, app-controlled remote video camera streams audio and video to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world, providing real-time video on local networks to let you see what’s happening at home (or anywhere). Setup takes just a few minutes — the IZON app creates a unique code for your network and scans the code immediately. You can place it on any horizontal surface or mount it to the ceiling: It tilts and swivels on its magnetic base. $129.95. steminnovation.com/izon
ECOXBT Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The only speaker on the market that is 100 percent waterproof, this rugged gadget is fully submersible and it floats, so you can knock it off the boat or drop it in the pool and it will rise to the surface (and the occasion), speakers facing up and tunes jamming. It streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device and lets you answer incoming calls over the built-in speakerphone. And its rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 10 hours of play time. $129.99. ecoxgear.com
FAV I SmartStick
This plug-and-play gizmo magically transforms any HDTV into a full-range, entertainment powerhouse SmartTV. Access movies, music, apps and games via the latest Android OS. Get thousands of apps at Google Play, including movie streaming via Netflix, HULU or EPIX; music streaming via Pandora or Spotify; video streaming via YouTube; and social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. SmartStick includes a full Internet browser, 4GB of built-in memory and a MediaSHARE app to wirelessly deliver movies, music and photos directly to your TV — no subscription needed. For the full TV-as-computer experience, add on the mini wireless keyboard with touchpad mouse. $49.99. favientertainment.com
FreedomPop Wireless Internet
Backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, FreedomPop is on a mission to “deliver free, fast, wireless Internet to all.” Get 500MB of free, high-speed Internet each month on any device, anywhere — no contracts or strings attached — with additional data available at prices 25 to 60 percent lower than what wireless carriers charge. If you’re traveling within the United States, you’ll no longer be tied to slow Internet connections in airports and hotels, or fear losing wireless access on the go. The service runs on Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network and will expand to include Sprint’s 4G LTE network this year. Visit the website for availability in your location. Free (fee for additional data plans). freedompop.com
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.