LUDELA SMART CANDLE
Philips’ Hue is pretty neat if you’re getting into smart home technology, but it will never beat the appeal of a real candle. While some digital candles use LEDs, LuDela brings the real thing to the 21st century with its WiFi-connected candlesticks and app. The product can ignite and extinguish itself at the push of a button. The candle will also go out if it senses itself falling over or if the proximity detector goes off, ensuring safety for people and animals. The base is constructed to catch melted wax, which is replaced from a variety of LuDela’s scented refills. Pre-order price $99; refill cartridge $7.99.
Few people carry around walkie-talkies since the advent of smartphones, but outdoor enthusiasts will want something that doesn’t rely on cell towers. Instead of limiting you to a two-way radio, the goTenna Mesh acts like a portable tower, creating a network for groups in remote areas. The original goTenna essentially turned your smartphone into a walkie-talkie without the need for a cellular connection, but the Mesh takes it a step further by allowing people to send messages and data through a private, mobile network infrastructure. What was normally military-grade technology costing thousands of dollars is now available for consumers at a fraction of the cost. Pair, $179.
Google is ditching the Nexus brand and producing its own phones (co-manufactured by HTC). Taking aim at Apple’s iPhone 7, the Pixel and Pixel XL ship with the new Android Nougat operating system as well as Google Assistant, which the company hopes will revolutionize the use of AI in our daily lives. The 12.3-megapixel camera is already being called the best smartphone camera available, and you’ll have plenty of space to store your shots thanks to Google’s offering unlimited cloud storage for Pixel shots in full resolution. The phones have a carrier partnership with Verizon, but what’s really exciting is the phone’s availability on Project Fi, Google’s new cell network. $649–869.
The action cam company updated its Hero line with the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. Both shoot 4k video at 30 frames per second, all housed in a rugged, waterproof casing. The Hero5 Black is actually waterproof without the casing, making it much more portable and convenient for charging. Both models can be taken up to 33 feet underwater, and up to 196 feet if you buy the diving case. The devices now feature a simple GPS tagging function, though expect this to get even more detailed thanks to GoPro’s acquisition of Dashware, a company that specializes in collecting GPS data for speed, altitude and more. Both of the Hero5s now support RAW files, giving photographers greater control over editing. $299.99–399.99.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.