The ingenious Mauz (Macworld 2013’s Best of Show) is the only “appcessory” to turn the iPhone into a motion- and visual gesture-controlled wireless optical mouse, à la Tom Cruise in Minority Report. Plug it into any iPhone 4/4s/5, download the free app and desktop software the first time, and control your computer or media player via WiFi with customizable touch-screen motion gestures, Z axis/3D gestures (tilting the iPhone), visual gestures (hand and finger motions) and six shortkeys. Developed to replace the wireless computer mouse, it’s the first commercially available smartphone-enabled Human Interface Device. Preconfigured for Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers and Microsoft Office Suite. Available in June. Price TBD.
Native Union SWITCH
This powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker and conference call unit goes wherever you go. A CES 2013 standout, the SWITCH is powered by three high-performance drivers, including an active sub-woofer, and was designed by sound engineers to ensure exceptional natural sound and optimal clarity throughout the frequency range. An intuitive volume control wheel lets you easily alternate between music and calls for up to 14 hours; SWITCH’s battery also powers any USB mobile device. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices and available in rubberized or gloss finishes in five fun colors. $149.99.
Mophie Juice Pack Helium
The first and only certified battery case for the iPhone 5, the Helium is mophie’s thinnest, lightest juice pack ever, packing 80 percent more battery life into an ultra-thin profile. Engineered with a 1500 mAh battery for on-demand power and a soft interior cushion for full device protection, it provides an additional six hours of talk time, 30 hours of audio playback, seven hours of video playback or seven hours of WiFi Internet use (six with 3G and LTE). Comes in a sleek, gunmetal finish. $79.95.
Seagate Wireless Plus
Providing mobile storage without wires or Web, this Best of CES 2013 winner lets you stream your content to tablets, smartphones, Macs and PCs without an Internet connection. With 1TB of storage capacity and up to 10 hours of battery life, it carries more than 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents; streams up to three HD movies to three devices at once; or shoots photos, songs and documents to as many as eight devices. Use the Free Seagate Media app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android to stream your media library wherever you are. $199.99.
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Indianapolis International Airport officially opened its first-ever art gallery, The KIND Gallery, named after the airport’s international airport code. It is initially featuring artists from Harrison Center for the Arts.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Allianz Partners USA’s 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index estimates Americans’ total spend for summer vacation travel will cross the $150 billion mark for the first time in the Index’s 10-year history, a 160 percent increase over spend in summer 2020 and 50 percent over spend in a robust 2019.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.