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.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.