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.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
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