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 of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
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.
Wild Women Expeditions is bringing women to the forefront of the tourism industry as it becomes more socially acceptable for Peruvian women to serve as porters and guides on mountain treks on the Inca Trail. Previous culturally held stereotypes assumed the strenuous work was too difficult for female professionals.
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ONYX Hospitality Group is expanding to Japan with its first-ever property in the country.