Are you already bored with that USB flash drive dangling from your keychain? From the what-will-they-think-of-next corner comes Wallet Flash, the world’s first credit-card-sized USB flash drive that slides handily into your wallet. A standout at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas,Wallet Flash is waterproof, ranges in size from 64MB to 2GB, and can even be branded with your company logo and name. Just don’t try to pay your hotel bill with it. $29-$169. (www.walletex.com)
And now for a gadget you dreamed of having during your last European trip. A pen that with a mere swipe takes foreign text and — voila! — translates it into English. Just scan the pen across foreign language copy, plug the pen into your computer and presto — your own personal electronic interpreter. It can even translate emails directly into Outlook, and text into Adobe Acrobat. Six translation pairs are available, including English-French, English-German, even English-Russian. Choose your language when you upload the accompanying software onto your computer and soon enough you’ll be reading like a native (if not speaking like one). $149.99. (www.irislink.com)
If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out how to magically transfer your old record collection onto your iPod, the iKEY may become your new best friend. It’s the first portable USB recorder that lets you record audio and convert it into high-quality MP3 and WAV files that record directly onto your iPod (or other USB-compatible storage device). You simply plug the cable from your headphone jack, CD player or other output source into the iKEY, connect the iKEY to a USB storage device such as an iPod, select a digital audio format and hit record. The audio is saved in either MP3 (with a choice of 128, 192 or 256 kbps bit rate) or WAV format and can be replayed immediately on playback devices. All hail the digital revolution! $99.99. (www.ikeyaudio.com)
Pockets full of random business cards of people you can no longer recall meeting will be a thing of the past with this brand-new, crafty business-card scanner. Just feed your cards through the palm-sized scanner and connect the scanner to the USB port of your computer. Cardiris 3 database software (included) then analyzes the contact information and feeds it into the appropriate fields. You’ll dazzle yourself with how organized you’ll soon become. $199.99. (www.irislink.com)
While we wait patiently for the go-ahead to travel, Crystal Cruises offers some home-bound programming with [email protected]. The virtual cruise experience was created to appease the wandering traveler’s eye and inspire future vacation plans, all from the comfort of home — a growing theme in the industry, but a novel idea in the cruising world.
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.
A new report shows the country’s most miserable airports: Newark (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and LaGuardia (LGA) rank near the top of the list.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
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.
Much like cities around the world, San Francisco closed its museums and performing arts venues temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, those sheltering in place can experience many of these cultural institutions from the comfort of their own homes. Here are the places opening their doors remotely.
Two Florida Resorts, Naples Grande Beach Resort and Cheeca Lodge & Spa, See Trend of Rescheduling as Opposed to Canceling in Light of COVID-19 Outbreak
Good news is welcome in these times of uncertainty, and at least two Florida resorts, Naples Grande Beach Resort and Cheeca Lodge & Spa, are finding most travelers are opting to reschedule upcoming events and stays rather than cancel — a bright outlook for the travel industry to bounce back quickly once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hilton is partnering with companies around the world to find temporary work for displaced employees, and others in similar situations, in need of income. With the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis, Hilton is just one of the many travel companies affected.