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)
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
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.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.