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 Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.