Delphi SkyFi3 XM Satellite Radio
Although some might argue that satellite radio’s popularity has already peaked, this latest offering from Delphi is sure to help keep it squarely on the hot list. The most recent addition to the popular SkyFi family is the first portable satellite radio to feature a removable microSD card slot, allowing you to combine your own MP3 files with up to 10 hours of XM programming — essentially synthesizing the best features of an MP3 player with the best of satellite radio. It also boasts a 30-minute pause/replay feature and is 65 percent smaller than its predecessor, yet still features an easy-to-read 2.8-inch display. And it can be oriented horizontally or vertically, for easy use in the car or in your pocket. $199. (http://www.shopdelphi.com)
Bang & Olufsen EarSet 2
Those who are still clinging to the notion that Bluetooth headsets can’t be cool will reconsider once they check out this innovation from Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen, the unrivaled leader in cutting-edge consumer electronic products. Two omni-directional microphones filter and suppress wind noise, offering optimal voice transmission while excluding environmental sound. Just fold out the short microphone arm to switch onthe EarSet 2, and fold it in again to turn it off — the ingeniously simple design makes it difficult to drain the battery by accident. A three-way adjustable earpiece keeps it firmly and comfortably in place. Made of aluminum and soft-touch plastic, it’s a little work of art in the palm of your hand — and on your ear. $350. (http://www.bang-olufsen.com)
Bose In-Ear Headphones
From the venerable sultans of sound at Bose come these long-awaited in-ear headphones, ideal for use with portable audio devices including MP3 and DVD players. The nifty proprietary TriPort technology means they provide greater low-frequency output than most conventional earbuds, while their innovative electro-acoustic design creates natural, lifelike sound reproduction. The headphones come with interchangeable silicone tips in three sizes, providing a custom fit and maximum comfort whether you’re relaxing on the train or jogging. A carrying case is also included. Get ready to jam — or just tune out. $99.95. (http://www.bose.com)
HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC
Lending new meaning to the phrase “totally wired,” the folks at Hewlett-Packard and Cingular Wireless introduce the first notebook PC in the United States to feature global mobile broadband capabilities. The integrated UMTS/HSDPA-based technology lets you connect to the Internet at lightning speed in more than 115 countries without the need for wireless hotspots. Wireless LAN, 14.1-inch widescreen displays, Bluetooth wireless technology, and average download speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second round out the innovative notebook’s features. Alas, the arrival of this PC means you’ll have no more excuses for being stranded in an exotic locale without Internet access. $1,599 plus Cingular BroadbandConnect service plan. (http://www.hp.com)
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: