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)
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.