Here’s a new service that could, in extreme cases, mean the difference between life and death. This mobile information tool gives you access to a database of more than 4,200 qualified, English-speaking doctors and dentists in 180 countries and selected emergency and urgent-care facilities for more than 1,100 destinations worldwide. Accessible via your Web-enabled mobile phone (or computer), the service also provides personalized health and security alerts regarding risks that may arise along your itinerary; profiles of more than 3,400 notable facilities around the world, including clinics and pharmacies; medication translation that covers 400 brand-name drugs in the 24 most-visited countries; and idiomatic medical term/condition translation in 10 languages. Most importantly, mPassport provides peace of mind — at a very affordable price. $9.95/month or $49.95/year. (http://www.mpassport.com)
Sony Vaio TT Notebook
Introducing the world’s lightest computer with Blu-ray Disc technology. Weighing in at under 3 pounds and measuring less than one inch thick, it packs HD technology into a sleek carbon-fiber, ultra-portable notebook. Featuring an extra-wide 11.1- inch display with Sony’s XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology (mercury-free for the eco-conscious), the Vaio TT delivers 100 percent color saturation and razor-sharp picture quality ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. The notebook comes with the choice of Windows Vista Home Premium, Vista Business or Vista Ultimate operating systems. Windows XP Professional is available on select models. In black or red. Starts at $2,000. (http://www.sonystyle.com/pr/tt)
Gyration Air Mouse
This spanking-new mouse from motion-sensing technology powerhouse Movea works both in the air and on a flat surface, making it a perfect travel companion. Its MotionSense technology provides precise in-air motion tracking, guaranteeing accurate responses to natural hand movements, whether you’re delivering a presentation or stuck in a cramped space such as an airplane seat. A quick flick of the wrist will command a PowerPoint deck or control multimedia entertainment on a laptop. The in-air controls are effective up to 100 feet and work through walls. Weighs less than 4 ounces. $99.99. (http://www.gyration.com)
Granted, the first generation of wireless headsets was clunky and, well, “performance-challenged,” but the new Jawbone headset is quickly making that perception a thing of the past. Its patented NoiseAssassin technology literally feels your speech with its Voice Activity Sensor, which distinguishes the sound of your voice and cancels out ambient background noise. Two streamlined buttons control all the functions of the headset, making it simple to use. And you’ll feel chic, not geeky, wearing it: Thanks to its sleek profile, premium materials and customized fit, it makes a true fashion statement. $129.99. (http://www.jawbone.com)
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
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.