Do you ever fantasize about being your own mechanic so you can stop torturing yourself about whether you’re getting ripped off at the shop? This handy tool brings you one step closer to becoming Mr. Fix-It. Just plug the handheld tester into your car’s OBD2 Data Link Connector (found under or near your car’s dashboard), turn on the ignition, and then wait while it collects your vehicle’s information. Its color-coded LEDs provide a quick clue as to whether all systems are “go” or if there’s a problem. Then connect the tester to your computer to download reports via the CarMD Web site, which gives users access to accurate, value-added data, including potential problems and their solutions, estimated repair costs and more. It works on all cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs manufactured for use in the United States since 1996. $89.99. (www.carmd.com)
Sony VAIO UX Micro PC
Ever wonder how much smaller computers can get? Sony sets a new standard in the incredible-shrinking-computer race with its VAIO UX Micro PC, the first pocket PC that boasts the performance of a full-size computer. It weighs in at just more than a pound and features a Microsoft XP Professional operating system, an integrated keyboard and Sony’s SmartWi technology, so you can toggle between wireless WWAN, LAN and Bluetooth technology for handy access to the Internet and email. A cool biometrics fingerprint sensor — a major “wow” factor — means no need to remember passwords and it even features two built-in cameras — one for on-the-go video conferencing and another for taking photos. $1,800. (www.sonystyle.com)
Golfers everywhere, unite! That’s the idea behind GolfBuzz.com, a new social networking site specifically for golfers. Traveling to an unfamiliar city and want to spend a few hours on the links? Just type in the ZIP code of wherever you’re headed and immediately get a list of all the nearby golf courses, complete with directions, course reviews and weather updates. You can register and post a profile so you can share tips with other players — and even find a fellow fan to hit the course with on your next trip. And access is free, so you can spend more on lessons and that new 5-iron you can’t live without. (www.GolfBuzz.com)
Samsung Helix XM2Go
From those cutting-edge gurus at Samsung comes this brand-new musical masterpiece, which combines the content and capabilities of XM Satellite radio with the portability and convenience of a 1GB MP3 player. Tune into XM’s 160-plus channels and store MP3s, WMA files and XM content (up to 50 hours) for playback any time, all on a sleek, 4.5-ounce device with full-color display. You can even bookmark songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service. All hail the inevitable musical convergence! $399.99. XM subscription not included. (www.samsung.com)
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.