Sansa Fuze MP3 Player
Looking for a spiffy, economical alterative to that much-hyped MP3 player that everyone is always talking about? (Hint: It’s a four-letter word that starts with an ‘‘i’’ and ends with a ‘‘d.’’) The brandnew Sansa Fuze from SanDisk is loaded with features, playing music, video, photos, FM radio and audiobooks. It also has a microSD card slot that lets you quickly add content and expand your storage capacity. A built-in voice recorder and 1.9-inch color screen come in handy. It’s available in an array of colors, including black, red, pink and blue; and best of all, with a starting price of $79.99, it’s a bargain that’s hard to beat. $79.99 (2GB, 500 songs), $129.99 (8GB, 2,000 songs). (http://www.sandisk.com/sansafuze)
Panasonic SDR-SW20 Camcorder
Another debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, this camcorder is built for adventure, whether you’re snorkeling in the Caribbean or rockclimbing in South America. Rugged and compact, it’s completely waterproof (in seawater, too) to a depth of five feet, and shock-proof against drops from up to four feet. A “quick start” function means it initiates recording just six-tenths of a second from the time the LCD is opened, making it easy to catch unexpected memorable moments. And you can connect it via USB cable to a DVD burner and press a single button to copy recorded video clips from an SDHC/SD memory card to a DVD disc. $399.95. (http://www.panasonic.com)
The latest version of this very nifty device has a streamlined new silhouette and is compatible with both standard and high-definition televisions. It magically transforms your PC, laptop, Mac, and a variety of smartphones into personal, portable TVs, letting you view your cable, satellite or DVR programming on a wide range of devices anywhere you can access the Internet. So if you’re cooped up in a hotel room halfway around the world, you can still catch all your favorite shows. How cool is that? $179.99. (http://www.slingmedia.com)
Ziszor! Handheld Paper Shredder
Drowning in piles of unopened junk mail and old bills, but afraid to toss them for fear a conniving scoundrel will root through your garbage and steal your identity? Paper shredders are a terrific solution, except for the fact that they’re usually too unsightly and unwieldy to assimilate gracefully into your décor. Never fear — here’s Ziszor! to the rescue! A sporty, handheld paper shredder that measures just 10 inches long and weighs less than 1.5 pounds, it’ll take care of any sensitive documents in no time and even comes with disposable plastic catch-bags, so there’s no need to stand over the garbage as you shred away. Just insert any folded paper (up to five sheets) into the slot, press the trigger button, and presto! — sensitive documents are julienned instantly. It’s powered by four AA batteries, which are included, along with three catch-bags. $39.50. (http://www.ziszor.com)
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
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.
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.
Wild Women Expeditions is bringing women to the forefront of the tourism industry as it becomes more socially acceptable for Peruvian women to serve as porters and guides on mountain treks on the Inca Trail. Previous culturally held stereotypes assumed the strenuous work was too difficult for female professionals.
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.
ONYX Hospitality Group is expanding to Japan with its first-ever property in the country.