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)
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
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.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: