Neato Botvac Connected Neato Robotics recently updated its line of vacuum robots with the Neato Botvac Connected, aiming to compete with the iRobot Roomba 980. Most of the machine is the same except for a serious-looking black exterior and the Connected features, allowing you to tether the robot to your home WiFi network and control it through an easy-to-use app, available on Android and iOS. Neato now allows you to switch to an Eco mode, which extends the battery power from 90 minutes to two hours, more than enough time to clean an apartment or the whole floor of a house. $699. neatorobotics.com
UAG Trooper Urban Armor Gear first made waves two years ago when it took an iPhone up to lower space at an altitude of 101,000 feet, protected by one of its rugged phone cases. UAG dropped it back down, only to find the phone completely unharmed and fully functional. The company since came back with its Trooper case for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. UAG’s Trooper offers the same great protection with an added wallet compartment for storing up to four credit cards. $39.95. urbanarmorgear.com
LastPass Coming up with a secure password is a conundrum between using several simple codes and repeating a few complex combinations. Thankfully, many services now exist that act as a master key for all your logins. One of the most popular password managers available to consumers and professionals is LastPass, a service that creates strong passwords for all your websites while you only have to remember a single master login. Passwords are synced across devices, but most importantly, your information is protected with AES-256 bit encryption at the local level, ensuring privacy even from the company itself. Individuals: free basic/$12/year; Premium, business: Enterprise per-user or site license. lastpass.com
Samsung Gear VR It took a while, but virtual reality finally entered the mainstream, not just with the high-tech Oculus Rift, but also through Samsung and Google with their VR headsets. The Gear VR — compatible with Samsung S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ — allows users to access an ever-growing library of apps and games. Your S6 snaps into a comfortable, plastic headset that sends content through two lenses, creating an immersive, 360-degree world to explore. Apps cost up to $15 and range from simple interactive simulations like underwater Ocean Rift to complex puzzle adventures like Esper. $99.99. samsung.com
Brewing long and deep at its center before radiating out to the rest of Europe, Vienna boasts an illustrious history and lasting intellectual impact. The Austrian capital dates back to Celtic and Romen rule, the latter inhabitants using the center city as a military hub among many other employments.
Whether taking a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight or looking up different travel restrictions before planning your trip, travel has looked a little bit different this past year. With all the extra steps for traveling, American Airlines is committed to finding ways to provide ease and more flexibility and choices for passengers when traveling.
Even in “normal” times, folks gravitate to wellness resorts to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle, destress and be nurtured. In this COVID-19-era state of elevated anxiety, people seek even more natural beauty and caring hospitality, healthy food, fitness activities and beauty and body treatments. Canyon Ranch Lenox also provides an extensive staff of experts offering a multitude of health, wellness and spiritual well-being modalities that alleviate personal issues.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
The lights of the aurora borealis appear frequently in the Fairbanks region of Alaska, with a growing number of Aurora Trackers in the area. A new video from Explore Fairbanks features five Fairbanks Aurora Trackers sharing their thoughts and photography on the northern lights.
Remote workers looking for an upgrade from their home offices might want to consider Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Workcation offer. Those booking an extended stay of 10-plus nights are eligible for discounts of up to 15 percent off best available rates; those booking 20-plus nights enjoy up to 25 percent off. The offer is available at Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ diverse portfolio of properties.