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
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
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.
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Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.