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
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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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.
As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.
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.
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.