Squarely targeted for the YouTube generation, Flip Video is the first camcorder designed to seamlessly upload directly to online video sharing sites. Because the Internet video sharing software is integrated into the device, you can share video as easily as you share digital photos. You can also use it to edit your clips, make custom movie mixes, add your own music, capture still photos from video and design video greeting cards — you can even bring it to a local photo lab for one-hour DVD processing. $119.99 for 30 minutes; $149.99 for 60 minutes. http://www.theflip.com
The latest in handheld document scanning technology, DocuPen RC800 lets you scan hundreds of pages in literally no time. Just choose your mode — black and white, standard color or high 24-bit color — and a resolution from 100 to 400 dpi, and start scanning your letters, color documents and photos into the included Paperport software for download through the USB port on your computer. Unlike other scanners that only scan single lines of text, the DocuPen’s width means it can scan an entire page at once, including text and graphics, in as little as four seconds. And, at just two ounces and 8 inches long, it’s as compact as it is capable. $299.99. http://www.planon.com
ATI TV Wonder 600 USB
You have a business dinner to attend while you’re on the road, but you’re desperate to catch a must-see playoff game. No problem. This nifty device turns your computer into a television and DVR, letting you watch, pause and record analog television and over-the-air HDTV on your PC with no monthly fees. It comes with a credit-card-sized remote control, A/V input adapter for video capture from a camcorder or VCR, and user-friendly installation software. What will they think of next? $119. http://www.ati.amd.com
HTC Advantage X7501
A new introduction to the ever-expanding universe of mobile computing, this sleek, tiny unit packs a lot of muscle into a 5.25-inch by 3.85- inch, 12-ounce package. Equipped with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 with Direct Push Technology, Windows Media Player, global 3G connectivity and built-in GPS, it also boasts a massive 8GB hard drive, a magnetically connected QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-inch touch screen. The best things do indeed come in very small packages. $899. http://www.htc.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.
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.
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.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: