Beolit 12 Portable Music System
World-class audio aficionado Bang & Olufsen launches its new brand B&O PLAY, which highlights a more playful and portable product portfolio. This portable music system is sure to raise the bar for audiophiles. With cutting-edge sound quality; flexible application; and a distinct, compact design, it features Apple’s AirPlay technology, allowing you to play music wirelessly from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC when connected to your wireless network. Designed by Danish designer Cecilie Manz, Beolit 12 is a tribute to Bang & Olufsen’s transistor Beolit radios from the 1960s but offers a superlative portable sound experience. Its 120-watt digital Class D power amplifier system drives two 2-inch tweeters and a 4-inch woofer to deliver powerful, accurate sound performance that comfortably fills a mid-sized room. Its rechargeable battery can charge an iPhone or other connected device and play back music for up to eight hours at normal sound levels. Available in gray; additional colors coming this spring. $799.
WorkForce DS-30 Portable Color Document Scanner
Be more productive on the road as you scan, save and send documents from virtually anywhere. Weighing less than 12 ounces, the WorkForce DS-30 is the only portable scanner with both one-touch scan-to-cloud capabilities and a TWAIN interface, allowing integration into third-party Enterprise Content Management systems. Scan to email, FTP, a specific directory folder or directly to popular cloud services. Scan a variety of originals, from business cards and rigid ID cards to documents up to 8.5 by 14 inches, and use advanced correction tools to remove punch holes, autosize and enhance text quality. $179.
AfterShokz Sport Headphones
Featuring patent-pending bone conduction technology initially developed for military special-ops forces and law enforcement, AfterShokz Sport Headphones enable you to safely use your portable music players while continuing to hear ambient sound such as traffic, car horns or other warning noises. Unlike conventional headphones and earbuds that transmit sound to the eardrums, AfterShokz rest comfortably in front of the ear, sending sound through your cheekbones to the inner ear. Lightweight and sweat- and water-resistant, they feature an in-line control and a standard 3.5mm connector that fits iPhones, iPods, iPads, MP3 players and most smartphones, and come with a lifetime warranty. $59.95.
The only cellphone that runs on a single AA battery, SpareOne provides a constant line of communication even in the absence of electricity as well as the ability to pre-program phone numbers for visitor, travel and emergency services. It can be left in a car for emergencies, given to your children (or parents) to maintain an open line of communication in an emergency, or used where there’s no electric infrastructure for charging. The dual-band GSM cellphone boasts a talk time of up to 10 hours and can keep its charge for up to 15 years, if unused, with an Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA battery (included). $49.99.
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.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
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.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
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.