GOAL ZERO Guide 10 Adventure Kit
April is Earth Month, an especially appropriate time to think about how we can all strive to be a bit “greener.” The Guide 10 Adventure Kit lets you do just that, providing a cost-effective, compact and lightweight charging system. Comprised of four AA rechargeable batteries, a USB output port, an LED flashlight and the 7-watt mono-crystalline solar panels of the GOAL ZERO Nomad 7M, it completely charges in four hours of full sunlight and delivers portable power to a variety of USB and DC devices. Created for broad functionality, the fully charged Guide 10 delivers 30 hours of power for a cell phone, seven to 10 hours for a smartphone, and a whopping 40 hours for an iPod. If the sun’s not shining, no worries — you can also charge from a laptop via USB connection. With nifty tools like this, despite what Kermit says, it actually is easy being green. $139.95.
Seagate GoFlex Slim Drive
They say you can never be too rich or too thin — and the GoFlex Slim, billed as the world’s slimmest external portable hard drive, clearly subscribes to the second part of this adage. At a razor-thin 9mm, it’s roughly the width of a No. 2 pencil. Equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface to enable transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB2.0, this 320GB drive delivers quick access to large multimedia files such as HD movies and video games. The faster drive speed takes full advantage of the included plug-and-play USB3.0 interface, while still maintaining compatibility with USB2.0. You can also use GoFlex Slim interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without formatting and performance loss. Simply install the pre-loaded NTFS driver on a Mac computer once and use the drive interchangeably between the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Additionally, the drive’s included premium backup software automatically and continuously backs up and encrypts files and folders on any PC or Mac computer. $99.99.
The latest from the why-didn’t-we-think-of-that department: the Looxcie, a combination Bluetooth headset/personal camcorder. When paired with the apps on a compatible smartphone (Android 2.0 and higher; iPhone iOS 4.2 and higher), Looxcie is a mobile-connected device, allowing you to instantly share and stream life on the go. It’s always on, continuously recording, so when you experience something you want to share, just click the “Instant Clip” button to save a clip of the last 30 seconds. Before an event or activity, you can set up Auto-Share recipients using the LooxcieMoments app. Then press a button and — voilà! Looxcie automatically sends a 30-second video clip to your recipients in real time. In addition to the mobile apps, the new LooxcieDesktop helper application for PC or Mac lets you easily transfer your raw video to your desktop computer for archiving or editing. In audio-only mode, Looxcie gives you up to 10 hours of talk time — the longest talk time of any Bluetooth headset on the market — and when you take a call, Looxcie automatically mutes the audio on the video capture; so calls stay private and video uninterrupted. $199.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.