Apple iOS 10
The annual iOS upgrade marks an exciting and fearful time for users of Apple’s mobile products — excited for new features but fearing the loss of important functions. One of the most significant additions is the introduction of widgets. Long available on Android, iPhone apps can now display information on your home screen without actually starting the full app, opening up countless possibilities for future developers. For now you can get headlines from The New York Times, have easy access to directions with Apple Maps and keep an eye on the forecast through Weather. For Snapchat fans, iMessage has been overhauled to include pictures, stickers and animations similar to the social media app. People who like a clean interface will be pleased users can now delete the stock app icons like Mail. Free.
Getting up in the morning doesn’t have to be a rude awakening to your dream. Instead, turn to a more natural alarm system that responds to your body’s sleep cycle. One of the most popular gadgets to do this is Sleepace’s Nox Smart Sleep Light, an alarm clock that pairs with your smartphone and determines a wake-up time based on temperature, humidity, noise and light levels. Instead of a piercing bell, Nox’s ambient mood light turns on when your sleep cycle has finished to stimulate your body’s morning wake-up routine. $150.
Logitech Pop Home Switch
Smart home technology is becoming a fixture in more and more places, all of which can be controlled by a single smartphone. While this is convenient, the applications don’t recreate the simple satisfaction of pushing a button or flipping a switch. Logitech also saw this problem and came up with a solution in its Pop Home device. Containing just one button, Pop Home can be linked to a variety of smart home devices like your security alarm or lighting systems, letting you turn them on or use a function with a simple, physical switch. You can even combine functions in a single Pop Home, letting you dim the lights, turn on the TV and set an alarm with one button. $100.
Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus
Artists and graphic designers have been quick to adopt touch screens as an alternative to a desktop computer. While the latter still requires a third-party tablet for drawing, Sensu’s Artist Brush & Stylus allows people to directly touch the screen, providing a more natural drawing experience. Not only does it have the traditional stylus pen, Sensu also packs a digital brush to recreate the feel of painting on a digital touch screen. $40.
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.
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.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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.