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.
Situated deep within the Scottish Highlands, just steps from many lakes and mountains, lies 57 Nord. This collection of two design-led boutique hideaways blends the region’s Norse-Gael heritage by incorporating Scottish craftsmanship, modern Scandinavian design and panoramic views into both structures.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
Oslo’s Art Deco connections just grew stronger with the opening of Sommerro, housed within a historic building in the city’s West End neighborhood of Frogner. The structure itself was once the location of the city’s original electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. The conversion to urban, luxury lodging features 231 guestrooms, 56 residences, seven restaurant and bar options, and meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people. There’s also a 100-seat gilded theater and expansive wellness space, including a full-service gym and Oslo’s first, year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace.
Key West International Airport recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its $100 million expansion. Roman Gastesi, administrator, Monroe County; Richard Strickland, director of airports; and others attended the ceremony and outlined details of the Concourse A terminal expansion project.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.
Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.
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There is nothing better than the gift of travel. Instead of giving your loved ones material items, give them an experience they will never forget. This year, Emerald Cruises offers excellent Black Friday deals on Europe and Southeast Asia river cruises, as well as on the latest collection of luxury ocean yacht sailings on Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara.