JABRA ELITE ACTIVE 65T
If you like listening to music while you exercise, it pays to get headphones designed for the purpose. Instead of bulky over-ear models or uncomfortable buds, go for the Jabra Elite Active 65t — secure-fit, wireless earbuds that are sweat-, water- and dust-resistant, so you know they’re built to last. With five hours of battery life, you’ll have music for long training sessions, and a built-in accelerometer helps to measure performance with an accompanying app. $169.
ROKU STREAMING STICK PLUS
So-called “cord cutters” continue to replace traditional cable TV packages with streaming services, and Roku leads the market. The company’s Streaming Stick Plus offers upgrades to 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio support, so you know you’re getting a top piece of kit. Plus, as a result of Roku’s famous neutrality, you’ll get access to Netflix, Amazon and almost every other streaming service, with Apple iTunes the only notable exception. Take it with you on business trips and enjoy streaming services anywhere with a WiFi connection. $70.
AMAZON ECHO BUTTON
Tech giant Amazon continues to develop devices for a new line known as Alexa Gadgets, and the first is the Echo Button. You can use the Buttons to play single- and multi-player games from the Alexa Skills store, bringing parlor games into the 21st century. It makes a great addition to your home for after-dinner fun, with Trivial Escape Tap, Party Foul and Button Monte games available from launch. Now there’s no need to dredge up the board games of your childhood to keep guests entertained. Pack of two, $19.99.
GLYPH ATOM SSD
For business travelers using sensitive documents on the road, it’s important to have a backup. The Glyph Atom SSD, a pocket-sized external drive, can slip easily into your jacket pocket, giving you secure access to your files wherever you are. Available in 275GB, 525GB and 1TB versions, the Glyph Atom is extremely durable thanks to the solid-state drive, aluminum construction and rubber casing. Mac users will also be pleased to hear it is one of the few drives on the market that works directly with Apple computers without the need of a dongle. 275GB, $150; 525GB, $250; 1TB, $440.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Southwest Airlines is adding new flights to, from and within Hawai’i, beginning mid-January 2020. The airline will add a new daily service between Sacramento International Airport and Honolulu (HON), plus new non-stop flights between Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) and both Kauai (LIH) and the Island of Hawai’i (KOA).
The Luxury Collection welcomes its eighth property in China with the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. The property is situated in the capital of the Guangxi Province, in a high-rise landmark building in the business district.
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.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.