An accurate and consistent real-time motion-capture technology for putters and drivers, Blast Golf is a removable, Bluetooth-connected motion sensor that analyzes and records putts and full swings for eight hours, allowing you to quantify your progress and share highlights with your golf buddies via social networks. The companion iOS app features Smart Video Capture, detecting metrics like swing speed, loft and lie. Identify trends through stats and graphs, capture them and personalize your video with overlaid metrics. Proprietary sensing technology maintains accuracy within less than one mile per hour. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 5th generation running iOS 7.0 or higher. Includes a wireless charging base. $149.95.
Introducing the latest tool for the techie who has everything: a 3-D mouse you wear on your finger and operate using gestures and thumb actions. The Mycestro wirelessly connects to your computer, tablet or other device, allowing you to control it from up to 30 feet away. Its compact, lightweight design doesn’t interfere with your typing; and since it doesn’t require a surface, it’s ideal for use on airplanes and in other close quarters. Three buttons act as left, center and right clicks; to scroll, simply run your finger across all three. Its out-of-the-box, plug-and-play functionality works with Windows, Apple and Android operating systems. $149.
The world’s first interactive smart bag charges phones, laptops, tablets and thousands of other devices. Equipped with a built-in, flight-friendly, rechargeable 26,000 mAH lithium-ion battery and intelligent connectors that automatically supply the correct voltage for your device, it powers up to three devices simultaneously with three LED-backlit, USB reversible ports, fully charging a laptop or iPhone 5S 14 times. A downloadable app reveals remaining power and charge levels, while a loss-prevention feature sends a message to your phone if you leave the bag behind. Crafted of water-resistant, padded canvas, it converts into a messenger bag or backpack in seconds. In red or black. $649 (PC), $699 (Mac).
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This new streaming media HDMI stick connects your HDTV to online entertainment, combining all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services with Amazon’s digital content. Watch more than 200,000 TV episodes and movies, including selections from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus; rent videos from 99 cents; or enjoy sports, news, music and games. Advanced Streaming and Prediction for Amazon Instant Video learns what movies and shows you like and gets them ready — no waiting for videos to buffer. Access Prime Music to enjoy a million-plus artists through your TV, commercial-free. Pre-registered to your Amazon account, the device sets up in minutes; eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime. $39.
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: