The Bluetooth speaker market is experiencing a renaissance, with several companies manufacturing portable sound machines at a great price. Sonos recently updated its line of tech-minded PLAY speakers. Unlike most Bluetooth speakers, Sonos devices connect to each other using the existing WiFi network, allowing users to control music from any source on any device in their home using the Sonos app. The speakers can be stereo paired, and now you can tune the sound to fit your room with Trueplay, Sonos’ recent software update for its app. By utilizing the iPhone’s internal microphone, Trueplay measures the acoustics of the room and automatically tweaks the speaker sound. $199–499.
Microsoft Surface Book
With the Surface Pro in its fourth generation, Microsoft aims to revamp its line of laptop/tablet hybrids with the flagship Surface Book. The machine runs Windows 10 out of the box, which looks beautiful on the 13.5-inch screen, though the 3:2 aspect ratio appears a little jarring at first. The dimensions, a bit taller than most laptop screens, feel more natural when using the device as a tablet. Use your fingers on the detachable screen or try the new Surface Pen, which now features a resistive tip for more natural writing, an eraser for easy editing and a button to activate Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, Cortona. $1,499.
Garmin vívosmart HR
The world of fitness gadgets experienced a rising trend in 24/7 heart rate monitoring, with companies like Apple and Polar incorporating sensors into their wearables at lowest-ever prices. Now Garmin enters this game, updating its vívosmart line with the new HR model. In addition to monitoring your heart rate, the device tracks steps, calories, floors climbed and sleep. The vívosmart HR also pairs with smartphones, allowing users to control their music, take calls and receive notifications for texts and social media. Swimmers can wear the device up to 164 feet underwater, and its battery lasts up to five days without needing a charge. $150.
Apple TV and Google Chromecast get a lot of media coverage, but the Roku 4 earns praise as the best set-top box currently available. Believe it or not, Roku actually released the first on-demand streaming box, the Roku DVP, back in 2008. The box didn’t include HD or even access to the entire Netflix library, but the company has come a long way. Roku 4 now offers 4K support and features more than 3,000 channels and apps, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime, YouTube, GoPro and more. $129.99.
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.
Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Google announced last month it added additional features to its price comparison tool. The tool helps users plan trips and compare rates. The new features include one that shows whether the price of a planned flight plus accommodations is low, average or high.
Singapore Airlines launched its non-stop service between Singapore (SIN) and Seattle (SEA), Sept. 3. Seattle is Singapore Airlines’ fourth U.S. destination following Los Angeles (LAX), New York (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to receive non-stop service to and from Singapore.
For those without accessibility issues, going to the beach can be simple. There’s nothing to do but pack up your gear, head to the shore and walk out onto the sand. For those who may be inhibited, however, the beach poses more of a challenge.