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.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.