Remote Play’s TagAlert 200
And now, for another idea from the why-didn’t-we-think-of-that corner: Remote Play’s TagAlert. Just attach the tag to any worldly possession you’d like to hang onto — mobile phone, PDA, laptop or luggage. Then place the monitor in your pocket or on your keychain. The patented system uses wireless technology to sound an alert when you exceed the preset range (from 30 to 100 feet — you set the distance). Each tag has a unique ID, so you can use multiple tags within the same area with a single monitor. Airport lost-and-found departments may never be the same again. $49.95. (www.remoteplay.com)
Sony DSLR-A100 Camera
The future-focused folks at Sony have taken the digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera market by storm this summer with the debut of D-SLR-A100.With its 10.2-megapixel APS CCD image sensor, the camera provides the highest resolution in its class. Sony’s new Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) technology analyzes the image data and instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality of an image before JPEG compression — the first hardware-based DRO solution. The camera’s Bionz image processing engine also offers high-speed shooting at up to three frames per second continuously as well as Super SteadyShot image stabilization, a proprietary technology that shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera movement. If you can’t take a gorgeous shot with this camera, it might be time to look into a new hobby. $900. (Range of lens sold separately.) (www.SonyStyle.com)
BlueAnt X3 Micro Bluetooth Headset
BlueAnt Wireless, Australia’s largest supplier of Bluetooth devices, recently stormed U.S. shores with the introduction of the BlueAnt X3 Micro, one of the world’s smallest Bluetooth headsets. The length of a matchstick and weighing in at less than half an ounce, it’s the only Bluetooth headset on the market that lets you switch between devices on the fly — just a press of a button and you can switch seamlessly between your mobile phone, computer and PDA. It’s sleek (winner of the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Award for “Best in Design”), provides up to seven hours of talk time and 180 hours of standby time, and comes with three charging options: an in-car charger, a wall charger and a USB port into a PC or Mac. Now that calls for another shrimp on the barbie! $69.99. (www.myblueant.com)
ClearOne Chat 50 Global Traveler
This new personal speakerphone from ClearOne connects to a variety of devices — laptops or PCs, mobile phones, desktop video conferencing devices — and provides unmatched full-duplex capability, so users can speak and listen simultaneously without audio cutting in and out. You can even connect it to your iPod for full-band audio playback. And at just a bit larger than a deck of cards, it’s fully portable — you can even schedule calls from the beach while soaking up the last few days (and rays) of summer. $209.99. (www.clearone.com)
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.
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.
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 Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.