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)
FOUNDED IN 1534, QUITO sits at almost 10,000 feet, making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Located just 14 miles south of the equator, the city enjoys a spring-like climate year-round, from the cool 50s at night to the low 80s during the day. With a consistent 12 hours of daylight, Quito is, literally, one of the greenest cities in the world.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
While we wait patiently for the go-ahead to travel, Crystal Cruises offers some home-bound programming with [email protected]. The virtual cruise experience was created to appease the wandering traveler’s eye and inspire future vacation plans, all from the comfort of home — a growing theme in the industry, but a novel idea in the cruising world.
A new report shows the country’s most miserable airports: Newark (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and LaGuardia (LGA) rank near the top of the list.
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.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
Kempinski Hotels are recognizing KEMPINSKI DISCOVERY members during this time of crisis: In case of interrupted stays, members of the loyalty program will not only be recognized for nights effectively stayed, but also for the nights they had to cut short.
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Two Florida Resorts, Naples Grande Beach Resort and Cheeca Lodge & Spa, See Trend of Rescheduling as Opposed to Canceling in Light of COVID-19 Outbreak
Good news is welcome in these times of uncertainty, and at least two Florida resorts, Naples Grande Beach Resort and Cheeca Lodge & Spa, are finding most travelers are opting to reschedule upcoming events and stays rather than cancel — a bright outlook for the travel industry to bounce back quickly once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.