Introducing the first Web conferencing tool that merges real-time video of the presenter with a PowerPoint slideshow, online demo, video or other content. Working with traditional conferencing and collaboration tools, including Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype, this software uses a depth-sensing camera to extract video from your background and overlay it onto any desktop setting, creating a virtual “green screen.” Record, store and share presentations; use the accompanying mobile app for iPhone and Android as a presentation remote control. Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8 desktop, and Mac OS X. $20 per month per user; ASUS depth-sensing camera available for $199 with three months free; 30-day free trial available.
LINKASE for iPhone 5
This groovy case for the iPhone 5 boosts your phone’s WiFi signal by up to 50 percent — perfect for airports, hotels and other spotty zones. Simply slide out LINKASE’s antenna for significantly faster Web browsing and upload and download speeds. It’s fueled by electromagnetic waveguide, an advanced, signal-enhancing technology that functions through the case’s proprietary antenna. LINKASE’s sleek and protective design uses a durable polycarbonate material, while shock-absorbent rubber shields the phone’s screen. Its multilayered, non-slip leather coating provides a smooth touch, melding form and function. Available in five colors. $49.95.
Analyze the world around you with this futuristic gizmo. About the size of a roll of quarters, The Node — similar to the Star Trek tricorder scanner — was developed by a former NASA contractor and measures temperatures, captures true colors with 99.99 percent accuracy (a plus for graphic designers and painters), detects airborne chemicals like carbon monoxide and reports the efficiency of your humidor or how far you’ve ridden your bike. Take various scans by popping the six sensors on and off (available separately, starting at $25) and display readings on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPad 3, iPad 4 or iPad Mini. $149.
Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader
Kobo delivers the ultimate e-reading experience for the plugged-in bookworm, with the highest-resolution 6.8-inch E Ink display available. At 265 dots per inch — compared with the Kindle Paperwhite’s 212 dpi and the Nook SimpleTouch’s 167 dpi — the spacious E Ink touch screen offers 30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to reading print on paper. The 1GHz processor is 25 percent faster than its competitors and accesses the Internet with WiFi to browse the Kobo eBookstore. Its 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB) stores thousands of eBooks, and the battery lasts up to two months. Available in Ivory, Espresso and Onyx. $169.99.
Developer Viaggio Resorts soon debuts Palazzo Ricci in Abruzzo, Italy. Built in 1799, the palace is in restoration mode ahead of its 2023 debut. The project is being offered as a private residence club, fractional or co-ownership model.
At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Stockholm, Sweden, with us.
Dutch Design Week 2022 is the biggest design event in northern Europe, taking place Oct. 22–30, in the city of Eindhoven. More than 2,600 designers participate in the event, and about 355,000 visitors from Europe and abroad attend. The almost 500 DDW events offer an opportunity for visitors to explore every imaginable design discipline, with a clear emphasis on experiment, innovation and the development of young talent.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Urban Villages recently started construction on Populus, the first carbon-positive hotel in the United States. The 265-room hotel should open in late 2023 and will be unlike anything Denver has ever seen.
This month, tribal leaders and state officials joined Visit California at the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to unveil a new statewide initiative. This initiative aims to showcase California’s native communities and cultural tourism experiences to domestic and international travelers. At the announcement, tribal leaders from across the state shared with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Longing for a destination steeped in romance and enchanting stories? In Southwest Germany, a collection of soaring castles and resplendent gardens offers connections to tales of true love. Take a trip to Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Hill in Stuttgart, overlooking the Neckar Valley.