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.
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
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.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.