This nifty gizmo transforms any iPhone 4 or 4S into a portable, big-screen theater and slideshow maker, perfect for impromptu movies, in-flight presentations or photo sharing — not to mention keeping kids entertained with their favorite videos during long road trips. The first projector of its kind, the accessory acts as a thin sleeve that lets you project video content from your phone or any app that allows for video output, such as Netflix or YouTube, onto any surface, at a display of up to 50 inches (diagonally). The projector features super-bright, 15-lumen LED illumination, has a built-in speaker and can charge your phone when not projecting. $229.99.
No matter how often you fly, you feel that twinge of anxiety when you check your luggage, a nagging fear that while you’re headed to Hong Kong, your bags might end up in Honolulu. PocketFinder puts this fear to rest. Simply slip the nearly indestructible device into your bag, and you can track it from your smartphone or other Web-enabled device. If you are separated from your bag, you can easily show the agent where it landed. Or preempt the recovery process entirely by making sure your bag is on the plane before take-off. Use PocketFinder to keep track of even more valuable possessions — your children! $149.95 (device plus two months of service; $12.95 per month thereafter).
The latest introduction from Ematic, a leader in value tablets, the 7-inch eGlide Steal’s functionality belies its affordability. The Android 4.0 tablet is equipped with a 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM for improved Web surfing and more efficient multitasking. It offers access to thousands of useful and entertaining apps and more than 2.5 million eBooks available through the tablet’s Kobo eReading application. There’s also 4GB of internal storage, 5GB of additional cloud storage, a built-in voice-record feature, WiFi and EDAN (Ematic’s Digital Assistant and Navigator), with voice-to-text technology to search for information like movie times and restaurants. $119.95.
This newly launched smartphone is packed with cutting-edge features. Microsoft Office 365 gives you seamless access to email, contacts and shared documents; create, open and edit documents from your home screen and send them via email. With the People Hub, keep up with social networks and use the Groups feature to organize your contacts so you can email, text or chat with an entire group at once. Travel is a snap thanks to Nokia Drive, a free, voice-guided navigation service available for nearly 100 countries and in 46 languages, enabling you to access maps with or without an Internet connection. Nokia Transit offers detailed information from public transit agencies in 510 cities across 46 countries, providing you with the most convenient door-to-door directions from point A to B by bus, train or on foot. $99.99 and up, with two-year AT&T service agreement.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
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Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
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.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.