ZOMM Wireless Leash
Here’s a nifty product whose time is long overdue, especially for those who have endured the hassle of losing a phone. Using Bluetooth technology, the keychain-sized ZOMM prevents you from losing or misplacing your mobile phone by vibrating, flashing lights and sounding an alarm when you stray too far from your device (better yet, you can select the appropriate distance). Features include the ability to mute the ringer and other sounds, adjust the ZOMM volume from your phone, customize the number ZOMM dials in case of emergency and even name your ZOMM. It also boasts call notification and a fully functional speakerphone with a noise-canceling microphone for safe hands-free communication — all for less than $100, with no monthly fees. Available in black or white. $99.99.
PeeWee PC Power 2.0 Laptop
Here’s the ideal entry-level computer for your pint-sized, aspiring global traveler. Designed for children 3–12, its ultra-compact design and sturdy, drop-resistant exterior are able to withstand demanding everyday use. Weighing in at less than three pounds, it comes fully loaded with a water-resistant keyboard, a built-in camera, Windows 7, Microsoft Works 9.0 and 15 educational games. Most important, two security software suites — PeeWee Patrol and Privacy — ensure maximum security and protection for children by allowing you to limit how much time they spend browsing and gaming, block inappropriate sites and prevent them from changing system settings. Additionally, the proprietary software lets you take screen shots, view browsing history and control the laptop remotely. $449.99.
MicroVision SHOWWX+ Laser Pico Projector
The SHOWWX+ is the first laser pico projector to offer a big-screen, movie-length experience in an ultra-portable package. Boasting a super-short “throw” ratio, the SHOWWX+ displays large, bright images even in close or cramped environments, such as the back of an airplane seat or in an elevator. The shorter “throw” of SHOWWX+ allows users to project images that are twice as big as those from competing products from the same projection distance. Boasting two hours of battery life and a contrast ratio up to five times higher than competing products, the SHOWWX+ deftly expands viewing experiences beyond a palm- or pad-sized screen. It works with iPod, iPhone and iPad as well as a range of mobile phones, notebooks, cameras and camcorders — anything with video-out or VGA functionality — and casts a 12-inch to 100-inch diagonal image, depending on lighting conditions. $449.
dB Logic SPL2 Earphones
CES 2011 marked the premiere of these no-battery-required, ultra-low-distortion headphones and earphones. dB Logic’s proprietary sound-pressure-level-limiting technology, SPL2, controls volume levels using advanced circuitry, eliminating the need for bulky battery-powered processors required by competitive products. The circuitry regulates the volume when needed while still keeping the musical content largely unchanged. By maintaining the integrity of the sound, this safeguard is virtually imperceptible to the listener, and the audio content does not sound clipped or distorted. Plus, at this cost, you can buy a pair for a tech-savvy friend. $29.99–$39.99.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.