Expert Tips on How to Take Better Travel Photos

by Paul Riegler

After a long journey to a far off (or perhaps not so far off) place, you’re left with the memories, a few souvenirs, and – for many – photographs that simply didn’t do justice to the trip.
Despite the proliferation of smartphones with increasingly powerful and intelligent built-in cameras, the photos most people take aren’t necessarily improving.
To understand what makes a good travel photo, I spoke with FBT Editorial Director Jonathan …

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Havana, Cuba – Review

by Jonathan Spira

The big news in the hotel world was the 2017 opening of the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski in Havana, the city’s first proper grande dame of a hotel to open in the island nation. Located in the historic Manzana de Gómez building, Cuba’s first shopping mall in the center of Old Havana, the hotel is truly in a class of its own.
An oasis in a city that’s somewhat crumbling and …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

by Jonathan Spira

When Ford introduced the original Mustang in 1964, it also introduced an entirely new class of car, “pony cars,” a new category that comprised sporty yet affordable performance cars with long hoods and short rear decks.
The Mustang’s launch on April 16, 1964 was nothing if not monumental. To build excitement, Ford purchased the 9 p.m. slot on all three major television networks and presented the brand new car to 29 …

Review: ‘The Fourth Wall’ at A.R.T./NY Theatres

by Jonathan Spira

A.R. Gurney is know for witty plays such as “The Dining Room” and “The Cocktail Hour,” which explore upper-class WASP life in contemporary America. “The Fourth Wall,” set in a similar household, is the study of a quartet of characters who wrestle with one person’s obsession with the fourth wall in a room.
First staged in 1992, “The Fourth Wall” is being produced, in an off-Broadway revival, by the Theater Breaking …

Thursday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

by Anna Breuer

Today, Thursday, June 21, marks the summer solstice, the day of the year with longest period of daylight and fewest hours of darkness.
The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2018, the solstice will occur at 6:07 a.m. EDT, hence 5:07 a.m. CDT, 4:07 a.m. MST, and 3:07 a.m. PDT. At …

Why Apple’s New Screen Time Feature Doesn’t Shock Me

by Jonathan Spira

Once Apple announced that it was introducing Screen Time, a new feature in its iOS 12 operating system for the iPhone and iPad, I was inundated with calls from researchers and journalists asking my opinion about both the feature and also the “surprising” findings people using the beta version were reporting.
As some of our readers know, I spent over a dozen years as chief analyst at Basex, a think tank, …

Cardless ATMs Come of Age

by Anna Breuer

In a world where contactless payment seemed like something out of a Jules Verne story until Apple Pay and Google Pay came along, banks are now on the edge of what could be a major revolution in how we interact with them, at least at the branch level.
The change: automated teller machines that don’t require an ATM card for such tasks as deposits, checking balances, transfers, and cash withdrawals. This …