Vudu Box

by Jonathan Spira
Vudu Box

Instant Gratification
While the Blu-ray v. HD DVD battle made headlines (HD DVD lost, in case you weren’t paying attention), it probably didn’t matter. The idea that movies have to be delivered on a piece of plastic is about as forward thinking as making a better buggy whip to compete with the automobile 100 years ago.
The Vudu set-top box gives you high-definition access (up to 1080p) to thousands of movies on …

Ipevo TR-10 Portable VoiP Conference Phone

by David Goldes
Ipevo TR-10 Portable VoiP Conference Phone

For many business travelers, Skype has become an indispensable part of how they communicate.  Ipevo’s stylish portable conference phone, which is optimized for Skype, is one of the most useful items I’ve come across recently for the business traveler.  It works both as a speakerphone and handset (slide the switch to change modes) for Skype and is compatible with Mac and Windows personal computers.  Voice quality (for both sides) is …

Joby Zivio Boom Wireless Headset

by David Goldes
Joby Zivio Boom Wireless Headset

I’ve been looking for a Bluetooth headset that’s comfortable to wear, easy to use, stylish, and has good sound quality.  I found one when looking for a tripod of all things. Joby, maker of the versatile Gorillapod, applied their ingenuity to the Bluetooth headset market and the result is the Zivio.
Joby provides a variety of earpieces in sizes to ensure a comfortable fit and I found both types (earbud and …

Bluelounge – The Sanctuary

by David Goldes
Bluelounge – The Sanctuary

What do you do with your multiple mobile phones, Bluetooth headset, MP3 player, portable GPS, and game console, not to mention your car keys, when you get home?  Most people have a plethora of chargers scattered throughout the house.  Enter the Sanctuary, from Bluelounge Design.  The Sanctuary lovingly holds and charges all of your gear in what proves to be a simple but brilliant solution to a problem faced by …

Flip Mino Video Camera

by David Goldes
Flip Mino Video Camera

If you think of a camcorder as bulky and cumbersome, you haven’t seen Pure Digital’s Flip Mino.  The Flip is both pocket-friendly and easy-to-use.    Weighing in at just 3.3 ounces (its predecessor tipped the scales at 5.2 ounces), you might even forget you have it with you (I did, several times).
The Flip gets its name from the retractable USB arm that pops out on demand (no need to have the …

Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten Munich

by Jonathan Spira
Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten Munich

Walking into the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten from the bustling Maximilianstraße is like stepping into a time capsule, but one that places you inside one of the grand old hotels of Europe.
Whether royalty [former guests include Empress Elisabeth of Austria (“Sissi”), the King of Siam, and Winston Churchill] or business traveler, the salon-style lobby of the 1858-built hotel, which features a mosaic glass roof portraying the four seasons, beckons.
WHERE IS IT?
Built …

Sony Philharmonic Orchestra

by Jonathan Spira
Sony Philharmonic Orchestra

Technology companies such as Sony usually make technology.  In some cases, they even make music players (Walkman, iPod).  But it’s rare that the employees of such companies make music.
At Sony, however, it’s the norm.  Founded in 1995 by then CEO Norio Ohga, a former opera singer who had conducted professional orchestras, the Sony Philharmonic is made up of Sony employees from different parts of the company (Sony Corporation, Sony Computer …