Austrian Airlines Flights 87 and 88, New York-JFK Vienna and Return

by Jonathan Spira
Austrian Airlines Flights 87 and 88, New York-JFK Vienna and Return

A coffeehouse at 35,000 feet
Terminal 1 is the busy home to 16 airlines. I found Austrian’s check-in area quite easily and checked in without any waiting.  The agent invited me to visit Alitalia’s lounge, where I watched a Euro 2008 match with a glass of wine and a salad.
BOARDING
Austrian allowed early boarding for business class passengers and within minutes I was comfortably ensconced in my business class seat.  The crew …

Security Alert: Is Your Smartphone Vulnerable?

by Jonathan Spira
Security Alert: Is Your Smartphone Vulnerable?

Is your smartphone secured or was a password too much of a bother?  Think about what’s stored in your phone, including contact lists, e-mail messages, documents, proposals, spreadsheets, and presentations – many of which could be confidential.
Smartphones are much easier to lose track of than a laptop; they are also much more likely to be damaged or stolen.  Many don’t have remote wipe capabilities, a security feature popularized by Research …

The Next Big Thing

by Jonathan Spira
The Next Big Thing

Headline writers love to proclaim The Next Big Thing, something I talked about in a column almost eight years ago.
At the time, I commented on TSTBTNBTBNWs (Things Supposed to Be the Next Big Thing but Never Were).  A few items on this list included artificial intelligence and push technology (such as PointCast).
Truly great ideas in business that weren’t proclaimed The Next Big Thing when they arrived on the scene include …

Mercedes-Benz S550

by Jonathan Spira
Mercedes-Benz S550

What was the first production car to come standard with electronic ABS (anti-lock braking) and an airbag?  The Mercedes S-Class of course.  Today, the 2008 Mercedes S-Class represents a combination of luxury and handling that safely transports driver and passengers with a menu of Mercedes safety innovations such as the crumple zone, safety steering wheel, and seat belt tensioner.  It was all new in 2007 and little changed for 2008.
The …

Top Down: BMW 335i Cabrio, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, and Volvo C70

by Jonathan Spira
Top Down: BMW 335i Cabrio, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, and Volvo C70

DRIVE TIME – TOP DOWN
Summer. A time when the business traveler’s mind turns to… convertibles!
Nothing says summer like a bright red convertible.  Unless it’s a medium-blue convertible. Or a metallic grey roadster.
In the automobile’s earliest days, all cars were open; the open car continues to be seen as sporty and adventurous and perfect for hot summer days.  The rest of the time, they were drafty, noisy, and considered less safe …

Lexus LS 460

by Jonathan Spira
Lexus LS 460

Three brands lead in executive class luxury: BMW, with the 7er Series, Lexus, with the LS sedan, and Mercedes, with the S-Class.  BMW is introducing a new 7er Series later this year so we’ll focus our attention on Lexus (here) and Mercedes.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, debuted in 1989 with the first-generation LS sedan.  Since then, subsequent generations of the LS have been recognized for their reliability and luxurious appointments.  The …

Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headset

by Jonathan Spira
Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headset

Is it a headset or a fashion accessory?  The Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset collection (and the use of the word “collection” shows a crossover from the technology world to the fashion world), with its unique VFrame design and elegant finish, is both.
Introduced at Spring 2008 New York Fashion Week, it’s one of the most practical headsets I’ve come across as well.
The VFrame design hugs the contours of the user’s …