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VXi Corporation Showcases Groundbreaking New Bluetooth Headsets at CES 2015


Dover, NH (PRWEB) December 09, 2014

In keeping with their reputation as technology innovators, VXi Corporation will be featuring three new Bluetooth headsets at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth #36264). These three new products, the BlueParrott® B350-XT, Reveal™ and Xplorer™, all boast advanced capabilities unique to VXi.

LOUD AND CLEAR—AND CUSTOMIZABLE

Selected as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, the VXi BlueParrott B350-XT is the latest in a long line of popular—and revolutionary— BlueParrott products. No other Bluetooth headset in the industry offers its combination of high-performance microphone noise canceling and intelligibility—ensuring that users are both heard and understood, even in extremely high-noise environments. What really sets the B350-XT apart is its exclusive Parrott Button™. Easily customized on the go with VXi’s BlueParrott app, the Parrott Button can be set to perform a range of functions, including mute, speed dial, launching an app, and more.

LOWERING THE BOOM ON BACKGROUND NOISE

With its extendable boom, the VXi BlueParrott® Reveal™ is a “best of both worlds” solution for mobile communication. When ambient noise is low to moderate, leave the boom in its retracted position, and enjoy the small form factor and exceptional noise canceling. In noisier environments, slide the boom out to bring the microphone closer to your mouth. In this position, Reveal removes as much as 91% of background noise with the exceptional sound quality VXi is known for.

GET CLOSER. COMMUNICATE BETTER.

The VXi BlueParrott® Xplorer™ is the Reveal’s virtual twin, with the addition of a black, rubberized coating. It delivers all the benefits of VXi’s extendable boom, and shares an exceptional feature set with both the Reveal and B350-XT: Near Field Communication (NFC) to make pairing one-touch easy, pairing with two devices at the same time, and streaming audio from any Bluetooth device.

“Many attendees have already bookmarked the VXi BlueParrott booth as a key destination for themselves at CES this year,” said Mike Ferguson, President and CEO of VXi. “They are eager to see the B350-XT, Reveal and Xplorer because they incorporate everything we’ve learned in our 25 years of building better headsets. These new products are a one-of-a kind evolution in Bluetooth headsets, and CES attendees will be among the first to see VXi’s newest innovations. We are striving to set new standards for what is possible in Bluetooth headsets. Visit us at CES, and find out what practical, customer-centric innovation looks and sounds like.”

VXi will be exhibiting the B350-XT, Reveal and Xplorer at Booth #36264 in South Hall 4. The company has also reserved Suites 4103 and 4118 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH). Space is limited, so book your appointment online today or by email at CES2015(at)vxicorp(dot)com.

ABOUT VXi CORPORATION

VXi provides the best-performing headsets, telecommunications and speech recognition solutions for the benefit of mobile professionals, small and large businesses, and contact centers around the world. From Bluetooth® to Unified Communications, they meet the highest global standards for product quality and service, backed by the industry’s best warranties. VXi designs, markets, sells and supports their products from Dover, N.H., and takes pride in delivering value, excellence and innovation. That is why VXi is The Sound Choice™. Learn more at http://www.vxicorp.com. Connect with VXi on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

ABOUT CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $ 211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at http://www.CESweb.org and through social media.







Heathrow Airport

At time of writing, there are 4 open terminals at Heathrow, 1,3,4 & 5. (terminal 2 is currently closed).Each terminal has a myriad of shops, restaurants and facilities for you to choose from. (too many to mention but let’s just say you could shop and eat for days!!)Travel between terminals depends on which two you are traveling between. Terminals 1 and 3 are close together at the centre of the airport and joined by an underpass with moving walkways. Simply follow the signs for your terminal. For all other terminals, there is the Heathrow Express rail shuttle. (Make sure you board the correct train). If you prefer, buses run between the terminals. This service is free and buses stop close to the terminals. The destinations are clearly marked to the front of the buses, but if you feel unsure, ask the driver.

If you are renting a car from Heathrow here is a list of the agencies that serve the terminals:
Car Rental (on airport):
Avis Budget, Europcar/National/Alamo,Enterprise, Hertz
Car Rental (off airport):
Dollar Thrifty, Sixt

Before you go off on your planned trip here are some places you might consider visiting that are all within distance of Heathrow. Obviously…Central London and all that it has to offer. (Heathrow offers varying ways to get to central london without you having to drive..) Train (Non-stop Heathrow express or the Heathrow Connect that stops at stations along the way.) London Underground (Tube) and of course Buses and Coaches.

Thorpe Park. (5 miles) One of the UK’s most popular attractions and top theme parks.

Windsor Castle. (6.5 miles) The largest Castle in the world which is still used as a residence. This is where the Queen resides when not in Buckingham Palace. Hampton

Court Palace. (6.7 miles) 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to George II set in sixty acres of gardens.

Legoland (8.3 miles)

Chessington Zoo and World of Adventure (10.3 miles)

Ascot Racecourse (10.6 miles) The racecourse dates back to 1711 and is one of the UK’s premier racecourses.

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Spend Christmas in Charleston and Maybe Forever


Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

This holiday season why not spend the happiest time of the year in a place that will takes folks back to Christmastides of yesterday? The venerable and historic town of Charleston, South Carolina, steeped in tradition, offers something for families of all ages and sizes – from romantic carriage rides for two to wonder-filled events for the grand kids. There are Charleston South Carolina hotels for every taste. Start the Charleston Holiday Tour with the Christmas Festival in North Charleston on December 6.

Traffic in Park Circle will be closed from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. while children of all ages enjoy the petting zoo, bounce houses, and a Holiday Market. The holiday parade begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends with the Mayor of North Charleston and Santa Claus lighting the Christmas Tree at 6:30. Afterwards, enjoy musical performances on two stages, more kid-friendly activities, food, and holiday vendors that will put folks in the Christmas spirit.

Wonderful Christmas events blanket this Colonial gem of a city where the Cooper and the Ashley rivers meet – starting in November with the Charleston Holiday Market on November 21-23 at the Charleston Area Convention Center – running through New Year’s with dozens of celebrations to choose from. Here are just a few fun Christmas-in-Charleston occasions in one of the best cities to live in South Carolina:

December 5 – A Night in Wine Country: Taste, Shop, Stroll King Street. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Polish off holiday shopping at a dozen fabulous stores while sampling fine wines and gourmet hors d’oeuvres along the world-famous King Street shopping district.

December 5-21 – A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas: This original adaptation of the beloved Dickens novella is presented by Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre on Church Street. The spectacular production features period costumes and sets that will transport attendees. A cast of actors, musicians, singers and dancers make it a night to remember. Call (843) 577-7183 for ticket information.

December 5-12 – A Victorian Christmas at Edmondston-Alston House: Celebrate by candlelight at this historic home on East Battery, decorated in its finest 1860s holiday splendor. Costumed actors portray scenes from the last Christmas in Charleston before the Civil War. Phone (843) 556-6020 for tour times.

November 28-December 23 – Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner: This is one of Charleston’s favorite holiday traditions, now in its 29th year. Gather with friends and family for carriage rides to three of the city’s most delightful venues for hors d’oeuvres, a three-course holiday dinner, and delicious dessert and coffee. The historic Kings Courtyard Inn and John Rutledge House Inn, as well as Circa 1886 Restaurant are the hosts for the evening. Tickets to this event sell quickly, so call (843) 853-7828 to check availability and make reservations.

Sleigh rides, dining, musical performances, Santa sightings, festivals, markets, and more fill the Charleston holiday calendar!

WHERE TO STAY IN CHARLESTON

Charleston is home to many exquisite hotels and inns ranging from the historic to the ultra-modern and located in all parts of the city although downtown is the favorite spot. Many Charleston South Carolina hotels offer holiday packages that include a wide selection of dining and activities for couples and families. Here are a few suggestions to consider on the Peninsula:

The French Quarter Inn – 166 Church Street, Charleston, 29401, (843) 722-1900. Modern conveniences, Old World charm, unparalleled service, and a location convenient to Downtown Charleston attractions keep this hotel high on the list of Charleston favorites.

Wentworth Mansion – 149 Wentworth St., Charleston, 29401, (888) 466-1886. A B&B that is also a work of fine art and architecture, the Wentworth (once a private residence) will envelop guest with Charleston hospitality and gentility. Each of its 21 guestrooms is unique. Treat the family to a holiday experience unlike any other.

HarbourView Inn – 2 Vendue Range, Charleston, 29401, (888) 853-8439. This waterfront hotel in the heart of Charleston’s historic district overlooks the Charleston harbor. Take a stroll on the pier or walk to excellent dining and shopping. A portion of this hotel contains historic rooms, with building elements dating back to the 1830s.

The Vendue – 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, 29401, (800) -845-7900. Also located in the French Quarter, this luxury hotel is an art lover’s dream come true. The eclectic atmosphere is enhanced by an art program that fills the venue with works by artists from around the world, now including an artist in residence.

WHILE VISITING CHARLESTON

Charleston is an intimate southern town in a big way, with art, culture, and dining scenes to rival much larger cities. Add to that Charleston’s famed hospitality and polite nature, and it’s no wonder more and more Boomers are considering Charleston as the perfect place to retire. From gated communities to beachfront resort living, there’s an abundance of Charleston SC retirement communities. Some are age restricted and many are not, yet have a large retiree population. During the holiday visit to beautiful Charleston SC, spend some time exploring.

The most popular Charleston neighborhoods to find Lowcountry real estate include:

EAST OF THE COOPER – Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Daniel Islands are neighborhoods across the Cooper River and north of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, one of America’s tallest skyscraper bridges. Age-old Mount Pleasant is quickly becoming one of the most desirable areas to live East of the Cooper. Home prices in Mount Pleasant average $ 270k. Homes on the Isle of Palms average $ 720k.

WEST OF THE ASHLEY – Folly Beach, Johns, James, Seabrook, and Kiawah Islands are the most popular islands south of downtown Charleston. Celebrities and scratch golfers call Kiawah Island home. The area is laid-back with historic plantations, moss-draped trees, and tidal estuaries decorating the landscape. The Ashley River, a popular sailing river with meandering waterways, leads in all directions. West of the Ashley home prices average $ 210k. Seabrook Island homes average $ 400k. Folly Beach homes average $ 530k. Kiawah Island homes average $ 940k.

THE PENINSULA – Locals define the historic Charleston neighborhoods on the Peninsula, which includes Downtown, as either north or south of Broad with the most exclusive residential neighborhoods being south. Also famous, the French Quarter shows off cobblestone streets and preserved Colonial homes that define Charleston. Terrific restaurants, outdoor cafés, live entertainment, and art galleries are all within walking distance of historic homes. Condos are more available than single-family units in the French Quarter, and homes can easily exceed $ 1 million both here and South of Broad.

NORTH CHARLESTON – Locals refer to the area as Flowertown because of the millions of azaleas and camellias that bloom in the spring. Many of North Charleston’s 50 neighborhoods can be accessed without crossing over waterway bridges, and the area is in close proximity to the Charleston International Airport. Older homes, often in a charming Lowcountry cottage style, average $ 120k. There are also several new developments, including Charleston SC retirement communities, with prices starting in the $ 200k’s.

In addition to a vibrant cultural circle, there are several universities and community colleges in Charleston SC. In the heart of downtown, the College of Charleston offers more than 100 degree-seeking courses in liberal arts and sciences. For mature adults, the university has a Center for Creative Retirement. From May through September, seniors can take courses including history, political science, the arts, literature, and music at the St. Joseph’s Family Center. South Carolina law provides a tuition exemption for residents 60 and older taking classes at state colleges (nominal fees may apply). Seniors can generally take any class offered, but many colleges also have specialized senior learning programs. Charleston Southern College and The Citadel are also located within the community. Colleges in Charleston SC attract students from all over the country, affording opportunities for forging new friendships.

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