A winner of an Edison 2010 Best Products Award, this cool diagnostic tool includes everything needed to monitor your car’s health — including an easy-to-use handheld diagnostic device, Mac/PC software, USB cable and lifetime software and firmware updates. Completely redesigned this year to include features such as vehicle recalls and technical service bulletins, CarMD works on all vehicles manufactured for use in the United States since 1996 — foreign and domestic. Just plug it into your car’s onboard diagnostic port (CarMD.com shows you where it is) and the device’s color-coded lights will tell you if your ride has any problems lurking under the hood. If so, just use the included Mac/PC software and your computer to tap into CarMD’s online database to generate a Vehicle Health Report. You willl receive an easy-to-understand overview of what’s wrong and what it will take to fix it — down to estimated parts and labor costs in your zip code. $98.99.
Toshiba Satellite T235 Laptop
This brand-new debut from Toshiba is just an inch thin and weighs less than four pounds, making it an ideal traveling companion that offers serious power in a lightweight package. It features a 13.3-inch diagonal TruBrite HD widescreen display, well sized for multitasking, work or play. It’s available with a choice of powerful AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion II Neo or ultra-low voltage Intel Pentium dual-core processors and includes a 320GB hard drive and up to 4GB of memory. The ultrathin laptop also features an HDMI port and built-in webcam, as well as smart Toshiba features like USB Sleep-and-Charge and Hard Drive Impact Sensors. And it’s green, with industry-leading Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool Gold status. Starts at $469.99.
This simple VoIP device lets you make free calls to any landline or mobile phone in the United States and Canada from anywhere in the world, with no monthly fees and no contracts. Unlike other devices, the netTALK DUO connects directly to the Internet through your router/modem rather than through the computer (although it can). By not relying on a computer, the DUO allows for greater flexibility and phone privacy for single-computer households. The portability of the netTALK DUO is also perfect for international travel, allowing you to place free nationwide calls to the United States and Canada. And calls to other netTALK customers are always free. All you need is high-speed Internet and a traditional corded or cordless telephone. Additional benefits include the choice of a free local telephone number, enhanced 911, free 411 directory assistance, call waiting, voicemail and live tech support with specially trained Talk Experts. $69.95 first year, $29.95 each subsequent year.
Mophie Juice Pack Reserve
This sleek, keychain-sized external battery is compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models, including the much-anticipated iPhone 4, charging them twice as fast as any other device on the market at a price that’s just right. It’s equipped with a breakthrough rechargeable lithium polymer battery and boasts recharging capability for more than 500 cycles. $39.95.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.