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.
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.
SINCE ABOUT 2000, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest airport not only in the United States but also in the world. Each year more than 100 million passengers pass through the gateway, so it only makes sense the airport continues to evolve.
DON’T EXPECT TURIN TO FIT your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
TODAY, JUNIOR THERRIAULT calls Chicago home, where he serves as general manager of Juniper at Claridge House Hotel, but before arriving in the Windy City, he worked around the world, learning from the best professionals in the industry. In addition to hotels and Michelin-starred dining experience, Therriault also owned a successful catering business and boasts numerous wins from food competitions around the globe.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
DURING THE 1920S AND ’30S, Shanghai was known as the Paris of the Orient — glamorous and decadent with a vibrant nightlife. A century later, Shanghai still parties hard. Most bars and clubs stay open until 3 a.m.; some don’t close their doors until 5 a.m.