GE G3WP Waterproof Camera
If you’re plotting a winter getaway to a tropical beach somewhere, the G3WP may be for you — especially at this recession-friendly price. The first-ever waterproof (to 10 feet) camera from GE boasts 12.2 megapixels of resolution, 4x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen that automatically adjusts to changes in ambient light. Other advanced features include Auto Scene Detection, which automatically determines the appropriate scene type and optimizes exposure for sharp, vibrant pictures, and Pan-Capture Panorama, which lets you pan the camera across the scene while the engine automatically captures, determines overlap and stitches the frames into a single panoramic image. $199.
PowerGenix Rechargeable AA NiZn Batteries
Looking for high performance in your batteries but striving to be “green”? These eco-friendly numbers from PowerGenix are the first rechargeable batteries to deliver power equivalent to primary, single-use batteries — a 30 percent increase compared to conventional AA rechargeable battery technologies. PowerGenix’s NiZn also represents the most recyclable rechargeable chemistry on the market, having received certification from the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation for collection and recycling at its more than 30,000 drop-off points in North America. Kermit would be proud. $34.99 (pack of four, with charger).
Hitachi SimpleTOUGH USB 2.0 Portable Drive
Here’s the USB drive for the road “warrior” who’s rough and tumble — quite literally. Designed for serious mobility, it’s water- and shock-resistant, can survive a 10-foot fall unscathed and can withstand the pressure of a one-ton truck (should that unfortunate scenario ever come to pass). It also includes a “never-lose” integrated USB cable, an ergonomic silhouette for easy carrying and a cool topside LED for power status. Its TrueTrack Technology provides added data protection against rough handling. 250GB, $99.99; 500GB, $149.99.
Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Those innovators at Virgin are at it again: This portable, prepaid WiFi device is decidedly user-friendly, without the hassle of contract and monthly payments. You pay a flat fee for the gizmo and then select a prepaid plan that best suits your Web-surfing habits. For example, $20 buys 250MB of Internet access — equivalent to 12 hours of browsing. Access is available in a range of increments from $10 to $60. The only catch is you have to use it within a certain time frame. $99.99, plus plan fee.
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.