Do you ever fantasize about being your own mechanic so you can stop torturing yourself about whether you’re getting ripped off at the shop? This handy tool brings you one step closer to becoming Mr. Fix-It. Just plug the handheld tester into your car’s OBD2 Data Link Connector (found under or near your car’s dashboard), turn on the ignition, and then wait while it collects your vehicle’s information. Its color-coded LEDs provide a quick clue as to whether all systems are “go” or if there’s a problem. Then connect the tester to your computer to download reports via the CarMD Web site, which gives users access to accurate, value-added data, including potential problems and their solutions, estimated repair costs and more. It works on all cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs manufactured for use in the United States since 1996. $89.99. (www.carmd.com)
Sony VAIO UX Micro PC
Ever wonder how much smaller computers can get? Sony sets a new standard in the incredible-shrinking-computer race with its VAIO UX Micro PC, the first pocket PC that boasts the performance of a full-size computer. It weighs in at just more than a pound and features a Microsoft XP Professional operating system, an integrated keyboard and Sony’s SmartWi technology, so you can toggle between wireless WWAN, LAN and Bluetooth technology for handy access to the Internet and email. A cool biometrics fingerprint sensor — a major “wow” factor — means no need to remember passwords and it even features two built-in cameras — one for on-the-go video conferencing and another for taking photos. $1,800. (www.sonystyle.com)
Golfers everywhere, unite! That’s the idea behind GolfBuzz.com, a new social networking site specifically for golfers. Traveling to an unfamiliar city and want to spend a few hours on the links? Just type in the ZIP code of wherever you’re headed and immediately get a list of all the nearby golf courses, complete with directions, course reviews and weather updates. You can register and post a profile so you can share tips with other players — and even find a fellow fan to hit the course with on your next trip. And access is free, so you can spend more on lessons and that new 5-iron you can’t live without. (www.GolfBuzz.com)
Samsung Helix XM2Go
From those cutting-edge gurus at Samsung comes this brand-new musical masterpiece, which combines the content and capabilities of XM Satellite radio with the portability and convenience of a 1GB MP3 player. Tune into XM’s 160-plus channels and store MP3s, WMA files and XM content (up to 50 hours) for playback any time, all on a sleek, 4.5-ounce device with full-color display. You can even bookmark songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service. All hail the inevitable musical convergence! $399.99. XM subscription not included. (www.samsung.com)
If fabulous food and beverages are a must-have for any weekend getaway, then look no further than the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your palate has a penchant for vibrant Latin American fare or cozy French cuisine, whether you're an oenophile looking to swirl, sniff and sip your way around the globe or you’d rather sample farm-to-glass cocktails, Philly’s got it all this fall. (With the exception of Bolo, which is a short taxi or Uber ride away and definitely worth the trip, the rest of these spots are all within walking distance of each other.)
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
From Santoríni to Dubai to New York, some hotels just have that “it” factor that draws visitors far and wide. For some hotels it’s their proximity to popular landmarks and attractions, for others it’s their amenities. But these hotels have something few can claim: a true room with a view.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Two historic Craftsman-style homes connected by a newly built third extension will take on a new life as the 19-room The Chloe Nashville in 2024. Developed to aesthetically harmonize with both Nashville’s past and future under the direction of Nashville-based Remick Architecture, guestrooms range from 400 to 817 square feet and start at $375 per night, with its top suite running $950 per night. The architecture and interiors maintain the original homes’ residential feel while incorporating modern and traditional design elements reflective of Nashville’s character and history.
A must for travelers seeking quiet on a plane or any noisy atmosphere, QuietOn’s newest launch, QuietOn 3.1, launches a limited-time sale on the product for last-minute trips this fall and winter. Originally selling for $289, QuietOn 3.1 is on sale for $50 off at $239 this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Are you looking to enhance your business trip with a little leisure? Look no further than Portugal, a country renowned for its captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty. And with TAP Air Portugal, you can effortlessly transform your business trip into an unforgettable bleisure adventure. Discover why Portugal and TAP Air Portugal are the perfect combination for an enriching and rejuvenating experience.
With more travelers opting to book solo trips, Star Clippers invites solo travelers to embark on one of its tall-ship sailing itineraries with a special offer. Solo travelers who book by Sept. 30 will receive waived single supplements on a variety of itineraries through 2025.