Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 with Slope +/-
What makes this laser rangefinder different from others on the market? It’s equipped with a built-in inclinometer that provides you with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline — so if you’re aiming uphill or downhill, the handy 10-ounce PinSeeker will adjust the yardage reading for the distance and angle to better aid with club selection. It’s capable of ranging distances from five to 1,500 yards and is accurate within plus- or minus-one yard, and is 100 percent waterproof. Hey, we need all the help we can get on the links. $643.75. (www.bushnellgolf.com)
Sony Reader Portable Reader System
This cool new eBook reader from Sony lets you take a literal library of books with you wherever you go — all on a sleek, lightweight device the size of a paperback. It boasts the world’s first consumer application of a revolutionary technology called Electronic ink (E ink), which offers much higher resolution than traditional portable devices and delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper. The result is crisp text and graphics that can be read from practically any angle and in any light, from bright sunlight to a dimly lighted room. And the rechargeable battery allows about 7,500 page turns per charge. When you’re not devouring the latest best-seller, you also can use the Reader to store and display documents in Adobe PDF format, RTF, text and JPEG photos. Sony’s just-launched Connect eBook store already offers more than 10,000 titles. Now where can we get a virtual library card? $350. (www.sony.com/reader)
This GPS navigation system from Delphi offers a budget-friendly alternative to the slew of pricier GPS systems currently on the market. The NAV200 comes pre-loaded with U.S. and Canada maps and is equipped with a high-sensitivity SiRF GPS antenna. When you’re not using the NAV200 to get you to your destination, its 3.5-inch, antiglare, full-color screen is perfect for watching movies, viewing pictures or listening to MP3s downloaded from your computer onto an additional SD card (sold separately). An optional adapter gives city commuters current traffic information via Traffic Monitoring Channel programming and adjusts your route to avoid back-ups and bottlenecks. $399. (www.delphi.com)
Imagine if you could have all your voicemail messages emailed to you in near-real time? The folks at SimulScribe have come up with a service that does just that. Using advanced voice recognition technology, SimulScribe converts messages into emails to be delivered to your BlackBerry or Treo, or to text messages if you’re using a nonemail-equipped mobile phone. A WAV file of the message comes attached in case you still want to listen to the audio and your messages are stored online just as they would be in a regular email account. How cool is that? Twenty-five cents per message after one-month free trial. (www.simulscribe.com)
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.
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.
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.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.