Use gad­gets on the road

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Now - BY LOW­ELL CONN

sories are key, e sp e c i a l ly when wear­ing a ba­sic white shirt.

A chunky neck­lace or s t a teme n t ear­rings can make the shirt more for­mal. Paired with sim­ple pearls or stud ear­rings, it works well for a week­end, ca­sual look.

A more fem­i­nine white blouse, per­haps in silk, with ruf­fles or pleats, works well with a high-waisted pen­cil skirt or tucked into dress pants, with a thin belt and chunky heels, she adds.

To wear it ca­su­ally, pair with denim and add a big, leather hobo bag and a cuff bracelet, she says. A clas­sic white shirt can also be a good piece for lay­er­ing, un­der a blazer, jean jacket, wool shrug or vest, de­pend­ing on the oc­ca­sion, says Wolff.

A blouse with ruf­fles or de­tails can be paired with a cardi­gan that shows the ruf­fles. Mag­el­lan pre­tends not to be in the lap­top busi­ness: In the all-of-asud­den-new bat­tle for mon­ster­sized nav­i­ga­tion supremacy, Mag­el­lan has raised the bar with its new Road­Mate 1700, a seven-inch touch screen sys­tem that of­fers about as much GPS as one dash­board could pos­si­bly be ex­pected to ac­com­mo­date.

The screen has four times the stan­dard res­o­lu­tion for bet­ter read­abil­ity, fea­tures the com­pany’s OneTouch in­ter­face, which min­i­mizes the amount of but­tons that are nec­es­sary to op­er­ate the unit, in­cludes maps of North Amer­ica and text-to-speech street names.

This puppy of­fers the abil­ity to watch video and lis­ten to mu­sic on the fly, which, com­bined with the sheer size of the screen, turns this into more than a GPS — it’s a le­git­i­mate mul­ti­me­dia en­ter­tain­ment de­vice. Read­ers wait­ing to hear about in­no­va­tive new soft­ware fea­tures that sep­a­rate this from pre­vi­ous Mag­el­lan of­fer­ings may be sorely dis­ap­pointed to hear that there are none — but they would be miss­ing the point.

It has a seven-inch screen! Add a key­board and you’d have your­self a lap­top. www.mag­el­langps.com.

Neigh­bours help­ing neigh­bours avoid tick­ets: While Trap­ster can be summed up as a soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion that runs on Black­berry, iPhone, Nokia, An­droid, Garmin or TomTom de­vices and helps to warn driv­ers about speed traps, it could also be de­scribed as a prod­uct that shows off the mus­cle of the In­ter­net.

This free soft­ware lever­ages a de­vice’s GPS chip, down­load­ing in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by other users about lo­cal speed traps and red light cam­eras. This com­mu­nal in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing is known in tech-speak as “crowd sourc­ing” and the beauty of a prod­uct such as Trap­ster is that the more peo­ple who use it the bet­ter the in­for­ma­tion be­comes.

It’s de­signed to be used safely as in­di­vid­u­als who see a speed trap or red light cam­era need only reach over and press one but­ton to log the in­for­ma­tion to be shared with oth­ers. Upon ap­proach­ing a flagged area, the de­vice will pro­vide an au­di­ble warn­ing ar­tic­u­lat­ing which wal­let-light­en­ing con­ven­tion lies ahead.

Vi­rally spread, Trap­ster could sin­gle-hand­edly put the radar de­tec­tor out of busi­ness. Free; www.trap­ster.com.

Canwest News Ser­vice

A chunky neck­lace gives a plain white shirt a for­mal look.

Canwest News Ser­vice

Trap­ster soft­ware shows off the mus­cle of the In­ter­net.

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