Use gadgets on the road
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.
A chunky necklace gives a plain white shirt a formal look.
Trapster software shows off the muscle of the Internet.