Most of these mid-size SUVs are little more than a safety capsule for soccer moms and not only do they rarely see life off-road, most aren’t even built for it. Not so for Audi’s latest variant of the Q3, called the Vail. It’s got flared wheel arches to spit snow out and flying gravel. Factory roof rails accommodate your ski and board racks while in the cockpit, a plugged-in thermos bottle keeps your morning Joe warm on the way to the hill. There’s also a charging station in the trunk for electronics and safety. C’mon, steer it into the snowbank, you know you want to.
Whether you want to boggle would-be burglars or just save money on your home energy bill, Belkin’s WeMo home automation system has you covered. It lets you control electrical outlets in your home from your smart phone. Turn lights on and off or power down electronics after you’ve left. It even has a motion sensing mode, so even if you forget to turn stuff off via your phone, it’s still working to save you money.
These days it takes a pretty awesome camera for most of us to put down our phones and shoot with something purpose-built for photos. Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X point & shoot is the one. It is compact and powerful, boasting a highly light-sensitive 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor plus all the user-friendly features that have made the PowerShot series so successful.
You can all go suffer for 158 minutes watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but those of us with a clue will be posted up on the sofa watching this new Transformers Blu-ray DVD box set. All three Transformers films are included plus Transformers 3 comes in a Blu-ray 3D version. Available 1/31/12.
Apple’s Airplay is hands down the easiest and best way to stream music wirelessly through your home or workplace. This new digital amp enables your existing speakers to bump your iTunes favorites without a confusing configuration or the need for new speakers.
If every moment in the kitchen feels like you’re trapped in an episode of Chopped, try this simple recipe for the ever-popular chicken wing. These wings are meant to be sweet & spicy, and after a little spice-up, they just pop into the oven for a quick roast. Don’t worry, there are no mystery ingredients to deal with here.
You probably saw Slacker twenty years ago in your “experimental” days at the university, most likely under the influence of something. And you should watch this offbeat art-flick again, this time in its upgraded Criterion Collection version. You might remember with some fondness the misfits and losers you used to associate with. Sober or otherwise, this era-defining film will take you back to the weirdo days of the dawning 90s.
Conduct a quick survey of your friends and you’ll be surprised how many of us have dropped our phones in the toilet. As they say, shit happens. Liquipel’s unique process for waterproofing your electronics can protect your phone, tablet or other handheld device from the damaging effects of liquid. Maybe not the full-immersion flip into the porcelain pool, but pretty much everything else.
If you consider yourself an asshole (of the highest and most righteous order, of course) you’ve probably read at least one of Tucker Max’s books by now. The third in his trilogy on “drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics,” Hilarity Ensues is his pièce de résistance. Learn how to live and work in Cancun, while still enrolled in Law School, hear about “dirty pageant girls” and how to drive an uptight roommate completely insane.
How safe is your external hard drive? You know, the one with all your highly sensitive files? Chances are, no matter where you’ve got this data stored it is not as hacker-proof as the rugged Amphibious 7X. It offers AES-256 CBC Real-Time Hardware Encryption, with NIST and FIPS validated Cryptographic modules. You don’t know what this means but the guys who want to steal your identity do. It also features an embedded keypad requiring a PIN and additional Smartcard security. Take the first step in protecting your data, get one. Available by Spring 2012.