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TECH
Piper Smart Home System
While the quantified self continues to be a major trend in consumer tech, the smart home sector is quickly picking up speed and attention as well. A standout among the many presented at this year's CES was Piper, which launches to the public today...
OUTDOORS
Road Trip: Madison, WI
About a three-hour drive from Chicago, Madison, the state's liberal-leaning capital and home to the University of Wisconsin, is worth the drive—assuming it's not the middle of winter. When the mercury rises, head north from the city along the shores...
OUTDOORS
Road Trip: Traverse City
Traverse City, a freshwater equivalent of Cape Cod, is a beach town in Northwest Michigan and also happens to be the largest tart cherry producer in the country. Restaurants creatively incorporate the local cherries into entrees and Pleva's meat shop...
STYLE
Men's Summer Swimwear
Beachwear style changes just as rapidly as other fashion. Although women tend to be granted more options, each year certain retailers provide interesting swim alternatives for men. Some of us might still be wearing the trunks we've had for the past...
STYLE
Everest Isles Mayol Swim Trunks
Whether you lost yours last summer and need a replacement pair, or you are simply looking to up your swim style game this year, you may want to take a look at Everest Isles' soon-to-launch Mayol swim trunks, available 26 April. Designed after extensive...
TRAVEL
Tantalo Hotel
Panama City's recently opened Tantalo Hotel offers hospitality with an artsy edge in the city's historic Casco Viejo neighborhood. Located in what is generally considered Panama's arts district, the micro-boutique hotel houses just 13 rooms; each...
TRAVEL
Papaya Playa Project
Touching down in the peninsular town of Tulum in southern Mexico, a collaboration of creative European service-industry innovators have launched Papaya Playa Project, a temporary hotel concept born from the pop-up retail model. The collection of...
TRAVEL
Four Seasons Unforgettable Events
Surrounded by volcanic terrain, white beaches, and crystalline waters teeming with aquatic wildlife, there is little left to want for at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. The resort is ideally set up for lazy vacations lounging in the sand, at the swim...
TRAVEL
Cash Passport
Since borrowing a London-based friend's credit card in order to use the communal bike system in Paris a couple summers back, I've been curious about less-complicated solutions to the lack of "chip and PIN" credit card technology available in the...
TRAVEL
Bora Bora Ocean Activities
While Bora Bora might be the obvious choice for honeymooners seeking a romantic getaway, adventure-seekers the world over flock to the island for year-round activities. Beyond offering a wealth of deepwater sight-seeing for any seasoned scuba...