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What is it: The AvidSport, a watch that tracks your fitness and syncs with your smartphone.

Price and Where to Buy: The watch is priced on a sliding scale from $99-$169 (early buyers on Kickstarter will receive the better price) at Kickstarter.com.

Pros:

  • Uses Bluetooth 4.0 to sync the watch to your phone
  • Can be used to track fitness, including steps walked, time spent working out, and calories burned. Use GPS to track your running path and review it on Google Maps. You can also set workout goals and compete with other users.
  • Has a golf mode that works with over 30,000 courses worldwide
  • Alerts you to incoming phone calls, texts, emails and social media notifications
  • Watch can remotely trigger the camera on your smartphone
  • Watch can call your smartphone if you lose it
  • Can be used to control your phone's music
  • AvidSport's look can be customized—change the strap color or display design easily
  • Battery lasts up to four days when using with Bluetooth on

 

Cons: For people with smaller wrists, the watch felt bulky and heavy. (The AvidSport is 1.67" high x 1.48" wide and 0.48" deep. It weighs 1.95 ounces.) ... read more»

Hotel: Keycard and Hotel Room (Photo: Shutterstock/Sven Hoppe)

By the end of this month, guests at 29 Marriott hotels will be able to charge their cellphones, laptops, or tablets wirelessly in the hotels' lobbies.

The charging is provided by KS Portable Qi transmitters, which can simultaneously charge up to six mobile devices. Although the wireless charge is delivered without the need for wires or cables, the device must be placed in close proximity to the transmitter to receive the charge. ... read more»

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What Is it: The REI Northway Versa Dress, with included scarf that converts to four different looks.

Price and Where to Buy: At the time of publication, the dress was available on REI's website at a sale price of $61.93. (Originally $89.50).

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Hotels are so boring and impersonal. Why not book a vacation rental for your next trip? Think beyond the hotel room and find out which type of vacation home you should rent.

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Woman: Shocked, Looking at iPad (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

So, is your hotel blocking your access to a WiFi hotspot?

It's not likely. But as a settlement reached last week between the FCC and Marriott shows, it's possible. ... read more»

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The devaluation of Delta's SkyMiles program continues.

Yesterday, it was the company's plan to discontinue its round-the-world awards. Today, it's the announcement that it will eliminate domestic upgrades for elite SkyMiles members on its cheapest fares. ... read more»

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What is it: The QuikStand Mobile Device Stand, a credit card sized device that holds up your smartphone or tablet in portrait or landscape for hands-free use.

Price and Where to Buy: $9.99 at Nite Ize's website

Pros: The QuikStand is super small and portable, unlike many bulky tablet/smartphone stands. Use it to watch movies on a long plane ride or while reading your book in bed. You can adjust the angle of the stand for the perfect view of your device.

Cons: It takes a minute to figure out how to use the device (the illustrations on the package were slightly unclear to us) but once you work it out, it's very easy to use. ... read more»

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Here's how to save a few kronor in one of the world's most expensive cities. ... read more»

American jet parked at the gate (Photo: iStockPhoto/Hal Bergman)

American, once the self-described "something special in the air," is teaming up with something special on the ground, Cadillac, Chevrolet's top-of-the-line brand.

According to American's news release, "American Airlines and Cadillac have formed a partnership to offer a broad series of exclusive benefits to travelers, ranging from luxury, on-site airport transfers, to AAdvantage miles earning opportunities, to Cadillac exhibits at major airports." ... read more»

Mighty Travels says American has the most generous frequent-flyer program among the three giant lines and Delta has the worst. IdeaWorks says Southwest and JetBlue are best among lines in the United States, followed by United, Alaska, American, and Delta. Some insiders like Alaska's program because it has good award deals on partner lines. Consumer Reports found Spirit was pretty bad, but didn't find any clear winners. Given the range of opinion, what should an occasional traveler do? Here are some considerations.

Location Rules: No matter what the relative merits of individual airline programs, your choice may well be dictated by where you live and where you usually travel. You have to go with that, no matter what. ... read more»

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