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Review and Test Drive: Apple CarPlay’s Cool New Dual-Display Support in the VW Atlas Cross Sport

Apple first introduced its CarPlay infotainment system seven years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone and six years later, it became available in almost every new vehicle sold.
At the time of its introduction, CarPlay only had access to the vehicle’s central information display, or CID, typically …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went on sale as a 2020 model later that year.  It is the third of three vehicles announced by Cadillac in …

Pandemic Restaurant Review: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

This isn’t Katz’s Delicatessen’s first pandemic. The New York landmark, which opened in 1888 across the street from present location, moved just in time for the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which it managed to survive.
Despite the repeated openings and closings of indoor dining in New York City, Katz’s has remained open, sometimes just for take out and delivery, and now, once again, open for indoor dining, albeit with a 25% …

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

Jaguar, Land Rover Plan to Offer All-Electric Lineup, Phase Out Conventional Powertrains

UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced a major shift towards electric vehicles.
The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said it would invest £3.5 billion  ($4.85 billion) in the move towards the electrification of its lineup.
Jaguar will offer only electric vehicles as of the 2025 model year, while Land Rover will offer its first EV starting in 2024, and then introduce several more in rapid succession.
Land Rover was originally slated to …

Hotel Review: The Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut

Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.
The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique …

Photo Essay: The Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in N.Y.C.

The $1.6 billion Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s Day, replete with the steel, marble, and glass that is associated with train stations of another, perhaps more gilded, age.
“It is a testament and a monument to the public,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, although he needn’t have said a word as the reviews on social media …

5 Steps You Can Take to Bring Order to Your Work-From-Home Life by Controlling Notifications

If you’re among the tens of millions of workers working at home during the pandemic, one thing more so than anything else may be driving you crazy: The banners, beeps, and bleats of notifications.
While notifications were always a distraction, telecommuting has created an onslaught that demands attention – in order for you to regain your attention and focus.
Distractions where a notification momentarily interrupts you from something you are working on …