Rachel Dowd

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BMW's new Real Time Traffic Information navigation system is a problem-solving Sig Alert. Where other auto manufacturers' navigation systems rely on preprogrammed disks with GPS updates, RTTI…

Dishy

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Behold the power of a pretty plate. It can render a hot dog nouvelle cuisine and hold its own at a dinner for eight. Designed for beauty and utility, these plates make the meal.

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Good Eats

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Because man cannot live on filet mignon alone, Variety Weekend asked three of L.A.'s most prominent chefs for their favorite spots to grab a bite for under $25.

Shot of love

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Love often inspires great charity. For Anne Hathaway, that meant catching a flight to Nicaragua to help vaccinate 1,000 children against hepatitis A last month.

Cubic

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"Office Space" now has material for a sequel. Nearly 40 years after unveiling the original cubicle -- a Robert Propst design called "Action Office" -- $1.5 billion design giant Herman Miller has…

The all-natural dip

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Switching to a chemical-free swimming pool was a no-brainer for David Hertz. "My pool man shows up with his clothes eaten away by chemicals, telling me that another one of his pool friends has…

Sushi and s'mores

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Camp can bring out the best in you -- or it can leave you speechless. "Dead men can't talk," says a 12-year-old boy behind a Darth Vader-like mask. As a half dozen fellow secret agents continue to…

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