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Google LLC Is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain…

Hawaiian Island Hopping Made Easy

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Home to pristine beaches and spectacular surfing, Hawai’i has no shortage of sights. Yet each of the state’s six islands has something special worth seeing. With a bit of island hopping (which can be done by air or by boat), the best of Hawai’i can be seen in one long trip. On top of the world in O’ahu   Many direct flights to Hawai’i land at Honolulu International Airport on O’ahu, the most populated of the islands, which makes it an easy place to start any vacation. Waikiki, the southern neighborhood of Honolulu, houses most of the resorts on O’ahu.…

Best 48 Hours in Miami

With ships docking and departing daily, the Port of Miami holds the title of cruise capital of the world. But more than just a departure point for exotic locales, the city of Miami has waterfront fun, nightlife parties, and cultural attractions worth enjoying before or after an ocean journey.  Here’s how to enjoy it in just a few days.  Day 1: Afternoon/Evening The western side of Miami houses many of the city’s immigrant neighborhoods, including Little Havana where thousands of Cuban immigrants have made their home. On the last Friday of every month, check out Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) on…

Did Betsy Ross Really Sew the First American Flag?

At one of my very first magazine jobs at U.S. News & World Report (back when they actually had a print magazine!!), I worked in the Features department and we were putting together a package on history’s famous firsts. Betsy Ross had seen some tough times in the 1990s, with a single Wall St. Journal article discrediting her story as something entirely made up by her grandson. It was already tough enough out there to find something resembling a female founding… person… and now Betsy was out of the picture? I was eager to dive in and see what held…

When Travel Styles Collide in the Air…

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Loving this article by The Wall Street Journal on the travel compromises couples must make when they have different styles or frequencies of flying: “She’s a Frequent Flier, He Checks Bags.”  Great headline, but the article is full of stories any business traveller can relate to. “For Ed Pizzarello, a Reston, Va.-based venture capitalist who spends 100 nights a year on the road and is also a co-founder of InsideFlyer, a site focused on miles and points, traveling with his wife meant convincing her not to check a bag. Michelle Pizzarello used to love to pack with amenities like a…

Travel Gear: Microsoft Surface Book vs. Apple Macbook Air

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Though I was raised as a good Windows girl, my first Apple Macbook Air I got for work changed everything. Seriously, this 1.5 pound machine was a literal weight off my shoulders after lugging my 6.5-pound Sony Vaio on and off of planes in a big ugly bag. Not only that, the machine stayed cool (no burning off my legs), the battery lasted forever, and the keyboard was super responsive. Plus the machine just looks sleek. I really haven’t looked back. Until now. I had the chance to try out the Intel-powered Surface Book for the annual gift guide I put…

What Business Travelers Really Think Compared to What Companies Think

I’m betting real-life business travelers can relate to these scenarios, recently put together by American Express, especially “Wi-Fi or No Fly.” I’ve heard some company expense policies still treat airplane wi-fi as an un-reimbursable expense. That $7.99 really is going to break the bank for the three plus hours of productivity it will pay for… Denied! Check out some other myths versus realties below:       

Faster Security: TSA Pre vs. Global Entry

The strollers, the girl that forgets she has a 5-pound water bottle in her backpack, or the guy that packed his full size shampoo and conditioner (true story)–the regular security lines are more than just a hassle for seasoned travelers. If you travel a lot, the last thing place you want to be is stuck in security. Thankfully government programs like TSA Precheck and Global Entry have made it easier to get through security faster for frequent travelers. Travelers can apply for either one these days–but which one should you pick? Here’s the pros and cons of each: TSA Pre✓ This program…