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By Rita Huang ¶À´ð´A
Translated by Kate Kuo ³¢®ü«Â
Land Rover, always proud of its 50 years of
automotive excellence and long-time use by the British royal
family, proudly introduced a new 4x4 SUV, the Freelander,
to the public in 1997. The Freelander has inherited Land Rover's
unique style and excellent design and is a perfect companion
for urban dwellers, as an elegant representation of sophistication.
The Freelander has a 2.5-liter V6 engine rated at up to 177ps/6250rpm,
with the fastest gear shift to 240nm/4000rpm. The aluminum
alloy engine makes the vehicle lighter in weight but stronger.
The steptronic transmission also makes the experiences of
offroading, traveling and hauling more exciting, yet safer.
Other features include a suspension that automatically adjusts
to various road conditions. This excellent suspension system
provides a smoother ride on bumpy roads and keeps noise levels
to a minimum. The Freelander comes in many different models,
including a 3-door softback, 3-door hardback, and 5-door station
wagon. A test drive is the perfect way to find out more about
Apple's much-anticipated Powerbook G4 will
be available in mid March, which should be good news to the
many users who prefer Apple's artistic and contemporary designs,
and excellent product line. With the release of the PowerbookG4,
there are two different sizes (17¡¨ and 12¡¨) of notebooks being
introduced. To highlight the size differences, Apple has hired
NBA basketball player Yao-Ming and a midget for an ad campaign.
This new generation of Powerbooks represents a new trend in
computer world and, accompanied by successful commercial marketing
campaign, was officially released in Taiwan on February 17.
The 17-inch PowerbookG4 is only 1-inch thick and the aluminum
alloy monitor only weighs 3.1 kilograms. This is the first
model to support the AirPort Extreme 54Mbps802.11g wireless
Internet system. The first generation of high-speed FureWire800can
will detect the brightness in the computer area and automatically
adjust the display accordingly. The built-in Bluetooth chip
allows wireless connections with cell phones and other Bluetooth
products. The 12-inch Powerbook G4 has the same modern design
with a lighter, 2.1-kilogram weight. It has 867Mhz PowerPC
G4 processor, NVIDIA video, and DvD-Rom/ CD-RW Combo. The
Bluetooth built-in battery can last five hours. The price
is NT$122,900 for 17¡¨ model and NT$66,900 for 12¡¨ model.
Bakery Series: "Chocolate" Cookbook
This newly-released Chinese/English cookbook is exceptional
for several reasons, including its bilingual content, the international
perspectives of its collaborators and, of course, the delectable
chocolate delights introduced. Linda Lin, a Taichung-based China
Daily News food reporter with almost 20 years of experience,
wrote and edited the book in cooperation with the creations
of award-winning master dessert-maker Chen Chi-yang of the Evergreen
Laurel Hotel Taichung. Both Taiwanese, foreigners and chocoholics
in general will find this extensive, well-written book a gateway
into a new world of 30 mostly-European chocolate desserts, including
items like Chocolate-Dipped Oranges, Apricot Truffles, Marshmallow
Chocolate Candy, Chocolate Gingerbread Houses, Chocolate Easter
Eggs, and Chocolate Fondue. The book, nicely illustrated with
color photos, also clearly lays out the history, utensils, ingredients,
techniques and distinctions of chocolate making. Lin, who is
working her way through a 15-book series of "Happy Bakery"
cookbooks, notes that Taiwan's recent entry into WTO has provided
a variety of quality, imported ingredients for do-it-yourself
chocolate makers to work with. Printed by Pica Publishing House
(02-2705-7118), this 105-page book is available at most major
bookstores for NT$180.