Bring The Comforts Of Home On The Road With These Day-Tripping Essentials

With a holiday weekend coming up, we’re all looking to get out of the concrete jungle for some nature and fresh air. But, upon surveying the lodging scene, you may have noticed that there’s, um, nowhere to go. Every well-kept and cleaned Airbnb under the sun is booked, and crashing with friends is no longer the more-the-merrier affair it was pre-pandemic. If you’re not already sharing an established “social bubble,” even staying with family can be tricky. And then there’s the matter of travel — with long-haul train and bus rides a less-than-safe transit option, suddenly car travel seems like the way to go.

If you’re determined to mark the long weekend with a multi-mile hike, a full day at the beach, or grilling in the grassy countryside, you can still enjoy a jaunt out of the city — you’ve just got to be prepared. With

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The 6 Best Smart Thermostats to Conserve Energy and Save Money

Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Popular Mechanics

If you’re a thrifty homeowner, you probably wait until it gets really hot to turn on your central air—and super cold before your switch on the heat. But there are better ways to conserve energy and save money on your electricity bill in the summer and winter. A smart thermostat is the most convenient way to control your home’s temperature remotely and ensure the air or heat isn’t blasting when you’re not even home to feel it. After all, according to Energy Star, 42 percent of the average annual electric bill in the U.S. is dedicated just to heating and cooling. With a smart thermostat, you could potentially save hundreds by scaling back your AC without sweating this summer.

Check out the quick reviews below of our top five thermostats, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of

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The push to redefine “good design” amid the Black Lives Matter movement

In 2015, Nextdoor, the location-based social networking app, gained a reputation as a locus of racial profiling. Users were sending alerts for merely spotting hoodie-wearing Black men walking in their neighborhoods. One damning report described Nextdoor as “a forum for paranoid racialism—the equivalent of the nosy Neighborhood Watch appointee in a gated community.”

In studying the problem, Nextdoor realized that its easy-to-use app was partly to blame.

Creating intuitive, easy-to-use products and interfaces is the domain of user experience designers. Don’t Make Me Think is both the title of a core textbook in the field and many designers’ professional mantra. An approach called “anticipatory design” even takes the virtue of speed to the extreme, promising a system so seamless that consumers never have to make a single choice.

But the very features that are meant to make technology easier and faster to navigate—like shortcuts and auto-complete functions—can

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Sick of sharing your work space? Use these designer hacks to set up an efficient home office

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Need some me time? We get it. (Photo: Getty Images)
Need some me time? We get it. (Photo: Getty Images)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in will continue to be

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