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ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …

Shoot like a pro with the iPhone

The iPhones have always packed some of the best phone cameras you can buy, capturing shots that give many dSLRs a run for their money. Even better, since your phone is almost always with you, you're ready to shoot whenever an opportunity rears its head. And if you have an iPhone 7 Plus, you're even …

The 11 best botanical gardens in the United States

Beat the heat in these urban paradises<p>Summer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to play outdoors. But even diehard city lovers sometimes tire of the incessant urban annoyances in the summer months: the long commutes, the endless pavement, and the oppressive heat.<p>Luckily, nearly …

Botanical Gardens

Brilliant gadget lets you control any garage door opener you already have from your phone

Everyone is on a mission right now to make everything in and around their homes “smart.” Connected devices offer all sorts of benefits over “dumb” …

Home Automation

Is your home too humid? Nest thermostat can help

Nobody likes humidity. It makes hair frizzy. People with certain medical conditions find it harder to breathe when it's humid. It can encourage mold to grow. If you live in a humid area, you may have just learned to deal with it... or plan on moving. Before you give up, give your Nest Learning …

Home Automation

Breathe new life into your ‘obsolete’ smartphone, use it as a smart home gadget

<i>Update: Added Cloud Baby Monitor and Presence.</i><p>Just because your old smartphone is a couple of generations old doesn’t mean it can’t be put to good …

Android Phones

Lufthansa First Class for 40K Points: Still the Best Deal in Town - Live and Let's Fly

Lufthansa First Class remains my favorite way to fly. Not only is it an aspirational experience, but also an easily reachable one.<p>Earlier this year I …

The 1More Triple Drivers are the best headphones $99 can buy

And the $199 Quad Drivers are pretty spectacular, too<p>The cost of a good pair of headphones has been steadily declining over the past few years, just as we’ve all started spending more on headphones. This apparent contradiction is explained by a shift in expectations: where we previously spent a …

Business Class to Europe under 47K w/ Flying Blue Promo Awards

Flying Blue is out with their promo awards for travel through August 31st, and while the offers are not as strong as they once were, they still offer …

How to control the lights in your house with Siri

Buy the right lights. I highly recommend the second-generation Philips Hue White A19 starter kit. It’s only $70 and includes the required base …

The Best New Digital Devices Hide in Plain Sight

Norton Core Router<p><i>$280; us.norton.com</i><br>From the company that brought you Norton AntiVirus software comes this Buckminster Fuller-inspired router, which …

1 epic itinerary for your trip to Montana

SOME ROAD TRIPS start with a frantic airport, frenzied lineups for rental cars, and countless miles navigating through busy interstates with a rental …

National Parks

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, …

5 great home security products

This petite security camera outperformed 40 others in experts' tests. Setup is "ridiculously simple," and the device alerts your smartphone when it …

Underrated Mediterranean Destinations to Visit Right Now

Dive deeper into this remarkable region.<p>Rome and Barcelona certainly have their charms. But, the two cities are also perfect starting points to dive into the other cultures and communities along the Mediterranean Sea, where there’s so much to discover. For travelers ready to explore around the …

Italy

6 Spring Pasta Recipes to Get You Out of Your Blanket Fort

Wait. Is that some green in our pasta? Looks like spring finally showed up.<p>What makes a good spring pasta? Greens that remind you that there's more to living than your laptop and couch. Bright, slightly bitter vegetable flavors to wake you from hibernation. And yes, a little bit of creaminess and …

Cooking

11 Amazing Trips You Need to Take As Soon As You Retire

You've got all the time in the world and all the world to see. Start planning.<p>No more waiting for your annual vacation and then filling it end-to-end …

How To Build a Hack-Proof Smart Home

Keep digital intruders off of your property with these products and practices<p>From election year email leaks to smart homes spying on homeowners, …

Cord cutters have lots of DVR options to explore

Let's continue with our cord-cutting discussion; it's time to talk about how to record shows.<p>Almost everyone who's paid for their TV service has used …

Texas

LED light bulbs are a smart upgrade whether or not they’re ‘smart’

Allow me to enlighten you about illumination<p>Lighting my home is something I only ever think about fleetingly — usually while replacing a blown-out halogen bulb — but this past week I discovered LED light bulbs and, well, I’m sorry I’m so late to this cool party.<p>Unfortunately, LED lights have been …

10 devices you need for an ultimate smart home in 2017: Amazon Echo, Nest Cam Indoor, Ecobee3 and others

Here are 10 devices like Amazon Echo, Nest Cam Indoor, Ecobee3 and others that you need for an ultimate smart home in 2017.<p>You could end up breaking …

6 Reasons Why Estonia Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

“Who goes to Estonia?” my friends asked when they got wind that the country’s capital was the next spot on my off-the-beaten-path travel list. The answer? Not many. But that’s slowly changing. Especially if fashion folk are any indication—Jonathan Anderson, shot his campaign there last year, and …

European Travel

5 Apps That Will Help You Make Money While Traveling

Originally published by Travel + Leisure<p><i>Photo: Tim Robberts/Getty</i><p>658 million. That’s how many vacation days Americans left on the table in 2015. In …

17 Things to Buy for Your Home in 2017 Photos

'Tis the season! No, not for Christmas or Hanukkah—it's the season for rehashing our favorite and least favorite trends of the year. As 2016 draws to a close, stylesetters of all stripes are recalling the trends that made it big this year and predicting some unexpected ones for next. While all of …

Home Decorating

South America’s most underrated city?

It has more restaurants listed in the San Pellegrino World 50 list than any city outside of Tokyo – and that includes Paris, London, and New York.<p>With most tourists dashing through Lima on their way to see Peru’s famous Machu Picchu ruins, the country’s capital has long flown under the radar as a …

South America

Black Friday 2016: Samsung, Amazon Echo + Smart Home

<b>UPDATED NOV 23, 2016</b><p>A smart home is, well, a smart home. This season, save big with Black Friday deals on gadgets and devices that make a home even …

$400 British Airways Discount Extended, Stackable With 10% Off

One of the best deals in travel is the British Airways AARP discount. I love stacking British Airways business class sale fares with $400 off …

Pocket-size light packs studio power for your iPhone shoot

For all the magical powers coded and wired into the iPhone camera, it can’t rise to every challenge. You still need light to make a decent photograph and good light can be as fleeting as the moments you are trying to capture.<p>But what if you could put good light into your pocket and pull it out when …

The 20 best new TV shows ranked, according to critics

But that doesn't mean real people have the time to watch everything, no matter how good.<p>The problem now is we have to become really selective, really nitpicky. Some of the stuff that made it to our TV screens a year or two ago just doesn't hold up any longer compared to the competition.<p>Cable, the …

The Back-saving Shovel

Shovel designs have addressed the handles in different forms but the design of the blade itself has never been reconsidered. The Stealth Shovel, …

Industrial Design