Robert Sommer

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Smartphone Apps for Spontaneous Travel

Have you ever just shown up at an airport without a clear travel plan? If your lifestyle allows for that sort of a lack of planning, but you’d rather ease into such a spontaneous adventure, there are several phone apps that can make unplanned travel feel less risky and more affordable.<p>While …

3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

It’s easy to forget how far technology has come in just a few years. We went from praying that our CD players wouldn’t skip to streaming music wirelessly to wearing AirPods in our ears. But even some recent devices have made the jump from high-end items for tech enthusiasts to must-haves for many …

Google Home

Millions of Americans Ignore This Ultra-Valuable Tax Break. Here's How to Get It.

Health Savings Accounts offer savers a "triple tax benefit."<p>When it comes to salting away enough money for retirement, one of the biggest obstacles …

8 Recent Netflix Original Series That Are Worth Your Time

<b>Watching is The New York Times’s TV and film recommendation website. Sign up for our thrice-weekly newsletter</b> <b>here</b><b>.</b><p>If it seems as though each time you log into Netflix there are a dozen new original series on offer, it might be because that’s essentially what’s happening. In an interview with …

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.

When I downloaded a copy of my Facebook data last week, I didn’t expect to see much. My profile is sparse, I rarely post anything on the site, and I seldom click on ads. (I’m what some call a Facebook “lurker.”)<p>But when I opened my file, it was like opening Pandora’s box.<p>With a few clicks, I …

Social Media

3 Steps to Avoid Giving Biased Feedback

<i>Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. The editor, Tim Herrera, emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.</i><p>Two weeks ago in this newsletter we talked about why it’s difficult to hear negative feedback. One of the main …

The Comfort in Stockpiling Dried Beans

I don’t fuss with souvenirs, unless you count the pounds and pounds of beans I traffic, auntie-style, rolled up in old plastic bags, concealed between the folded clothes in my suitcase. I recently came home with speckled pintos from Santa Fe, purple <i>flor de Mayos</i> from Mexico City and round cocos …

Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age

What’s the best way to develop a healthy perspective on old age? Spend more time with elderly people and discover what brings meaning and pleasure to their twilight years despite the losses, both physical and social, they may have suffered.<p>That’s what two authors of inspired and inspiring books …

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3 Simple Ways We Give Up A Ton Of Very Personal Information To Facebook And Random Apps

Step 1: Sign up for Facebook.<p>Facebook has come under fire after Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling company that worked on President Trump’s campaign, allegedly improperly collected and misused the data of up to 50 million users. It has prompted a big investigation in the UK and lots of scrutiny …

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen

When your laptop is lost or stolen, you aren’t just out $800 (or more). Your personal information is also accessible to whoever takes it, even if you have a password.<p>“Unfortunately, a typical password-protected user account does nothing to protect your data,” says Dennis Stewart, a security …

Information Systems

Meat and Potatoes Made Magical

For a special occasion, your best friend, sweetheart or spouse deserves the finest dinner you can produce. For many people, that means the simple luxury of steak and potatoes. Instead of going to a crowded restaurant, you can easily pull off this meal at home — and use the money you save by …

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The Best Books of February 2018: From Zadie Smith to Peter Carey

A Memoir of Wanderlust<p>Laura Smith<p>In <i>The Art of Vanishing</i>, Laura Smith frankly lays bare the ins and outs of her marriage, from how it began to how it ended. Inspired by and obsessed with the story of Barbara Newhall Follett, a woman who lived her life with radical independence, Smith decided to do …

Books

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done Will Help You Boost Your Productivity

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three …

9 Points to Guide Your Investments in 2018

Even if you don’t follow financial markets closely, if you have money in those markets it is worth considering, every so often, where you have been and where the currents may be taking you.<p>We’ve selected nine articles with reporting and analysis on where the markets have been and some clues on …

The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Knowing How to Fight

It’s peak “engagement season” — the span of time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day when, according to the website WeddingWire, more than a third of couples pledge to marry.<p>As couples move from whispering sweet nothings to mounting strategic wedding-planning campaigns, their minds and inboxes …