From: GeekWire - ‘Alexa, turn on everything:’ This $3M house runs on Amazon and Samsung smart home technology

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From the outside, this house looks just like its neighbors in the sprawling hills of south Bellevue, Wash. Million-dollar views and luxurious outdoor decks are the calling card of the neighborhood. But what differentiates this house is on the inside. As soon as the door opens, a relaxing playlist of smooth jazz starts to emanate from a set of speakers installed in the ceiling. And instead of fumbling for a light switch on a dark winter evening, all the owner has to say is, “Alexa, turn on the lights.” In this house, the brain behind Amazon’s Echo serves as a hub that uses… Read More

From: Boing Boing - Jet-set like a pro with this New York Times featured bag

If you’re like us, packing and unpacking are two of your least favorite aspects of traveling. Specifically with multi-destination trips, our suitcases usually end in wrinkled clothing, toothpaste stains, and a misplaced deodorant.

The good news is that we’ve found a suitcase that eliminates the disastrous effects of packing and unpacking: The Rolo Travel Bag ($42.99). You essentially use it just as you would your closet. It comes with four separated mesh pockets that easily store all your stuff (from toiletries down to tiny accessories) and even comes with a 360-degree hanger.

All you have to do is pack what you want to bring, roll the bag up, and hook it up once you arrive for easy access to all your essentials. Plus it’s made of waterproof nylon so you don’t have to worry about any accidentals spills or unfortunate weather.

This bag is the greatest thing to happen to our travel routines, and we think you’ll like it too. The Rolo Travel Bag is even 14% off for a limited time.