Modsy Is Giving Away a $1,000 Home Office Makeover

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Modsy
Photo credit: Modsy

From House Beautiful

Raise your hand if your “home office” is just a desk and chair in your closet or that one corner of your dining room table. If you’ve had to get creative to make a functioning workspace at home, you’re not alone (even Demi Moore had to move a miniature couch into her bathroom to work on her podcast). With many offices still closed indefinitely amid the ongoing pandemic, it’s probably time to upgrade your makeshift WFH setup. Well, now’s your chance because Modsy, an online interior design service, is giving away a $1,000 for a home office makeover.

Today, Modsy launched its WFH Glow Up Giveaway for those who are tired of their current setup or those who want help creating their dream workspace. The lucky winner, whom Modsy will choose at random, will get $1,000 Modsy voucher to use toward a total home

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‘Extraordinary work’ underway to rebuild electric, water, cell grid after Hurricane Laura

Emilee Geist

As Hurricane Laura recovery rolls into its second week, weary residents in Louisiana’s hardest hit areas find electricity, air-conditioning and clean, running water still in short supply.

“They’re not sure when exactly we can get electricity here,” said Cindy Holland Demaskey, who lives in Hayes in east Calcasieu parish. “They’re telling us it might be two weeks because of all the damage.”

“It’s just been rough,” she said Wednesday, her voice breaking. Another two weeks would make it three full weeks after Laura roared ashore with 150 mph winds about 25 miles south of her home.

Martha “Tootie” Welch, 66, ripped out carpet in her home on Wednesday in Hackberry, in Cameron Parish, moving slowly but surely.

Hurricane Laura's high winds wreaked havoc on these transmission towers and big kilovolt lines in Moss Point, Louisiana. The repairs to the area's power infrastructure will take week.
Hurricane Laura’s high winds wreaked havoc on these transmission towers and big kilovolt lines in Moss Point, Louisiana. The repairs to the area’s power infrastructure will take week.

She could be weeks without

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Hoboken Adds 14 Coronavirus Cases After Lab Error Is Addressed

Emilee Geist

HOBOKEN, NJ — As Hoboken prepared to see its popular restaurants open for limited indoor dining on Friday, the city shared its updated coronavirus case count Thursday.

The updated numbers included 14 cases added after a “lab error” was fixed, the city said.

Here are the updated numbers in Hoboken:

  • Hoboken has suffered 31 fatalities from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The last fatality was in May.

  • On Thursday, the Hoboken Health Department confirmed the following new COVID-19 cases: Aug. 29: 0 new cases, Aug. 30: 4, Aug. 31: 0, Sept. 1: 1, Sept. 2: 1. The Health Department was also provided with an additional 14 covid-19 cases to add to Hoboken’s total that were only recently provided to the city due to a reporting issue at one of the labs. The 14 cases were Hoboken residents testing positive since Aug. 10, over a span of 21

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13 products you’ll love for the school year

Emilee Geist

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Back to school shopping? Sorted.
Back to school shopping? Sorted.

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Going back to school this year looks very different for a lot of students but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to get excited to purchase school supplies.

According to survey results from RetailMeNot.ca, 22 per cent of Canadian parents are considering homeschooling as an option for their children this year, which means that their shopping habits are changing too.

ALSO SEE: The best back to school tech at any age, according to an expert

The survey also reports that 65 per cent of parents are prioritizing school supplies such

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12 unexpected ways algorithms control your life

Emilee Geist

12 unexpected ways algorithms control your life
12 unexpected ways algorithms control your life

Mashable’s series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives — and our futures.

Blame the algorithm.

That’s become the go-to refrain for why your Instagram feed keeps surfacing the same five people or why YouTube is feeding you questionable “up next” video recommendations. But you should blame the algorithm — those ubiquitous instructions that tell computer programs what to do — for more than messing with your social media feed.

Algorithms are behind many mundane, but still consequential, decisions in your life. The code often replaces humans, but that doesn’t mean the results are foolproof. An algorithm can be just as flawed as their human creators.

These are just some of the ways hidden calculations determine what you do and experience.

1. If you can eat out during the pandemic

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA,

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Best Labor Day 2020 Home & Mattress Sales

Emilee Geist

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With all the time we’ve been spending at home, chances are you might be a little bored of your decor. Or maybe you’ve finally had it with your old mattress. Or it’s time to upgrade your vacuum. Luckily there’s some fantastic home sales happening over the Labor Day long weekend!

We highly recommend picking up a new mattress from Casper, where you can get 15% off any order with a mattress and 10% off all sleep accessories! For a limited time at Dyson, you can save $150 off the Dyson v8 Absolute Pro! And at Wayfair, you can save up to 70% off in the Labor Day Clearance, including furniture, decor, kitchen goods and more!

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How a Smooth Election in Massachusetts Could Be a Cautionary Tale

Emilee Geist

Elections workers count mail-in ballots at City Hall in Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (David Degner/The New York Times)
Elections workers count mail-in ballots at City Hall in Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (David Degner/The New York Times)

Aside from a Kennedy losing, election night in Massachusetts on Tuesday felt almost normal.

Despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, results for a hotly contested statewide race trickled in throughout the night, with a winner called around 10:30 p.m. Nearly 1 million absentee ballots were counted by midnight. There were even timely victory and concession speeches.

For those looking to Massachusetts as a possible model for how to successfully hold the November general election during the pandemic, voting rights groups and election experts said the state’s primary provided a mix of smart policies and harsh deadlines — which possibly disenfranchised numerous voters.

Indeed, Massachusetts may have offered the country a model for how to count votes, but casting ballots wasn’t always as seamless. And certain factors helped the state:

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The NHTSA’s autonomous vehicle test tracker won’t be useful until more brands submit better data

Emilee Geist

Back in June, the National Highways and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) in the US announced that it would be launching a new online tool which lets anyone log-on and get information about autonomous vehicle tests.

AV TEST launched earlier this week, and well, it’s interesting to browse for a few minutes but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

As Kyle Wiggers over at Venture Beat points out, the initial appearance of the platform is good. It lets users see what companies are operating and where. It also gives a bit of information about the roads they’re testing on, the type of test its conducting, and the test’s status.

[Read: Despite hundreds of deaths a year, US trucks still aren’t required to have automatic emergency braking]

It also provides two other sections that let users gain quick access to information on state regulations for autonomous vehicle testing,

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Uber and Lyft should just become taxi firms and get over themselves

Emilee Geist

If you hadn’t heard, you must’ve had your head under a rock because there’s a new story every week, but ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft are in an intense legal battle in California right now over how the companies classify their drivers. Their future remains uncertain, but what happens if they are forced to shut down? What apps would move into their space?

CNN recently interviewed the creators of a couple of options, and they show that proven business models can still be supported and built upon using innovative technologies.

Dumpling, an app created by a Seattle-based startup, sprouted up among on-demand grocery services like Instacart, but it’s subtly different.

Users of the app effectively become their own personal shopping small-business owner. Dumpling itself operates more as a one-stop-shop to get people working on their own terms than an on-demand service in its own right.

[Read: The NHTSA’s autonomous vehicle

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Condoms, Couches and 7 Other Surprising Things You Can Get Delivered During Quarantine

Emilee Geist

If the thought of going to a mall or busy department store right now is setting off your anxiety alarm, you’ll be pleased to know that online delivery services have never been more popular — or prevalent.

While companies have been offering things like meal delivery and clothing subscription boxes for years now, a number of brands have launched new goods and services to help people pass the time in quarantine with essentials (and a few fun accessories) on-hand.

From health and wellness items you’d rather not be seen purchasing in store, to surprisingly chic furniture and even house plants, here’s what you can get delivered to your door while you’re self-isolating and quarantining at home.

1. Condoms and Lube

Few things are as awkward as standing in line at the drugstore with a pack of condoms and lube in your hand (though safe sex should never be something to

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