Diversity Woman Magazine

FAL 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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Upfront > 12 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N Fa l l 2 0 1 7 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Holiday Tech Gadget Wish List H olidays are the perfect time to bring into your household that new gadget you've been ogling all year. You can buy it for your spouse, partner, or child—or find an excuse to buy it for yourself ("The family really needs it!"). Here are five can't-miss devices that DW wants to bring home. Ecobee 4 Thermostat Getting up off the couch to turn down the AC is so passé. There are a slew of smart thermo- stats that can sense a room's temperature and adjust accordingly. CNET describes the Ecobee 4 as the best of the lot. It integrates with Amazon's Alexa for voice control (and can be used as a speaker), and it is programmed to your home's unique energy profile. Nest Home security camera The indoor Nest cam is an affordable and efficient choice in the burgeoning home security camera market. It offers motion and sound detection, crisp, high-resolution video, a 130-degree wide-angle view, and a built-in two- way speaker ("Get off my porch. I'm calling the police!"). IFX Gen 3 Who would've thunk that tech websites devote pages upon pages to re- viewing lightbulbs? Well, when they are "smart" bulbs, they do. One fa- vored lightbulb isn't just efficient—it's fun. With LIFX Gen 3, light a room to your desired bright- ness—and adjust the color. It fits into standard lamps and fixtures, and is controlled through Nest, Amazon's Alexa, or other home smart hubs. Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones For decades, Bose has produced the most elegant (and, admittedly, pricey) headphones with matchless sound quality. The QuietComfort 35 does it all. These wire- less, Bluetooth-stream- ing, noise-canceling headphones are so comfortable that your coworkers may co-opt them for making phone calls. Apple Watch Series 2 While other companies are catching up, Apple still makes the best smartwatch on the market. The new Watch Series 2 will be especially appealing to swimmers. Part of its charm is that you can wear it in the lap pool or even scuba diving. Its built-in GPS will keep you pointed in the right direction, and its processor is a serious speed upgrade from the first Apple Watch. American household average annual expenditure on transportation (Bureau of Labor Statistics) 1997 $6,457 2015 $9,503 Average cost of a domestic airplane flight (Bureau of Transportation Statistics) (inflation adjusted) 1995 $460 2016 $349 Average cost of an Amtrak one-way fare, intercity (Bureau of Transportation Statistics) 1994 $39 2014 $71 Average cost of owning and operating an automobile, assuming 15,000 vehicle miles per year (Bureau of Transportation Statistics) 1995 $6,185 2015 $8,558 Cost of a gallon of gas (US Energy Information Administration) 1997 $1.24 2017 $2.50 New York subway, one-way fare (MTA) 1995 $1.25 2017 $2.75 Versus To the Moon O ver the last 20 years or so, our spending on transportation has risen roughly a third. The only transportation mode cost to go down? Airplane travel. Of course, one could argue that the emotional cost of flying has increased com- mensurately! Here is a look at the changing cost of various modes of travel. DW Hot List

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