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Many of us work remotely now that temporary work-from-home policies enacted during the coronavirus pandemic have gone permanent. Have you wondered how to become a digital nomad? Are you thinking about getting a standing desk? Want to look your best on a video conference? Or stay connected in the forest? We've got your back. Here at The Verge, we offer advice and step-by-step how-tos on how to work from your living room, van, or Airbnb. We help you choose the right laptop, headphones, and solar generators, and offer specific directions to make the most of apps like Zoom and Slack from anywhere that brings you joy.

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LG’s camping trailer is nicer than most homes.

I love bending nature to my will, but the Bon Voyage concept trailer is... something. LG’s experimental Labs group has fitted this beast with a bed and bathroom as usual, but also a wine bar, outdoor beer fridge, karaoke machine, an external TV revealed behind a fold-down table, a second pull-out table with integrated induction cooktop, that stupid Duobo coffee creature, and one of those clothing sanitizers LG has been bringing to CES for years but I’ll never understand.


Anker’s camp battery hides a selfie-stick with light.

Power stations commonly feature a small integrated light, but the Solix C800 Plus attaches a rechargeable camping light to a long retractable pole (that doubles as a selfie stick) to illuminate a larger area of 10 square meters for up to eight hours. It’s loaded with ports and features 768Wh of LFP storage, up to 1200W of AC output, and 300W of solar input. Available in March but pricing is still TBD.


<em>The 3-mode (low, medium and full brightness) camp light charges while stored under the lid alongside the 100cm retractable stick. That silver ball screws off to reveal a standard tripod mount for your camera.</em>

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The 3-mode (low, medium and full brightness) camp light charges while stored under the lid alongside the 100cm retractable stick. That silver ball screws off to reveal a standard tripod mount for your camera.
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Starlink space internet is no longer losing money.

This time last year Musk said that Starlink was losing about $20 million a month. Now he says it’s breakeven, which is good news for a service that keeps people connected in remote locations, in times of disaster and war, or while tooling around in a van or boat. Unimpeded growth could be bad for astronomers trying to see past those roughly 5,000 satellites currently operating in low-Earth orbit, with plans for up to 37,000 more.


Big-ass battery marketing is my favorite thing.

We’re all looking for a bit of escape without leaving the luxuries of modern life behind. But the images that accompany modern solar generators are just absurd. A record player for your next fishing trip or hundreds of pounds of solar panels hiked into the backcountry? Okay, Jackery. Sad plastic wheels traversing a rocky path? Sure, Ugreen. A giant portable solar tracker that’s not portable at all? Come on, EcoFlow.


Good luck with that, dude.

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Good luck with that, dude.
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Deodorant sales surge as workers return to office.

We already kinda knew this, didn’t we fellow slobs, but good to hear Unilever confirm it:

Many people didn’t use deodorant as much when they were in lockdown and working from home and some recovery in that is coming through.

The maker of Axe, Dove, and Rexona says deodorant sales have surged 15 percent now that companies have mostly settled on a hybrid approach for remote-capable employees.


Office attendance has remained relatively steady in the past year.
Office attendance has remained relatively steady in the past year.
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This Winnebago x EcoFlow campervan can last for days off grid.

The new Solis Pocket 36B comes standard with an EcoFlow PowerKit I reviewed last year. It starts with a 5kWh battery that can be expandable to 15kWh, which is a ton of LFP storage capacity for a van. It’s available to buy in the US and Canada from August.

Or maybe wait for Winnebago’s production version of the all-electric eRV2. Decisions, decisions.


<em>“Enables up to three days of boondocking” from a single 5kWh configuration “in favorable weather conditions.”</em>

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“Enables up to three days of boondocking” from a single 5kWh configuration “in favorable weather conditions.”
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VW’s ID Buzz gets the Ventje camper treatment.

The transformable Ventje interior I reviewed last summer is now available in Europe on Volkswagen’s all-electric ID Buzz that I reviewed a few months ago. The eVentje sleeps four and prices start at €95,000 for the Microbuzz plus interior. Delivery takes about nine months, which is a lot sooner than VW will release an official ID California campervan.


<em>The interior furniture moves outside.</em>

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The interior furniture moves outside.
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Starlink and Telstra to connect remote Australians.

The top telecom provider will be using Elon Musk’s network of over 3,500 low-Earth SpaceX satellites to augment coverage by the end of 2023. The “world’s first offering” bundles voice and fixed broadband service, installation, and tech support.

A Telstra exec says the company is looking for other partners, too, due to Musk’s unpredictability.


You’re more than just a conference room.

Google Workspace is adding a new Meet feature that lets workers in conference rooms check in and participate as individuals during meetings. The feature can bridge the gap between office and work from home business environments.

To use the feature, you’ll need to activate “companion mode” on your personal device and then check in to your meeting — kind of like playing a Jackbox party game.


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The update lets you see the names of your colleagues in a conference room.
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BioLite BaseCharge 1500 solar generator review within a review.

My recent live/work experiment in the all-electric VW ID Buzz wouldn’t have been possible without BioLite’s first portable battery and solar panel. It was needed to provide continuous power to my Starlink internet, laptops, phones, and more because the Microbus can’t when parked. The BaseCharge 1500 has some minor quirks, but if it’s specced and priced right for your needs then it’s worth considering.


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Living and working from an all-electric VW ID Buzz

Two humans and a beagle named Hank spent two weeks and 2,000 miles in Europe with a Ququq camping box to preview the future of #vanlife.

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Remote work now means 2.5 days from home each week.

“Most companies have settled into a hybrid work strategy that shows little sign of fading,” says a new report in the WSJ.

About 58 percent of companies now allow hybrid work schedules, according to Scoop Technologies’ monitoring of 4,500 companies. Just 42 percent of companies require a full-time office presence. Low unemployment gives workers leverage and they choose flexibility, duh. 


EcoFlow partners with Winnebago for #eVanlife.

No actual products were announced, but I can soon imagine an all-electric Winnebago fitted with an EcoFlow Power Kit that can be expanded with EcoFlow solar panels, batteries, AC, heater, fridge, freezer, ice maker, and smart generator as owners venture further off the grid.

Days are numbered for diesel-powered white-plastic RVs and this is the kind of push the industry needs. Details coming in July.


Here’s a custom RV I reviewed from Origin Travelvans with a massive EcoFlow Power Kit (inside), an EcoFlow 400W folding solar panel (and more on the roof), and EcoFlow Smart Generator (on the ground) for unlimited off-grid adventuring.
Here’s a custom RV I reviewed from Origin Travelvans with a massive EcoFlow Power Kit (inside), an EcoFlow 400W folding solar panel (and more on the roof), and EcoFlow Smart Generator (on the ground) for unlimited off-grid adventuring.
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Where are you on the desk monitor alignment chart?

I’m currently a lawful neutral, but drifting towards a chaotic neutral later this year.

I have one question about this, though: Where are the superultrawide lunatics (of which I used to be one)?


Desk Monitor alignment chart
Desk Monitor alignment chart
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20 percent of Londoners now work from home full time.

40 percent do so part time. That compares to 16 / 28 percent for the rest of the UK, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics. Only 12.5 percent reportedly worked from home pre-covid.

Older, well-educated professionals earning above £50,000 annually were most likely to work from home, while those aged 16 to 24 and making less than £10,000 were least likely. 


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$0 power bills from the heart of NYC.

Joshua Spodek writing for Ars about going off-grid in Manhattan: 

I allowed myself one cheat: I could plug in my laptop and phone when working at New York University. Otherwise, my only electric power came from the [200W] solar panel and [576Wh] battery. I still used my building’s hot water but not my gas stove.

Context: the average US home consumes 886,000Wh per month.