Wedding ceremony Bliss, Berkshires Model – The Berkshire Edge

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Boasting convenient proximity and rural sophistication, Berkshire County has been on the destination radar for over a decade, rivaling the nearby posh hotspots of Newport and the Hamptons. Nowadays, the refined patchwork of great culture and small-town charm – peppered with paddleboard-ready lakes, hiking trails, bike paths, orchards and ski areas – is particularly popular with millennials, also known as the “generation of experience”. “

The recent spate of “Best Places to Visit” reports is even attracting couples from countries as far away as California, Colorado (no less Aspen), Texas, and Wisconsin. Some newlyweds already have a connection to the region (i.e. parents with a second home), others are newcomers to the region.

Hancock Shaker Village. Photo love Edith and Lily

Then there is the opportunity in the area to meet “fiancés” where they are. “The Berkshires are booming with weddings right now – we can handle this stylized event on an endless budget, but we’re also kind to smaller, more affordable ceremonies,” said Rebecca Daly, founder of Whitlock & Cooper Events. It’s already fully booked until 2022 – an anomaly as the main engagement season coincides with the holidays. (Fear not: other planners and many venues are still available for 2022, though the general advice is to book ASAP – and consider the days of the week or mid-season to improve your options.)

The latest rash in engagements can hardly be traced back to the 413 area code. Industry research firm The Wedding Report predicts the number of weddings will hit 2.5 million in 2022 (up from 2.1 million in 2019) – a number not seen since the soaring 1980s. At the same time, couples are reportedly spending more on weddings, about $ 3,000 more than in 2020.

This influx of tourist dollars acts beyond the wedding sector to boost other local economies. “We bring in hundreds of guests who stay in nearby hotels, eat out at restaurants, and visit museums,” says Daly. “We generate a significant share of sales for school bus companies and keep them running all summer until autumn. Even local couples bring a lot of foreigners with them. “

And for all of these visitors basking in the glamor of a whimsical weekend, the Berkshires becomes an enchanted place to share with their own friends and family, and so on. Once bitten, beaten forever!

THE PANDEMIC EFFECT

The seismic effects of COVID-19 on the wedding landscape are now a familiar story. Prior to closing, 2020 promised to be a parade year for weddings in the Berkshires, and most couples have postponed their dates in order to achieve their dream wedding. All of these postponed events and a surge in engagements during the pandemic era resulted in a jam-packed 2021.

“It was wonderful to see family and friends partying together and it was busy!” says Kelsi Polk, wedding coordinator at The Mount. This popular venue hosted twice as many weddings last season, and even held a few after-hours during the week. (“And the interest in 2022 and 2023 is great. The dates go quickly!”)

The mountain. Photo love Edith and Lily

Also noticeable is the small percentage of couples who decided against the trend and decided to shorten and even honor their original date (it often had a special meaning) – and thereby give the intimate wedding more intentionality by not once let a global pandemic stand in their way of exchanging vows.

“We found that a lot of people never wanted the big weddings, their parents wanted them. So COVID paved the way for couples to do their own thing, “says Jessy Turner, who runs Berkshire Elopements (co-founded by photographer Jocelyn Vassos), Bird House Events, and Ice House Hill Farm, a wedding venue in Richmond, Massachusetts (Amazingly she also finds the time and energy to be the on-site wedding coordinator for the Normal Rockwell Museum.) Her largest wedding in 2021 had about 150 guests, and she continues to hear from couples planning elopements and micro-weddings for 2022.

Daly observed a similar recession: “The pandemic has made people realize what is important. You don’t have to invite every person you’ve ever said hello to. Smaller weddings can be just as much work, but they felt lovely and great. “

MICRO WEDDINGS GO MACRO

“Micro-weddings”, which are quietly gaining ground before the pandemic, have undergone a complete brand update and are now part of the regular lexicon. Town & Country Magazine defines them as having up to 50 guests, while local planners and venues have a cap of around 25. Couples accept these limited gatherings with the same enthusiasm as larger celebrations – often without cutting costs.

According to an industry study from 2019, the average cost per guest had increased, although the average number of guests declined. So if you limit yourself to 25 instead of 125 guests, you can afford to pamper your invitees – for example, by cordoning off an entire inn, enjoying the test dinner or treating everyone to a spa day at Canyon Ranch.

Nowadays couples plant their elopement flag too – only these aren’t quick elopements in Las Vegas, but a planned ceremony, with or without a few guests and at least some of the traditional regalia.

This is the Berkshire Elopements model, whose standard package starts at $ 3,000 and includes an hour of photography, the officer (Turner does the honors), and a meal. “Ultimately, this is for people who love each other and don’t want to deal with the family drama or the stress of planning. It also speaks for cost savings, ”says Turner. She often drives couples to the top of Mount Greylock or goes to Ashintully Gardens, where you don’t have to pay a fee. “It can save you thousands of dollars.”

Of course, the blowout wedding is still a must for many couples – especially after a lengthy shutdown. “People are definitely ready to celebrate,” says Magdalena Mieczkowska from Magdalena Events, who had a record season in 2021 and has twelve weddings (their maximum) for 2022 with around 200 guests each on their calendar. “The couples seem on budget and want them to be bigger than ever.”

A PLACE FOR EVERY STYLE, SIZE AND BUDGET

Whichever alley – uh, aisle – you choose, the Berkshires are jam-packed with unique locations to suit any ceremony. Even bastions for large weddings like Tanglewood, Blantyre, and The Mount have created price tiers for lower guest numbers. For example, in Blantyre, you can have up to 250 guests on the Upper Lawn (from $ 10,000 to rent the site), up to 70 guests in the Conservatory ($ 13,500), or two to 10 guests in the Dom Perignon Salon (for $ 2,000). . (As a full-service location, the prices for food, drinks, cakes and other details can be bundled as desired.)

Mass MoCA. Photo love Edith and Lily

Mass MoCA offers an all-inclusive micro-wedding package for up to 25 guests (or 35 for an additional fee of $ 120 per person). A short elopement package for up to four guests, which includes a photo session, is also available. “As soon as events were possible again, I thought about how I could make them smaller,” says Chris Handschuh, Tenant Operations and Events Coordinator for Mass MoCA. “We are still getting requests for micro-weddings, even though we have no capacity limits.”

Greylock works. Photo love Edith and Lily

Aside from these well-known forums, the Berkshires have an abundance of quaint inns, retro-chic motels (keyword: tourists), summer camps, and everything in between (think Greylock Works). You can also stop at gilded mansions (including Chesterwood), cultural outposts, and pastoral farms – Gedney Farm, for example, has 50 acres and two Norman-style barns that can accommodate up to 250 people.

The Berkshires also have modern “banquet halls” like Crissey Farm, which charge a fee of $ 1,000 and a variety of meal packages starting at $ 85 per person. In the northern county, a one-day event rental in the 75-acre Bloom Meadows is $ 10,000 (or $ 8,500 in the off-season); The weekend event price associated with a two night stay in the Silo Suite and a Sunday brunch is $ 16,000.

Blooming meadows. Photo love Edith and Lily

Would you like a non-denominational church wedding? Visit St. James Place, an episcopal chapel built around 1857 that has been restored to a secular (but sacred!) Venue in downtown Great Barrington, with its original limestone facade, triumphal arches and handcrafted stained glass.

There are no limits to elopements – waterfalls, ski slopes, private homes, public parks, charming main streets, whatever.

ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR PROVIDERS

In addition, the Berkshires have an extensive entourage of vendors who take care of every aspect of a wedding – from planners and photographers to florists, caterers and cake designers, lighting and sound specialists, tent and furniture rentals to DJs and live musicians.

There’s even an upscale bridal salon opening in July – Kismet, available by reservation only – in the heart of downtown Pittsfield. This is where out-of-town brides can choose their dress while searching for locations, and local brides can stay on-site.

The farm-to-fork ethos is, of course, an important part of Berkshires history and can add a nuance to any wedding reception, with roving food trucks, pop-up pizza ovens, and even traditional open-fire cooking by the likes of Heirloom Fire and The Swell Party that round off top notch catering companies. (Or consider throwing one of the above options for a welcome party.)

Another mobile bar service from Round. Photo courtesy of Another Round

“It’s about reinventing spaces,” says Tom Ellis, founder of The Swell Party. “The first thing most customers say is they don’t want what everyone else has been up to – they want to use their own unique experience and the venue in a whole new way. We make it work by moving things around so that normal paths are thrown out of the window. “

This overriding ethos is pretty much the calling card of the local industry – “and the customers seem to appreciate the authentic atmosphere here,” says Danielle Pellerin, founder of 5 Senses Events & Design. “We put our blood, sweat and tears into these little businesses and it shows. And you don’t make any compromises – we can produce in the same quality as the suppliers from the city. Plus, you have this beautiful backdrop. I cry at every wedding; We really take care of our couples. “

She and other planners are also open to working with outside vendors – it’s just about getting the couple fit on their big day.

Turner, however, made it a point of only working with Berkshire dealers “and I have to say it was pretty magical!”

Ciara Griffin indicators off in model as Eire edge previous Japan

Ireland 15 Japan 12

Ciara Griffin spectacularly ended her international career by bagging a series of stellar attempts in a hard-earned win for the Irish women’s rugby team against Japan at RDS.

With a gap of nine points and the dismissal of first-time starter Hannah O’Connor in the 29th minute, the home team did just enough to beat a stubborn Japanese challenge.

It was also Adam Griggs’ last game as Irish head coach, with Greg McWilliams taking the hot seat in the New Year. Whoever the latter chooses as their new captain, they will have big footsteps to fill – this is the impression Griffin has made since taking office in 2018.

It was Ireland’s semi-final Enya Breen who got the ball rolling as she converted a routine six-minute penalty.

However, Lesley McKenzie’s guests finally grew into the action and rushed to attempt the opening of the proceedings in the 17th minute. After breaking a defensive gap with a Kanako Kobayashi offload, Ria Anoku had the vision of getting Mana Furuta off-center for an unconverted fiver to the left of the post.

The admission of this attempt was a setback for Ireland, but they suffered an even bigger blow when O’Connor received a red card from Italian referee Clara Munarini for a high challenge against the chin of Japanese whore Nijiho Nagata.

This raised serious questions about the Irish determination and at the end of a long period of attack, blindside flanker Seina Saito turned the game into a turn in the 37th minute that gave Japan a 12-3 interval advantage.

The home team needed a spark to work their way back into the standings, and thanks to their soon-to-be-eliminated skipper, they got just that four minutes after the restart. After downloading an attempted clearance from Kobayashi, Griffin sprinted towards the loose ball and landed perfectly.

Ciara Griffin rushes to score one of her two attempts against Japan. Photo: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Though Breen was marginally off with their tricky bonus hit, Ireland was now a rejuvenated force and tried to take their numerical shortage lightly. In her 24th game as Ireland’s leaders, Griffin showed why she will leave such a huge void by leaving the line-up.

After consultation between referee Munarini and TMO Matteo Liperini, she received a second try in the 55th minute for a great driving finish under a number of Japanese bodies. Breen was there to provide the extras when Ireland suddenly had a three point lead (15-12) again.

Aoife Doyle believed she had extended her lead in the right corner to just over an hour but was disqualified on that occasion for a blow from Irish defender Lauren Delany.

A missed penalty by Breen on 70 minutes left the door open for Japan, but Ireland held out under relentless pressure in the final moments to get Griffin and Griggs the perfect dismissal.

Goal scorers – Ireland: C Griffin 2 attempts, E Breen pen, con. Japan: S Saito, M Furuta try everyone, A Otsuka con.

Ireland: L Delany; A. Doyle, E. Considine, S. Naoupu, L. Sheehan; E. Breen, K. Dane; Feely, L., Jones, N., Djougang, L.; A McDermott, S. Monaghan; C Griffin, E McMahon, H O’Connor. Substitute: K O’Dwyer for Feely, C Moloney for Jones, both 46 min .; S Touhey for Doyle, A Caplice for McMahon, both 65 min.

Japan: R anoku; H Nagura, M Furuta, K Kobayashi, K Imakugi; A Otsuka, M Tsukui; S Kato, N Nagata, M Lavemai; K Tamai, O Yoshimura; S Saito, M Suzuki, A Nagai. Substitute: W Kitano for Yoshimura, M Abe for Tsukui, both ht; S Minami for Lavemai, 46 minutes; I Nagata for Nagai, 50 minutes; M Yamamoto for Otsuka, 55 minutes; Y Ito for Suzuki, 59 minutes; A Kokaji for N Nagata, 74 min.

Referee: C. Munarini (Italy).

Closing Edge 95 construct for the Dev channel brings Home windows 11-style visuals and extra

Windows 11 style visuals in Edge Canary

Microsoft today released the final Edge 95 build for the Dev Channel which is making version 95.0.1020.0 available to users. The reason this is the final build for version 95 for the dev channel is because Edge is now following a shortened release schedule, with major version releases now happening every four weeks. This is the build that is now expected to transition to beta channel users as the company prepares to move to the next major release.

As for today’s build, there are a couple of major improvements. First of all, Edge now Windows 11-style design by default, with rounded corners and other updated design elements. In Windows 11, the browser also supports translucent items in the title bar and context menus. So far, these functions have been hidden under an experimental flag. It must be noted, however, that the new design is still in the works, so there may be rough edges and inconsistencies.

The second big improvement is in support for View recovery of PDFs on Edge. With this feature, users can pick up PDFs where they left them, which means that Edge now remembers the page number, zoom status and layout of the document, easily reads long PDF files and presents the reader in the browser as a useful alternative to others Apps. For those who need it, there is an option to disable the feature. The feature is shipped to all Edge 95 users.

Other enhancements made with today’s build include the ability to use a pen to annotate screenshots taken using the built-in web capture tool, support for opening local files in the iOS version of the browser, and adding some new administrative policies.

Here is the full list of new features:

  • Functions activated by default:
  • Administrative guidelines (note that documentation and administrative templates may not have been updated yet):
    • A policy has been added to control whether intranet file links are enabled, which controls whether File: URLs on intranet pages open File Explorer.
    • Support for Chromium Policy Enabled to control whether Cross Origin Web Assembly Module Sharing is enabled.
    • Chromium Policy Support Enabled to control whether the display capture permission policy is enabled.
  • Improved support for opening local files in the browser on iOS.

As usual, there are a number of bug fixes that make it into the browser. Here are the changes that will improve the reliability of the browser:

  • A crash when using the password generator has been fixed.
  • A crash when using the web widget has been fixed.
  • Fixed a crash when navigating an IE mode tab.
  • Fixed a crash when using tab groups.
  • A crash when interacting with info bars has been fixed.
  • Fixed a crash when closing an autofill popup.
  • Cell phone, mobile phone:
    • Fixed a crash on startup.
    • Fixed a crash when changing the device orientation.
    • A crash when logging into the browser has been fixed.
    • A crash on older iOS versions has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where checking for updates in Settings would sometimes crash Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where certain applications installed on the device would cause all tabs to crash as soon as they were opened.
  • A hang when opening Internet Explorer has been fixed.
  • Fixed getting stuck when closing the browser.

And here are the fixes aimed at addressing the changed behavior:

  • Fixed an issue with certain Linux flavors where the browser would not open.
  • Fixed another issue where users would be logged out of the browser after refreshing the browser.
  • Fixed a problem where the video volume was sometimes set to max.
  • Fixed an issue where favorites could sometimes not be clicked.
  • Fixed an issue where importing certain data from other browsers would fail.
  • Fixed an issue where Travel Finder wasn’t showing when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where travel recommendations would not appear in places they should.
  • Fixed an issue where the Define card would sometimes not go away when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where certain banner UI could not interact or be closed.
  • Fixed an issue where the link to test the HTTP version of a webpage on the error page that appears when the HTTPS version of the page is not available does not actually attempt to navigate to the HTTP version of the website.
  • Fixed an issue where PDF titles were garbled as shown in the browser tab.
  • Fixed an issue where pinned websites would sometimes be resolved after refreshing the browser.
  • Fixed an issue with older versions of Windows where browser installation would fail.
  • Fixed an issue where free text annotations in PDFs would not work at the edges of the page.
  • Fixed an issue where download notifications would sometimes not appear in pop-up windows.
  • Fixed an issue where Jump List Actions are missing from PWAs or websites installed as apps on Windows 11.
  • Cell phone, mobile phone:
    • Fixed an issue where InPrivate sometimes couldn’t be used.
    • Fixed an issue where the login screen would get stuck while logging in to the browser.
    • Fixed an issue on Android where menus would sometimes not work when sharing another app with the browser.
    • Fixed an issue where passwords cannot be edited or deleted because nothing works on the Password Settings page.
    • Fixed an issue where rewards would not work.
    • Fixed an issue where the button to go to the Immersive Reader would sometimes not be visible when it should.
  • Developer:
    • Fixed an issue in WebView2 applications where certain resources were left out when the application was published (Issue 730, Edition 1061).
    • Fixed an issue creating WebView2 apps that contain XAML islands (Edition 1716).
  • The administrative policy to control whether Internet Explorer integration tests are allowed has been deprecated.

Finally, there are a number of known issues that users should be aware of that the company will always list on these release notes. Here is the full list:

  • YouTube users may experience playback errors with certain ad blocking extensions. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to continue. See this help article for more details.
  • Some users still experience an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is out of date security or antivirus software from a vendor such as Symantec. In these cases this will be resolved by updating this software.
  • Kaspersky Internet Suite users who have installed the associated extension may sometimes find that websites such as Gmail cannot be loaded. This error is due to the fact that the main Kaspersky software is out of date, so it is resolved by making sure that the latest version is installed.
  • Some users still see favorites being duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced in Insider channels, but we’re still running it in stable. We have also seen duplication occur when the manual deduplicator is run on multiple computers before one of the computers has a chance to fully sync its changes.
  • Some users see “jiggling” behavior when scrolling with trackpad gestures or touchscreens, with scrolling in one dimension also causing the page to scroll subtly back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and appears to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to Edge Legacy behavior. So, if this behavior is undesirable, you can turn it off temporarily by turning off the edge: // flags / # edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

As always with these builds, they will be released in stages. While not all users will see the update, it should be rolled out to all development channel users sooner rather than later. Additionally, with today’s build released, both the Dev and Canary versions are now on the same version.

Israel, Hamas edge towards settlement on mechanism for Qatari help cash

Palestinian press reported yesterday that the UN approved a new mechanism to send Qatari aid funds to needy families in Gaza. In the past few years, Qatari envoys came to Israel every six months and drove from there to the Strip with suitcases full of cash. Once the money was in place, it was given to a representative of the families in need to be distributed at the post offices. According to reports, the new mechanism would result in the aid money being transferred to the strips through Palestinian banks in the West Bank under the supervision of the UN. This new mechanism would guarantee better control of money. It will only refer to charity funds, not the salaries of Gaza Strip officials. This solution was apparently promoted by the UN special envoy for the Tor Wensland region. The report also alleged that neither Israel nor Hamas objected to it.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar published this morning that Hamas had agreed to one in talks with international and Qatari officials mechanism through which Qatari money would be distributed through Palestinian banks and under the supervision of the UN. Official Israeli sources unnamed yesterday said Israel’s army radio that the reports of such a new mechanism were not accurate. However, if such a mechanism is actually put in place, it should not only help combat the dire economic crisis in the Strip, but also lay the foundation for promoting an agreement between Israel and Hamas.

In recent years, the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the new Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman have repeatedly voiced criticism of the suitcase-cash procedure and accused the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of financing the Hamas terrorism. That was actually the background too Liberman resigns 2018 from his position as Minister of Defense in the Netanyahu government. Israel’s new government has insisted that a new mechanism be put in place to transfer donations to Gaza through a UN fund. Such a fund would directly finance development projects in the strip, bypassing Hamas’ involvement, and preventing the money from being used to dig attack tunnels or manufacture weapons.

Although ready to negotiate, developments on the border over the past two weeks reflect the military strategy of the new Israeli government against any terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Air Force attacked July 3 Targets in Gaza and retaliatory strikes over fire balloons that were shot down from the Strip during the weekend. Targets included a Hamas rocket launcher and an arms factory. As early as July 1, IDF jets struck another Hamas arms factory in Gaza in response to the fire balloons launched on the same day.

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Nachman Shai said yesterday (July 4th): reacts more violently [than the Netanyahu government]. This is not a fixed formula for an air strike for everyone [incendiary] Balloon for an air force attack … Basically it is clear that Israel is not prepared to accept any violation of sovereignty – not even by one [arson] Balloon.”

surgery Guardian of the walls ended May 21 after Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired nearly 4,400 rockets at Israel over a twelve-day period. During these days of fighting, the IDF struck back and transported more than 1,500 targets from the two groups. A truce brokered by Egypt ended the fighting and offered a short-term solution. Since then, Egypt has been pushing for a long-term deal. Israeli commentator Tal Schneider reported On July 1, Cairo appointed the experienced mediator Ahmad Abd al-Khalek to its negotiating team, which Jerusalem sees as an intensified mediation effort and before an expected visit by Bennett to Washington. Although no date has been set for such a trip, President Joe Biden told visiting President Reuven Rivlin last week that he expected to meet the Israeli Prime Minister as soon as possible.

While the situation on the border with Gaza had deteriorated in recent days and more and more hot balloons ignited bushfires in the southern communities of Israel, Egypt appears to be continuing its mediation efforts to reach an agreement between the sides. A senior Israeli security delegation visited Cairo last week for mediated talks and is expected to return this week. The delegation included National Security Council official Nimrod Gez, Israel’s chief negotiator for the release of Israelis detained by Hamas Yaron Blum, and several other senior security officials.

As Prime Minister, Bennett had made it clear that a long-term deal with Hamas would have to include the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to Israel and the release of the two Israeli civilians, Avraham Avera Mengistu and Hisham from Hamas. al-Sayed are being held. IDF seniors have said in recent days that any agreement to relax the restriction on the closure of Gaza must include progress on this issue. A Palestinian report last week said Israel could consent to the release of some sick Hamas prisoners in exchange for information on the physical and mental health of Israeli prisoners. Mediated talks are reportedly blocked in Israel as Hamas insists that prisoners responsible for the killing of Israelis also be included in the prisoner exchange.

103.three The Edge radio host Ted Shredd hospitalized with Covid-19 | Leisure

Ted Shredd, the co-host of the popular morning show with Tom Ragan on 103.3 The Edge, has published on Facebook that he is in the hospital fighting Covid-19. He wrote that he had oxygen and was given a cocktail of drugs.

He published the following in an edited form: “After I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I had bad side effects for five days only to find out I had Covid. Had it before the vaccine. I’ve learned that this has become a common practice lately.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I was very healthy. It can be quick. You don’t wanna be where I am now Take it seriously and get vaccinated. “

Ragan also read a statement from Shredd on the show this morning.

Motorola’s Prepared For brings a DeX-style desktop to the Edge Plus

Motorola is expanding its Edge Plus flagship phone with a new desktop computer interface called Ready For. Similar to Samsung DeXWith Ready For, users can connect their smartphone to a larger screen (using either a USB-C to USB-C or a USB-C to HDMI cable) so that the Edge Plus (and presumably future Motorola Phones) can be used as a computer or even a set-top box alternative.

The company actually has four different use cases for Ready For. At the simplest level, users can convert the Edge Plus into a mobile desktop computer setup with a bluetooth mouse or keyboard – much like DeX.

Motorola also has more interesting ideas for using the Edge Plus. Another transforms the Edge Plus into a video conferencing station, for example, which uses the smartphone’s superior cameras (either the 108-megapixel main lens or the 16-megapixel ultrawide lens) for a better video chat experience.

There are also entertainment options. Gamers can pair a controller and use the Edge Plus as a makeshift console, either for native mobile games like Fortnite or with game streaming services like xCloud. Users can also plug in their phone as an easily portable set-top box. Motorola intends to connect the Edge Plus to a TV in the hotel room, for example, so that when you travel you can access all of the streaming apps already registered without having to worry about your room’s WiFi setup.

Ready For (or DeX) is not the first attempt at turning a smartphone into a computer. Cell phone history is littered with past attempts, how canceled Palm Foleo or Motorola’s own The Atrix 4G LapDock accessories. And while Motorola’s use cases here are a little ambitious (and perhaps a little optimistic about the number of users routinely using HDMI-to-USB-C cables), there are certainly more creative ideas for converting a phone into a bigger screen a half-hearted desktop computing experience.

The Motorola Ready For experience will be available to Edge Plus users on Verizon starting today.