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How Technology Is Changing the Way We Sleep
When it comes to sleep, there’s a reason technology gets a bad rap. Excessive screen time before bed can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin production—which means you might be better off delaying that late-night Insta-scroll until the daylight hours (or investing in a fancy pair of blue-light blockers). But there’s one tech trend that could have the opposite effect: Apps and products that use technology to help you sleep better.
May 3, 2019
The Time to Make a Home Inventory Is Now—Here’s How I’d Do It
Tackle this small task while everything is business as usual and nothing (except this article) is reminding you that you don't have one yet.
May 3, 2019
It’s Time to Marie Kondo Your Inbox—Here Are 9 Proven Ways to Do It
There’s always that friend. You know, the one with 76 unheard voicemails, 150 unread texts, and—gulp—15,964 unread emails in her inbox. (Or maybe that “friend” is you.) Either way, keeping your inbox uncluttered or even reaching Inbox Zero can feel like impossible feats of #adulting. But digitally cleaning house doesn’t have to be your least favorite chore.
May 3, 2019
Your Phone Needs Spring Cleaning, Too—Here Are 5 Things That Could be Slowing You Down
We have a step-by-step guide to get you started on a cleaner, smarter device.
May 3, 2019
2 Simple Habits to Help You Avoid Some Way-Too-Familiar Email Mistakes
While email is a quick and convenient alternative to other forms of communication (especially if you dread phone calls), digital conversations come with their own unique inconveniences. If you’ve ever sent an email before you’re done writing it, replied all when you meant to reply to just one person, or copied your entire office on a juicy, personal email, you know exactly what we mean.
May 3, 2019
PSA: You Can Scan Documents with Just Your Notes App
It’s tough to stay on top of paper clutter. But what to do when you’re not sure if you’ll need an old bill or letter in the future, but you’re ready to KonMari the crap out of your paperwork? If you’re an iPhone user, then we have the solution for you. Get ready to have your mind blown, because thanks to Twitter user @wildchildlula, we now know that you can actually scan your paper documents into your Notes app—eliminating the need for a hard copy.
May 3, 2019
Here’s How to Spring Clean the Most Dusty, Germy Things in Your Home
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Paper Clutter, Credit Reports, and More Adult Things We All Have to Spring Clean
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Home Office Hacks: Sneaky Strategies For Hiding A Clunky Printer
Does anyone else feel like printer design is stuck in the 90s (and not in a cool crop-top-with-mom-jeans way)? While we’re still holding out for a designer edition hoverboard/printer all-in-one to use at our standing desk, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your overbearing hunk of plastic from being the focal point of your workspace.
Apr 30, 2019
How Can I Hide My TV Cords (When I Can’t Drill a Hole)?
Q: So, the only spot for my TV in our living room is in front of a wall that has a brick fireplace under the drywall. As much as I’d love to break that sucker out, we aren’t financially or emotionally ready for that project. Since I can’t drill into the wall and hide my cords, what’s a girl to do?
Apr 30, 2019
Wow, Floo Powder is Real! Nucleus Has Created A Live Intercom That Can Connect You To Upstairs Or The Other Side of the World
Here’s my favorite new home gadget of 2017 so far. When Jonathan Frankel, the CEO and Founder of Nucleus, came to our offices here in NYC to show me his new home intercom system, I was immediately impressed. His inspiration was clear and simple, he wanted an affordable, easy to use home intercom to connect him to his three kids, whether he was downstairs or at the office.
Apr 30, 2019
The Most Luxe Apple Store Just Opened in Dubai (Of Course)
The land of luxury homes with underwater views officially has the coolest Apple store in the world. Customers typically know what to expect when they walk into one of the brand’s electronics stores, unless they’ve been lucky enough to visit the unbelievably posh Apple store in Dubai. Keeping in line with the destination’s signature upscale offerings, the brand new location in Dubai Mall is completely over the top.
Apr 30, 2019
IKEA and Apple Just Invented a Pokemon Go for Furniture Shopping
If a visit to the IKEA showrooms is the opposite of your idea of fun, how about a Pokemon Go-style experience for furniture buying instead, where you can sit at home and place IKEA furniture around your house — possibly without even leaving the couch? Thanks to Apple’s upcoming ARKit, that time is here. Co.
Apr 30, 2019
This TV Doubles as a Transparent Display Case—Can Anything Be More Clever?
Just when you thought you had the latest and greatest model of TV, a new design concept arrives on the tech scene.
Apr 29, 2019
Day 15: Exercise a Little Cord Control
Day 15: Tuesday, January 22 Assignment: Wrangle your cords Cords are necessary, of course, but even though they’re highly functional they look like clutter. No matter how well organized an area is otherwise, if there is a visible mess of wires and cords, things look unfinished and visually chaotic. Take a quick twirl through your home and see if you can spot some cord trouble spots and, if you do, work on getting them under control.
Apr 14, 2019
Make Your Home More Serene With This Clutter-Taming Weekend Project
Tell me you never hang on to useless, obsolete clutter and I’ll ask you to show me where you keep your electronics’ cords. Yes, I have one of those baskets too. I manage to wrap them up sort of nicely most of the time, but do I know what all of them are for? No. Yet I shuffle back through the nest every time I need to charge my Kindle or headphones.
Apr 14, 2019
3 Prime Day Deals That Cost Less Than 2 Starbucks Lattes
The clock is ticking on Prime Day, with less than a day left to shop all of Amazon’s deals. Even if you’re not ready to spring for a new vacuum, there are still lots of bargains to be found that won’t break the bank. You can keep an eye on lighting deals, but if you don’t have the patience, there’s tons of stuff that’s currently marked way down. Here are three of our favorite deals for under $10–a.k.a.
Jul 17, 2018
Amazon Is Running A Huge Sale On Apple Computers & Bluetooth Speakers Today Only
Ready for some (really) early back-to-school shopping? Amazon is currently offering $550 off a iMac desktop for the rest of Tuesday, June 19. Originally priced at $2,000, you can get it for $1,450 for the next few hours. (Since its a timed deal, you do technically have a bit longer than just today—the deal runs to exactly 2:55 a.m. EST, June 20) Getting really technical, the deal is on a Apple iMac All-in-One Desktop MK482LL/A 27″. That means a late 2015 model with a 27 inch display.
Jun 19, 2018
Need a Digital Detox? There’s a Browser Extension For That
With the holidays coming up, you may find yourself considering a break from the internet or a digital detox. If your want is stronger than your will, this browser extension is here to help. With one simple download, Nothing on the Internet will remove the content from whatever web pages you’re looking at, leaving only blank shapes and colors.
Dec 22, 2017
How Much Are You Really Saving When You Wash in Cold Water? Or Power Down Your Laptop?
Decreasing the amount of energy you expend at home isn’t just good for the environment—it can be good for your bank account, too. According to a study from SaveOnEnergy, the average American spends a whopping $1,460 a year on electricity and $421 on natural gas; numbers that are expected to rise by 2 percent in 2018. Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to reduce your daily energy use.
Sep 27, 2017
Is Nokia Making a ‘Smart’ Move Bringing the Dumb Phone Back?
Do you miss the days when phones were for calling people, batteries lasted more than four hours, and the only distraction available was playing Snake? Good news, luddites, because Nokia is bringing back their beloved 3310, the dumb phone to end all dumb phones. “Serial leaker” Evan Blass announced on Twitter that Nokia would be debuting the resurrected 3310 later this month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with a few Android-based smartphones.
Feb 19, 2017
The 6 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a TV…When They All Look the Same to You
Arm yourself with these six nuggets of knowledge (that actually matter), and some comfort around the jargon, and you'll be set to buy the perfect set.
Jan 17, 2017
Remember These? Home Rituals That No Longer Exist Because of Technology
I’m not one to linger on the good ‘ol days of yore, wishing for simpler times and a past where change plays no part. But the advancement of smart phones and other devices inevitably alter our lives — sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and sometimes without us realizing it. What were once comfortable rituals that grounded and provided structure to our home life have gone by the wayside. Instead we get the information and entertainment we need, right when we need them.
May 21, 2015
Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
Last week’s much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries – several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Nov 12, 2013
10 Snapshots You Should Keep in Your Phone’s Photo Album
You might already use your email or notes apps on your smartphone to keep track of little everyday reminders. But your camera app and photo album can be just as useful as a memory aid. Here are a few things that can easily be remembered with a quick snap of your camera phone’s shutter button: • A reminder of where you parked. Parking in the city is no joke. • Your printer cartridges. Make sure you can see the refill numbers. • Your family members’ clothing sizes.
May 2, 2012
Never Wake Up Late Using the Multiple Alarms Technique
When it comes to absolutely waking up for an important date, taking a chance on missing your alarm clock is not an option. But by setting up multiple alarms and customizing the alarms themselves, you can wake up in stages and make it to that appointment that just can’t be missed.1.
Feb 23, 2012
Apple 27″ Cinema Display vs. Apple 27″ Thunderbolt Display
Around February 2011 I picked up an Apple 27″ LED Cinema Display for my home office, as a way to help upsize the screen real estate on my 2008-era MacBook Pro. I loved it, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it when the Thunderbolt Display came out, so I didn’t think anything of it. Then I bought a 13″ MacBook Air, and next thing I know, I’m putting the original 27-incher on Craigslist…But why would I do that?
Nov 9, 2011
How to Operate Your Computer Without a Mouse
Last night we were confronted with a predicament we never could have imagined possible: we went to use our desktop computer and our mouse was gone! Immediately we remembered that we had brought the mouse to school for a presentation but left it there overnight. But what were we to do? Our laptop was also at school which left us only with our iPhone. It was quite a paralyzing experience to be sure! But not for long.
May 6, 2011
Explaining the “Ghosts” That Power On Your Appliances
The spookiest thing to happen in our house this past Halloween weekend was a toaster oven that mysteriously turned itself on. Was it a visit from a long deceased Bagel-Bites-loving ancestor? Probably not. It turns out that it’s part of a sporadic phenomenon that popularly plagues small appliances like toasters, microwaves and coffee makers. Has it ever happened to you?
Nov 1, 2010
Tech Mythbusters: Can a Cell Detect Microwave Leaks?
Ah, the internet. Where else would we find answers to all of our random questions? Our latest internet research: Whether or not your cell phone can help you identify leaks in your microwave. The legend says that if you place your phone in a microwave and close the door, it will only be able to receive an incoming call if there’s a leak. But is that true?Paranoid about cell phone radiation? You’re not the only one.
Oct 5, 2010
Software That We Use Daily: Improving Computer Life
From Gmail to Microsoft Word, here are our favorite computer software. We use these programs daily and have generally try to keep them updated as much as possible. While it can get costly for some of them, they are definitely worth keeping.1. Microsoft OfficeNo matter what people say, I’ve gotten to used to using MS Office, especially MS Word. Even though some people dislike it, I find that it works well, no matter what I plan on writing.
Aug 20, 2010
5 Ways To Turn On Lights When You’re Not Home
One of the best ways to protect your home while you’re away is to appear you never left. Leaving a light on in the front window doesn’t cut it any longer and sometimes you need a little extra believability to help others think you’re still home (though anti-social) while away on vacation.Here’s a few of our favorite choices for making your home a little brighter when you’re away. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list?
Jul 13, 2010
3D Printed Tiny House
3D Printed Tiny House
Mar 23, 2018
Smart Home Solutions: How To Keep Your Family Safe
Smart Home Solutions: How To Keep Your Family Safe
May 3, 2017
Good News! You Can Make Your Rental Smart
Good News! You Can Make Your Rental Smart
May 3, 2017