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5 From Around the Web: Track Your iPhone 5 Pre-Order, Organize Your Home, Exercise Without Noticing, Increase Happiness

5 From Around the Web: Track Your iPhone 5 Pre-Order, Organize Your Home, Exercise Without Noticing, Increase Happiness

Here’s a quick roundup of 5 links we picked from around the web for you to chew on from the past week.

  1. 3 Lifehacks to Help Organize Your Home: Househunt.com offers 3 simple lifehacks that help you to declutter, such as storage tips and how to make clothes hangers more useful. Definitely worth a look if you’re getting ready for the upcoming change in seasons.
  2. 3 Little Lifehacks: What do you do with used teabags? What’s a clever alternative to traditional wrapping paper?Ever considered a personal menu? Blogger Shannon Niebuhr discusses has some tips for you over at JoziKaroo as part of her “Tuesday Tutorial”.
  3. How to Exercise Without Noticing: More Better Smarts presents 10 tips to increase energy expenditure and lift your mood — and basically gets you exercising without even noticing that you are!
  4. How to Instantly Raise your Happiness: Everyone needs a bit of happiness, and over at MindBodyGreen there is a great “how to” to help you instantly raise your happiness.
  5. Pre-ordered an iPhone 5? One of the biggest news stories (if not the biggest news story) in the technology realm last week was the iPhone 5 announcement. If you’ve gone ahead and pre-ordered one, RazorianFly has a great article on how you can track your order — and see if it’s been shipped.

(Photo credit: Chain Link via Shutterstock)

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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