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Want to track your iPhone use? This app makes it possible

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By 8:30 a.m. last Monday, I had already used my iPhone X nearly 60 times — or once a minute since I started working — according …

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How to improve your home’s air with smart gadgets

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Indoor air quality is important, but until recently, it was difficult to know how many contaminants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), were in your …

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Does your relationship rest on the quality of your sleep?

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Does the way you sleep with your partner correlate with how happy your relationship is? Of all the things that couples share with each other – …

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What would you give up for a better night’s sleep?

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Millions of Americans have trouble sleeping. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic estimates that 70 million Americans fall into this category. Troubled sleep can range from tossing …

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The cost of insuring a lab-made vs. a mined diamond

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Pressure and heat, applied over millions of years, turns carbon into diamonds. These days, humans in labs can do the same. Man-made diamonds and “natural” diamonds …

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The 15 most expensive U.S. natural disasters since 1980

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When a natural disaster comes our way, we can feel powerless to its effects. And those effects don’t just hurt our hometowns, but our pockets as well. 2017 …

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The 5 best gadgets to up your coffee game

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For those of us who run on caffeine, a cup of coffee is an essential part of nearly every morning. The process of making coffee, usually …

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Digital health devices are coming to your home

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Tech tools can give you more control than ever over your sleep, skin care and home remedies. New devices are working their way into the kitchen, the …

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Renovating? Here’s what to consider when planning your budget

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When talking to homeowners about the cost of renovation, you quickly learn that everyone has a story, and most of them are punctuated with a headache. …

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Strange things you can be fined for in every state

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There are a ton of laws in America — some of them obvious, some of them not so obvious. While in some states you can own …

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9 ways Amazon Alexa can help you in the kitchen

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Between playing music, reading the news, sounding morning alarms and playing games, the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant can be useful all over …

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10 simple things every leader needs to stop doing

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I’ve spent my entire life turning struggling companies around.  After working with dozens of organizations, I’ve begun to see the patterns that led to their challenges. …

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How to make your air conditioning smart with apps and Alexa

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Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over just yet. At GearBrain, our attention is still focused on keeping the smart home cool and comfortable. …

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14 smart home devices to save you money

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As fun as it is to switch lights on with your voice, activate your robotic vacuum cleaner and talk to the postman through a video doorbell, …

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How to deal with a terrible college roommate

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Your freshman college roommate is often the first and most important relationship you form at school. But it’s a crapshoot. This person might become a lifelong …

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Let Google Home help you sleep with these soothing ambient sounds

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At GearBrain we have have already talked about how Alexa and other smart home gadgets like Philips Hue lights can be used to wake you up …

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8 money moves for when you expect one baby … but find out you’re having two (or three)

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Planning for the financial impact of a single baby is challenging. But if you just learned you’re having twins, triplets or more, you may be wondering …

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6 ways to pamper your pup for National Dog Day

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It’s safe to say life wouldn’t be as wonderful, or active, without your dog. For all the love they give, dogs don’t ask for much in …

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The dos & don’ts of buying at a wholesale club

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Because I write about smart shopping, you’d think that I’d be adept at shopping in all forms. Not always! As a new member of Costco, it …

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6 smart light platforms for transforming your home

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Along with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, a common first step into the smart home world is lighting. These LED bulbs connect …

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Millennials in the workplace: What do they love?

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When conducting a job search, millennials often scroll down to see the perks a company offers before reading the general description. They’ll likely search for the company on …

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How to keep your job when you’ve totally screwed up

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Alejandro got his first job out of college in 2009 as an associate buyer at a grocery store warehouse in Louisiana. He was responsible for ordering …

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5 grocery shopping hacks every smart shopper should know

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Grocery shopping isn’t fun, like shopping for clothes or gifts. We tend to form habits around our weekly shopping outing – finding the closest store and walking …

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Left-Handed People

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Left-handed people, who account for roughly 10 percent of the world’s population, experience distinct challenges, benefits, and quirks of daily life that most right-handed people usually …

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Amazon Alexa can now wake up with music. Here’s how

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“Alexa, wake me up before you go-go.” Amazon Alexa can add an alarm clock to her list of tricks, able to wake people up with music …

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5 summer apps to keep you safe outdoors

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Summertime is the perfect time to head outdoors. The extra long days provide ample opportunity to explore the woods, head to the beach or even train …

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Adulting isn’t easy — but these 12 things can help

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Millennials get a bad rap (full disclosure: I am one). In fact, we get dragged for a lot. We’re apparently ruining the housing market, living at …

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What ‘smart dust’ may mean for your home and health

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Chips are meant to be thin and small — but rarely can they be sprayed from an aerosol can. Yet that’s exactly the size of new …

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Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day with these adult variations

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Root beer floats are delicious treats all by themselves, but with National Root Beer Float Day falling on a Monday this year, we thought that some …

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Installing automated smart blinds in your home: 5 options to consider

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It’s one thing to have your lights, music, and television switch on with voice commands or the tap of a smartphone app, but to give your …

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These 10 companies are racing to make the flying car a reality

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Not long ago, the idea of traveling by flying car was pure science fiction. The Jetsons made the concept famous, but turning such a machine into …

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The most popular living U.S. Presidents

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These days presidential popularity is frequently in the news. President Trump’s numbers rise and fall (his overall popularity recently dipped below 40%, though his popularity among …

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8 ways Google will supercharge your smart home with new Home and Assistant features

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Google is about to make your smart home even more intelligent, with a whole range of updates set to hit Assistant, Android phones, and Google Home …

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Protect your home with these smart security systems

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As fun as smart home technology can be, there is a more serious side: Security systems. These can start off as simple as a single camera …

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7 best VR education apps

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Visit Mars, swim with sea otters, and trek to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp. Parents and teachers eager to weave fun into learning might consider using virtual …

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The must-visit farmers market in each state

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As COVID-19 restrictions relax and summer approaches, more and more farmers markets are resuming normal or close-to-normal operations. If you’re ready to break out your canvas …

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Having a hard week? Here, have some puppies

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In this, the golden age of digital media, few things have the power of the puppy when it comes to attracting eyeballs. One need only poke …

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5 best places to shop for smart devices

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If you’ve never bought a smart home device — or if you just don’t know where to look — the search can get pretty frustrating. You …

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Best smart security camera options for renters

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Home security cameras have been around for a long time, but the recent boom in the smart home market means they are simpler and smarter than …

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Best road-trip gadgets: Don’t leave home without this car-friendly tech

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With summer here, it’s time to start planning your next road trip. And, whether it’s to see family in the next state, explore somewhere new with …

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8 crucial elements of a world-class presentation

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There will be times in your career when you need to nail a presentation. These are the moments of truth, the relatively few opportunities that have …

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These are the best beaches in every state

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Nothing says “perfect summer day” like relaxing by the water or cruising around on a boat. And as someone who grew up in a landlocked state, …

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10 ‘castles’ that are for sale right now

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Would you have ever thought that you could live in a castle in the United States? Well, you can. So, if you’re looking for some much-needed inspiration …

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The best smart devices to give your kitchen a high-tech makeover

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Gone are the days that the height of kitchen technology meant a shiny new microwave and an ice dispenser. In 2018, the smart kitchen is a …

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7 ways to experience July 4th fireworks in virtual reality

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The Fourth of July will be here before you know it, and part of any Independence Day delight is watching beautifully colorful and mind blowing fireworks …

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Music therapy: Listen to these 10 albums to reduce stress at work

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Listening to music is a great way to reduce your stress. That is, if you listen to right type of music. We’re talking about New Age music: This …

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7 weird & wonderful homes that are for sale right now

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There’s no accounting for taste, especially when it comes to living spaces. But some homeowners get more, um, creative than others. When it comes time to …

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Some of the most opulent homes for sale in every state

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Is a new home on your financial wishlist? Even if your budget doesn’t allow it, it’s always fun to take a look at luxury homes on …

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99 of the all-time most popular musicians in America

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We’ve all argued with our friends about who is the greatest musician. It’s practically a national pastime. Well, you can lay those arguments to rest. The …

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27 summer food myths you can stop believing right now

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Summer is nearly here and that means it’s time for plenty of family barbecues, picnics in the park, camping trips and more. And while we’re all …