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Tech Speak: Internet of Things (or, IoT)

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You probably thought the ginormous Internet couldn’t get any bigger. And you figured the proliferation of connected devices in your life had reached critical mass? Well, stand back, because we’re just getting started. Coined in 1999 by British Entrepreneur Kevin Ashton, the term “Internet of Things,” often abbreviated IoT, refers to the trend toward everyday objects—your coffeemaker, your porch light, your purse—being empowered with wi-fi transmitters. Think of it as if they have tiny “brains” of their own, so they…

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Things I’m Loving

Things I'm Loving

Bon weekend, everyone! Hope your weekend is relaxing— I’m light on plans and that’s just how I want it. If you need me, I’ll be in my backyard, doing some leisure reading… and snacking. Leaving you with a few things that have been piling up in my “that’s very cool” folder. Hope you enjoy! Charger Bag by Parker Thatch X Goop You could park all your chargers in a plastic bag when you travel, but they’ll be less incentivized to jump back in for the…

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Living a Phygital Life

High Tech Teen Room

Lately, I’ve noticed that technology is being blamed for many of society’s ailments. We’re disenfranchised from one another, and it’s those darn smartphones! While it’s true that, at times, we all find ourselves out of balance, you can no sooner blame your smartphone for your hours lost to Pinterest any more than we can blame a cupcake for finding its way home from the bakery and into your stomach. Tempting as they both are, we have to regain some control…

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Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising

I have known about Artifact Uprising for quite a while— I put one of their products on the Today Show a while back, and later in a video series I did for HGTV. They’re a company straddling paper and pixels— wanting to preserve the tactile, visceral pleasures of a photo or book, but realizing that we live increasingly in the digital world. They have a beautiful app that helps you pull photos from Instagram, Facebook, your phone or hard drive…

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Instagram Goes Mental!

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Howdy, and a happy Monday to ya! For the past two weeks, I’ve been doing a bit of an east coast tour— mostly spring breaking with the kids in New York City (with the in-laws), then hitting Florida (to hang with my parents), and in between darting briefly to the HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, NC to hang with the fabulous Tiffany Brooks and meet with the media as they paraded through the house. I’ll admit, I neglected the blog a…

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Loving: Passenger’s Scare Away the Dark

passenger scare away the dark

Well, I’m a little late to the party, but I just discovered Passenger’s song Scare Away the Dark, and it’s such a gem I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a reminder that sometimes, even if life puts you in a drab office staring at a terminal for hours, that we still have a choice to look up, get back in touch with nature (and each other), and maybe sing. The video is such a fun interpretation of the song: The…

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