Until recently, NFC (“near field communication”) had some fringe applications, and Google Wallet hadn’t really been widely understood or adopted. That’s all about to change with the headline-making ApplePay— but do you understand how NFC works? And are you ready to leave your wallet at home and pay with your watch or smartphone?

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Some apps are time wasters (I’m looking at you, Two Dots!) and others are all about helping you stay productive. I chatted with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today Show yesterday about a few apps that make you money: Some will pay for your next latté, others will supplement your income.

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Grab a PSL and pull on your booties, fall is finally upon us! This season’s fluffy, furry shearling trend actually has me looking forward to the chillier months. Here are my picks for making sure your tech is as on trend as your cozy self.

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Using your phone as an alarm clock is like your morning caffeine addiction— it’s a no-brainer because it’s convenient and everybody does it. But I’ve come to find it has some major minuses, which is why for 2 weeks I’ve been plugging my phone in elsewhere and using an old-school alarm clock. Here’s what my very unscientific (yet eye-opening) experiment has uncovered:

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Plants are supposed to relax you and make it easier to breathe… but keeping them alive kinda stresses me out. Thankfully I bumped into a device that can talk to my plants, so I know exactly what they need.

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