We all have parents and if we are blessed enough, they will live a long and productive life. Playing with grandchildren, answering our late night calls about how to discipline our children, and the ongoing stress they have watching us stumble through the obstacles of life takes its toll on them. This doesn’t even include the normal day to day tasks our aging parents tackle on their own. It is a natural part of life for us to eventually take care of our parents as they took care of us. Below are a few ways that technology is now able to help us do a better job. [Read more…]
For as much as technology is a great thing, it’s definitely possible to go overkill. And once you’re suffering from technology burnout, you may be wondering what exactly you can do about it. If you already go to technology when you’re trying to relax, then moving away from technology in order to relax might feel a little awkward.
But, a few options that will lead you in the desired direction include getting a massage, reading an old classic book, turning off all of your devices, walking through a park, or even just taking a moment to remind yourself about the positives of technology so you don’t get caught up in negatives. [Read more…]
Technology addiction has recently become a worldwide issue. Young and old alike are investing far too much of their time into mobile devices, computers, and gaming consoles.
Widely prevalent in Asian-Pacific countries, technology addiction is now recognized by psychologists in the region as a real mental illness. Though treatment for technology addiction is not easy to find in the United States, awareness is spreading like wildfire. [Read more…]
Bad credit can constantly come back to haunt you, which is why many people are turning to new techniques (or at least new habits) to help them combat this old adversary. Because bad credit is usually the result of ingrained habits, sometimes breaking out of the cycle can be hard, but it’s definitely worth it when you’re back in the black with your credit scores.
Five techniques in particular that you can use to help your situation out include making sure that you pay your bills on time no matter what, consolidating and attacking your old debts, cutting the cords on your entertainment, using new credit cards wisely, and searching and destroying potentially incorrect black marks on your credit history. [Read more…]
Money troubles are as old as the idea of money itself. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to them like most of the rest of the population. Instead, use as many of the latest techniques and methods as possible to get yourself above the financial waterline and then stay there.
Five techniques in particular that you can use to do this including making sure that your credit is fixed, getting digital with budgeting, using autopay whenever possible, getting rid of any subscription holdovers, and working the investment system when you have the option. [Read more…]
Home automation is working its way from Disney’s city of the future into your everyday life. From simple lawn sprinkler timers to holistic systems that learn from your daily life, automation levels span an incredible gamut of choice and cost. What is the best level for you to enter in.
Remote Controls provide the easiest entry point into automating your home. Remote control lighting, garage doors, microwave timers…etc. If you directly control when it goes on and off with minimal programming, it’s a remote control. Remote controls are the most simple entry point, but are becoming more sophisticated in what they control every day.
Command level control
Command level control uses macros (simple programs directing actions or other macros) to control the status of a device within your home. The macro could be a touch that turns on lights, opens blinds, starts a hot tub, etc. The program is entered through a computer or a controller. Command level controls only act upon your direct influence. They are incapable of reacting to conditions.
Conditional controls operate on the basis of programmed conditions. An example would be to turn on a sprinkler system if there is no rain for 2 days. These if-then scenarios are programmed via a computer or dedicated controller. You can set these systems to turn the lights off a set time after you leave a room or change a room’s temperature after you leave. The systems range in size from sensors in light switches to motion detection devices connected to computer controlled heating systems.
Interactive controls use web sites or apps for real time, monitored control of home devices. Through apps or online portals you can assess the real time status of your home, make changes, and monitor the changing situation. You can choose from a wide variety of control apps, some specific to devices, some broad ranging monitoring apps. Light bulbs have apps for controlling the color of your room. Baby monitors can be controlled via your phone. The opportunities are as unlimited as the the apps being developed.
Learning controls monitor your behaviors and make adjustments based on your actions and habits. Lights can be turned on based on your usual arrival times, heat can be turned on ahead of you getting home. The system learns as you live, adjusts to your life, and changes as you change. These are very sophisticated systems that require dedicated programs and controllers. These systems are professionally installed and are part of the design and structure of the home.
Your options are continuing to evolve as rapidly as technology does. From simple to complicated there is a point for you to enter into home automation. As you open your garage door, maybe you already have entered the future.
Dating has never been easy. But with the way social norms are flying all over the place these days, it can seem more complicated than ever. That’s why you need to use all of the resources at your disposal to give yourself the best chance of meeting the right person. And that means technology has to be on your side.
To help with that, consider five gadgets, apps and software tricks to help you with dating, including starting with basic search techniques, trying Tinder-style apps, creating your own pro-con dating profile, using photo apps to help you present yourself, and remembering to use spelling and grammar correctors in your profiles. [Read more…]
We all love our gadgets. The most common ones that come to mind in terms of entertainment and usefulness tend to be our phones, tablets, and gaming systems, and that will be the focus of this particular set of ideas about comfort.
Because really, one of the things that keeps us away from enjoying our gadgets as much as possible is discomfort and distraction. Outside interference from the experience of gaming, entertainment, or communication is a pretty big draw away from full immersion in the sensory exposure of what we’re trying to accomplish. So to that end, consider the following ideas.
Defining Comfort On a Large Scale
Take a moment to consider comfort on a large scale. Think about a beautiful, immersive theater, complete with installed epic theater seating. Think about how comfortable that is for you and the people you’re with. What if you could have this kind of experience every time you sat down to enjoy a movie on your iPad, or every time you sat down to enjoy playing a quick game on your smartphone? How wonderful and relaxing would that be? Now you have a goal. [Read more…]
In the past, designing your outdoor landscape left a lot to imagination. While you could make lists of your plants or draw a sketch of what you hoped it would look like, nothing was certain until the plants were in the ground. In today’s modern world, we have options. And those options include many new ways of landscaping, including everything from your initial ideas to a final computer sketch of your property. So dig in, but first, take advantage of the modern help our world has to offer.
To start, you must decide what amount of space you want to rework. Once you have certain flower beds in mind, you can begin to get your supply of garden soil. One question many homeowners have is: how many yards of garden soil and mulch to purchase?
Thankfully, some websites now have the ability to figure out exactly how many yards you need to purchase based on a few measurements you input yourself. The measurements needed are typically along the lines of length and width of your garden bed, as well as your desired depth of mulch and soil. [Read more…]
In today’s digital world, many married couples or even those not yet married are sharing an account on their favorite social networking site such as Facebook and email services. Some people frown upon this while some women find it a need to ensure that their partners don’t flirt with other women including their ex’s online.
This sharing of online profile has been confirmed by the latest survey of Pew Research Center. The study which surveyed more than 2,000 American adults revealed that indeed shared passwords, a joint email address and social media profile have become a trend among couples nowadays. Of the total respondents, 67 percent of couples shared a password, 27 percent shared an email account while 11 percent shared an online calendar and social medial profile.