New “Metallic Wood” Is as Strong as Titanium But Much Lighter - Dwell.com

A newly invented material has the strength of titanium, however it's light enough to float on water.

Titanium has long been touted as the metal of the future, due to its strength, rust resistance, and amazing lightness. But it's not as strong as it could be, due to random defects in the way its atoms are stacked during the manufacturing process.

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Smart home companies are turning us all into crime fighters - will it actually work? - The Ambinet

Why turning to social media might not make us safer

In 2015 Ring installed video doorbells in 10% of homes in the Wilshire Park neighborhood as part of a pilot program with the Los Angeles Police Department. According to the company, the LAPD saw a 55% decrease in home break-ins over the following six months. It made for a nice flashy number for Ring to point at, and undoubtedly helped it in its journey to getting snapped up by Amazon, even if there's some debate over the evidence. 

It gave Ring a reason to hone in on the community angle, and now it's venturing into a new crime fighting space – social media. Will sharing what our smart home sees with our neighbors make us safer? Or will it redefine the term nosey neighbor?

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How Your Guests Can Take (& Share) Amazing Wedding Photos with Their Phones - MyRegistry.com

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As you plan your wedding, you might be wondering whether you need to hire a professional photographer. Yes, you probably should, but even one extremely capable professional can’t be everywhere at once. Harnessing your friends and family—who now have highly advanced cameras in their pockets and purses—means you can capture even more angles and unique memories of the fun.

These tips can help you get the wedding photos of your dreams, all from a smartphone.

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Casper’s New $89 Lamp Promises to Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep - Dwell.com

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Mattress startup Casper introduces a smart lamp designed to promote healthier sleep.

Casper, the company that reinvented how we buy mattresses, now wants to transform our sleep habits with Casper Glow—a new connected bedtime light. The small, cord-free lamp is designed to address a common culprit that can get in the way of a good night’s rest: light.

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10 Home Gadgets at CES 2019: Talking Toilets, Beer-Ordering Fridges, and More - Dwell.com

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Sleek design meets smart technology. Innovative solutions produce stylish results. And of course, there are robots and talking toilets.

Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, every January, the annual consumer electronics show CES is where we get a sneak peek at the latest tech gadgets we'll be buying in the next few years, and a glimpse into the future of technology.

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Tech Talk: 4 Smart Devices to Make Pet Care a Breeze (Video) - Dwell.com

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Connect your pets to the Internet to help you monitor, feed, and care for them when you can’t be there.

Smart home devices let you check in on your home when you’re not there, giving you peace of mind that everything is okay. But did you know they can help you look after your pets? 

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Tech Talk: Start Your Smart Home For Under $200 (Video) - Dwell.com

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A smart home doesn’t have to be an expensive home. Here are three ways you can add some cool, connected capabilities for under $200.

The idea of a fully automated smart home can be a little overwhelming, both in concept and cost. But you don’t need to go all-in on connected tech to benefit from it. Instead, install a few devices that address specific needs, provide some neat modern conveniences, and cost a lot less. 

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3 smart solutions that will help make bedtime better for everyone - Omaha.com

Smart Home

Since my first child was born, bedtime has been the bane of my existence. From the early days through to elementary school, I really struggled to crack the nighttime routine.

Until I made my home smart.

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6 Predictions about the Future of Smartphones - EEWeb.com

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From yesterday’s flip phones to today’s bezel-less glass screens, cellphones have evolved at a breakneck pace. A “phone” today bears almost no resemblance to the devices that we used for phone calls in the last century. And with cutting-edge features and futuristic technology, tomorrow’s smartphones are set to break conventions even further. The future of the smartphone may be bendable, embeddable, and entirely ambient.

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Going Green: What Should You Do with Your Old Phone? - Mother Earth News

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When it comes to today’s smartphones, there’s always a shiny, newer device out there to tempt you. Most phones should last at least four to six years, but with technology moving so fast, it’s not uncommon to feel like your two-year-old device is obsolete. 

Thankfully, smartphones are one of the easiest electronics to recycle, and there are many ways to put your old phone to good use. If you’re looking to upgrade, keep the “three Rs” in mind when disposing of your old device.

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3 Safety Tips to Combat Distracted Driving - Care2.com

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) most recent available data, nearly 3,500 people were killed in 2016, and close to 400,000 were injured in 2015 due to distracted driving. While distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from driving, cell phone use, particularly texting, is identified as one of the most alarming distractions. “Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds,” says the NHTSA. “At 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”

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How to Choose a Phone Plan When Studying Abroad - CheapAir,com

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Studying abroad is a valuable and enriching experience, and a smartphone can be an essential tool to have on hand while exploring a new country. It can help navigate foreign streets, translate languages, find the best places to eat or shop, and decipher tricky public transportation systems. 

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9 Steps Every Smartphone Owner Should Take to Protect Private Data - Mercury Insurance

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Not worried about someone hacking your smartphone? From 2015 to 2016, mobile device malware infections jumped 96%, and mobile ransomware surged 415% in 2017. Smartphone infections currently account for 72% of all mobile virus infections.

Take a moment and think about what a person could learn if they had access to your phone. From bank details to family photos, important emails to social media accounts — an hour with your phone and someone could effectively gain access to all areas of your life.

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3 Rules for Cellphone Etiquette at the Office - Success.com

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Smartphones give you the ability to get things done no matter where you are, and they are quickly becoming an essential part of conducting business. But distracting notifications can take your attention away from what you’re doing and make it difficult to focus.

A study by the University of Texas at Austin found that the mere presence of your smartphone reduces “available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people feel they’re giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand.”

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Checking the cost: Do smart homes really save energy?

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Do smart homes save energy? Are all our cool, connected gadgets really going to rescue the planet, one iconic design at a time? It’s an often-touted benefit of ditching your old, plastic white gadgets in favour of shiny new black ones. But is it accurate? Yes and no.

The sustainable living movement and the smart home have come of age together over the last few decades, enjoying a beneficial but sometimes uneasy partnership. Yes, smart home devices can save resources. No, not all of them will. Some, such as always-on smart speakers and connected cameras actually use more, because they’re not replacing an energy load, they’re adding one (although not a significant one). Others, including smart thermostats and AI-powered water and energy monitoring systems, are forging a path to a brighter, greener future – and saving us some cash along the way.

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INSPIRATION Smart home tours: Lennar's ready-to-go South Carolina smart home - The Ambient

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Do most people really want a smart home, they just don’t know it yet? That’s what Lennar, one of America’s largest homebuilders believes, and that is why the 65-year-old company announced last year that it would outfit all its new homes with home automation tech as standard.

Those new homes – equipped with Wi-Fi Certified home design, Alexa voice control, and a starter kit of smart home tech – have now started to roll on to the market. We went to check one out in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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How to Redecorate Your Apartment with Your Phone - Rent.com

Whether you’re looking to completely revamp your apartment’s living space or simply want to freshen up a few pieces of your home décor, your phone can offer the insight and inspiration you need to nail the look you’re going for – all for much less than what an interior designer might cost.

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How to Use Your Phone to Search for Homes and House Plans - The House Designers

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Whether you’re looking to buy or build a new home, just starting your home search, or deep in the process of finding your forever home, your phone can be a portal to all the information you need. From honing in on the perfect location to getting alerts when new listings hit the market, these tips for digital home searching can help you find your perfect home from the palm of your hand.


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