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Google Home Review – what a digital assistant can do for you

By Erin L / July 18, 2017 / 1 Comment

Heard about smart home speakers that are also digital assistants & wonder what they can do for you, if they’re worth it? I recently had a chance to spend a couple weeks with Google Home. Find out what surprised me about it.

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Why is my tech broken? Why do my devices crash? Why is technology unreliable? How can I fix it?

By Erin L / May 27, 2016 / Comments Off on Why is my tech broken? Why do my devices crash? Why is technology unreliable? How can I fix it?

I’ve tested a LOT of technology, gadgets and devices as a tech writer, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that most gadgets will require regular maintenance to keep working well. Just like your car, the fluids need to be topped up, and when you hear a rattle you need to take it to a…

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What the Heck is IFTTT, and What Can it Do for ME?

By Erin L / March 12, 2015 / Comments Off on What the Heck is IFTTT, and What Can it Do for ME?

Most of us have heard of “smart” home technology, and most of us know that means many new appliances and products from dishwashers to light bulbs will have some degree of automation.  While home automation is really handy, it’s limited by the software each manufacturer supplies with it.  Maybe you don’t want your lights to…

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Smart Home gadgets you NEED now

By Erin L / January 20, 2015 / Comments Off on Smart Home gadgets you NEED now

There’s so much we can do to get our homes running smarter.  There’s any number of products that will do things for you automatically, or examples where once inaccessible technology can now be yours at home. Everything from automating your lights, to remotely locking your doors, checking the weather on demand, or even testing your…

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