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The Tech We’ll Actually Use

It feels like every single day there is some new innovative tech product that everybody “has” to adopt or they will risk being mocked and left behind by everybody they know. What makes this particularly frustrating is that most of these advances and gadgets are just updated versions of the things we bought two days ago and are still learning how to use! In this article we will talk about which technological advances are actually worth your time and money and which you can blow off until you feel like buying yourself a toy.

Home Security

home security

The same technology that has been used on car doors for over a decade is now employable at home, thanks to advances in home automation technology. Push a button and your doors lock or unlock, leaving your hands free and saving you valuable time getting into and out of your home. This automation can also be installed on appliances and HVAC systems so that your appliances and heaters and A/C units will power themselves down when they aren’t being used (which means you never have to worry about whether or not you left the stove on).

The Cloud


There are several clouds to choose from. The easiest way to choose between them is to go with the cloud that links directly and easily to your smart phone. “The Cloud” is an ethereal and web based system that will store, well, pretty much anything you want so that it is easy to access no matter what sort of device you are using at the time. You can store computer backups here, big media files here, contact information here, etc. It’s incredibly handy because it means you won’t have to worry about losing important stuff when you upgrade to a new phone, tablet or computer (or if you lose one of those devices).

Smart Phones


These days it is harder to find a phone that isn’t a smart phone but if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to adopt this technology, now is the time to do it. Smart phones can help you find your way when you are lost so that you do not have to stop and ask for directions. They can scan bar codes at stores to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible. They also allow you to take and text photos of things so that, while you are at that store we just talked about, you can say “which type of pickles did you want?” and never again have to worry that you bought the wrong brand or type of something. The added benefit is that smart phones are really fun.

These are the three biggest and most important forms of technology that deserve to be adopted. Beyond these three, everything else is just a matter of how many different things you want to have to plug in at the end of the day.

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