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Nov 18

Is It Bad That My Phone Charger Is Always Plugged In?

We’ve all heard that “overcharging” your phone (aka leaving it plugged in after sufficiently charging the battery) can reduce your phone battery’s effectiveness over time. But have you ever wondered about the charger itself? With your cord plugged into the wall (behind the bed, next to the sofa) around the clock, could your charging setup be costing you money or posing a safety hazard?

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30
Oct 18

This Treat-Dispensing Mobile Camera Follows Your Pets Around Like a Personal Videographer

Move over, Roomba. There’s a new way to terrorize, I mean, follow your furry friend’s every move when you’re not home. It’s the world’s first mobile pet camera—complete with a built-in treat dispenser.

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30
Aug 18

The Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones — The Best List

Safe to say, Bluetooth headphones are pretty much standard for everyday listening right now. Whether you’re commuting with a podcast, exercising with a playlist, or just trying to make a phone call, it’s easy to enjoy the physical flexibility of wireless headphones. If you’re an iPhone user, your device doesn’t even have a headphone jack anymore (quelle horreur!), so wireless is really your only option these days.

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Jul 18

Sir James Dyson Thinks This Common Feature Is Going to Disappear from Homes

Sir James Dyson, the ingenious inventor who gave us both the indispensable Dyson vacuums (I have two!) and those intense Dyson hand dryers, is gracing us with some new wisdom. The forward-thinker spoke to Recode about his ideas on design, devices, and which uber-common home feature will soon be a thing of the past.

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02
Jul 18

How I Developed an Obsession with Real Estate Apps

My daily use of real estate apps started off as a justifiable act: my husband, Kumar, and I we were in the market for a house after receiving the news that he’d matched for a gastroenterology fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time, we were living in New York City, paying budget-breaking rent for a tiny apartment. Thus, we figured—why not put our money into a small starter home when we move? We wanted a yard for our two little dogs to run around in. We wanted enough floor space to unfold a yoga mat. And just the idea alone of having a guest bedroom instead of a guest blow-up mattress enticed me to use every bathroom break at work to scour online listings of houses for sale in our desired neighborhoods. I even clicked on the Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia apps on my phone underneath the table during meetings.

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11
May 18

Amazon Announces Totally Connected Model Smart Homes — But Is That What People Want?

Not content to simply take over your library, grocery, cable TV, and radio habits, Amazon wants to show you firsthand what life would look like if your home were fully kitted out with every Amazon technology product and service — or, as Gizmodo said yesterday, “a future that nobody wants.”

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25
Apr 18

Can You Assemble an IKEA Chair Faster Than This Robot?

So far, technology has introduced the world to robots that dust, vacuum and lull you to sleep. Now there’s been some major progress made in the form of a robot that assembles IKEA furniture, proving that the momentum of these multi-tasking machines and their automated functions is progressing faster than it takes to memorize the entire IKEA catalog.

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31
Mar 18

This Is The Best Deal We've Ever Seen On This AT50 Home Essential — Deal of the Day

Tech and tech accessories that are both chic and high-quality are a never-ending quest for us at Apartment Therapy. But there’s one company we’ve long raved about for their ability to create design-forward pieces that are also solution-oriented. One of our favorites from Native Union is the night cable, which helps you charge your devices in style – and keep the cord at hand thanks to a moveable, weighted knot. In fact, we like it so much we made it one of our AT50 top home essentials.

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25
Mar 18

This New Gadget Wants to Make Flying With a Pet Less Stressful

With the recent controversy surrounding traveling with pets, it’s a fine time to be living in the technology age. Tech company Unisys has conjured up a solution that will put all pet owners at ease.

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Mar 18

Smoke Detector is Recalled for Failing to Do The One Thing It's Designed For

Few things are as basic and integral to the safety of a home as the humble smoke detector. Everyone has to have one and you should stay on top of making sure all of the batteries are still good and that you didn’t forget to screw it all the way back in after burning your brussel sprouts. The US Consumer Product Safety Commision recently recalled Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms for failing to detect smoke.

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