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15 smart home essentials under $100 we absolutely love

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Smart-home technology can make …

How my new daughter totally justified blowing $1,000 on smart home tech

Commentary: Alexa can be a new parent's best friend.<p>This is June Elise Hollister. She's two months old, and she's the love of my life.<p>She's also the reason my home -- my lights, thermostat, TV and video-streaming gadgets -- now responds to my voice.<p>I don't have to set June down and risk waking her …

The Pursuit Of Meaning, Not Happiness Is What Makes Life Incredibly Better

<i>“You don’t become happy by pursuing happiness. You become happy by living a life that means something, says Harold S. Kushner</i><p>If you are feeling unmotivated, unsure of yourself, aimless, or can’t lose yourself into your present work, you’re not alone — many people are in the same boat.<p>Tom Path, …

The Best Wireless Multiroom Speakers for Your Home

Wi-Fi-connected speakers are capable of delivering significantly better audio quality than Bluetooth offerings. Because they typically connect to your home network, they can also deliver seamless multiroom audio, coupled with easy controls from your smartphone or tablet.<p>Wireless speaker with Wi-Fi …

Audiophile

How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of …

The 11 best laptops of 2016

But which to get? That's the eternal question.<p>Unfortunately, 2016 didn't make the answer any clearer. With laptop sales steadily declining, no one manufacturer could get everything right.<p>While several <i>very good</i> notebooks launched in the last year, there wasn't One True Laptop you could point to and …

Consumer Tech

9 hidden Xbox One features only power users know about

Here are nine especially great features of the Xbox One that you may not know about.<p><i>Tim Mulkerin contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Xbox One

I've owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now — here are my 19 favorite features

Mark Lennihan/AP I activated my Amazon Echo for the first time in December 2015. It's since become one of my favorite tech gadgets ever.<p>Amazon's family of Echo speakers are some of the most popular gifts right now, so many people are activating their Echo units for the first time.<p>Here's what you …

Smart Homes

The Budgeting Methods Smart Finance Bloggers Swear By

Maintaining a budget is one of those things everyone knows they have to do, but not everyone actually understands how to do it (or rather, how to do …

Cape Cod

10 things you should do now that you've welcomed Alexa into your life

So you just got an Amazon Echo or an Echo Dot — fantastic, because they're sold out almost everywhere!<p>Welcome to the future, where ordering a pizza …

Smart Homes

3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

Open your mind to the opportunities all around you.<p>Writer, speaker, manager of Addicted2Success.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Reading was never something I was interested in while attending school. Nor was it something I thought I would ever do again once I …

Self-improvement

15 Apps and Games Every iPad Owner Should Download

Got a new iPad? Start your app collection with these award-winning picks!

Apps

Use This Rule to Set Up Undo Send in Outlook

Gmail makes it easy to undo sending an email, but the feature is less intuitive in Outlook. The good news is, it’s possible, it just requires a …

Apps

Embracing These Brutal Truths About Success Will Immediately Improve Your Life

<b>These lessons are hard to swallow, but they’ll radically improve your success and make you a stronger individual.</b><p>Ask any successful entrepreneur how …

11 DIY Easy Christmas Decorations For Your Home : The Saturday Weekend Review #199

DECORATE YOUR HOUSE THIS HOLIDAY WITH HOMEMADE CRAFTS ON A BUDGET It’s that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas baking, …

Decorations

5 Fitness Rules Entrepreneurs Should Follow

This guest column is by Entrepreneur & Filmmaker, Anubhav Anand<p>Fitness by default comes with some other benefits than just the exterior physical …

Stroke vs. Aneurysm: What is the Difference?

Stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that affects the brain. Aneurysm may be confused with stroke because an aneurysm in the brain can lead …

The All News and Informations

Gluten is a protein discovered within the cereals wheat, barley and rye, and is subsequently generally present in pasta, muffins, […]<p>The matter of …

10 Awe-Inspiring Things You Can Do to Change Your Life Immediately

This is not rocket science. Who doesn't want to simplify their lives or cut down stress?<p>Why is change so hard? Because change can be scary. We fear the unknown. But as we give in to procrastination, we delay the greater reward: Producing good fruit and experiencing a better life.<p>If you know …

DIY Bathroom Shelves To Increase Your Storage Space

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bathroom can never have enough storage space. There are the stacks of towels and wash clothes that need …

Storage Ideas

101 Places to Buy Furniture & Home Decor Online

Oh, the joys of online home decor shopping. Not only can you find great deals on all kinds of housewares, you can do it all in your pajamas and from …

Home Decorating

The Proper Way to Finish Surfacing Wood Furniture

One of the appealing things about crafting a piece of furniture from wood is that it already has a pleasant color and texture. You might not want to …

Woodworking

Here's the secret to organizing your garage: Use the walls — and ceiling

It's the Bermuda Triangle of organization, the place household clutter goes to die: The garage.<p>If your garage is anything like ours, it's jammed with plastic storage bins that you purchased with great enthusiasm. Sadly, stuffing junk into boxes only gets us so far, according to organizational …

Storage Ideas

'I'm in shock and haven't been able to grieve': How not leaving a will can tear families apart

When Sally’s* partner Carl* died unexpectedly, the grief was crushing. Together for more than 25 years, they had been utterly devoted to one another. Yet her heartbreak was made even worse when it emerged that, despite saying he had made a will, Carl had not signed it.<p>This led to two years of …

Finance