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7 Ways to Use Technology to Simplify Your Life
You might sometimes wonder how technology impacts your life. Does it make your life more complicated? Perhaps, in the sense that there are more buttons to push and things to look at. But technology can also simplify your daily life if you know how to use it successfully.
Use the Cloud
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External hard drives and flash drives come in handy, but the cloud offers much more convenience for file storage. Back up your photographs, work documents, and other data to the cloud so you don’t lose those valuable files. You can then access your data from any device. Just enter your username and password, whether you’re on your phone or your desktop computer. You won’t have to lug around heavy external drives or worry about misplacing flash drives.
Choose the Best Smartphone
If you choose a sleek and convenient smartphone like the iPhone 7 Plus, especially on T-Mobile’s reliable network, you’ll never have to worry about missing a call or a text. Use your smartphone to check the weather forecast, set calendar reminders, send party invitations, and much more. It’s your own personal computer that fits in your pocket.
The iPhone 7 Plus comes with many attractive features, including its impressively long battery life and 5.5″ Retina display. You’ll get Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi calling, and other handy benefits that will make your life easier. As long as you have your iPhone handy, you can tackle many of life’s demands.
Adjust Your Thermostat Remotely
Did you know that the latest smart thermostats come complete with machine-to-machine communication? If you forget to adjust the thermostat before you leave for work in the morning, just access the smart thermostat app on your smartphone and change it remotely. You won’t have to worry about running up your energy bills because of a hectic morning. Smart thermostats often supply weather forecasts, monitor humidity levels, and have other features to help you manage your home’s climate more efficiently.
Keep Track of Home Security
Just as smart thermostats give you excellent control over your home temperature, smart security systems allow you to protect your home and its occupants. Many of the latest alarm systems come with motion-sensitive cameras and high-tech sensors that deter criminals from trying to break into your home. If you do become the victim of a break-in, the cameras and other features let you contact law enforcement, capture photographs of the perpetrators, and more.
Check in With Loved Ones and Colleagues
If everyone in your home has a smartphone, you’re never farther than a call or a text away. Check in with your teenage child while he or she goes out with friends. Text your spouse with a quick note to say hello, take a conference call with colleagues while you’re traveling for work, or conduct a FaceTime interview with a potential employer. Technology helps you stay connected.
Keep the Kids Busy
When your children demand attention that you don’t have time to give, technology can prove invaluable. Hand over a tablet or smartphone so your kids can play Minecraft or watch YouTube videos. The devices you might take for granted actually help you live a simpler, more meaningful life, especially when you’re frustrated and you need a way to keep the kids occupied.
Even better, you can take tech with you. A portable DVD player, smartphone, or tablet lets your kids watch programming while you’re on the road. Family trips can get frustrating for kids with short attention spans, so keep your technology close in case you need it.
Watch Entertainment at Will
Gone are the days when you had to look up a program in the TV Guide, make a note on your calendar, and rush home from work to catch your favorite shows. DVRs and streaming networks allow consumers to watch shows and movies whenever they want to. If you’d rather catch up on “Orange Is the New Black” at midnight on a Sunday, you’re free to do so. You can also watch programs over and over again. Instead of being a slave to the TV screen, you decide when, where, and what you want to watch.
As you can see, technology doesn’t complicate your life — on the contrary, it simplifies even the smallest of tasks. Use your gadgets wisely to get more organized and to better manage your time.