{ Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category }

ikea russia wins instagram with ps 2014 campaign

We at Style at Home are avid Instagrammers, but this week we tip our hat to IKEA Russia for harnessing the power of this popular app and creating an Instagram website for the new PS 2014 collection. Honestly, I’m willing to just give them my hat because this is the greatest creative in-app advancement since the developers added photo editing and video capabilities (which, really, wasn’t breaking the mold anyway).

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win: irobot scooba floor mopping robot

Let me just start by saying that I hate to scrub floors. I mean, there’s sweeping, there’s vacuuming, there’s mopping, and then there’s Cinderella-like laborious scrubbing. And that cleaning ethic definitely came from my mom.

This woman is so dedicated to keeping her home clean that she hand scrubs the hardwood floors, despite the various easy-to-use mops that have been bought in the past. What can I say? The woman is traditional. It has now gotten to the point where her knees and lower back cannot handle the chore anymore. Thankfully, I could finally provide her a non-painful solution – a hands-free machine that would do the job for her!

irobot 2 win: irobot scooba floor mopping robot

Mother’s Day 2014 marked the day a robot saved my mom’s joints. More specifically, the iRobot Scooba.

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editor’s pick: speaker roundup for small spaces

There are three undeniable facts about my life. The first two are that I live in a very small space and I’m rarely home. And when I’m out and about I’m always eyeing fabulous decor items that make my heart skip a beat. Then I have to remind myself that the gorgeous eight-foot floor mirror will not even clear my ceiling height.

The third thing is that I am constantly listening to music. Whether it’s during my commute, lazy Sunday walks, or for those impromptu apartment dance parties.

Which leads to my dilemma as of late – finding a multi-purpose speaker that has the quality to work in my home (albeit, a small bachelorette home) and is small enough to transport on my travels to the beach or camping. Keeping size, weight, quality and style in mind, I’ve rounded up five picks that may just be music to my ears.

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editor’s picks: ipad case roundup

I put a lot of stock into my iPhone and iPad case choices – I mean, these days, they’re as much a part of my outfit as my purse, wallet or shoes: always on display. And while there’s a whole mountain of options available for the iPhone, the iPad case selection, by comparison, is a bit of a molehill.

At least, that’s how I felt until I stumbled upon the extensive collection available at Society 6, a company that takes gorgeous artwork and illustrations by a bank of contributing artists and prints their work onto iPad, iPhone and laptop skins as well as toss cushions, tote bags, mugs and clothing, all of which are available online.

The selection is so full and extensive (with upwards of 2,000 options!) and so many illustrations call out to you, it’s almost impossible to choose. Perusing the page at home, I must have thought, “this is perfect for me!” ten times. And I still can’t choose.

Here’s a roundup of a few faves. I need your help to make a selection. Here’s what and why!

1. Because I’m a crazy cat lady (and reclaiming it as the new hipster).

Cat Case editors picks: ipad case roundup

Cat // Aware by Amy Hamilton, $60.

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5 pretty iphone cases

My one (very hopeful) Christmas wish was to get an iPad Mini.

Spoiler alert: I did not get an iPad Mini.

In all fairness, I did not actually expect to get one. So now, to appease my tech fix, I’ve decided my phone could use a little update. Since returning from holidays I’ve spied friends and coworkers sporting new iPhone cases (the perfect stocking stuffer no less), which has only spurred my hunt. The options are endless and while I’ve been rocking a black and studded case for the past year, I’m having a hard time deciding between girly glam, classic chic, or bold and colourful.

I’ve rounded up five pretty iPhone cases in hopes you, dear readers, can help me decide.
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best organizing solutions: purge your inbox

Welcome back from the holidays – I hope you feel relaxed and ready for 2014! I’m curious: are you making any new year’s resolutions? I usually don’t, however, I’d like to go on a spending hiatus for the next few months. Over the holidays, I felt like I was spending too much money on random things (don’t we all). I’d go Christmas shopping and come home with a sweater or a book for myself. My closet and apartment feels cluttered,  and my bank account is a bit worse for the wear.

MacBookPro best organizing solutions: purge your inbox

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editor’s pick: cool humidifier

Since I can already feel the effects of the cold, dry air, I’d like to get a humidifier this winter.

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instagram prints: create personalized art

I’ve always been a snap happy kind of person. I was the paparazzi in my own little world, taking pictures of everything and everyone wherever I went. Once I finally got the iPhone, this love of documenting life reached a whole new level – I always have my phone. This also happened to be around the same time I discovered the iPhone photo app, Instagram.

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When I learned CanvasPop was now offering Instagram printing I jumped on it. I’m always looking into good printing services to create my own, personalized wall art. But when it comes to phone pictures, I worry that the quality of the photo may not translate well into a larger, professional print.

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win: $700 panasonic lumix camera prize pack

Okay, so there’s no denying that we live in the age of technology. But out of all the electronic advancements, cameras have to be one of the industry’s leading consumer products. They’re always striving to be faster, more powerful, and much more user-friendly. They’re in our hands, phones and computers. We use them to visually document our life – constantly. And we spend hours looking at and sharing photos online.

What would we do without cameras?

Well, now you don’t have to ask because here’s your chance to win one!

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7 reasons to download the royal tour app

Do you have royal wedding withdrawal?

Despite the intense build up that led to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the round-the-clock coverage dropped off soon after and the world was left in awe of the whole event.

Fortunately, the Department of Canadian Heritage has your back. They’ve released a mobile app for 2011 Royal Tour to Canada! Download it to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and keep track of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they tour the country from June 30th to July 8th.

royal tour app 7 reasons to download the royal tour app
{ Screen captures from my iPhone }

Not sure if you want to download it? Here 6 reasons why you should get this app:

1 Itinerary
Stay on their royal heels with an up-to-date itinerary of their trip to Canada.

2 Photos & videos

Find the latest pictures and video clips of Will and Kate during their Canadian tour.

3 Events

Keep on top of public events and RSVP through the Crown in Canada Facebook page.

4 Social media
Follow what’s happening with who and where on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube right from the app platform.

5 Share with family & friends
Write a personalized message to your friends and family with a virtual postcard. Choose from existing images or take your own photos to create and send them via email or post them on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

6 Weather

It even has a weather app so you know exactly how to dress when in view of the royal couple.

7 The price is right

The app is free. FREE!

Are you going to download the app?

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