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Tech tools to make your home smarter

Family at home - tech tools to make your home smarterAs your kids get ready for bac k-to-school, it’s time to boost your home’s IQ, too.
No longer relegated to the home office, these tech tools get top marks in every room.

Google Chromebook

Create and share documents online through Google Drive, enjoy your favourite
songs and movies with Google Play and video chat with friends in Hangouts.

Why we love it: The Chromebook is tailored for family life and is a great second
or third computer to have in the home.

Cost: starting at $270 (Samsung model).
Available at Best Buy and Future Shop and through the Google Play marketplace.

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is your complete Office in the cloud. It is always up-to-date no matter
where you are, and is great for busy families on the go.

Why we love it: Update
the grocery list from home so your spouse can view it from work, then pick the
items up on the way home.

Cost: $99.99 per year for the subscription model that
works on up to five PCs and Macs. Or $139 for Office Home & Student license for
one PC. Available at

Rogers Home Monitoring

This innovative and robust home security system allows consumers to easily control
and automate their home security, lights, cameras, thermostats and appliances
remotely through their smartphone, computer or tablet.

Why we love it: Access
your home security while you’re on vacation through real-time text or email alerts.

Cost: Visit for pricing and plans. Available only in Ontario.

iPad Mini

In case you’ve been living under a rock, allow us to introduce you to the iPad Mini.
The Mini features a beautiful display, a FaceTime HD camera and over 300,000
apps available for download in the App store.

Why we love it: The smaller,
lighter design of the Mini is great for little hands playing educational apps.

Cost: Starting at $329. Available at Apple Stores across Canada or online at

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, August/September 2013.

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