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Amber writes about lifestyle and mobile tech, including fit tech, mHealth, travel, home automation and more. In her non-tech time she takes too many pictures of her cats, watches zombie movies, crochets, and plans out her next tattoos.

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The Freshman 15: Apps and fitness gadgets to keep you healthy at college

Whether you need to grab a workout in just 7 minutes to make a meal out of ramen, these apps deserve a spot on every health-conscious student's phone.

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Walk this way: 6 pedometer apps for iPhone

Who needs a Fitbit anyway? Your iPhone can track your steps for you, but not every pedometer app can go the distance.

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Should a pocket breathalyzer be your drinking buddy?

Drinking and driving is obviously a terrible idea. But are pocket-sized, smartphone-connected breathalyzers a good way to tell if you're too buzzed, or just a silly toy that will make your friends drink more?

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Much more than mixology apps

There are 8500 apps that promise you 8500 cocktail recipes. Yawn. These aren’t them.

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Six helpful apps for cleaning your disgusting house

Sure, sure, you want a clean house. You try. You can handle the immediate mess when you see it; it’s just hard to keep up with on a regular basis. These apps can help you keep everything orderly.

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How to make your gloves touchscreen capable

Add smartphone-friendly fingers to your favorite gloves, and you'll never have to take them off. Take that, Polar Vortex!

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Seven apps to help you stay sober, one day at a time

If you're on the road to recovery, make sure your smartphone has your back.

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Booq Mamba Courier review: A little more style than substance

Booq Mamba Courier messenger looks great! But as far as usability goes...we have notes.

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House hunters can now add Estately's mobile app to their arsenal

Popular home-search service Estately now comes as a GIF-enhanced iOS 7 app

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Googly eyes: Smart contact lens would test glucose in diabetics' tears

Google Projects just announced a new breakthrough in medical tech: A smart contact lens that monitors diabetics' glucose levels without painful finger-pricks.

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Google buys Nest, world gets one step closer to 'OK Glass, make my house warmer'

Will Google's $3.2 billion investment in the Internet of Things market have privacy implications for Nest's customers? Nest, naturally, says no.

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Will smart locks open the door for home automation?

Big home-automation systems are intimidating, but tech is still colonizing the home one step at a time. First it was smart thermostats, then Bluetooth light bulbs, and now it's smart keys with smart locks.

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Cambridge Consultants shows off the next step in fit tech: Finding meaning in data

It’s time we got more out of our activity trackers.

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Pioneer's Cycling Sports system tracks serious data for serious cyclists

What would you do with 199 different metrics about your bike ride? If you're salivating over the possibilities, Pioneer's Cycling Sports line of gear might be for you.

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Push your way to fitness with the 'WellShell' from Tao Wellness

The WellShell is a compact, palm-sized device with an OLED display that you use to do isometric exercises with guidance from your smartphone and its app.