Erika Rawes

Erika Rawes

Erika became a professional writer in 2010, and her work is published all over the web. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of MD, a certification in Communications, and oddly enough, a mixology certification. Erika's love affair with home tech began when she first received “The Clapper” as a gift about two decades ago. Now, after several years of writing columns about the home and saving money, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the latest technology and she has tested and written about dozens of smart home gadgets. Erika still hums the “Clap on, Clap off” jingle every once in a while too. You can follow Erika on Twitter.

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Never invite a Shark robot into your house. Unless it’s this vacuum

Robot vacuums can definitely make chores suck a lot less, but they aren’t capable of cleaning places that are off the floor. Shark has an answer for your couch cushions and your carpets with its new S87 cleaning system, which comes with a…
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It's time to get your favorite cast-iron skillet in top cooking condition

One of the best things about cast-iron pans is the natural non-stick surface, or seasoning, that makes the skillet cook delicious food so easily. Here's how to season a cast-iron pan.
Smart Home

Want to know if that smart bulb works with Google Assistant? We can help

Google Home is a voice-controlled speaker built to compete with the Amazon Echo. It can currently control lights, switches, and thermostats from select partners. Here's a list of some of the best Google Home-compatible devices on the…
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Here's how to make sure your Airbnb hosts aren't spying on you

If you’re worried about someone filming you in your Airbnb rental, here are some steps you can take to make sure your rental space isn’t under surveillance (which is illegal, by the way).
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With the new Echo Dot getting a boost in sound, the Dot might be all you need

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
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Naked Labs’ 3D Body Scanner has you take it off to take off the pounds

Want to see what you really look like naked? The Naked Labs 3D Body scanner measures every angle of your body and creates a 3D model. With the device, you can track eve the smallest of improvements in your body over time.