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Ultimate tech tools for the household CTO

Jasmine France | May 16, 2013
Running a household is tough work, but employing the right tech can make all the difference. These apps can streamline your operation.

Stay on top of auto repair
The garage is also part of your household, as are the cars within it, which no doubt need regular maintenance. The OBD Scanner device runs a diagnostic check on pretty much any car built after 2002. To leave things to the professionals, turn to AutoMD.

Getaway gateway

Plan a trip
Start booking with Kayak, a Web service with apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It even provides "hacker fares" that combine airlines to snare the best price. You can also find cars, hotels, and even complete vacations. Once you're booked, use TripIt to track itineraries, sync them with your calendar, and view maps. Also, consider deviating from the typical hotel and snagging a vacation rental on AirBnB instead. 

Get packing

Stow can help you remember to pack what you need. This handy app for iPhone includes templates based on the type of trip you're taking, and it arranges common items into categories. Packing List for Android or Windows Phone offers similar organization features.

Travel smoothly
Once you're on the road or in the air, you'll want to keep travel companions of all ages entertained with a mobile game such as Fruit Ninja. But beforehand, be sure to check out our feature on avoiding airport annoyances, as well as our look at the most tech-savvy airports.


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