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November marked my post-modern birth. I bought my first smartphone.

After years of holding steadfast to my tried and true flip phone—insisting that I had a better quality of life and was more connected to the real world—I caved. I got an iPhone 6. And you know what? I love the damn thing.

Granted, my quality of life—as predicted—has diminished. When I’m not on my phone, I’m thinking about being on it. I spent the greater part of a Sunday last month on a group text. I’ve already paused twice while writing this to catch up on a WhatsApp chain.

And yet, I can’t imagine life without it.

That’s the thing with technology. You survive—thrive, even—for years and years without something, and as soon as it’s invented, it’s hard to believe you functioned otherwise.

In units' March Technology Supplement, we explore the latest and greatest technologies that apartment owners and operators are adopting to make their jobs easier and more efficient.

The article “Gone Phishin” highlights increasingly sophisticated email phishing scams, offering tips on how to spot red flags to prevent unwanted access to your files. 

This is not to be confused with being “catfished”—the struggle of many an online dater.

In “Making Cell Coverage Moot,” we examine the trend of Wi-Fi calling through VoLTE, which will eliminate the need to fix poor cell signals. Cause Hell hath no fury like student housing residents who can’t get a cell signal in their unit.

Then again, student housing residents aren’t the only ones seeking top-notch service. From seniors to Millennials, mobile technology has become a way of life. The article “Mobile Payments: More Than a Trend” highlights the rising demand for mobile commerce, as mobile payments are poised to become the norm in just two years.

The same year I’ll finally get on Snapchat. 

For this and much more, check out the 2016 Technology Supplement, along with the March issue of units Magazine. 

Lauren Boston is NAA’s Staff Writer and Manager, Public Relations. Unsurprisingly, she writes a lot—most often for units Magazine and as a weekly blogger for APTly Spoken. She enjoys making people laugh, sharing embarrassing childhood stories and being the (self-proclaimed) Voice of the Apartment Industry. She welcomes feedback, unless it’s negative (in which case, please keep it to yourself).