“Every company today is a tech company” is becoming a cliche. But smartphone apps make it truer everyday, as I learned as workers remodeled our farmhouse over the holidays.

Got anxiety about water leaks? Ask Siri to monitor the pipes. Need to turn the chicken coop’s heat lamp on without braving the cold? It only takes a couple of swipes. The boiler, the washing machine, the locks, even the invisible dog fence. There’s an app for all of it.

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