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Five free home-page alternatives that will brighten your day

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:00AM Tuesday April 15, 2014
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When you fire up your Web browser, what's the first thing you see? Unless you've modified the default home page, chances are good it's MSN, Yahoo, or some other news-oriented site. I don't know about you, but the headlines I typically see make me want to dive under the covers and stay there.

Seriously, do you really want to be slapped in the face with all that negativity, all that bad news, every time you open your browser? I certainly don't, which is why I've changed my home page to something far more positive.

Yes, you can do that. I'm always surprised at how many people never bother to choose a new home page, perhaps because they think that's the way the computer was set up, and that's how it has to stay. Nuh-uh. You can set your home page to Facebook, Twitter, Fluffy Kittens on Tumblr, or whatever you like. Read More »

Comedy Central app streams full episodes for free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:55AM Tuesday April 1, 2014
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It may be April 1, but this is no joke: Comedy Central's new iOS app lets you watch full-length episodes of "The Daily Show," "Key & Peele," "South Park," and more--all for free.

@#!$ yeah!

Before this, various Comedy Central shows had their own apps, but most of them (like The Colbert Report's) let you watch only clips. Now you can see the latest episodes of over a dozen shows, in their entirety, the day after they air.

In other words, at long last, you can stream last night's "Daily Show" on the train ride to work. In your face, boredom! (Just try to keep the laughter down. Some of us have work to do.)

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Getty Images thinks giving away free photos will make them tons of money. They're probably right

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 11:20AM Friday March 14, 2014
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If you're a blogger, you know the value of putting an eye-catching image at the top of every post. Wait, let me rephrase that: Are you a blogger who doesn't put an image at the top of every post? Stop it. Stop being so boring. The internet hates you. Now that Getty is giving millions of images away for free, you have no excuse to do that. Particularly not when they're being this liberal with their terms of use, according to GeekWire (emphasis mine):

"[...]f the use promotes a company, product or service, the users will need to purchase a license. If not, they can use the embedded content so long as they are happy to use it in the embed frame and functionality.

The presence of ads on a site doesn't automatically make use of an embedded image on that site a commercial use. Think about sites like CNN.com or any online newspapers or magazines which support editorial content with site ads. The key attribute in classifying use as commercial is whether the image is used to promote a business, goods or services, or to advertise something. If not, it is a non-commercial use. Likewise, corporate blogs would be treated as editorial/non-commercial unless the image is directly being used to sell or promote their products or services." Read More »

Free music roundup: songs, albums, and samplers, oh my!

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:27PM Thursday March 6, 2014
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First things first: Are you a card-carrying member of your local library? (What? You're not? Did you know they'll let you take home all the books you want for free? Seriously,go grab yourself something to read. I'm about a quarter into Khaled Hosseini's "And the Mountains Echoed," and it's just outstanding. Or if you want something a little easier to digest, I couldn't put down last year's "Gone Girl." Did I mention you can get these andother books for free?)

Where was I? Oh, right: Are you a card-carrying member of your local library? Then you should know about Freegal Music, a site that partners with libraries to provide free MP3 downloads. Read More »

Avoid road-trip food disasters with this newly free app

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:20AM Tuesday March 4, 2014
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An incredibly sad true story: During a recent road trip, I was cruising along the Interstate, starving for some lunch, when I came to an exit promising "food" in the form of Arby's.

The horror, the horror.

But what choice did I have? The next exit might be 20-30 miles, and who knew if the pickings would be any better? So I stopped. I ate. And then I hit the road again.

Now for the sad part: Just five miles later, I spotted a Panera Bread. And a Chik-Fil-A! Oh, wretched fate. Read More »

Get a free digital copy of Pixar's "The Incredibles"

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:01AM Tuesday February 25, 2014
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You don't often see the words "Disney" and "free" in the same sentence. More often it's "Disney" and "price hike," like yesterday when the company announced plans to raise Disney World ticket prices to $99.

Guess that's how they can afford this giveaway. (What, me bitter?)

Today, Disney announced its new Movies Anywhere service, which provides access to a library of over 400 Disney, Pixar, and Marvel flicks--really, really good stuff like "The Avengers," "Frozen," and "Up."

More on that in a bit. For now, the important news: You can get a free digital copy of "The Incredibles" when you create a Disney account and link it to your iTunes account. And it's the best kind of free: no hassles, no strings attached. (Well, okay, the "string" is the need to have an iTunes account. Is there anyone out there who doesn't?) Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free TaylorMade 6 Iron and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday February 1, 2014
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In honor of National Yogurt Day, both Menchies and Yogurtland are giving out free yogurt. Visit any of their locations on the designated date and time to get yours for free.
 
If you're a beauty enthusiast, you can't miss Allure Magazine's full size product giveaway. You'll see items from GlamGlow, Nivea, Obessive Compulsive and even a mini curling iron. But, you'll have to be quick because the offer is for the first 500 who sign up each day.
 
Freebie #1: REMINDER - Frozen Yogurt at Menchies - Offer valid on February 6th only. "Like" their page and scroll down to get the coupon.
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Freebie Corner: Free Menchie's yogurt, free Purina and Beneful dog food and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 25, 2014
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If you have a dog or an animal shelter near you, don't miss out on the Beneful and Purina offer. Your four-legged friend will love you for it. Especially, those that are without homes (your efforts will go a long way). Grab your neighbors, friends and make it a group effort.

And for you, get yourself a coupon for a free burger or wrap at a EVOS near you on January 30th. For all the healthy dessert lovers out there, get a free 6oz yogurt from Menchie's for National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th.

Plus there's more, check out the list!

Freebie #1: Beneful Healthy Smile Dog Food Sample - Offer is available again. "Like" them on Facebook on to get the form. Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free credit monitoring from Target and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 18, 2014
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Target is offering free credit monitoring for one year to anyone who has shopped at a store located in the USA. It turns out that the data breach was larger than they thought and the hackers were able to breach two different databases.

If you shopped online and you stored your credit card info, you're accounts may also have been affected. So even if you didn't shop at Target over the holidays, your account(s) may still have been compromised. So thanks to those hackers, we are all now gifted with credit monitoring, possibly a blessing in disguise? Sign up below for free.

Freebie #1: Neutrogena Samples Inside Walgreens 1/23 - January 23rd from 4pm - 9pm inside your local Walgreens. Read More »

How to dip your toe into the wonderful world of cloud storage--for free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:29PM Monday January 13, 2014
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You. Yeah, you. I know what you're thinking. "I don't need this whole cloud thing. It's too confusing. And, anyway, nothing bad will ever happen to my data."

That's some serious denial you've got going on there, kid.

For starters, data loss isn't a matter of "if"--it's a matter of "when." And occasionally copying important files to a backup drive won't do you a lick of good if a virus chews through your system or a fire/tornado/hurricane takes out your house. Oh, and don't forget theft. Burglars love to make off with laptops and the hard drives connected to them. (Sorry for the scare tactics, but it's time for some tough love!)

As for confusing, I agree that some cloud services are an unitutive mess. But there's one I find admirably easy to use, and it's more versatile than most. Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free Einstein Bros Thintastic Bagel & Shmear and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 11, 2014
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Do you like wine? If so, you can score two bottles courtesy of the TBS TV show Cougar Town and the app Drync. The offer goes live each day at 11am EST and you're going to have to put a little effort into it, but it will be worth the energy.

The list of 2014 free National Parks admission dates is now ready. You should start planning your trips to the great outdoors and get yourself a day or two for free.

Freebie #1: Crime & Punishment eBook ($20 value). You'll need to create a Downpour account (it's free) to get the ebook. Plus, they offer a free ebook each month. Add the book to your cart and go to checkout. Enter the code crimefree (tip: type it in rather than copying and pasting). Read More »

Five free must-have apps for new smartphone owners

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:39AM Monday January 6, 2014
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Did you find a new smartphone under the tree? Time to stock it with apps--the little programs that enable your phone to do way more than just making calls and sending text messages.

Indeed, right out of the box, your phone can handle basic communications chores. It can also snap photos, play music, check the weather, and so on. But those features are just the tip of the app-powered iceberg. When you're ready to take your handset to the next level, check out these five must-have apps. They're available for Android phones and iPhones alike. Read More »