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Occupy Wall Street Provides Showcase for the Best Free Citizen Journalism Tools

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at 10:58AM Thursday December 1, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Alex Buhrmann, via Flickr

Regardless how you feel about the Occupy movement, this week's raid on the Occupy L.A. encampment was remarkable for at least one reason: with the L.A.P.D's restriction on media coverage, the best news sources for updates on the standoff came from citizen journalists.  Read More »

Herding Cats: Kindle Fire vs. iPad, Walmart Pepper Spray and Other Black Friday 2011 News

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at 10:55AM Friday November 25, 2011
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Image courtesy of ICanHasCheezburger

This week we have (surprise!) Black Friday tips, Black Friday mayhem, a Black Friday infographic, an app to predict price drops, to Kindle or iPad, that is the question--and Muppets. Also, more Muppets. Read More »

Cash vs. Credit Cards and The Psychology of Saving Money

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at 7:55AM Thursday November 24, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Images of Money via Flickr

Earlier in the week, the Journal of Consumer Research released a study that showed consumers tend to spend more when buying with credit cards than they do when using cash. The authors of the study believe the reason goes beyond simple convenience, and hinges on psychology: apparently, we're more likely to focus on the benefits of the purchase, and not the cost, if we don't actually have to count out the money ourselves. Read More »

Herding Cats: History of Black Friday Deals, Cut Thanksgiving Day Costs and NASA Power Naps

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 9:58AM Friday November 18, 2011
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This week we have a scientific survey about saving money, NASA takes on power naps, money-saving tips for around the house, saving on Thanksgiving, the meaning of Black Friday, and a parade of geese. Read More »

The Tech-pert: Backify Online Storage Becomes a Casualty of the Cloud Computing Wars

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:52AM Thursday November 17, 2011
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Unintentionally hilarious photo courtesy of Backify's Web site

About a month ago I told you about Backify, a new Web service offering a whopping 512 gigabytes of cloud storage absolutely free.

It sounded too good to be true, especially considering that established services like Dropbox and SugarSync limit their freebie accounts to 2GB and 5GB, respectively. Even Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive tops out at a comparatively anemic 25GB. Read More »

Planned Obsolescence, the Myth of Walmart Sustainability and How Durability Saves Money

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at 10:56AM Thursday November 17, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Justin Henry, via Flickr

According to a recent article on the environmental blog Grist, we have Walmart to thank for our stuff falling apart. The argument goes like this: thanks to Walmart's never-ending quest to lower prices, we're seeing a steady drop in the quality and durability of clothing, electronics, and other items. This means we have to replace our stuff more, which in turn means we're spending more and doing damage to the environment. Read More »

Herding Cats: 11/11/11 Meaning, Billy Crystal Back for Oscars 2012 and Hyperbolic Discounts

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 10:57AM Friday November 11, 2011
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Image courtesy of ICanHasCheezburger

This week we've got 11/11/11 news, managing money during pregnancy, how to go "cold turkey" with finances, something called "hyperbolic discounting," Oscar turmoil and flying with a hawk. Read More »

Alternatives to the Kindle Library Lending

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 9:58AM Wednesday November 9, 2011
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Photo courtesy of kodomut, via Flickr

Last week, Amazon announced a new feature for their Prime program. Now, in addition to unlimited 2nd-day shipping and access to a collection of streaming movies and TV shows,  Prime members will be able to borrow e-books without having to pay anything over and above the $79 annual Prime membership fee.

Here's how it works: users will be able to have one book from the 5,000 title-strong lending library out at a time, and will be allowed to borrow one new e-book per month. If you take longer than a month to finish a borrowed book, there will be no late fee. The program feels like a logical next-step for e-books--and may even do for books what Netflix did for movies or what Spotify is doing for music. Read More »

Herding Cats: The End of the BoA Debit Card Fee, Eating Roadkill and a Dancing Squirrel

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 11:55AM Friday November 4, 2011
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Image courtesy of ICanHasCheezburger
This week we have ways to save a mucho dinero on hot dog buns (well, 20 cents), forgoing expensive shoes by running barefoot, sticking it to the banks, dating at Wal-Mart, a tasty recipe for roast badger and a ballet dancing squirrel. Read More »

5 Not Quite Essential iPhone and iPad Accessories

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at 7:54AM Thursday October 27, 2011
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Once Apple announced the release date for the iPhone 4S, it was destined to be at the top of many a Christmas list, right alongside the iPad 2. It was also a foregone conclusion that countless third party companies would try to elbow their way into the market with their own iPhone 4S accessories. Read More »

The Tech-pert: Five Pieces of Good News from Today's Apple Announcement

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 1:56PM Tuesday October 4, 2011
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Okay. Deep breaths, everyone. Despite months and months of rumor and some pretty decent evidence to the contrary, Apple did not announce an iPhone 5 today. Instead, the company unveiled a slightly updated iPhone 4, dubbed the iPhone 4S.

That sound you hear is several hundred million Apple fanboys weeping.

That other sound you hear is several thousand bloggers registering their discontent.

I, for one, am not going to pile on. While I'm disappointed there's no next-gen iPhone, I'm still perfectly happy with the model I own now. In fact, Apple did me a favor by allowing me to keep my credit card in my wallet.

And the day wasn't a total bust. Apple's 90-minute event did reveal some interesting news, products, and updates. They were merely overshadowed by shattered expectations.

So, let's take a look at the five things Apple got right today. Read More »

The Silver Lining of the Netflix-Qwikster Divide

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 6:57AM Thursday September 22, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Ross Catrow, via Flickr

Once again, Netflix users are furious with Netflix. Earlier in the week, Netflix announced that it would split into two companies. The streaming, "Watch It Now" branch will still be called Netflix, while the DVD-by-mail service will take the name Qwikster. Subscribers to both will have to manage two queues, two recommendation systems and two monthly bills. It does sound pretty annoying. Read More »