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Left-Handed Site Design is Taking the World By Storm

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by LeftyMalone)
at 2:30PM Monday August 12, 2013
under Stuff We Like

Lefty. Southpaw. Molly-dooker. To the left-handed community, these slurs are a constant reminder that we are second-class citizens. A bad dancer has two left feet, a passive-aggressive remark might be a left-handed compliment, and an expired bit of food has "taken a left turn at Stinktown." Beyond the cruelty of such expressions, the idea that those of the left-handed persuasion are inferior is downright false: we have better visual, math, and creative abilities than the other 90%, not to mention advantages in athletics like tennis and hand-to-hand combat. Best of all, we're three times more likely to work in SEO. In fact, if you're reading this, you're most likely left-handed. Greetings, fellow Kings of Content.

With all these advantages, we still get the run-around with right-handed power tools, knives, guns, scissors, and other instruments of death. We are still forced to smear not-yet-dry ink across our brilliant prose.

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Transform your Kindle Fire into a full Android tablet

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:30AM Thursday August 8, 2013
under Stuff We Like

Amazon's Kindle Fire is a pretty decent tablet, though it's limited in a few key areas--not the least of which is its reliance on the Amazon Appstore.

That store has a good selection, but nowhere near the volume of apps and media you'll find on Google Play (the default store for most Android tablets). What's more, I find the Fire's interface a little awkward: it's hard to organize things to your liking, and that scrolling carousel can be more nuisance than convenience.

The thing is, the Kindle Fires already run a specialized version of the Android operating system. Wouldn't it be great if you could replace it with the real thing, with Android proper? Then you'd have access to Google Play and gain more control over the tablet's interface: custom wallpapers, multi-page app organization, and so on. Read More »

Why you should buy the Google Chromecast

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:30AM Thursday July 25, 2013
under Stuff We Like

Yesterday, Google introduced the Chromecast, an HDTV accessory that's kind of like a cross between an Apple TV and a Roku box. But here's the kicker: It's only $35.

The gizmo looks a lot like a USB flash drive, but instead of plugging into your PC, it plugs into one of your TV's available HDMI ports.
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Free or cheap hot dogs on National Hot Dog Day

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 12:00PM Tuesday July 23, 2013
under Freebies

Today is National Hot Dog Day! I see many meat eaters jumping for joy. To make things even more joyful, some national and local chains are offering free or cheap hot dogs today. To take advantage of those deals, I've compiled a list for you:

1. Sonic - For only $1, you can get a 6 inch American or Chili Cheese Dogs all day today.

2. 7-Eleven - Download their app and get a coupon for a free 1/8 pound Big Bite.

3. Kangaroo Express - At participating locations, get a hot dog for 25 cents and if you show your military I.D., the dogs will be free (from 6am to 6pm). Read More »

Tame your e-mail with free Alto service

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:05AM Tuesday July 16, 2013
under Stuff We Like

E-mail can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, well, you know, it's e-mail. But a curse because there's too much of it.

Indeed, the modern inbox tends to be flooded with daily-deal promos (I'm looking at you, Groupon), social-network notifications, photos from friends, and other distracting clutter. The way this stuff snowballs, it's not long before you start missing the important stuff.

If only you had a personal e-mail valet, someone who would sort all your messages for you and separate the e-wheat from the e-chaff.

That's Alto in a nutshell.
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Sorry, Amazon, even a $169 Kindle Fire HD doesn't beat a $129 Nook HD

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:30PM Friday July 5, 2013
under Stuff We Like

A couple weeks back I told you about the one tablet deal you don't want to miss: the 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129. (I also sang the praises of the 8.9-inch Nook HD+, which was slashed to $149, but that's a topic for another day.)

Even though Barnes & Noble has announced it will no longer be making its own color tablets (instead partnering with a third-party manufacturer), it was probably inevitable that Amazon would respond to such a huge pricing discrepancy.

And it has: the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has been cut to $169 from $199, though this isn't necessarily permanent.
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5 delicious budget-friendly smoothie recipes for summer

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Thursday July 4, 2013
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When it's hot, humid and sticky, eating something fried or oily is the last thing that comes to mind. You think about watermelons, strawberries, mangoes, mint, blueberries and more.

The great thing is that you can throw all those fresh produce and stick in a blender until it becomes a smoothie. They make for a perfect meal replacement, snack or dessert. You really can't go wrong!

Try these 5 refreshing smoothies that will keep you going and staying healthy during those hot summer days without breaking your bank: Read More »

5 budget-friendly gluten free favorites

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Monday July 1, 2013
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If you're allergic to gluten, sensitive to gluten or even on a gluten free diet by choice, it doesn't have to be too difficult to come up with good meals. While it may seem hard at first to change your diet completely, going gluten-free can be simple, delicious and satisfying.

Your childhood favorites such as pancakes, pizzas, spaghetti, sandwiches and cupcakes can easily be tweaked to leave out the gluten and still retain all the wonderful flavor. Plus, it shouldn't break your budget either.

I've compiled the 5 best recipes that will keep your stomach happy and your pocketbook even happier: Read More »

6 yummy grill recipes that will satisfy all taste buds

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 10:00AM Friday June 21, 2013
under Stuff We Like

It's time to clean those grills and get them ready for those summer BBQ parties. With the beautiful weather right before us, there's nothing like sitting outside, smelling the aromas that comes out of the grill and eating your heart out.

While there are tons of
awesome recipes out there, I have 6 grill worthy recipes that will satisfy all taste buds:

1. Steaks to perfection.
There are tons of steak recipes out there, but the secret to any good steak is in how you cook it. At your next party, grill the best steak of your life with this Savory Grilled T-Bones recipe and you will be the talk of the town.

2. Grill a Whole Chicken. While I don't eat meat, many people around me love them some chicken. With this Classic Grilled Whole Chicken recipe, you will surely impress your guests.

3. Fish on a grill. I'm not a meat eater, but I can get down and dirty with a nice filet of fish. This Gingery Salmon with Peaches recipe will get all the meat eaters excited too. What meat?! Read More »

The best new password manager is free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:17AM Thursday June 20, 2013
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We live in a password-powered world. You need one for everything nowadays: banking sites, shopping sites, e-mail services, social networks, Netflix, and on and on.

Needless to say, password management can be a major hassle. If you follow security experts' advice, you know that you should use a different password for each and every site and service.
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New apps motivate you to lose weight and get in shape

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:21AM Tuesday June 18, 2013
under Stuff We Like

I know as well as anyone how challenging it can be to exercise regularly, eat less, and lose weight.

Obviously there are lots of apps designed to help you meet those challenges, including such well-known favorites as Lose It, MyFitnessPal, and RunKeeper. I've found the last two in particular to be indispensable as part of my regimen.

That said, developers are always looking for new ways to (sorry) app-etize fitness and weight loss, everything from saving you time to rewarding you for your efforts. Here's a look at three of the latest apps that can help you health yourself.

7 Minute Workout
It was just a few weeks ago that I read a New York Times article about an interval workout promising maximum fitness benefits with just seven minutes of activity.
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Get a free DVD disc-to-digital conversion from Vudu

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:10AM Thursday June 13, 2013
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You know your prized DVD of "The Shawshank Redemption"? Wouldn't it be cool if you could watch that movie on your phone, tablet, or laptop? How about your Roku box or game console?

Last I checked, my iPad doesn't have a DVD player. However, thanks to a new service from Vudu, I can convert many of the DVDs in my library to digital, cloud-accessible movies available for streaming or downloading just about anywhere. And the first conversion is free!

Vudu's Disc-to-Digital service originally required you to take your movies to your nearest Walmart, but the new In-Home option saves you the trip.
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