Summertime is travel time, and there’s no better travel companion than your smartphone. (Well, unless you can get Jessica Alba.) In fact, I’d argue you get the best return on your investment when you stock your phone with various trip-friendly apps, which can help you in ways you never thought possible.
Indeed, with these five apps, all of which are free, you’ll be able to manage all your travel plans at a glance; find cool and interesting things to do wherever you go; leverage public transportation in strange cities; and even translate foreign languages. (In your face, Fodor’s!) Let’s take a closer look at this fab five
Stop throwing your money away on crappy phone games. That’s the dumbest thing you can do with your money. These supposedly free games make a killing off of bored people who want an excuse to touch their phone. There was a time not too long ago where it was OK to stop touching your phone for five minutes. My Freemium gaming experience was specific to one game, but all of these games are the same. They get money out of players in two ways. The first is that they lock the game and prevent you from playing it unless you pay a fee. The second is they allow you to pay to unlock things like new characters, weapons, and power-ups. It’s really easy to fork over a dollar or two when you’re waiting at the dentist’s office or sitting at your desk at work. Those dollars don’t seem like much at the time, but they add up quickly.
My experience with Freemium gaming was The Simpsons: Tapped Out. This is a free game where you get to build the fictional town of Springfield from scratch. That’s what I was told anyway. The game play in The Simpsons: Tapped Out consists of placing buildings and then waiting a pre-set time period to click on them to get money to buy more buildings. This leads to every town having huge blocks of buildings placed as close together as possible because you don ‘t want to waste an inch of real estate space. That’s not really my idea of proper city planning.
Aereo is dead. Long live Aereo!
As you may have heard, the nascent TV-streaming service was just handed the equivalent of the death sentence by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the company violated copyright laws.
That’s a pretty big blow to cord-cutters, folks trying to eschew hefty cable bills in favor of Internet-powered television. Aereo helped solve a big piece of that puzzle, delivering local channels to your TV or mobile device and letting you record them, DVR-style, for later viewing.
So what now? You probably know that a pair of rabbit ears will let you tune in local channels, but what about recording them? What about slinging them to phones, tablets, Roku boxes, and the like?
Have no fear: There are other options. A new breed of DVRs caters expressly to the antenna crowd, giving you a home for those sweet, sweet over-the-air TV signals. Here’s an overview of three relatively new products.
It’s Friday night, you just got off work, time to unwind, right? Unfortunately, the act of unwinding (i.e. having an adult beverage) brings about its own stress. How much money do you gotta drop? What’s the best bargain? Where should you go? It’s all too much, ain’t it? NOT ANYMORE, BABY. I, Josh Androsky, will do the dirty work to discover which bargain basement booze has the most bang for your buck.
Director: Cassandra Lee Hamilton
Music: Cowabunga Babes
Last month I explained how to turn a tablet into the perfect PC for seniors, but guess what? You’re not a senior. (Well, unless you’re in high school or college, in which case I hate you.) Even so, I’ll wager you’ve wondered whether or not a tablet should be your next PC.
Indeed, here’s a common scenario: Your old laptop is on its last legs. It takes forever to boot, runs at a glacial pace, coughs up regular error messages (or, worse, Blue Screens of Death), and probably weighs a lot more than you’d like it to. Also, the “W” key has fallen off, a tough blow for anyone who still types “www” before a Web address. (Handy tip: not necessary!)