The Eiffel Tower is boring. The Hollywood Sign, been there, seen that. The White House, more like the Yawn House. Sure, when you head out on your summer vacation this year, you could be a typical tourist. You could get packed tightly into an overcrowded museum, pay your way onto an expensive tour bus, or […]
Like any red-blooded American male, my heart beats faster when I hear the word “multitool.” Of course, my iPhone is already the ultimate multitool, good for everything from photography to text messaging to Flappy Birding. What more could it possibly do? Turns out: a lot. The XiStera XS Plus adds a host of nifty capabilities […]
It really should be no secret anymore that advertisers love splitting us up into smaller, easier-to-market-to groups. And most of the time when they do, we end up spending more for the same product. The plus side to this though is that once we’ve peeled back this marketing matrix and seen it for what it […]
Here’s everything I know about security cameras. They’re expensive. They’re a pain to install. They require lots of wiring. They’re the opposite of decor-friendly. As Ygritte would say to Jon Snow: “You know nothing.” The iZon 2.0 is a decidedly modern (and modern-looking) home video monitor that requires no wiring, sets up in minutes, and won’t […]
If you’re buying video games online, then you’re probably paying more than you should. It’s much easier to download a game than get in your car and drive all the way to a dumb store. That’s sort of the problem with buying games on-line. Being able to instantly have any video game makes it too […]
Whenever I need to tighten up my spending habits, I notice that things like gym memberships and pricey exercise classes seem to be the first to go. I tell myself, “I’ll just go for more runs” or “I’ll work out at home,” knowing good and well that I’ll be eating cookie dough by the ton […]
In the schlocky TV show “Once Upon a Time,” which I watch only because my kids make me, there’s a frequent refrain: “Magic always comes with a price.” (If you watch it as well, you know it’s usually followed by a “dearie.”) Here in the real world, there’s plenty of magic powered by technology–and, sometimes, there’s […]
Having only just recovered from the horror that was winter, 2013-2014, I can’t believe I’m saying this: It’s time to start thinking about fall. Specifically, about school, and the gear that goes with it. For many kids that means a new laptop. My son, for example, is about to start middle school, and he’s eligible […]
Need to look gorgeous for a hot night out but don’t have the cash-ola necessary to make your designer dreams a reality? No sweat, sweetie! Just go to the mall, slap on a face of free makeup, “borrow” a dress, and strut on down to your destination. You’ll be beautiful on a budget…of $0! TRANSCRIPTSpeaker […]
If you know a thing or two about ol’ Lamps, you know that summer is my favorite time of year, and I love hosting parties as much as I love attending them. What you might not know is a year ago I found out I’m allergic to wheat. I’ll spare you the details of my sinus struggles […]
So that cheapo tablet you bought didn’t really work out. Maybe the screen wasn’t great, or it proved too slow for games, Web browsing, Netflix, and the like. Now it sits on a shelf collecting dust, a constant and painful reminder of the hard-earned money you wasted. If only life offered do-overs. How about a do-better? A […]
America. USA. ‘Merica. No matter how you say it, you probably love our country and you get super excited for its birthday. Not like those jerks, the (insert political party you don’t like) hanging out in those (Northern/Eastern/Southern/Western) states that just don’t understand what this country is all about, right? Not like you and your […]
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.