In an ideal world, your Wi-Fi router would deliver a strong signal
to every corner of your house. In reality, signal strength
diminishes as it passes through walls, floors, and ceilings, so
it's not uncommon to end up with weak Wi-Fi in some areas.
One fix is to string Ethernet cables throughout your house,
but that's not my idea of a good time. A much easier fix: install a
Wi-Fi range extender, a simple box that boosts your existing
router's signal power.
For a limited time, TigerDirect has the Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range
Extender for $64.99. That's after applying coupon
code OFM64960 at checkout. Economy shipping
The WN3000RP works with all routers, not just those made by
The days of subscribing to cable TV (as we know it) may be coming
to an end. And good riddance, if you ask me. I'm tired of paying
$60 per month just for local stations and the smattering of cable
channels I watch.
Indeed, there's a growing movement of "cord cutters" who would like
nothing better than to ditch their monthly TV bill and rely solely
on Internet-powered viewing options.
Just one wrinkle: to watch local channels, you need an antenna.
Even then you're not guaranteed a perfect picture. And if you want
to record shows to watch later? There's no easy way.
Enter Aereo, a new
service that's available now in about nine major cities and coming
soon to over a dozen more. I've been test-driving it for about a
month, and although I was skeptical at first, I must admit I'm a
Aereo is the missing link for cord cutters, a way to not only watch
local TV, but also record it.
Opinion Rewards gives you Google Play Store credit when you
complete surveys on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet.
So, yes, it's basically a bit of paid marketing in app form. But
that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it!
When you first install the app, it'll run you through a one-time
setup procedure and ask you a handful of sample questions (similar
to what you'll eventually encounter in surveys). My questions were
largely of a political nature, and ostensibly my answers will
indicate the kinds of surveys I get later on.
According to a Google announcement, the app will start slinging
surveys your way in about a week, with a new one appearing roughly
every week thereafter.
It's true: there's no such thing as a free lunch. (Well, not unless
you have a sandwich-shop card with nine punches.)
But tech stuff? There's more "free" out there than you might
think, including a few items that might surprise you. Below I've
rounded up five of my favorite tech freebies, including phones,
phone calls, and e-books.
Last year's hot smartphone
Not everybody needs all the bells and whistles afforded by the
latest and greatest smartphone. Indeed, if you're willing to
"settle" for one of last year's models, you can score a sweet
deal--possibly even a free one.
For example, a year ago the phone to have was Samsung's Galaxy
S III, but you'd have paid $199.99 for the privilege.
Shopping for a tablet?
Among 7-inch models, the Google Nexus 7 has a stellar
reputation and a reasonable starting price of $199.
If you like the hardware but don't want to spend quite that
much, there's another choice that's arguably a bit better--for