It's back-to-school shopping season, and for a lot of students that
means stocking up on tech gear: laptops, flash drives, and maybe
even a new phone.
Of course, you're probably the one footing the bill for all
this stuff, so it makes sense to seek out the best deals you
With that in mind, I've assembled three tips to help you get
the most bang for your back-to-school buck.
1. Don't Go Overboard on a Laptop
I'm often asked for laptop buying advice, and my response is
always the same: "What do you plan to do with it?"
Students have fairly modest needs--often little more than word
processing, Web browsing, and e-mail. Of course, moving beyond mere
needs, they'll also want to use their machines for things like
music, movies, and games.
Thankfully, these activities don't require a lot of
horsepower. At minimum you'll want a dual-core processor, 4GB of
RAM, and 320GB hard drive.
Time to bid goodbye to 2011, as exciting a year in technology as any I can remember. Last week I told you about my favorite products of the year; now let's talk about the technology trends that helped make it so memorable.
I've often said it's not the price of smartphones that bothers me, it's the monthly fee you have to pay for service.
AT&T and Verizon, for example, charge $59.99 per month for 900-minute plans--not including the obligatory data plan for your iPhone or Android phone. And if you're a serious gabber, the unlimited voice plans will run you $69.99 monthly.
Wouldn't it be great if you could switch to the cheapest available voice plan, without giving up a single minute of talk time? Thanks to a couple amazing apps, you can.
I'll be honest: Happy as I am with my iPhone 4, I want the iPhone 4S. Because, you know, it's better. But I can't justify the expense, especially when the new model brings relatively few big features to the table.
If you feel the same way, here's good news: you can trick out your iPhone 4 (and even your 3GS) so that it's more 4S-like. And you'll spend considerably less money in the process.
On Tuesday, Apple announced the new iPhone 4S
in a humble ceremony, with little fanfare from the press. Nonplussed,
the blogosphere instead focused on more pressing issues, such as the
rate of new job creation. It was a day like any other.
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.