Posted on 1/31/2011 20:54 EST
For you frugal shoppers, here are some thrift store shopping tips to help you navigate what at first glance might seem like a sea of cast-offs. This thrift store maven's post on Blogher is part confession, part road map, and also a fun read.
"I have a confession.
I rarely set foot in real stores yet my closets and drawers are overflowing. I was forced to buy two packs of hangers last week and cleared out the guest room closet to handle the overflow. My Kiddo has a wardrobe stocked with the next two sizes up just waiting for him to grow into. And I would rather slit my wrists than pay retail.
I am a thrift store shopaholic..."
Posted on 1/31/2011 20:30 EST
CNET has the goods on a new cheap texting app that can save you big bucks off your currently astronomical text charges. Isn't it fun to play bea-the-carrier?
"An interesting news item over at AppleInsider caught my eye the other day, but I'm not sure how I would feel about this particular rumor if it turned out to be true. Apparently Apple is investigating the use of hover gestures on its devices as an alternative to multitouch. A few of the ideas include the ability to make the OK gesture with your hand or use hitchhiker thumb gestures to navigate around. As a tech writer, I can't wait to see how something like this would be implemented, but as an iPhone user who will be using the device in public, the idea of using my hands in front of the screen sounds silly..."
Posted on 1/31/2011 20:14 EST
The race is on: cheap Android tablets vs. iPad. Anyone willing to place bets on which one wins? MSNBC talked to an expert who predicted that ... well, we're not going to spoil the surprise. You'll just have to see for yourself.
"Android has not only triumphed as the No. 1 smart phone platform in the world, but it is very likely to surpass iPad as number one tablet OS, despite the iPad's current 75 percent market share.
The observation comes from Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, who talked to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Explaining that Android tablets had gained a 22 percent market share in tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of last year -- a quarter where the iPad was on fire and the nearest Android competitor, the Galaxy Tab, was a rather weak offering at best -- Mawston said, "If you were to ask me in two years time, will Apple have less than 50 percent of the global tablet market, I think that's a certainty..."
Posted on 1/29/2011 0:46 EST
On the off chance that you happen to find yourself stranded on a Hawaiian island, just remember -- there are cheap Oahu restaurants. Get yourself out of the comfort zone of your resort hotel, suggests The Chicago Tribune, and check out the local spots serving tasty treats for less than $20.
"Finding authentic food at cheap prices in Oahu requires a little exploration and a touch of daring..."
on The Chicago Tribune
Posted on 1/28/2011 20:53 EST
How to find cheap gas is a question that's taken on urgency now that prices have climbed well beyond $3 a gallon. Financial Edge offers up seven tips that can ease the tug on your wallet as you run your errands and get yourself to work.
"You're glad to have a job, but paying to drive yourself there and back home can eat up a big chunk of your paycheck. Use the tips below to get the best prices when you fuel up your car, and bring home a little bit more of that paycheck.
1. Plan your Purchase -
The worst thing that can happen is you're driving along when suddenly you notice the big red "E" glaring at you from the dashboard. It's a gas emergency now, and you're doomed to using the closest gas station you can find..."
on Financial Edge