If you're one of the 4 million people who picked up a new Apple iPhone 4S during its first weekend, or if you're waiting eagerly for the next Android smartphone, you probably have an old phone that has suddenly become obsolete for you. That's an expensive piece of technology to dump in a landfill, though! Thankfully, there are several different ways you can get rid of your old smartphone and even make a little money in the process.
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Apple has its own buy-back program for its gadgets, called the Reuse and Recycling Program. The program asks detailed questions about your old tech, including whether it's been engraved, if the battery charges completely, if there are scratches or scuffs, and whether it's had water damage. You can't get cash through Apple's buy-back program, but you can get Apple gift cards, so you can continue your Apple addiction. Apple will even provide shipping materials and a free shipping label, so all you have to do is put it in the
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If you're one of the 4 million people who picked up a new Apple iPhone 4S during its first weekend, or if you're waiting eagerly for the next Android smartphone, you probably have an old phone that has suddenly become obsolete for you. That's an expensive piece of technology to dump in a landfill, though! Thankfully, there are several different ways you can get rid of your old smartphone and even make a little money in the process.Read More »from How to sell your old smartphones
- Tecca | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 25, 2011 12:32 AM EDT
Mistakes parents make when they are online 'friends' with their kids. (Thinkstock)So your kids finally friended you on Facebook. Congratulations - you now have mind-blowing inside access to their online worlds. Now what? Step 1: Don't embarrass them! How? By avoiding the top 11 mistakes parents make on Facebook. Avoid them like the plague. You'll keep the peace with your tween or teen - and hopefully, your coveted friend status, too.Read More »from 11 biggest mistakes for parents who are Facebook friends with their kids
1. Don't over-share. Do all 1,200 of your son's friends need to know that he still sucks his thumb at night or that he bombed his driving test? No and no! If you think a wall comment will embarrass your child, it will. If you don't have anything nice to say... hold back. Respect your children's privacy online and off. It shows them you care. It also teaches them to respect their own privacy.
2. Realize that everyone sees your comments. Tread lightly and always remember that all of your children's Facebook friends can view every single comment you oh-so-lovingly post on their walls. That includes their BFFs, classmates, and (potentially)
- Tecca | Parenting – Wed, Sep 28, 2011 10:44 PM EDT
Congratulations on your brand new bundle of baby! You survived labor, delivery, and the momentous ride home from the hospital. Now what? Diaper changes, endless feedings - and yes, lots snuggles and love in between. You're in the trenches now, mama, but you don't have to wing it alone. Not with these four sanity-saving newborn care apps on your Android or iPhone. Keep them handy, and you'll do just fine.Read More »from 4 sanity-saving newborn care Android and iPhone apps
1. Baby Monitor and Alarm
Price: $3.40 (Android), $2.99 (iPhone)
Download: Baby Monitor and Alarm by TappyTaps for Android and iPhone
Why shell out $100 for a fancy baby monitor when your iPhone or Android can be your ears? TappyTaps s.r.o.'s popular Baby Monitor and Alarm app turns your phone into a super-sensitive baby monitor that alerts you whenever your baby - or anything else near your phone - makes a peep.
How? By calling you on any phone number you program it to dial when your baby cries. Cell phone, smartphone, and land line numbers work. If your infant snoozes through loud
- Tecca | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 30, 2011 7:51 PM EDT
Every parent is concerned about what their children are doing when they are on the computer. No one wants to let their kids run amok, but you don't want to have to stand over their shoulders while they use the computer, either. To make things easier, use Windows' convenient built-in tools to help manage your family's time on the computer and control which games they can play.Read More »from How to set up parental controls on your Windows computer
Finding the controls
The first step in setting up parental controls on your Windows computer is to open up the Control Panel. You can find the control panel by left-clicking on the Start (or Windows) button. Select Control Panel to open it. From within the control panel, select the User Accounts and Family Safety link.
Next, select the Parental Controls link. Inside the window that appears, select the user account you want to modify. In order to do this, you will need to be logged into the administrator account (or an account with administrator powers), which is usually the first and primary account set up on
- Tecca | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 29, 2011 5:46 PM EDT
College is a huge milestone for both students and parents. Kids are exploring the world, using new tools, and experiencing brand new things. As a parent, you have to deal with their leaving the nest, growing to adulthood, and entering a new lifestyle. It's tough to watch kids walk out the door, especially when a big part of what's going through your mind is "How will we stay in touch? Social networks like Facebook help you keep in constant touch with your college-bound kids. College students post a lot of information to Facebook, including pictures, blog entries, song lyrics, and relationship announcements, making Facebook a very thorough way to stay updated with what your child is up to.
This flood of information is a boon to parents who want to know how their children are doing, but it comes with its own perils and pitfalls. This guide will help you think about the etiquette, niceties, and do's and don'ts of interacting with your college kid on social networks.
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- Tecca | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 4:19 AM EDT
Read More »from 5 apps that will save you money at the grocery store
Everyone likes to save money, but not everyone likes to grocery shop. These 5 smartphone apps will help you organize your shopping lists and coupons so you can take advantage of savings opportunities while still getting in and out fast.
1. Grocery IQ
Grocery IQ is the ultimate mobile shopping list. The app features an extensive database of items with choices appearing as you type. List items can be grouped by store and, from there, categorized by aisle. You can even exclude and rearrange aisles to streamline your shopping trip.
Since the app uses brand names, not just generic items, it's easy to match up coupons. Use the detail section for each item to list any required quantities, so you don't end up having your coupon denied at the register.
For items you buy all the time, the app has a barcode scanner and a favorites section. As you shop, check off the items, then use the checkout button to remove them from your list. Grocery IQ also has a coupon section, but the print option
With the rise of mobile computing technology, new devices are more integrated into our lives than ever before. Kids are getting smartphones at a younger and younger age. While some people may look at this as a new challenge for 21st-century parenting, others are embracing this technology. Why not? After all, when has it ever been so easy to keep tabs on kids when they are out and about? To find out how you can take advantage of these technologies, read on!Read More »from 5 ways to keep track of your kids digitally
Find My iPhone, please
With one of the recent updates to Apple's iOS system came an advanced feature that uses a mixture of GPS, cell phone triangulation, and wifi to track the device's location. It's a built-in service called Find My iPhone (also available for the iPad), and it's free to use. All it requires is a free MobileMe account (soon to become iCloud). You will need to set up and activate the account on your child's phone or other iDevice. It can then be used to track your child's device from any PC or another iOS device
Whether you're planning to travel overseas or just want a challenge to seek your teeth into, learning a foreign language is a chance to give your brain cells a serious workout. Perhaps you'd like to visit a country where the words Twitter and Facebook are banned from use in TV and radio broadcasts, or you've always longed to learn Japanese. Happily, there are lots of ways to tackle the project, even if memories of studying verb conjugation tables from your high school German textbook fill you with dread.Read More »from 6 great ways to learn a foreign language
1. Language apps for beginners
There are myriad foreign language learning apps, but AccelaStudy's free "Essentials" series is a good first pick. Available for more than a dozen languages, the app offers quizzes, flash cards, and audio clips of a native speaker pronouncing vocabulary words. It's available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; languages offered include Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, Hebrew, Russian, Polish,
- Tecca | Parenting – Wed, Jul 13, 2011 6:35 AM EDT
Speaking at the Games for Change conference recently, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said that "games are the new normal," and that they have "clearly arrived as a mass medium." You know that's true when they're used for more than just idle distractions, but for art and creativity instead.Read More »from How the uDraw tablet uses games to foster creativity in kids
One perfect example is uDraw, a peripheral for Nintendo Wii by video game company THQ. uDraw connects to the game console and acts as a drawing tablet for kids. You can buy it with software called uDraw Studio, which is basically a drawing program like Adobe Illustrator for kids. Whatever they draw on the tablet appears on the TV via the Wii console.
We're in dire straights if kids ever tire of simply drawing for fun, but in case they do, there are a handful of games for Wii that allow kids to use uDraw to interact with the games' characters and situations, as well as play with each other. One of the most popular is a video game version of Pictionary.
uDraw has been hugely popular on the Wii,
Read More »from How to plan your wedding online
Your wedding is a very special day. It's when you join with another person for the rest of your life. Friends, family, and more all gather together to celebrate your life-changing day. Your wedding should be fun, beautiful, and customized to represent who you are as a couple. Everything about your wedding should be magical and perfectly tailored to you.
Planning your wedding, however, can be one of the most stressful things in your life. A wedding has a lot of moving parts including photographer, DJ, invitations, officiant, seating arrangements, and the list just goes on and on. There are hundreds of details that can be hard to keep track of, which is why many people opt to hire a professional wedding planner. Unfortunately, wedding planners are expensive, and not everyone can afford one.
Don't worry. The internet is here to help. There are dozens of online tools to help you plan your wedding and keep all those moving parts moving.
TheKnot.com might be the single largest