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Foursquare and Back-to-School Shopping

I am about to take my kids shopping for school. I am super excited — giddy really — that they are headed back to school. But I’m not happy about the shopping part. I’ve seen estimates that say parents spend…

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Gifts for a Geeky Guy

My man is a geek. So when the guys at Drivesavers – a company staffed with the sort of geek you usually only see called in on detective shows to find the clue stashed in a destroyed hard drive (because…

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Win $500 in this Home for the Holidays Wish List Contest

I am finding this run-up to the holidays completely overwhelming. My usual response to that feeling is to get organized so I can at least shut off my brain and sleep at night. If you have been following along here,…

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I Have a Deal for You at Uncovet

There are so many daily sale sites out there that it is getting hard to keep track of them. I like a deal. At least if it’s a deal on something I want. So today I have $15 for you…

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A Geek and Her Dogs (Giveaway!)

I have two dogs. Mason is the older and smarter of this oddball pair. And, though he is ill-suited to leadership, he has become the default pack leader because Hoover, while easy on the eyes and agreeable, is a bit…

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Twelve Scams of Christmas Shopping

I plan to do most – if not all – of my holiday shopping online. Especially as more merchants offer free shipping it’s just not worth my time and gas to hunt down the items I want. I’m not alone….

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Five Ways a Smart Phone Can Save You Money

My smart phone and I are tight. We are rarely separated for more than a few minutes. And when its battery dies at the end of the day, I plug it in for a charge and a rest and miss…

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How to Choose a Smart Phone

I did a phone conference recently with some folks from Qualcomm. These are the people who make the processor that’s powering that smart phone you can’t live without. I’ve done my share of “processor-level meetings” in my day. So I have…

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Five Fine Things

I try out a lot of gear around here. It’s all part of the daily life of a tech journalist. It’s how I keep up, how I can recommend products at the drop of a hat when an editor calls…

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Five Great (Bargain) Finds

Steam Punk Bling Who says handmade and unique has to be expensive? I bought a pair of these earrings and love them. I’ll be going back for more of this artist’s creations. They turn humble hardware – washers, in this case – into a…

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