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Saving Money: Price Comparison Pays Off!
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If you take the extra minute or two, to compare prices online – you could save yourself some money. For instances this afternoon – my fiancé and I needed to purchase printer ink for our printer since we are running low on black ink.

First, I had to research our printer online to see what kind of ink we needed to purchase. You do not want to get to the store and not know what printer you have or what ink you need (that would be a waste of time). Then, I compared the ink prices online. The stores nearby such as: Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Best Buy were selling for $16.99. The store I plan on purchasing from is selling the ink for $17.99, however online at Amazon, it is only $13.50! That is a $4.49 price difference and what is great is that the store I’m going to (Staples) has a 100% price match guarantee policy where they will be happy to price match competitors plus an additional 10% price difference, so that is an additional $0.45 cents, total savings $4.94!

Some other reasons why I go to Staples:

  • I am a free rewards member and get a percentage back on all my purchases I spend there.
  • Since I purchase ink frequently, I can recycle empty ink cartridges and get $2 back per each one, max of 10 per month which I do not have that much but it is better than nothing and also recycling.
  • Staples has good on-going sales and clearance. Last month I scored an incredible deal on napkins and tissues!
  • Plus Staples is conveniently located near places I frequently shop at.
  • Lastly, you can price match with competitors and also get a 10% price difference off, so thats essentially 110% price match guaranteed savings is what they have on their deduction on the receipt.
Disable DATA When Using Wi-Fi Internet
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If you have unlimited data for your cellular phone device then you do not have to worry about having your data being on or off. However, if you are someone like my family and I, we have a cap each month for data which is 10 GB shared among four people then it is important to keep track of data, so we do not go over. If we do go over which we never have (thankfully) it would be a hefty charge! But, once I almost went over but luckily I caught the reason!

I remind everyone on our family plan (which consist of: my parents, fiancé and I) if they are using wi-fi at home or free data anywhere like: at a friends/family members then to turn off cellular data! The reason being is once I was using wi fi data, when you are using wi-fi it automatically switches over from data to wi-fi, but the wi-fi was experiencing problems so really I was at home still but using the data plan. After watching YouTube for about thirty minutes, I noticed I was on LTE (data) instead of free home wi-fi because my house was experiencing internet was having some sort of problem! So now if I am switched off of data and at home – knowing the internet should work and if it does not then that means my home or the place I am using free wi-fi is having problems! That way you will never have any accidents and save money!

Plus it is very easy to enable and disable the  data internet on our iPhones. You just go to setting > cellular > and toggle the on, off for the cellular data!

I am sure the phone companies love it when people go over on their data, text messages, or minutes. Luckily – we are not concerned about text messages and minutes because we have unlimited there.

These 3 Applications Can Make Your Android More Sophisticated than iPhone
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We all probably know the competition between iOS and Android platforms is becoming tough. According to some reviewers from various sources, Apple is always one step ahead of Android. Although, some consider that Android is more sophisticated than the IOS.  But here we are going to discover the 3 applications that can make an Android device more Sophisticated than the iPhone.

The three applications below are capable of making your Android performance more advanced without having to use a root access. Besides that, they make your Android looks cool. In which, you cannot find such apps available for iPhone

Make Your Android More Sophisticated than iPhone using These 3 Applications

1. Du Battery Saver

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If you’ve been using an Android device for a long time, you should be familiar with Du Battery Saver. Du Battery Saver is an application to optimize the battery of your Android device to be more durable. This application is capable of holding your Android battery more durable up to 50% than the normal usage.  The reason you need this application is due to its direct widget to control the applications running in the background on your Android device with just one tap. iPhone doesn’t have such feature. Besides that, Du Battery Saver also features Smart

The reason you need this application is due to its direct widget to control the applications running in the background on your Android device with just one tap. iPhone doesn’t have such feature. Besides that, Du Battery Saver also features Smart Pre-set Modes that can determine the most appropriate mode for optimizing the battery of your Android device. Additionally, its Healthy Charging Manager and Accurate Status features make Du Battery Saver able to support the performance of your Android and make your Android much cooler than the iPhone.

2. Locket Lock Screen

Locket Lock Screen AppsThis application is different with Du Battery Saver. This application may be still rarely used among Android users. Apparently, Locket Lock Screen has been pulled from the Google Play Store and you cannot find it on Google Play Store. However, you can download Locket Lock Screen from its official website. Locket Lock Screen is an intelligent lock screen application or a smart lock screen and can bring you to keep up-to-date with the things that happen at the moment. You can see the information as simple as when you wake up or bed time.

This smart app learns your preferences and habits to bring you to the most relevant content on the lock screen. The more often you use Locket Lock Screen, and then this application is getting to know you and make it more user-friendly for you. Locket Lock Screen was voted as one of the “Best Apps of 2014″ by Google. You can get the news updates simply from your smartphone’s screen.

3. CM Locker

CM Locker AppsThis application has been widely used by Android users. CM Locker is an application from Cheetah Mobil developer that also develops a popular application for Android, CM Security. The size of CM Locker is less than 4MB and it’s a very user-friendly application. This app runs lightly on your Android device and only requires a bit storage memory and battery usage.

There are a lot of things you can do with CM Locker that iPhone cannot do. The following are the features of CM Locker that can make your Android more sophisticated than iPhone:

  • Customize – You can add an avatar as the password pages. You can also choose the best layout that fits your smartphone.
  • Phone Booster – Improves the speed of your Android device up to 100% directly from the toolbox.
    Save Power – Cleans the applications that drain the battery of your device to extend the battery life by up to 30%.
  • Intruder Selfie – Captures the face of the user who tries to hijack your phone by entering the wrong password.
  • Notification Reminder – A quick access function to incoming messages such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, etc. It also supports a Private Mode that can hide your content.
  • Music Control – Helps you to easily control the music on your Android with just one operation.
  • Camera Shortcut – It’s an easy access to the camera app, means you will not lose your worth moment.
  • Handy Toolbox – This is a set of meaningful features to support your daily activities. They are such as a flashlight, calculator, recent apps, etc.
  • Weather Forecast – Keeps you up to date on the weather.
It is easy to convert YouTube to Mp3
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It is easy to convert YouTube to Mp3
By erlymags (@cely/ @lovern )

Converting YouTube to Mp3 is a multi-conversion technology that may give other Internet software download envy. It is also easy to download conversion of YouTube videos to mp3.First of all; the unit applicable for conversion is iPod. In converting videos to mp3 from a YouTube, one must seek a URL link to get the instructions, permissions and approved agreement of use and policy by the software owner. This new multi-conversion could break download through spread records. How it works faster? There are several YouTube downloader like YouTube free downloader.com which opens (TEN) separate download conversions / workers .Each conversion is assigned to a different part of the video to download. So, each ten workers download a different part of the video at the same time. It is so amazing. It is so fast and with multi functions. Everyone wants to personalize a video by just watching it singly without interruption by others in an mp3 unit. Through technology, there are many impossible things that could be made possible. If done by abused, it is not a mere fault of the technology specifically to particular software that created a useful thing like YouTube.

A YouTube is very famous throughout the world. One can see what they want to see according to the trend of time. There might be some programs and contests that are universally linked but missed to watch but by a request through a YouTube, one may never fail to watch them. This is how our technology is in pace, so fast that human beings also seem too fast in his desire ,like his desire to convert YouTube to mp3. Though not all are privileged to own an mp3, but in today’s generation only few do not have this. Mostly, young individuals own an mp3 .Those who have an iPod as capable of a YouTube conversion may wanted to without a doubt conversion of YouTube videos to his mp3. Conversion of YouTube videos to mp3 is so easy. What is needed is the knowledge to operate the downloading. Conversion of videos from a YouTube to mp3 will not take place in the absence of understanding of a computer manipulation and other blocks that may hamper transfer of videos to mp3.

YouTube downloader is a totally free downloader and it is also a totally free video rippling application to common video formats and Mp3.With this information, anyone would be likened to convert YouTube to mp3.With YouTube free downloader, all that users do is to paste a video link, choose the equality, and process ” Download.” The freeware allows running several downloads simultaneously and at a highest speed. This is so due to its multithreading technology. This is one real evidence how our technology works through computers. And of course, they will not work effectively in the absence of qualification, interest and know-how of a cellular computer owner. There is a link between a computer and cellular phones like iPhones, iPods. Even if there is a problem of a cellular phone, it is the computer that works for its repair and normal restoration.

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How to Save Money on Apple Products
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If you asked me over a decade ago if I would pay money for an Apple product? I will clearly say no! In fact, I would think you are crazy for buying an overpriced Apple product. But now, once I switched over to Apple about 7 years ago – I will never go back with any brands. Why? I have never had any problem with any of my Apple products from my laptop, computer, phone, tablet and if I do, it is something that could be fixable by Apple and complimentary! I used to go through computers and laptop like nothing because they would overheat on me, or there is never enough storage – it would get frustrating!

The downside about Apple is that it is expensive and hardly goes on sale. And like all technology – new ones keep coming out one after another! Right when you get used to your device, a new one is on the market! Apple hardly goes on sale but if you ever want Apple products for a discount, you can save usually $100 bucks if you qualify for the Apple College Discount on select devices – where you have to present your college ID. You will get an instant money back on selected devices/items. If you do not have any college ID or a friend who can show their college ID, then another method to save money is to purchase Apple products on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving! Or lastly, when the model is over and a new model is coming out – chances are there is some sort of sale, promotion. You could also buy from authorized retailers!

At my last employer, they had a subsidy where if you purchase any qualifying products, devices – you get an amount back to your check so you could check if that is an option from your employer!

Smartphones are also our GPS!
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I remember several years ago, it was very convenient to own a GPS which was averagely like $100 to $200, depending what kind of brand, model you purchased. However, now with new technology – we have maps on our phones where we can use as a GPS feature. The GPS we currently own, a Garmin is not even being used. In fact, I bet it is worthless now a days because who needs a GPS and not to mention the GPS loads extremely slow!

For instance – Today, I needed to drive to an address that I was not familiar with. Instead of the old school method (had I not have a GPS) going online, looking up the directions and printing it out. Then when I drive, I would have to reference my paper which is not safe or try to remember the instructions in my head. Now, all we have to go is reference the GPS/Map Feature on our phone and type the address then press go! As we drive, the feature will speak to us and tell us where to turn, exit and which side is our destination. Then, to go home – do the same, type our home and our phone will help guide us back!

Even though a smartphone *may* be an expensive cost upfront, but you are getting so much more than a smartphone to call. You are receiving a GPS feature which already say is a $150 value! Plus the phone is also like a point and shoot camera and say that is already a $150 value also! In addition to the features you have: ability to make phone calls, face time calls, chat, use the internet, connect with friends and family via social media, browse the internet, and so forth!

Overall: Owning an updated smart phone has so many perks!

Please Do Not Fall For Electronic Scams Online!
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If a product online especially from a third party seller looks and sounds too good to be true (price wise) – do not fall for it. It is a scam and in the end you will be wasting your time. I do not understand how people trust so easily.

Yesterday – I had a person reach out wanting to buy a phone I had for sale. I listed the phone for $335 and they asked if I would take $250 which I rejected and told them I will meet them in the middle at $275. However, immediately after responding, I checked their profile and their reviews seems so fishy – I told them never mind because their account is fishy and I do not want to be scammed. The reviews they received were from a seller that has all fake electronics like headphones, earbuds….

If you see a brand new pair of Beats by Dre that usually retail for $300 for just $150 and the seller is not selling just one pair but over one hundred pairs. Please stop and think to yourself on “why” does this seller have so many pairs? Can all these pairs be legitimate? Well chances are it is fake and some may not know, but who in the world owns and has over one hundred pairs? Plus stop and read the reviews, many reported they are fake so why do people support such product? Wait until the product goes on sale and get the real thing. Spending $150 on a fake pair of headphones is not reasonable. My fiancé and I have the same brand headphones and though they are expensive, we sure did not spend retail but we know we got them legitimate because we bought them in the stores.  I do not get people wanting to support fake, knock off brands.

I purchased a new phone case!
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What are some essential phone accessories do you need? For me, I absolutely need a tempered glass screen protector. You can find tempered glass screen protectors for very inexpensive online (less than $10 bucks and sometimes even a 2 pack) and they literally save your phone from being shattered if dropped. Next up, I need a phone case but not just one – I need several! I prefer my phone cases to be minimalist, slim, sleek and cute! But when it comes to cases, I get tired of them easily and tend to spend a whole lot of money switching out my cases. Or, I try to get them for a cheaper cost with a couple via Amazon Review sites like Vipon.

This is my newest case that I purchased on Amazon – it is the Lace White Floral pattern, there are four other patterns that are just as beautiful being sold from the company called ESR. 

My thoughts on the case:

  • Reasonably priced at $10.99 plus free shipping and two day shipping (as I am an Amazon Prime member)
  • The case is crystal clear and I love that because it displays my phones gorgeous gold back color
  • The phone case is minimalist, sleek, slim – not bulky at all
  • I love the touch of feminine in the lace white detail on the back of the case. And, the phone case is not cheaply made where the pattern is printed on it. Looks like its underneath the clear layer so it will not peel off which is a plus.
  • All ports are easily accessible and all the buttons are easily accessible.

What I don’t like about the case:

  • My only concern is that the camera and the case is very flush. Instead of putting my phone down (back down), I have to turn the other way because I do not want my camera to get scratched up. It would have been nicer if they had the camera plastic raised up a little more.

Overall: This is a case I am loving and I cannot wait to purchase more cases! This is my second case so far for my Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

Washing machine sanyo best ever
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I had bought my washing machine 4 years ago and have been using this machine almost daily. I did not trust this brand first was uncomfortable with product that I do not read anything for it

But we bought it since it was on offer and was good price for us that time

It is half automatic and top loading. It also has many different wash cycles. It allows you to use it the way you want. It has 5 full programs regular, blanket, delicate and soaking, and heavy, from which you can select and dry to maximum. It has a delicate program in which for silk dresses, it will do round and stop then another round and stop to, so nice and smoothly , though was anxious to try, I was so happy I did try it. Even when it dried the silk dress, it was soft on the dress and work seconds and stop so to not hurt the dress. You also can soak and leave them in the washing machine for 1 hour before washing

so no need for balls any more, this machine does any thing

I prefer to save my time and use it whole cycle. There are 8 water levels also so you choose to which level you can wash like if you are washing just 3 dresses then you can take the first or second option of water level and so on.

That saves money and water. select the water level according to your dresses from minimum 1 to full 8 depending on your dresses numbers

Dresses and shirts are clean. Blanket too, heavy clothes as towels also clean and almost dry. Satisfied . you can also bleach and heat wash. I am happy that we bought the machine and it will stay , sanyo is best machine and if i will buy soemthing in the future, full automatic then its full automatic from sanyo

Wire Secure Messaging App for Desktop and Phone
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I remember using Skype for almost everything. I have used Yahoo messenger, Skype and many others for some time. I learned that as Yahoo stopped the messenger, it was role for the wire to work on some of the security related messenger. In case of Yahoo the connection was secure for the clients. You don’t get to see that with the Skype. The reason being many such apps with similar sources have their set of rules. I have found that Wire has lot of interesting features worth taking a look at. If you are already using something like say Telegram then you may not need to change from there. But if you are using Skype and other messengers which have no security and has ads, then it’s worth changing for sure. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Wire messenger app.

Security

The biggest issue with many chat apps is that it lacks the security. And you have to consider using some sort of connection wise security for such apps to work. I have found that only telegram has such options. And only they managed to keep things running with some level of security. You can say that security means even bad people can not be tracked. Yes but by giving excuse of bad people, you may have to keep access open. And that is not something most of the chat apps want to do. So they are making the security more tight on that part. I think Wire app too has managed to balance some of the desktop apps security in their settings.

Ads

Most of the apps such as whatsapp and Hike are going to use the ads. And they wish to make money using the displayed ads. To some extent that is fair enough for them to survive using the ad money. But if you consideer how the messaging apps are collecting data while using the ads, I think that’s not fair enough. Instead they can ask for the messenger to be going paid. I don’t think anyone woud mind about that. Because ads have managed to make it harder for people to keep the privacy. And these days most of the things that you see going on are all about the privacy so make sure you pay attention to that as well.

Audio & Video

Another area that I think it needed improvement was the audio. I have found that Audio is worth checking out in such apps. Most likely some apps make use of your own connection speed for audio. Some relay the signal through their servers. And in this process there is a loss in the audio stream. I want to understand how to manage the audio during this process. Some video chats may also not work well with 1 on 1 video services. I know that because I used skype many times and found out that it’s not upto the par as I expected it to be. But yeah Audio and Video services from most of the paid services are lot better due to their servers managing the audio and video stream far more effectively. Like say Gotomeeting is lot better some of the time than whatsapp audio stream or video stream.

Another thing I liked about the app is that it has @username. Most of the apps don’t offer that. So it’s some of the times better to have it. Because that way we can easily tag that person and then communication can be resumed as well. I am sure with time, there are going to be many updates for this app. As of now it is available on all the mobile devices with Android, iOS and Windows. There is also Linux support going on. And Mac version too is similar like the Windows version. So it’s another app worth checking out.

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