Technology http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8130/all en-US 8 Ways Your Smartphone Saves You Money http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-your-smartphone-saves-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-your-smartphone-saves-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059693802_Large.jpg" alt="her smartphone is saving her money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones are great, but why do they cost so much? Is it the bells and whistles of fancy security features, GPS tracking chips, and headsets? Or is it simply because consumers are willing to pay for all these sparkly extras? Here is a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/iphone-cost-what-apple-is-paying/">comprehensive breakdown of costs</a>, so you can see exactly where your money is going. Are you starting to think it's time your pricey smartphone paid you back? Here are eight ways your smartphone can save you money.</p> <h2>1. Product Review Sites</h2> <p>Why waste time and money on customer service and products you won't absolutely love? Well, thanks to a consumer-driven economy, we no longer have to. Doing a quick business search on a review site will help you steer clear of bad businesses, and avoid the headache and hassle of dealing with lousy store owners for a refund.</p> <h2>2. No More Landline</h2> <p>Say goodbye to the expense of landlines. Some people prefer the convenience of landlines for the long distance, but with the advent of free calling apps like What'sApp, Skype, and Google Talk, landlines are becoming a thing of the past. So, don't let providers rope you into a bundle &quot;deal&quot; just to keep these prehistoric products in circulation.</p> <h2>3. Mobile Banking</h2> <p>Though minor fees won't keep you up at night, they do save you money over time. With mobile banking, you have access to regular account features at your fingertips. This means fewer trips to the bank. That alone will save time that is better spent making money. And you also save on gas and regular wear and tear to your vehicle.</p> <p>To add to the savings, mobile banking replaces wire transfer fees with free ACH transfers, and saves you a trip to the post office to buy stamps and mail bills. It can all be handled from your smartphone.</p> <h2>4. Accept Credit Card Payments at Small Businesses</h2> <p>If you're a business owner, you can run your business more efficiently by using smart device(s) to take orders and accept all forms of payments, rather than having customers wait in long lines. And service providers can ditch the brick-and-mortar storefronts and go mobile. You'll save a ton on rents and utilities. This concept is not unique to food trucks, pet groomers, or massage therapists, either. Even professionals like, CPAs and attorneys, can ditch the office space. The top credit card reader providers are PayPal and Square.</p> <h2>5. Shopping</h2> <p>By doing your shopping online, you are probably getting the best deals. Try typing any product into Google search and the Google product carousel displays merchants with price information. It's an algorithm used by eBay, along with Amazon, Shopify, Bluefly, and a host of other online retailers that aggregate merchant inventory and prices based on search queries. Mobile apps are another great way to save on shopping. Most major retailers even have their own apps that offer exclusive customer deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone?ref=seealso">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps for Your Phone</a>)</p> <h2>6. Subscriptions</h2> <p>Digital news and magazine subscriptions cost far less than print. And digital music subscriptions are also great because your entire music library follows you wherever you go.</p> <p>Keep in mind that subscriptions are tax-deductible as long as they can be tied to your profession. So, if you're a real estate agent who reads the New York Times or a personal trainer who listens to Spotify, your subscriptions are tax deductions!</p> <h2>7. Ebooks</h2> <p>Following in the footsteps of music lovers, bookworms can hand over hard copies and replace them with ebooks for a fraction of the cost. And you'll never have to worry about them disappearing from your collection again. Some apps will let you read as many books as you want for around $5-$10 per month. For instance, Blinklist has a collection of over 1,300 books and they summarize the most important parts for quick digestible reads for $4.99 per month.</p> <h2>8. Insurance</h2> <p>Eliminating book and music collections will not only declutter your home, but it also allows you to drop your home or renter's insurance coverage by $5,000 to $10,000, which saves you money on premiums. Besides, unless you have rare books or albums, these items don't hold resale value and are not worth the money that is spent over time for packaging, additional moving costs for extra weight, and storage fees.</p> <p><em>How else does your smartphone save you money? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-your-smartphone-saves-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-the-50-rule-can-save-you-money">4 Ways the 50% Rule Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-peer-pressure-from-destroying-your-finances">How to Keep Peer Pressure From Destroying Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/try-these-6-money-saving-challenges-now">Try These 6 Money-Saving Challenges Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-silent-budget-killers-you-dont-notice">11 Silent Budget Killers You Don&#039;t Notice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-regular-budget-meetings-might-save-your-marriage">6 Ways Regular Budget Meetings Might Save Your Marriage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Technology mobile banking money saving money smartphone tech gadgets Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:00:04 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1649808 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/millennials_on_phones_000053123676.jpg" alt="Learning what to do immediately after losing your smartphone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've only truly lost my phone one time. I was riding the subway in Manhattan and it slipped out of a shallow jacket pocket. As soon as I was off the train &mdash; and the doors had closed &mdash; I realized my blunder. I called the MTA immediately to report the phone, but I didn't have much hope that it would survive a lonely trip on the train with thousands of people coming and going before an MTA official had a chance to scour the cars. Luckily, a good Samaritan snatched it up before any would-be-thieves could get their paws on it, and it made it back to me in one piece. That's not always the case, however, so here's what you should do immediately after losing your smartphone.</p> <h2>1. Call or Text Your Phone</h2> <p>The first thing you should do in the event that you've lost your phone is to call it from another phone. Perhaps you've merely misplaced it.</p> <p>If you've indeed lost your phone, perhaps someone has picked it up and they're trying to find the best way to get it back to you. Whenever I've discovered a lost phone, the first thing I do is call &quot;mom&quot; or &quot;dad&quot; listed in the contacts. But if the phone is locked and there's no access to the contacts, the finder may be standing by waiting for you to give it a ring. And once the battery is dead, you'll have a harder time getting a hold of anyone, so do this first.</p> <h2>2. Lock It Down</h2> <p>We all have important and sensitive information on our phones. Hopefully, your device isn't in the wrong hands, but to be sure nobody can access your private info, lock it down remotely. You can do this by logging into your Android Device Manager and Find My iPhone account on another device and manually lock the phone.</p> <h2>3. Locate Your Phone Via GPS</h2> <p>If you've called your phone and weren't able to get someone on the other line, try locating it via your phone GPS locating service. It's important to note that this needs to be activated on your devices so you can access them from another machine &mdash; otherwise this step is moot. Android Device Manager and Find My iPhone will help you do this as well</p> <h2>4. Set Up a Lock-Screen Message</h2> <p>Once your phone is locked down, the only way back into it is with your password &mdash; and chances are, whoever has your phone doesn't have that information. Set up a lock-screen message to let whoever has the phone know that you're looking for it, along with a phone number or other contact information to get in touch with you.</p> <h2>5. Report Your Phone Lost or Stolen</h2> <p>If you think your phone has been stolen rather than lost, you should probably file a police report. It sounds like a lost cause, yes, but I know people who have done just that and their phones have miraculously made it back to them.</p> <h2>6. Protect Your Accounts</h2> <p>Your phone is locked by now, but it's still not a bad idea to protect your accounts, just in case. According to Gizmodo, you should <a href="http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/mobile-emergency-what-to-do-if-you-just-lost-your-phon-1733747690?newstream=on&amp;utm_expid=66866090-71.ZDl_b8uGQgG7HBI5sxDRgQ.2&amp;utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com">log out of your social media</a> and email accounts, until you get the situation under control. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-your-smartphone-can-keep-you-and-your-family-safe">6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe</a>)</p> <h2>7. Suspend Your Service</h2> <p>If you suspect suspicious activity on your lost or stolen phone, it's best to err on the side of caution and suspend your service.</p> <p>The last thing you want to deal with after the fact are erroneous charges and data usage bills that will only compound this already stressful situation.</p> <h2>8. Wipe All Data From Your Phone</h2> <p>When worse comes to worst, it might be time to chalk up the experience to a loss and wipe the phone clean. I had a phone stolen once, did all the steps I listed above &mdash; I could even see where the phone was in Manhattan when I used the Find My iPhone feature (although I couldn't hone in on it given that everybody lives in a massive apartment building) &mdash; but after a few weeks, I gave up. I already had a new phone, and the stolen phone was either dead or turned off, so I could no longer locate it. At that point, I erased it and moved on.</p> <p><em>Have you lost a phone or had it stolen? How did you handle the situation? Let's discuss in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But we can turn the tables and increase our productivity by using tech tools to keep track of time, collaborate, and stay on task.</p> <p>If anyone understands these tools and how to use them to improve productivity, it&rsquo;s an information technology professional. A typical IT pro may spend the average day juggling endless help requests from users, installing emergency software patches, researching new products, and replacing hardware -- with all tasks flagged as urgent. Many IT pros also travel from one worksite to another, keeping track of client needs and upgrade schedules on the go. It&rsquo;s only natural that IT pros use what they know best to be efficient. Here&rsquo;s what IT pros can teach us about getting more done with the help of tech.</p> <h2>1. Get a Second Monitor</h2> <p>&ldquo;When it comes to productivity, there's almost nothing that compares to having a second monitor,&rdquo; says Scott Kendall of <a href="http://www.outhouseit.com">Outhouse IT</a>, citing <a href="https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/monitors/en/dual_monitors_boost_productivity_whitepaper.pdf">research showing</a> that using two monitors can help workers get so much more done it&rsquo;s like adding dozens of work days to the year. If you can&rsquo;t have two, upgrading to a larger monitor also increases productivity.</p> <h2>2. Use the Cloud to Store Files</h2> <p>Instead of saving files on your hard drive, or even a flash drive, use the cloud to store your files. Gregory Go, CTO of Killer Aces Media, advises that &ldquo;using the cloud for your files does three important things: you can access the files from anywhere, on any device, you can share and give permission to others to make edits and collaborate, and you don&rsquo;t have to remember to bring your files with you or even to save your changes because it does that automatically.&rdquo; You are also saved from the dreaded system failures that could result in lost files on your computer. Google Docs, Dropbox, and OneDrive provide simple, easy to use cloud services for your documents.</p> <h2>3. Find the Best To-Do App for You</h2> <p>According to app-ranking website <a href="http://thesweetsetup.com/">The Sweet Setup</a>, to-do lists &ldquo;should be beautiful to look at, easy to organize, and have an understandable hierarchy.&rdquo; There are plenty of good free task-manager apps for Android or iPhone. Some IT professionals like using <a href="https://appsto.re/us/3wopy.i">Wunderlist</a> ($4.99 per month for pro) to compile and share to-do lists, while others prefer <a href="https://appsto.re/us/xNOiI.i">Todoist</a> ($29 a year for pro) or <a href="https://appsto.re/us/ahkPD.i">Any.do</a> ($2.99 per month for pro). All of them store your tasks in the cloud, which eases collaboration (you can share and assign tasks to others) and allows you to access your lists from anywhere.</p> <h2>4. Stay on Top of Software Updates</h2> <p>You might not think of regular updates as a productivity hack, but you should, says John Barlow, an IT professional in insurance.</p> <p>&ldquo;Often new versions will incorporate new features that save time or money. Example: New versions of Windows can zip and unzip files, a function we used to have to download a separate program for.&rdquo;</p> <h2>5. Organize Your Contacts Effectively</h2> <p>Address books are fine, but if you don&rsquo;t remember the name of the person you need to e-mail, scrolling through an alphabetical list is a time waster. The free <a href="https://appsto.re/us/QGb61.i">Humin app</a> pulls contact information from your emails and social networks, and lets you search your contacts based on when you met them, where they work, or other factors, and shows you what connections you have in common. It&rsquo;s like a social networking system for your private contacts file -- perfect for IT pros who need to interface with a lot of people and don&rsquo;t have time to sort through business cards.</p> <h2>6. Keep Yourself on Task</h2> <p>Many technology professionals report using programs to help them avoid the distractions of the Internet, their phones, or even competing work tasks that can distract them from the job at hand.</p> <p>&quot;I use Strict Workflow as I have zero willpower on the Internets,&rdquo; says software design engineer Gareth Morgan, referring to the <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/strict-workflow/cgmnfnmlficgeijcalkgnnkigkefkbhd">Chrome extension</a> that sets a timer for 25-minute periods of focused work, punctuated by five-minute breaks.</p> <p>Aaron K., a software engineer in the advertising industry, uses segregated browsers to stay focused.</p> <p>&ldquo;I use two separate browsers at all times, one that is open while I'm working and has my work in it. The other is for personal stuff. I close it frequently and have it set to remember my tabs, so when I need a mental break I can open it up and pick up where I left off,&rdquo; he says.</p> <h2>7. Know Where Your Time Goes</h2> <p>Just like a financial budget is destined to fail if you don&rsquo;t know where your pennies and dollars go, you need to track your minutes and hours in order to make effective use of your time. Some IT consultants need to bill every minute of work to a specific client, making time trackers even more vital.</p> <p>Aaron K. uses the free desktop <a href="http://getklok.com/">Klok app</a> ($19.99 for pro) for time tracking. The app offers <a href="http://www.getklok.com/cloud/index.html">Klok Cloud Sync for Mobile</a>, so that you can store project lists online and time work in the field using a mobile device. Wisconsin IT guy Brad T., prefers the <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/task-timer/aomfjmibjhhfdenfkpaodhnlhkolngif?hl=en-">Google Chrome plugin Task Timer</a>. Build manager Erik Purins swears by team time tracker <a href="https://toggl.com/features">Toggl</a> (free or $5-$59 per month for pro) to help him build weekly reports of how he spent his work hours. Whether you&rsquo;re using it on a phone or desktop, Toggl syncs to the cloud in real time so that you know how much time you&rsquo;ve spent whether in the field or in the office.</p> <h2>8. Streamline Repetitive Tasks</h2> <p>Help desk analyst Ryan S., finds himself copying and pasting the same information over and over in response to client requests. He says he couldn&rsquo;t live without the <a href="http://download.cnet.com/CLCL/3000-2384_4-10153066.html">free Windows clipboard utility CLCL</a>, &ldquo;a huge time saver.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It allows me to pull up the last 30 items copied to the clipboard, as well as create templates for phrases and, in some cases, entire troubleshooting processes that I frequently use. Those templates can be assigned to hot keys and inserted with a keystroke,&rdquo; Ryan S. says.</p> <h2>9. Communicate Efficiently</h2> <p>No one hates a lengthy meeting more than a busy IT pro, and long email chains are almost as bad. That&rsquo;s why they turn to collaboration apps such as the free <a href="https://trello.com/">Trello</a> ($8.33/month for Business Class), which shares to-do lists and tracks tasks across teams, and <a href="https://slack.com/">Slack</a> (paid versions range from $6.67 to $12.50 per month), which allows teams to share messages and documents in a continual group conversation. Because both apps are cloud-based, you can access or search your communications from anywhere.</p> <h2>10. Take Notes Strategically</h2> <p>There are lots of note-taking apps out there, but many pros still prefer to simply email themselves reminders, to-do lists, and other information. The <a href="https://appsto.re/us/_M3gw.i">$1.99 app Captio</a> makes emailing yourself a one-click affair, ensuring that fewer thoughts fall out of your brain before you have time to record them.</p> <p>In the end, technology can be a help or hindrance when it comes to productivity. Those who take control of the tech in their lives by using the proper tools are more likely to avoid the distracting downside of our constantly wired environment and get more done.</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/89732726/289_2738.js"></script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-easily-use-an-ipad-as-a-laptop">How to Easily Use an iPad as a Laptop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-facebook-productive">10 Ways to Make Facebook Productive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-quirky-search-tools-to-help-you-get-results">Three Quirky Search Tools to Help You Get Results</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Technology Comcast Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:38:42 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1625205 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best 9 Volt Batteries http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/battery_smoke_alarm_000022659082.jpg" alt="Buying best 9 volt batteries to use" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you need a new battery for your flashlight, or are looking for a long-lasting, reliable option for your smoke detector, everyone needs a good 9 volt battery every once in awhile. It&rsquo;s also a great idea to keep extra 9 volt batteries around in case of an emergency. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best 9 volt batteries available.</p> <h2>What Is a 9 Volt Battery?</h2> <p>A 9 volt battery is a power source commonly used in small electronic devices, home appliances, and home security devices. They can easily be replaced and installed, the same as you would an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-long-lasting-aa-batteries">AA battery</a> or an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">AAA battery</a>.</p> <p>They were first introduced for transistor radios in 1956 and are commonly used in professional and home use today. They have a rectangular shape with rounded edges and are constructed of six 1.5V LR61 cells. Lithium batteries tend to work longer for high-drain devices, while alkaline batteries offer a more affordable option for low-drain devices.</p> <h2>Top 5 9-Volt Batteries&nbsp;</h2> <h3>AmazonBasics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MH4QM1S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MH4QM1S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RSN5TPJBHBCUJNYG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazon%209v.jpg" width="245" height="218" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s own house brand of batteries, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MH4QM1S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MH4QM1S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RSN5TPJBHBCUJNYG">AmazonBasics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries</a>, are Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in 9 volt batteries, as well as the top rated 9V batteries and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. AmazonBasics offers affordable products, without sacrificing quality. In fact, these batteries are carefully tested and reviewed to ensure Amazon consistently offers high-quality products with uncompromised standards.</p> <p>The batteries offer a three-year shelf life and can work with a variety of devices, including cameras, toys, remotes, clocks, flashlights, radios, and other household electronics. They are slightly longer than standard 9V batteries, but should still fit your electronics and home security devices fine. This affordable pack of eight batteries ships in certified frustration-free packaging.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MH4QM1S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MH4QM1S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RSN5TPJBHBCUJNYG"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Energizer Advanced Lithium 9V Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OE4I8O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008OE4I8O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K23NVO76FHU2RRYD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/energizer%209v.jpg" width="183" height="220" align="right" alt="" />Energizer Advanced Lithium 9V Batteries</a> are a great long-lasting choice. The lithium design has a storage life of up to 10 years, and lithium batteries can last up to twice as long as alkaline batteries. They are leak resistant, weigh 25% less than a standard alkaline battery, and can perform well even in extreme temperatures. They offer more power, so you can count on them to run any devices, high-tech gadgets, smoke detectors, and electronics.</p> <p>These high-energy batteries are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers. Energizer was named an Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honoree and is a trusted household name. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009R624V6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009R624V6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YB3ZDDLXLN5IM3JZ">Energizer MAX Alkaline Batteries</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNZZBVM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00NNZZBVM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLWFPSX5CAXYLZ2S">Rechargeable 9 Volt Batteries</a> are also bestselling award-winners, so you&rsquo;re bound to find the right batteries with Energizer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OE4I8O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008OE4I8O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K23NVO76FHU2RRYD"><em>Currently $12.38 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Duracell Procell 9 Volt Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UGVWA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002UGVWA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MDPPM3BOK2GW6UIO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/duracell%20procell.jpg" width="245" height="151" align="right" alt="" />Duracell Procell 9 Volt Batteries</a> are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, as well as the top rated 9V batteries and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. They are professional quality and manufactured specifically for industrial use, making them the preferred choice of sound technicians, broadcasters, police, and fire departments around the nation. They are also the preferred choice for hospitals and medical devices due to their unwavering reliability. They can also fit any device that the traditional Duracell Coppertop Batteries can fit, such as small radios, toys, remotes, calculators, smoke detectors, flashlights, and bathroom fixtures, so they are also perfect for home use. They have the longest lasting alkaline power cells available and are some of the most dependable batteries on the market, with a seven-year shelf life. They have secure seal corrosion resistance, so the sensitive equipment inside is well protected.</p> <p>The 12-pack of batteries offers bulk pricing, which leads to significant savings. Duracell is the world&rsquo;s #1 brand of batteries, has been a trusted household name for more than 40 years, guarantees dependable performance, and was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal, so you&rsquo;re bound to be satisfied.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UGVWA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002UGVWA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MDPPM3BOK2GW6UIO"><em>Currently $16.08 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>EBL High Volume 9V Lithium-ion Low Self-Discharge Rechargeable Battery</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJKIDHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EJKIDHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AHWBAJ74U4QKLXSD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ebl%209v_0.jpg" width="245" height="152" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJKIDHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EJKIDHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AHWBAJ74U4QKLXSD">EBL&reg; High Volume 9V Lithium-ion Low Self-discharge Rechargeable Battery</a> was selected as the best 9V rechargeable battery by several independent review sites. The batteries come pre-charged and can be recharged up to 1,200 times, providing an incredible value. The improved &ldquo;low-self discharge&rdquo; means they will hold the charge for a year and can maintain 75% of capacity after three years of consistent usage, which is ideal for fire alarms, home security devices, and professional audio and medical devices. They can be charged anytime and offer convenient operation with no memory effect. The battery uses a new gel-type electrolyte, which has an energy density that is 20% more than other lithium ion batteries with only 550mAh capacity. Along with holding their charge for longer, they also last up to three times as long as other rechargeable 9V NiMH batteries.</p> <p>The batteries are backed by outstanding reviews and a 30-day money back and one-year limited warranty. If you don&rsquo;t already have a universal battery charger for rechargeable batteries, consider the affordable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJKIDHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EJKIDHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7JO5LHBRICHXRQI5">EBL&reg; 829 Universal Battery Charger for AA/AAA/9V/18650 Rechargeable Batteries</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJKIDHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EJKIDHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AHWBAJ74U4QKLXSD"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Duracell Alkaline 9 Volt Coppertop Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DE54AA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004DE54AA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NLCUN6OCY3QTSZW7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/duracell.jpg" width="133" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DE54AA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004DE54AA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NLCUN6OCY3QTSZW7">Duracell Alkaline 9 Volt Coppertop Batteries</a> are the everyday-use version of the Duracell Procell 9V batteries. These mercury-free batteries are ideal for small radios, toys, remotes, smoke alarms, flashlights, and bathroom fixtures. They offer dependable, long-lasting results with an expected life of about seven years. These batteries are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers and even come with a free reusable plastic storage container. Duracell is the world&rsquo;s #1 brand of batteries, has been a trusted household name for more than 40 years, guarantees dependable performance, and was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal, so you&rsquo;re bound to be satisfied.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DE54AA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004DE54AA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NLCUN6OCY3QTSZW7"><em>Currently $7.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best 9 volt batteries. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-long-lasting-aa-batteries">The 5 Best Long Lasting AA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology 9 volt batteries 9v battery batteries product reviews Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:46 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1612172 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Unusual Jobs Technology Destroyed http://www.wisebread.com/9-unusual-jobs-technology-destroyed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-unusual-jobs-technology-destroyed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_phone_call_000020299563.jpg" alt="Woman&#039;s unusual job getting destroyed by technology" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's talk about technology for a second. There was an ad for IBM done by the firm Saatchi &amp; Saatchi in the early 80s. It featured two men watching a mechanical shovel digging a hole. &quot;If it wasn't for that machine, 12 men with shovels could be doing that job,&quot; said one. The other replied, &quot;If it wasn't for your 12 shovels, 200 men with teaspoons could be doing that job.&quot;</p> <p>The point is, technology will continue to advance, and as it does, jobs will <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">continue to become obsolete</a>. Here are nine unique jobs that have vanished due to technology:</p> <h2>1. The Ice Cutter</h2> <p>If you've seen <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G5G7K7O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00G5G7K7O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5DLNXDUFITOYRPDV">Frozen</a> (anyone with kids has, multiple times), you'll know about the job of ice cutting. Icemen would brave the winter weather and venture onto frozen lakes to collect the surface ice; this could be several feet thick and required either a large, specialized handsaw, or a powered saw blade. This ice would be transported back to ice houses, where it was stored awaiting delivery to the homes of people with ice boxes who wanted to keep their food cold. When the refrigerator was developed, and the air conditioner, this profession melted away. However, it is still sometimes used as a showpiece in ice and snow sculpting events and festivals.</p> <h2>2. The Plague Doctor</h2> <p>A highly dangerous profession for obvious reasons, plague doctors were hired by towns and cities during the time of epidemics. Many were simply people who had given up on a poor-paying profession for one that offered greater compensation &mdash; danger pay, so to speak &mdash; and had no real experience of medicine. Most notable about the plague doctor was the costume &mdash; a heavy fabric overcoat doused in wax, and a face mask that looked like a giant beak, which held scented straw, herbs, and other fragrances to block out the stench of death. Advances in medicine, sanitation, and public health all but eradicated the plague, and thus, the plague doctor.</p> <h2>3. The Rag-Picker</h2> <p>Sometimes called &quot;rag and bone men,&quot; rag-pickers would walk the streets day and night, asking for scraps of cloth, paper, cardboard, glass, metals, and other materials that could be recycled and made into other products. However, the rag-picker did not do the recycling; they simply handed it over to a &quot;master rag-picker&quot; in exchange for a set fee (by weight, for example) who would sell it to companies who could convert it back into usable products. Technology, including recycling plants and collection programs, virtually eliminated the profession. However, in third world countries, the very poorest people will still embark on rag-picking as a way to make some extra money.</p> <h2>4. The Scrivener</h2> <p>Sometimes referred to as a &quot;scribe,&quot; scriveners made a living by writing and copying court and legal documents, and other written material. They were common in places where literacy rates were very low, and were also responsible for duties including dictation, petitions, and reading letters out loud to clients. Technology, such as photocopying machines and tape recorders, made the scrivener extinct in all but the very poorest parts of the world.</p> <h2>5. The Log Driver</h2> <p>These day, logs are transported to their destination, be it saw mills or pulp mills, via trucks and railroads. This wasn't always the case. A log driver would be employed to move the heavy logs from the cutting site, downstream, using the current of the river. It was a skilled profession, and an experienced crew could guide the logs without any kind of jams, pile-ups, or other major incidents. In peak seasons, logs would literally fill the rivers, making boat travel dangerous or impossible. It was tough, back-breaking, dangerous work, and men were routinely crushed to death by the fast-moving, heavy logs.</p> <h2>6. The Knocker-Upper</h2> <p>Before the invention of alarm clocks, which we all take for granted these days, people needed to make sure they got up on time for work. The task fell to someone called a knocker-upper, who would walk around the streets tapping on the windows of people who paid for a wake up call. It was a job done in the dark, the cold, and the rough streets of major cities, and paid very little. The bigger question is, who knocked-up the knocker-upper?</p> <h2>7. The Switchboard Operator</h2> <p>From the late 1800s up until the 1960s, switchboard operators were the reason you were able to make a call. The job was hectic and mundane, requiring dexterity and nimble fingers to connect lines via a switchboard that had a dizzying number of jacks, plugs, and cords. If you've ever seen an old movie with someone using a candlestick phone, you'll hear them ask the operator to connect them to a number. That was the job, day in, day out. In the 1920s, automated exchanges started being developed. Now, technology has completely eliminated the need for switchboard operators.</p> <h2>8. The Gandy Dancer</h2> <p>Also known as railroad workers, gandy dancers were responsible for laying the many thousands of miles of tracks that span the United States. It was hard labor to say the least, and the wages were very poor. Working conditions were appalling, and men would often sing chants to keep spirits high and maintain good coordination. The invention of track-laying machines did away with the need for the gandy dancer, which is just as well. It was a thankless, underpaid task.</p> <h2>9. The Leech Collector</h2> <p>Once upon a time, leeches were used by the medical profession as a cure for almost anything. As such, the demand for leeches was high, and leech collectors would travel out into bogs and marshes to collect the bloodsuckers. While some used old horses and other animals to lure the leeches, many would simply use their own legs. This resulted in the spread of infections, and a severe loss of blood in some instances. Advances in medical technology, and the ability to collect and harvest leeches in special facilities for modern medical use, led to the profession being wiped out.</p> <p><em>What other odd jobs has technology destroyed? Not yours, we hope!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unusual-jobs-technology-destroyed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals">10 Productivity Tips for IT Professionals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology modernization obsolete jobs old jobs Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:00:40 +0000 Paul Michael 1576254 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Reasons Your IT Person Is a Super Hero http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-your-it-person-is-a-super-hero <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-reasons-your-it-person-is-a-super-hero" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000023720909.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C689%7C2366&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fbusiness.comcast.com%2Finternet%2Fbusiness-internet" rel="nofollow">Comcast Business</a>.  Follow us @<a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C689%7C2366&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fcomcastbusiness" rel="nofollow">comcastbusiness</a>.</em></p> <p>Most help desk staff or other IT professional don&rsquo;t wear a cape to the office. That&rsquo;s just for, you know, formal occasions. On an average Thursday, they may sport a Clark Kent-esq &ldquo;Bazinga!&rdquo; -shirt. Or something.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s just their secret identity. The truth is, when it comes down to it, every IT pro is a super hero. If you&rsquo;ve ever worked in an office, you&rsquo;ve probably called upon your IT guy or gal to display one of the following 9 heroic acts.</p> <h3>1. They can save your bacon. That is, your data.</h3> <p>Every day, an IT professional somewhere is heroically extracting an annual report, an important thesis, or hundreds of precious family photos from the hard drives of dead computers.</p> <p>When Markos Moulitsas, author of the blog The Daily Kos, called an IT pro named Carlos to his home because his wife&rsquo;s computer died, Carlos not only rescued photos of Markos&rsquo; children from the PC, he also<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/01/18/826258/-True-Stories-of-A-Computer-Repairman"> helped him appreciate what it means to be free</a>. All in a day&rsquo;s work.</p> <h3>2. They can teach you how to protect your own data.</h3> <p>Ryan Dube remembers all too well the anguished face of the graduate student who<a href="http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/guys-files-happened/"> didn&rsquo;t back up his thesis</a>, and lost it all. Even superheroes can&rsquo;t save every victim from his own foolishness.</p> <p>&ldquo;If there is anything I learned during those early years of working with computers (and the people that use them), it was how critical it is to not only save important stuff, but also to save it in different places,&rdquo; Ryan writes. Ask your IT pro to teach you how to best back up your files. Then do it.</p> <h3>3. They can field a stupid request without giggling.</h3> <p>From requests to change the weather, to users who don&rsquo;t know where to find their computer&rsquo;s restart button, IT guys put up with a lot of<a href="http://www.datamation.com/career/article.php/3896526/Top-8-Funny-IT-Helpdesk-Requests.htm"> ridiculous requests</a> with -- mostly -- straight faces. That kind of patience has got to be a super power.</p> <h3>4. Unlike a doctor, they can cure a virus.</h3> <p>Viruses can cause a host of problems, the least of which is loss of user data and productivity. The main consequence of not removing viruses is the spread of even more viruses. If a virus goes unchecked, it can infect an entire corporation in seconds, essentially shutting down the business.</p> <p>Wisconsin IT professional Brad T. has delighted and amazed dozens of clients by getting a virus off a computer and making it seem like it was never there. Brad recounts, &ldquo;I had one user lose his entire email box, approximately 10 years of work, because his PC was infected and broadcasting spam across the internet, causing the email provider to permanently delete his email account to protect their systems.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;I am rarely able to save 100% of the user&rsquo;s information each time I fixed an infected PC, but computer guys know tricks to get the raw data back and recover it in time for a deadline,&rdquo; Brad says with a modest smile.</p> <h3>5. They can be real-life heroes.</h3> <p>Winston Chen was the head IT pro at his company -- well, as the Chief Technical Officer, he was the head of <em>everything</em> tech -- before he quit to develop an app that turned a disabled child&rsquo;s life around. In fact, according to the child&rsquo;s mother, Winston&rsquo;s Voice Dream reader app has<a href="http://qz.com/232200/this-software-guy-accidentally-designed-an-app-that-is-saving-my-dyslexic-son/"> made life better</a> for many blind and dyslexic people.</p> <h3>6. They can translate the stuff you say into real computer terminology.</h3> <p>By patiently asking questions, a good IT pro can figure out that the &ldquo;thing&rdquo; that disappeared from your desktop was your browser, and that when you say your computer is &ldquo;kaput,&rdquo; you actually mean it froze (and probably just needs to be restarted).</p> <p>But why not help him or her out by learning the<a href="http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/basic-computer-terms-shopping-pc/"> real words for the parts of your computer</a>? Calling the operating system by name is the IT equivalent of bringing in doughnuts -- although the doughnuts wouldn&rsquo;t hurt either.</p> <h3>7. They help despite being heaped with abuse.</h3> <p>Picture Lois Lane pummeling Superman with her fists as he carries her, flying, through the air. This should give you a pretty good picture of what it&rsquo;s like to help people who are a little resistant..</p> <p>&ldquo;Computers are not easy to fix. Even for me,&rdquo; writes Rick Castellini on<a href="http://helpmerick.com/why-good-computer-guys-get-grumpy-sometimes.htm"> HelpMeRick.com</a>. Fixing them doesn&rsquo;t get any easier if the client is complaining about how long it takes, refusing to pay attention to instructions, or asking for free service.</p> <h3>8. They help when you when you have absolutely no idea what you&rsquo;re doing.</h3> <p>You thought your laptop was dead when really the<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/talesfromtechsupport/comments/3agab9/i_resurrected_my_friends_computer/"> screen was set to dim</a>? Spent hours every week doing a task manually that your spreadsheet software could<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/talesfromtechsupport/comments/3agnfb/ticket_dead_mouse_125_signed_po/"> automatically execute in minutes</a>? Your IT professional can set you straight.</p> <h3>9. They can help you start to know what you&rsquo;re doing.</h3> <p>Do you know these<a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-things-you-have-to-know-to-be-computer-literate/"> 10 basic things required to be considered computer literate</a>? If you don&rsquo;t, ask your IT Pro a few questions next time he or she comes to fix your computer. Maybe next time you can fix the problem yourself!</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/89731689/289_2366.js"></script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-your-it-person-is-a-super-hero">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals">10 Productivity Tips for IT Professionals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gadgets-every-it-professional-should-own">8 Gadgets Every IT Professional Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-it-people-wish-you-knew-about-computers">13 Things IT People Wish You Knew About Computers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Comcast Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:00:28 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1572251 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Best Couponing Apps http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-best-couponing-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_shopping_000064962297_0.jpg" alt="Couple finding great apps for finding coupons " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Couponing seems like a great idea. After all, who wouldn't want to save money when they shop, dine out, or enjoy activities in their area? However, tales of extreme couponing can scare many people. Most of us don't have the time and energy it takes to cut out, organize, and actually use coupons.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are a number of great apps that can help you find the best coupons and deals in your area, and we've rounded them up below.</p> <h2>1. The Coupons App</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.thecouponsapp.com/">Coupons App</a> is a popular download for retail savings. The app offers coupons and deals, updated daily. You can find discounts on everything from food to gas, at all your favorite restaurants and popular retail stores. You can also search directly for deals from your favorite store, or you can scan a barcode and search for deals on that particular product using the built-in barcode reader.</p> <p>Along with providing coupons to your favorite restaurants and stores, the app can also help you find the most affordable gas in your area. Most reviewers find that this is an important part of their everyday life, and agree that if there's only one coupon app to download, this is the one.</p> <h2>2. SnipSnap</h2> <p><a href="http://www.snipsnap.it/">SnipSnap</a> claims to have the largest collection of store coupons of any app. It is the first app to scan, save, and redeem print coupons from your mobile phone. SnipSnap is perfect for anyone who receives a lot of physical coupons because it can help you keep track of your paper coupons. You simply save any printed coupon to your phone and show the cashier your phone at checkout to take advantage of the savings.</p> <p>The large database of coupons also holds tens of thousands of deals for all your favorite stores. The app will even remind you to use the coupons and warn you as the expiration dates approach. You can also keep track of how much money you've saved with the savings tracker.</p> <h2>3. Coupons.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10395834-1398363531000">Coupons.com</a> offers some of the best deals on groceries and everyday items. It also makes it easy to access deals on the go. You can choose to have coupons emailed to you, added to your store loyalty card or Passbook app to scan at checkout, or you can print them from your mobile device.</p> <h2>4. Grocery IQ</h2> <p>Also from Coupons.com, <a href="http://www.groceryiq.com/">Grocery IQ</a> specializes in grocery coupons. Once you create your supermarket list, the app will match items with applicable coupons. You will have access to the same impressive inventory of coupons from the Coupons.com app, so you can receive your discounts through e-mail, by printing them, or by scanning them to your store loyalty card or Passbook app.</p> <h2>5. SavingStar</h2> <p><a href="http://savingstar.ojrq.net/c/27771/16897/758">SavingStar</a> works differently than other coupon apps. Rather than enjoying discounts every time you shop, the money you save will add up in your SavingStar account. Once you hit $5 in savings, you can choose to have the money deposited to your bank, deposited to your PayPal account, in the form of a gift card, or you can have it donated to the Conservation Group of American Forests. This means that every time you shop online, in-store, and for groceries, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online?ref=internal">earn cash back</a> at the same time. There are typically about 30 deals available at any given time.</p> <h2>6. RetailMeNot</h2> <p><a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/">RetailMeNot</a> offers the very best location-based deals. With deals from more than 50,000 retailers available, you'll find an incredible assortment of coupons and promo codes for anything you may be shopping for, both online and in-store. You can quickly find the right deals by location, category, popularity, and more. You can even save a list of your favorite establishments to create personalized offers.</p> <h2>7. Groupon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10861379-1424728017000">Groupon</a> searches your local area for the best deals. Whether you are new in town or want to get to know your neighborhood better, this is a great app to help you get more from the area, without breaking your budget. You can quickly buy and redeem vouchers on your phone to take advantage of massive discounts, oftentimes up to 90% savings.</p> <h2>8. Amazon Local</h2> <p><a href="http://local.amazon.com/?tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Local</a> helps you find the best local deals online. Whether you are looking for a spa, need to hire moving services, or just want to enjoy a night out, this app can help you find the deals you are looking for. Along with deals from your favorite service providers, restaurants, and retail stores, you can also find the latest local and travel deals and free coupons. You can even view your appointments and reservations all within the app.</p> <h2>9. CardStar</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cardstar.com/">CardStar</a> is unique because it offers a simple way to increase your savings. It works by consolidating your membership and rewards cards into a single app. This means you don't need to worry about carrying your loyalty cards around in your wallet or on a keychain any longer. Once you instantly load your cards, you can simply scan the barcode at your favorite store to take advantage of your loyalty cards and access deals and coupons from your favorite merchants. The app works with 1,500 retailers, so you can easily find all of your store loyalty cards, or even add new ones yourself. Using this in combination with your other couponing apps can save you even more.</p> <h2>10. Ibotta</h2> <p><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a> offers big cash back opportunities every time you shop. The offers change weekly, and if you buy the select items, you simply upload your grocery receipt and receive cash in return. Once you reach the threshold amount, you can receive a transfer to your PayPal or Venmo account, or you can select from a number of gift cards. Earn real cash and rewards, not just points.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite apps for coupons? Do you have any other ways of saving money when you shop? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-use-technology-to-save-on-christmas-shopping">6 Easy Ways to Use Technology to Save on Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology apps coupons deals discounts saving money smartphones Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:00:22 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1567497 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Your Smartphone Is Hurting Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-smartphone-is-hurting-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-your-smartphone-is-hurting-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_using_smartphone_000023567993.jpg" alt="Man learning his smartphone is ruining his career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many professionals, mobile devices are their lifeline, helping them to stay on top of the job all hours of the day &mdash; but that&rsquo;s not always a good thing. Here are seven ways <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smartphones">your smartphone</a> is hurting your career.</p> <h2>1. Multitasking During Meetings</h2> <p>In many offices, multitasking is encouraged. But can it be considered productive when you&rsquo;re in an important meeting and your attention is otherwise engaged in your smartphone? Not only is it an inefficient use of time to have your face buried in your device while a co-worker is delivering a presentation, it&rsquo;s also quite rude &mdash; and a lot of us are guilty of it.</p> <p>According to the second annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, a study that explores new insights into how, when, and why people are using their smartphones, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans fess up to <a href="http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/files/doc_library/additional/2015_BAC_Trends_in_Consumer_Mobility_Report.pdf">multitasking on their smartphone</a> during meetings, and 27% say they are guilty of taking a phone call on public transportation (one my biggest pet peeves). Millennials (ages 18&ndash;34) are the guiltiest generation of these behaviors at 33% and 39%, respectively.</p> <h2>2. Texting the Boss Something Inappropriate</h2> <p>Accidentally sending text messages to the boss is embarrassing and easy to do, but now we have to contend with audio messages gone awry via SMS, especially if you have an iPhone with an updated iOS (Apple has added a small microphone feature next to the text window, which is extremely easy to hit by accident).</p> <p>When asked about the most embarrassing moments with their smartphone, nearly one-third (30%) of respondents on the BoA Trends in Mobility Report cite loud ringtones going off in a quiet place, followed by accidentally calling someone (19%), and sending a personal message/photo to the wrong person (16%) &mdash; at least a small percentage of which are images that will send you straight to the unemployment line. Don&rsquo;t do it, don&rsquo;t do it, don&rsquo;t do it.</p> <h2>3. Checking Your Device Too Frequently</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m sometimes amazed that my friends get anything at all done at work as much as they&rsquo;re on their phones. Texting, updating social media, browsing the Internet &mdash; it&rsquo;s all a time suck that can put you in a precarious position if it starts to become a noticeable and productivity-killing habit.</p> <p>Which the Trends in Mobility Report says it is. A prominent majority (89%) of adults check their mobile device at least a few times a day, with 36% checking &ldquo;constantly,&rdquo; the BoA study reveals.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s way too much by any standard, but particularly at work.</p> <h2>4. Responding to Work Correspondences Too Quickly</h2> <p>We&rsquo;ve all hastily responded to a work e-mail while distracted &mdash; driving to work (you know you do it), out to lunch, having a couple drinks at happy hour &mdash; and in doing so, we run the risk of being sloppy, curt, and even misunderstood. Too much of that can start to affect your reputation, or, worse, give you a new one that&rsquo;s hard to live down.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have come to expect a response within minutes of sending an e-mail, but immediate responses aren't always the best or most productive responses,&rdquo; says Dana Campbell, a career strategy and expert in stress resiliency techniques. &ldquo;Hasty responses lack intuitive and sound thinking and smartphone responses are often shortened and lack tact which could lead your reader to misinterpret what you said. It&rsquo;s fine to read e-mail on your phone, but hold off on responding to messages until you can focus on developing the response and can type full sentences.&rdquo;</p> <h2>5. Letting Your Productivity Lag</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve touched on the productivity aspect of overuse of your smartphone at work, but it&rsquo;s not enough to say that&rsquo;s it&rsquo;s negatively affecting how much you&rsquo;re able to get done &mdash; or not get done, as the case may be. It&rsquo;s also important to put a hard number to how much time you&rsquo;re wasting when you engage with your device.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every time you check your phone it can take up to 15 minutes to refocus on the task at hand,&rdquo; Campbell says. To cut back, &ldquo;Turn alerts and your ringer off. Better yet, put your phone in a drawer and pull it out during planned breaks,&rdquo; Campbell adds.</p> <h2>6. Disrupting Your Sleep Pattern</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s not fair to place <em>all</em> the blame on why we can&rsquo;t sleep on smartphones. We&rsquo;ve been tossing and turning for centuries, and our mobile devices are just one more cause of insomnia. <em>The Atlantic</em> recently published the findings of a 2012 study, however, that revealed the percentage of certain age <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/how-smartphones-are-ruining-our-sleep/385792/">demographics that lose sleep</a> due to technology &mdash; with Millennials at the highest percentage, unsurprisingly &mdash; and also an explanation as to why: Smartphones (and tablets) emit what&rsquo;s known as &ldquo;blue&rdquo; light, which is picked up by special cells behind our eyeballs that essentially tell our brain that it&rsquo;s morning. What I&rsquo;m getting at here is that your attempts at sleep are futile, Earthlings, so long as you&rsquo;re Facebooking under the covers before bed.</p> <p>Nip this habit in the bud to get more sleep &mdash; and be more alert and productive at work, because duh &mdash; by moving your charging dock across the room instead of next to the bed. Set a time to disconnect and stick to it. It&rsquo;ll be weird at first, yeah, but you may also find that you&rsquo;re able to relax and get some of those much-needed <em>Z</em>s.</p> <h2>7. Seeming Disconnected Despite Being Constantly Connected</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s ironic how now that we&rsquo;re connected 24/7, we&rsquo;ve never seemed more disconnected. Ever get that feeling? That&rsquo;s because we&rsquo;re buried in our smartphones and devices so much of our lives that we often forget to stop and take inventory of what&rsquo;s happening around us. That can be problematic at work if you&rsquo;re not able to find a balance between what needs to happen via mobile technology, e-mail, and the like, and what needs to happen in real life &mdash; like interacting with actual human beings.</p> <p><em>Has your smartphone usage affected your career? Are there other ways that you&rsquo;d like to add that smartphones are hurting our careers? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-smartphone-is-hurting-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-mind-everyday">5 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Mind Everyday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">25 Signs That You&#039;ve Been at the Same Job Too Long</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Technology distractions mobile phone multitasking sleep deprivation smartphone work Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:00:19 +0000 Mikey Rox 1561258 at http://www.wisebread.com These 5 Apps Will Help You Finally Organize Your Money http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-will-help-you-finally-organize-your-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-5-apps-will-help-you-finally-organize-your-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_tablet_000057613006.jpg" alt="Woman using top 5 apps for organizing personal finances" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organizing your personal finances is the first step toward solid budgeting and savings habits. Fortunately, there are plenty of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-every-dad-needs">free apps</a> that can help keep your finances and bills organized, right from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.</p> <p>With the right app, you can keep track of where your money is going, maintain a steady budget every month, and make sure your bills are paid on time. Best of all, these apps are free, so it will cost you nothing to get your financial life on track.</p> <h2>1. Mint</h2> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/">Mint</a> is a popular personal finance app that is easy to use and understand, and offers a complete picture of your financial life. It can show your cashflow in real time, so you know exactly how much you have and how much you owe. It will help you keep track of spending, create budgets, monitor your accounts, receive bill reminders, and even get your free credit score. You can also set spending limits for different categories and Mint will alert you if you are coming close to your limit. There is no easier way to track your checking and saving accounts, credit cards, and other debt and credit accounts in one central location.</p> <p>Mint can also give you customized suggestions on ways to reduce fees, cut spending, and save even more money every month. The more financial and personal information you enter, the more accurate analysis and recommendations it can make. The app offers cross-platform syncing and during tax time, services like <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10457938-1438730350000">TurboTax</a> can even download your financial information directly from Mint to save you time.</p> <h2>2. Personal Capital</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.216060&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;foc2=582907" rel="nofollow">Personal Capital</a> can give you a complete view of your assets, liabilities, and investment holdings. In fact, Macworld named this the best free finance tracking app available. Similar to Mint, this award-winning finance app can help you track your spending, create budgets, and also includes your investments. You can even pair with an adviser to create a personalized portfolio plan through the app. Personal Capital is ideal for anyone who currently invests, wants to invest more, or wants to include retirement planning. It takes less than a minute to sign up and can help you get control of your finances for good..</p> <h2>3. Goodbudget Budget Planner</h2> <p><a href="https://goodbudget.com/">Goodbudget</a> (formerly EEBA, the Easy Envelope Budget Aid) is frequently recommended online because it makes it easier than ever to actually stick to a budget. The app can help you create a budget, save for expenses, and make sure you're meeting your goals. There are also charts available to help you visualize your spending. The cloud sync-enabled app allows you to share your budgets with other people in your household so that everyone is on the same page. Your transactions will also be instantly synced thanks to the cloud.</p> <h2>4. Quicken</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quicken.com/stay-connected-your-money">Quicken</a> is one of the most comprehensive tools for personal finance management. It can provide a complete picture of all your accounts by helping you track your spending habits, set a budget, get bill reminders, find your free credit score, and even save receipts. It is easy to use, set up, and link to all your financial accounts. You can connect the app to your Quicken desktop software and it also automatically syncs data from your computer to your phone to your tablet, so you can have a complete grasp of your financial accounts, no matter where you are. The app also offers convenient spending graphs so you can see where you are spending and where you could be saving.</p> <h2>5. Spending Tracker</h2> <p>What better way to track your spending and budget than with a <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spending-tracker/id548615579?mt=8">Spending Tracker</a>? The app is user-friendly and easy to set up. You can easily record expenses and income, pull reports on spending, view interactive bar and pie charts, and more. You can also set a fixed budget amount make sure you are remaining under budget every month.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite apps and online tools to help organize your personal finances? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-will-help-you-finally-organize-your-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-manage-your-money-in-under-10-minutes-a-week">5 Online Tools to Manage Your Money in Under 10 Minutes a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-things-every-frugal-person-should-have-in-their-wallet">The 7 Things Every Frugal Person Should Have In Their Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-one-touch-approach-to-managing-household-finances">A One Touch Approach To Managing Household Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-management-in-5-minutes-a-day">Money Management in 5 Minutes a Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Organization Technology finance apps money management online banking paying bills savings habits Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:00:19 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1555449 at http://www.wisebread.com The 11 Best Parking Apps for Your City http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_texting_000038591624.jpg" alt="Woman using apps to find affordable parking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finding affordable parking can be a challenge, especially when you live in a heavily populated area. In fact, IBM found that 30% of a city's traffic is attributed to drivers looking for parking. Fortunately, there are a number of apps available to help you find and compare spots, save money every time you park, and even reserve a parking space right from your phone. This will help you get out of traffic and into a safe spot in a fraction of the time and effort.</p> <h2>1. BestParking</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bestparking.com/">BestParking</a> is a top parking app, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Forbes, ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC. It locates all the available parking spots in your area so you can quickly compare and save. Available in 105 cities and 115 airports throughout North America, it will find you the best spot, no matter where you are. It even sorts spots by price, so you can instantly visualize where the most affordable (and most expensive) spots are. The app has 850,000 monthly users and is backed by outstanding reviews from people who have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money">saved time and money</a>.</p> <h2>2. Parker</h2> <p><a href="http://www.streetline.com/find-parking/parker-mobile/">Parker</a> can help you find available parking spots, prices, and hours for 24,000 garages and lots. You can also filter parking spots by space, payment type, and more. Built-in GPS navigation can even guide you to the nearest open spot, so you will never have to drive around confused in a new city again. It can help you find a spot in a parking lot or garage, or it can help you navigate local street parking. It will also run a timer, so you don't have to worry about parking tickets. Parker has outstanding online reviews and was voted one of the most highly recommended apps by Forbes and Mashable.</p> <h2>3. SpotHero</h2> <p><a href="https://spothero.com/">SpotHero</a> is an app recommended by Forbes because it can help you find and compare parking and reserve a spot for up to 50% off the drive-up rate. The app has its own dedicated unsold spots from parking facilities in the area. You can quickly reserve one of those spots from your phone and enjoy a discounted rate in the process. Not only will you save money, but you also won't need to worry about losing your prized spot to another driver. It is available in most large cities and is introducing new locations everyday.</p> <h2>4. ParkMe</h2> <p><a href="https://www.parkme.com/">ParkMe</a> offers the largest and most accurate parking database in the world. With over 84,000 locations in over 64 countries, it can compare the most available spots and save every time you park. You can also reserve a spot in advance with your credit card so you never have to worry about losing your spot again. The app can even tell you where to find parking up to two weeks into the future.</p> <h2>5. Parking Mate</h2> <p><a href="https://www.cars.com/articles/2012/10/trying-to-find-a-parking-spot-can-be-a-hassle-when-the-meter-runs-out-or-when-you-cant-find-your-car-among-the-maze/">Parking Mate</a> shows you where the closest and safest places are to park. It also keeps a log of where you've parked and how much time you have left in your spot, notifying you when you are getting close to expiration. You can even add parking rules to the app to inform others of neighborhood parking regulations. The app is also highly reviewed online and recommended by Mashable.</p> <h2>6. Parking Panda</h2> <p><a href="https://www.parkingpanda.com/">Parking Panda</a> is recommended by Forbes because it sets itself apart from the rest. It partners with stadiums, family attractions, and other events so that you can find a spot close to the action without wasting time searching for parking. There is also a referral program, which will allow you to earn free parking.</p> <h2>7. ParkWhiz</h2> <p><a href="http://www.parkwhiz.com/">ParkWhiz</a> is another app recommended by Forbes because it promises to help save you more money than all the rest. While most apps can only promise savings of about 50%, this app promises savings of up to 60%. The app will help you compare, reserve, and pre-pay for parking in no time.</p> <h2>8. City Specific Apps</h2> <p>There are several options for city specific apps, which are ideal when you live in a large, heavily populated city. Some of the apps for big city parking that you may want to check out include:</p> <ul> <li>VoicePark &mdash; San Francisco</li> <li>Can I Park Here? &mdash; New York</li> <li>PrimoSpot &mdash; New York, Boston, Seattle</li> <li>Chicago Parking &mdash; Chicago</li> </ul> <h2>Avoid Driving Altogether</h2> <p>If you're still having trouble finding parking, consider alternative transportation. Riding a bike is good for your fitness, taking your city's public transportation system will save you money, and walking when you can is great for your health, so try giving your car a break when you can.</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other apps that can help you find affordable parking in your city? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">The Cell Phone App That&#039;s Saving Me A Small Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-crazy-things-tomorrows-cars-will-do">8 Crazy Things Tomorrow&#039;s Cars Will Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Technology apps big cities parking spaces reservations Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1536846 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best iPhone 6 Covers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_iphone_000030435408.jpg" alt="Woman using best iphone cover on her iphone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve spent a lot of money on your smartphone, so why not protect it? With the right iPhone 6 cover, you can protect your phone from falls, scratches, and other damage, preserving it for the long run. By adequately protecting your phone, you can get more from your investment and enjoy years of reliable use from your iPhone.</p> <h2>What Is an iPhone 6 Cover?</h2> <p>No iPhone is complete without the right case or cover. An iPhone 6 cover will protect your phone, while helping you display your own personal style. To get the most of your new phone case, look for a durable solution that offers great shock absorption, drop protection, scratch resistance, and any other features you need to protect your device.</p> <h2>Top 5 iPhone 6 Covers</h2> <h3>OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/otterbox.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in cell phone holsters and clips, the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR">OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</a> comes from the #1 most trusted supplier in smartphone case protection. It comes in all different colors and styles to match your personal preferences.</p> <p>The Defender Series case offers triple-layer protection and is built from a high-impact, scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell and durable silicone slip cover, providing heavy duty protection against drops, bumps, shock, dust, dirt, scrapes, and damage. The robust case also has a built-in screen protector to guard against scratches, while the port covers keep dust and debris out. There is also an included belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing. OtterBox also offers superior customer service and a 1-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><em>Currently $34.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 Rugged Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/trent%20trentium.jpg" width="245" height="202" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re always changing your mind and frequently changing your case, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS">Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 rugged case</a> is the one for you. With Black/Silver/Gold Interchangeable Back Plates included, you can change your case between the three classic color choices whenever you like.</p> <p>The case includes a two-piece, flexible TPU shell and hard polycarbonate cover that offers full body rugged protection, yet surprisingly lightweight design. In fact, the slim case only adds an extra 5mm to your iPhone 6, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about any added bulkiness. The precise design offers cutouts for full access to all speakers, microphone, camera, charging ports, audio ports, buttons, and features.</p> <p>It also features all around corners bumper for maximum impact resistance and durability. Many reviewers stated that the case feels very high end, despite its affordable price point. It is also backed by a 10-month warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><em>Currently $18.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/labc%20case.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y">iPhone 6 Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case (or the Cable Case)</a>, will save you in all of your worst iPhone-related emergencies. It has a detachable silicon 8 pin Apple Certified MFi Lightning Cable and stand inside of the case, so you can plug in and charge your phone anywhere you need to. You&rsquo;ll never have to worry about forgetting your cable and running out of power again.</p> <p>The cable also doubles over as a kickstand, truly making it a multi-purpose gadget. The durable case can also withstand a fall. With advanced Shock Absorption Technology and a Hexagonal inner Pattern TPU protection case, it will keep your phone well protected. It is also a recipient of the Red Dot, IDEA, Product Design Awards in 2014 and is one of the top rated cases on Amazon. The case also includes a free screen protective film and is available in 7 different colors, so you can choose which one best suits your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Spigen Tough Armor Case for iPhone 6</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/spigen.jpg" width="162" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon best seller in cell phone cases, holsters, and clips, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7">Spigen Tough Armor Case</a> offers superior protection, while remaining less bulky than other protective cases. The dual layered build of flexible, anti-stretch TPU and premium polycarbonate also feature Air Cushioned corners and an interior spider web pattern to offer better shock absorption and protection from drops and scratches.</p> <p>The 4-Point Rear Guard protects the polycarbonate back plate, while a 0.7mm lip protects the screen. The expanded port opening is made wide enough for any chargers and ports, and the case also offers easier access to the power and volume buttons. Spigen is a trusted manufacturer and offers a range of covers that are each award-winning best sellers on Amazon. This case is available in a range of colors to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><em>Currently $17.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case for Apple iPhone 6&nbsp;</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/supcase.jpg" width="186" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4">SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case</a> has a built-in screen protector to provide your phone with ultimate protection. The advanced dual layer design combines high grade polycarbonate hard shell and flexible TPU to withstand accidental drops, bumps, and shock. Precise cutouts allow for full access to the touchscreen, camera, buttons, speaker, and ports.</p> <p>This holster case also includes a 360 degree swiveling Belt Clip Holster, making it perfect to take on the job or on your next outdoor excursion. The shock resistant case is available in 5 color options to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best iPhone 6 covers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries">The 5 Best 9 Volt Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology iPhone iphone covers product reviews tech accessories Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1469257 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Apple Watch Apps That'll Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/8-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apple_watch_000065441195.jpg" alt="Man using apple watch apps to save him money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology is a pretty amazing thing. It has the ability to make our lives easier and more complicated at the same time. Ask any parent with a teenager on social media.</p> <p>The recently released <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-why-apple-is-still-on-a-tear">Apple Watch</a> has certainly lifted the technology bar in terms of what you can now do directly from your wrist. The days of glancing at your wrist to <em>only</em> get the time are a thing of the past, especially when it comes to managing your finances. There are some pretty amazing Apple Watch apps out there, many of which are free, that can help you save and manage your money. Here are the eight apps worth knowing about.</p> <h2>1. Mint for Apple Watch</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Free on iTunes</p> <p>The folks at Mint.com have entered the smart watch market by releasing a <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mint-money-manager-budget/id300238550">Mint app</a> designed specifically for the Apple Watch. Once you pair your watch with your iPhone, the app lets you set up your monthly budget and helps keep your spending in check. You can review your day-to-day spending directly on your watch face and quickly glance at how much discretionary spending money you have left.&nbsp;</p> <h2>2. Daily Bread</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.99 on iTunes</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gm/app/daily-bread-smart-grocery/id917256488">Daily Bread Grocery app</a> with Apple Watch integration, helps you save money by keeping your spending in check when at the grocery store. The app allows you to create smart shopping lists, and avoid expensive impulse purchases, by using a &quot;predictive algorithm&quot; which shows you the groceries you'll likely need based on your buying history. You can shop from your grocery list directly from your wrist and tell Siri to add specific items to your list without having to write anything down.</p> <h2>3. Pennies</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $3.99 on iTunes</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pennies-personal-money-budget/id916741290">Pennies app</a> with Apple watch integration is a very easy to use &quot;everyday money tracker.&quot; The app lets you set-up specific budgets, both recurring and one-offs, and allows you to track your spending when on-the-go via your smartphone or Apple Watch. For example, if you have a $200 monthly entertainment budget you can simply enter your &quot;fun money&quot; expenses and check your wrist to see how you are doing throughout the month. You can also set &quot;Daily Targets&quot; to track your spending today and see how it will affect your spending tomorrow. The app is a fantastic tool to not only keep your spending reigned in, but also provides a useful way to see where your money goes every month in an attempt to find your budget-busters.</p> <h2>4. iBank</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $9.99 on iTunes</p> <p>The popular <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibank-for-iphone/id919518925">iBank app</a> now has Apple Watch integration that'll display budget and expense details directly on your watch. You can also get information on how your investments are currently performing. It doesn't stop there &mdash; you can dig even deeper and check your linked credit card and bank accounts via your &quot;timepiece.&quot; For the $10 price tag, the app is by far the most expensive on my list, but you end up getting a lot of useful features for your money.</p> <h2>5. Unspent</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $0.99 on iTunes</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unspent-track-your-spending/id952563330">Unspent</a> for the Apple Watch is a great way to keep your spending in check. The app connects to your iPhone and allows you to create spending categories, both seasonal and every day, and then lets you enter new transactions directly from your wrist. You can then view a summary of what you have left to spend in each category. The beauty of the app is in its simplicity; no charts, no bank connections, and no decimal points. According to their website, &quot;Unspent is for people who want to track spending balances, but don't want to overthink it.&quot;</p> <h2>6. MoneyWiz 2</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $4.99 in iTunes</p> <p>The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moneywiz-2-personal-finance/id936248215">MoneyWiz app</a> has been around for iOS devices for some time now, but they just recently added Apple Watch integration that's pretty powerful. The app allows you to track your spending, manage your budget, and get bill pay reminders that'll make late fees a thing of the past. Almost all of this information is now just an arm's length away via your Apple Watch. The budgeting tools are very intuitive and easy to set up, and the money saved by avoiding late fees makes this app worth a look.</p> <h2>7. Chronicle</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $4.99 in iTunes</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chronicle-bill-reminders/id572561420">Chronicle app</a>, with Apple Watch integration, allows you to track your spending, keep track of your monthly bills, and set-up bill reminders to make those costly late fees a thing of the past. The ease of use with the app, and how you can access your financial information with a glance at your wrist, makes it a winner. For example, you can immediately see what bill is due next along with a chronological list of all your bills that are coming due. The app saves you money by helping you avoid late fees and documents your spending so you can keep your monthly budget on track.</p> <h2>8. Gas Guru</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Free in iTunes</p> <p>The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gas-guru-cheap-gas-prices/id525588154">Gas Guru app</a> is free on iTunes and helps you locate the cheapest gas in your vicinity. To the excitement of many, the app has recently been integrated for use on the Apple Watch. Your watch display will show you the cheapest gas stations around you based on the grade of gas you select, and give you the address of the station and how far you are from it. While the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683?mt=8">GasBuddy app</a> has been a long-time favorite among the frugal sect, Gas Guru takes it to a whole new level by letting you use it directly from your wrist.</p> <p>While many of these apps are available to anyone with a smartphone, the Apple Watch integration is pretty cool, and quite handy. With that said, the hefty price tag of an Apple Watch makes it a hard to justify purchase. But if you're an Apple junkie and already own an Apple Watch, these apps are definitely worth a look.</p> <p><em>Are you an Apple Watch owner? If so, do you take advantage of any of these apps, or perhaps one not listed, that helps you save or manage your money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates">4 Must-Have Apps for Roommates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-your-smartphone-can-keep-you-and-your-family-safe">6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moments-that-are-awkward-for-everyone">10 Money Moments That Are Awkward for Everyone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Technology apple watch apps budgeting gas groceries ITunes smartphone Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:00:49 +0000 Kyle James 1531718 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_reading_map_000020985087.jpg" alt="Women using skill that will soon become obsolete" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As technology evolves, certain careers are replaced with new ones. For instance, children used to be employed as pinsetters in bowling alleys; the automated pin-setting machine made that job vanish pretty quickly. Before alarm clocks, &quot;knocker uppers&quot; would walk the streets tapping on windows to get people out of bed. And at night, lamplighters would walk around igniting gas-fueled street lamps.</p> <p>But beyond jobs, certain <em>skills</em> also get replaced as technology moves ever forward. So what are some modern skills that will <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-life-skills-that-are-now-completely-obsolete">soon be rendered obsolete</a>? Here are nine that are quickly becoming extinct.</p> <h2>1. A Sense of Direction</h2> <p>Two words &mdash; Google Maps. You may be able to navigate around your city like a cab driver around the streets of London, but who cares? With the maps app on your phone, you can get to anywhere you want. There are no wrong turns, no dead ends, and no traffic delays. Everything is synced up to GPS, and you can be a complete newbie to the town or city you're in, and still get where you're going like you've lived there for 50 years. This is great news for people like me, who continue to get lost on the way to work.</p> <h2>2. Parallel Parking</h2> <p>Some people are really good at it. Most of us are okay. Some are terrible. You may be one of those people that brags about your parallel parking skills, but soon you'll be impressing no one. Many higher-end vehicles already come with park assist, but as technology gets less expensive, it migrates to other cars, and is currently available as an option on the Toyota Prius and the Ford Focus. Yes&hellip; the Ford Focus. Give it a few years, and every car will be a perfect parallel parker. And driving itself, when that gets replaced by driverless cars, could also become a skill of the past.</p> <h2>3. Flirting</h2> <p>Really!? Well, perhaps not entirely. There will always be the need to do the dance, using body language, eye contact, all of that. But these days, online dating apps like Tinder, OK Cupid, Plenty Of Fish, and many more, are taking a lot of the hard work out of meeting people in bars and clubs. After all, why risk the rejection when you have a guaranteed date waiting? And not only that, but a date you know a whole lot about, including likes, dislikes, pets, and anything else you want to look up. There are guidebooks out there telling guys how to pick up women, and they are starting to lose their appeal. Quickly.</p> <h2>4. Cursive Writing</h2> <p>Although it is still being taught in schools, cursive writing is rarely used outside of the classroom. Think about it&hellip; when was the last time you wrote anything in cursive? In fact, when was the last time you wrote anything by hand, other than a quick shopping list or note letting someone know you'd be back in 10 minutes? Technology has eliminated the need for cursive writing; we use a keyboard for almost everything, and not just reports, emails, and other documents. From online diaries and blogs, to notepads on smartphones and tablets, keyboards are making cursive go the way of the dodo.</p> <h2>5. Mental Arithmetic</h2> <p>So, this is not discounting the work of mathematicians and scientists; those skills will always be needed by society. However, for most of us, the ability to do calculations in our heads is quickly becoming a task we'd much rather do on our phones. We have this computer on us almost everywhere we go, so why bother crunching the numbers ourselves when a calculator app can do it in half the time, and with certainty? Lazy it may be, but we always take the path of least resistance.</p> <h2>6. Memorization</h2> <p>As with mental arithmetic, having a great memory (which is a learnable skill, by the way) is also becoming obsolete thanks to smartphones. It is very rare to be with a bunch of friends and have that &quot;Oh&hellip; what was the name of that actor who was in that movie?&quot; kinda question get answered with a chorus of &quot;Hang on, I know this one.&quot; Instead, we pull it up on IMDB. The same goes for anything that requires looking into the archives of our minds, from phone numbers and addresses, to recipes and birthdays. It's all available to us at the touch of a button.</p> <h2>7. Spelling</h2> <p>Pretty soon, the only use for being an excellent speller will be to win a spelling bee. It doesn't matter if you cannot spell even the simplest words, your phones and computers have spell checking built into almost everything you use. It's not just in Microsoft Word, but emails, messaging apps, and even design programs. Just look for the little red wavy line, and voila, click to correct. You may be able to spell floccinaucinihilipilification after seven pints of foaming ale, but it's not going to be a skill you need in everyday life.</p> <h2>8. Physical Networking</h2> <p>Remember the days when you had to attend functions, meeting people in your field in order to increase your circle of business colleagues? Well, these days you can do it all over the Internet. Sites like LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed and many others are making it very easy to reach out and find new jobs, or careers. And if you need to hire a professional, you've got millions of people just a click away. There will always be company functions, but that handshake, smile, and charm won't be needed anymore. You can do it all while you're sitting at your desk, or at home while you're watching the game.</p> <h2>9. Filing Hard Copies</h2> <p>There was a real art to filing information, and if you were good at it, you made your own life (and that of your employer) much easier. These days, it can almost all be done on a computer, using filing software that does all the hard work for you. Yes, you may be required to keep hard files on occasion, but even that is being replaced by digital copies. Pretty soon, filing cabinets will be in a museum right next to buggy whips and PDAs.</p> <p><em>What common skills do you see becoming obsolete soon?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals">10 Productivity Tips for IT Professionals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">Sit in on a Class at MIT for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Productivity Technology apps Dating maps math networking obsolete skills parallel parking Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Paul Michael 1515687 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Must-Have Apps for Roommates http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_on_phones_000043476584.jpg" alt="Roommates uploading must-have apps for living together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">love your roommate</a>, or maybe you merely occupy the same space. No matter the relationship you might share, chances are that things have gotten dicey at least once or twice when it comes to money, sharing chores, and overall organization. Even the best of friends can disagree over who took the trash out last, or which one of you paid $10 more on the cable bill last month.</p> <p>When all else fails, here are four must-have apps for roommates that will make sure your house stays a happy home for all.</p> <h2>1. Splitwise</h2> <p>You know the situation. You are out at the grocery store getting a whole laundry list of items when your roommate opens their wallet and discovers they only have $5.00 to their name. If you're splitting expenses, this is cause for a major panic attack. &quot;I'll pay you back, I swear,&quot; says your roommate who still owes you $20.00 from last week's dinner out. Enter Splitwise.</p> <p>With <a href="http://www.splitwise.com">Splitwise</a> you can enter each roommate's (or friend's) name in the app and then go to town adding all sorts of expenses from shopping, to eating out, to household bills. Splitwise will take the guesswork out of keeping up with who owes whom, and will give you a clear snapshot of where everyone stands financially. It's easy to use, and you no longer have to keep all those loose receipts lying around. It's available in iPhone, Android, and web versions, and is totally free to boot.</p> <h2>2. Spotme Payments</h2> <p>This free app works just like Splitwise, focusing on managing all of those IOUs that roommates and friends seem to rack up. <a href="http://www.getspotme.com">Spotme</a> has some cool additional features that you might want to check out. You can add photos and memos to each entry, and even split up each expense evenly (or unevenly), depending on who bought two gallons of ice cream that night. The pictures come in handy because you can snap a shot of the receipt and not have arguments over how much you actually spent on toilet paper.</p> <p>Spotme is only for iPhone, but with the app you can now message users and bug them when they haven't sent you any payment yet. If you are an A-type personality roommate, you are sure to love this app.</p> <h2>3. Splitrr</h2> <p>You and your roommates decided to take an amazing trip to Chicago for a long weekend. You drove there, paid for the gas, loaded up your car with snacks, and rented a killer apartment on Airbnb. By this point you are at least a couple of hundred dollars in, while everyone else is enjoying a fat wallet and a full belly. Going on trips with roommates is one of the luxuries of sharing a home. You have a built in friend that is often game for whatever crazy adventure you can dream up. Most trips, however, end up a bit messy, because no one actually keeps track of who spent what, and inevitably one person ends up spending more than the others. Enter bitterness and resentment.</p> <p>Don't let your vacations end that like. <a href="http://www.splittrapp.com/">Splitrr</a> is a great iPhone app that takes the guesswork out of expensing the cost of a vacation with your roommates. All you do is add an expense in Splitrr, give the expense an name (like &quot;trip to Chicago&quot;), enter the price, the person who paid for the expense, and finally, who benefited. You let Splitrr go to work and magically calculate what each person owes. The beauty of Splitrr comes once the trip is over, because all you do is hit a button and the app generates a .pdf copy of the calculations that you can send easily to each person.</p> <h2>4. Fairshare</h2> <p>Up to this point we've talked about great apps to solve the common roommate money sharing problem &mdash; you owe me $100, and Bob owes $75, and Sally owes us all $25. What about the household chores? When was the last time your roommate took out the trash, or cleaned the dishes, or what about the dreaded laundry? Suddenly your best friend is your arch rival waging a war over the chore list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.getfairshare.com">Fairshare's</a> motto is &quot;shared living made easy,&quot; because that's the way it should be. This iPhone and Android app made the list of best roommate apps because of its versatility. Fairshare promotes happy living by making household tasks hassle-free. You enter a household task, assign it a time factor for how long it will take to complete, difficulty level, and the person responsible. Once they do the task, you mark it off the list and they receive their household points. Fairshare takes it a step forward with a feature that lets you see how many points each person has, what tasks they've completed, and who has surely dropped the ball. Rounding out the app is a feature that lets you quickly message your roommate and remind them that tonight you expect a home cooked meal when you arrive.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite roommate apps?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shannah-game">Shannah Game</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">8 Apple Watch Apps That&#039;ll Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city">The 11 Best Parking Apps for Your City</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology apps budgeting expenses living together roommates Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Shannah Game 1486831 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Technologies We Wish Were Never Invented http://www.wisebread.com/8-technologies-we-wish-were-never-invented <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-technologies-we-wish-were-never-invented" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/selfie_stick_000052027808.jpg" alt="Girls using technology we wish were never invented" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember when we couldn't wait for the future? It was gonna be awesome&hellip;with a capital AWE. Flying cars, hover boards, robot maids, and automated everything would make our lives easier, happier, shinier.</p> <p>Except that didn't happen. We got some of those things for sure, but many of the futuristic enhancements and conveniences that we thought were going to change our lives for the better have revealed themselves to have very dark sides &mdash; or at least unfavorable consequences.</p> <p>What are they? Take a look at a few of my picks for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-interesting-ways-technology-can-help-you-buy-a-home">technologies</a> that we wish were never invented, then add your own in the comments section below.</p> <h2>1. Mobile Phones</h2> <p>There's no denying that mobile phones have innumerable benefits &mdash; like being able to call for help in an instant &mdash; but our reliance on our mobiles increasingly has become a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20140819/children-cell-phones">detriment to our health</a> and relationships, the latter of which has spawned a term of its own known as &quot;technoference.&quot; This problem has only exponentially increased with the advent of smartphones. And perhaps that's where the real issue lies. We didn't have so many mobile phone-related problems when we were using phones like the now-primitive StarTAC or Razr.</p> <p>Do you even remember those? Those phones served one purpose &mdash; to make and receive calls (and maybe play a very bare-bones game or two). Nowadays our mobile phones are essentially tiny, quite powerful computers in our pockets that give us too much 24/7 access to almost everything in our lives, and we can't seem to peel our faces away. There's probably no turning back from this downward spiral &mdash; until, of course, Mother Nature gets fed up and decides to flip the switch &mdash; but this&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/short-film-about-smartphone-overuse-is-smart-poignant-1189811144">short film about smartphone overuse</a> exists to put the state our lives in perspective until then.</p> <h2>2. Texting</h2> <p>With mobile phones came a host of other technologies that became even more popular with the introduction of smartphones. Texting, or short messaging service (SMS), is one of them. And while I'm an avid texter myself &mdash; it's quick, easy, and efficient &mdash; I also can recognize how my reliance on SMS has affected my desire for other forms of communication, specifically voice calls. Now I send calls to voicemail because I can't be bothered &mdash; and I know I'm not alone.</p> <p>I'll totally text you back after I listen to it, though. So I guess there's that.</p> <h2>3. Online Dating</h2> <p>When online dating first became a thing, we had limited technology to upload or send a dozen selfies; there was no such thing as sexting; and it was still a time in our culture when folks liked to get together one-on-one to hang out and get to know each other better.</p> <p>Fast forward 15 years and this &quot;swipe right, swipe left&quot; world we live in leaves much to be desired, as we're more likely to hook up with someone we find attractive to feed our need for immediate gratification (a collective personality disorder that many of us suffer from as a result of all this technology) than choose to spend quality time together &mdash; because what for when there's somebody else waiting for you with the flick of a finger?</p> <h2>4. Video Games</h2> <p>I'm not a gamer. Never have been, and never will be, which is perhaps why I don't understand the draw or benefit of video games. Aside from pure entertainment value, what purpose do video games serve? To waste time? To&nbsp;<a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/get-psyched/201401/violent-video-games-decrease-self-control">psychologically damage users</a>? To <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517151253.htm">make kids overweight</a>? Of course, all of those arguments have a rebuttal &mdash; and perhaps they're perfectly valid (i.e. video games can be used for learning, and there are video games to help people get fit) &mdash; but overwhelmingly most video gamers are not spending their time playing Reader Rabbit or wobbling on the Wii Fit.</p> <h2>5. Selfies and Selfie Sticks</h2> <p>Love my selfies! Everybody with whom I'm connected on social media will tell you that I'm no stranger to a sunny-day (or bathroom) selfie, but, like my affinity for texting, I'm self-aware enough to recognize that this kind of incessant narcissism isn't healthy. Quite frankly, I fear that it may lead to self-image problems down the road &mdash; specifically as I start aging more rapidly &mdash; but, then, isn't that justification that I should get in all the beautiful, tight-skinned selfies while I can?</p> <p>As for the selfie stick, well, that's only perpetuating the selfie craze (though admittedly, I love my selfie stick, too), causing people to put themselves in danger in the pursuit of the perfect selfie. People are hanging off cliffs and buildings (seriously!) and in the middle of busy streets, and the issue is posing enough of a problem in Los Angeles that there are sidewalk murals scattered around West Hollywood urging selfie takers to stay out of the road. Because &mdash; splat!</p> <h2>6. Fracking</h2> <p>Unless you've been living under bedrock for the past few years, you've heard about fracking (also known as hydraulic fracturing) &mdash; the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground to release natural gas and petroleum. It's a hot-button issue, especially during election season as it pits profit makers against environmentalists due to the potential dangers fracking poses to the planet and human beings. The debate sometimes gets so heated that veteran news anchors lose their heads and start <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/06/08/fox_news_host_gets_schooled_on_fracking_and_angrily_orders_his_guest_off_the_show/">kicking guests off the air</a> for having a difference of opinion. Very professional.</p> <p>Still, studies that have been conducted are iffy at best &mdash; even the <a href="http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/06/epas-draft-of-four-year-fracking-study-finds-no-inherent-water-risks/">latest released by the EPA </a>leaves room for error &mdash; and the long-term effects of the practice may not be discovered until it's too late. Paging Erin Brockovich!</p> <h2>7. Robo Calls</h2> <p>Yep, we've become so lazy as a society that live people can't even call you at dinnertime to annoy you anymore. Now we have pre-recorded robocalls to inform you about the prize you've won, the credit card for which you qualify, or the candidate for whom you should be voting. There's absolutely nothing redeeming about robocalls &mdash; unless it's a case study on how to effectively waste resources in the United States &mdash; but at least you don't have to feel bad about hanging up the phone as soon as you hear&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/08/19/listen-to-michelle-duggars-anti-anti-discrimination-robocall/">Michelle Duggar on the other end</a>.</p> <h2>8. Nuclear Weapons</h2> <p>As a result of their invention, civilization as we know it rests in the hands of a few powerful world leaders who could decide to end it all with the press of a few buttons...</p> <p>And you thought this article was just going to be about smartphones.</p> <p><em>What are some technologies you wish were never invented? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-technologies-we-wish-were-never-invented">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-digital-detox-how-and-why-to-do-it">The Digital Detox: How and Why to Do It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-reasons-you-need-to-cut-back-on-screen-time">10 Important Reasons You Need to Cut Back on Screen Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-mobile-phone-upgrades-that-arent-worth-the-money">4 Mobile Phone Upgrades That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-for-business-owners-on-the-go">5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology annoying fracking inventions selfies smartphones texting Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1477321 at http://www.wisebread.com