What’s Your Appetite for Apps?

In a recent post, I shared informal research on U.S. consumers’ habits with choosing and downloading smartphone apps. Nearly half of the survey respondents said they only opt for free apps, and nearly a third said that they carefully evaluate their choices… That made me wonder: How many apps do most people actually have? A…

If Smartphone Apps Were Cookies…

Since we’re all celebrating 45 great years with Sesame Street this week — including  the show’s many beloved characters — today’s post is focused on a question Cookie Monster would probably find fascinating: “If smartphone apps were cookies, how would you describe your habits with choosing/downloading them?” I posed this question via an informal survey…

Infographic: Top Smartphone Apps in the U.S.

When it comes to apps, Facebook and Google are forces to be reckoned with according to a new infographic from Statista. Pandora Radio and Instagram are also in the top-ranking Android and iOS apps as well. Whether your personal app use stacks up to match, it’s pretty clear that these are the apps to watch…

Digital Lifestyles: Retail Deals via Smartphone

The clock is ticking on the holiday shopping season, and smartphone-savvy shoppers are likely to have a plethora of deals at their fingertips this year. That’s according to a new study from RetailMeNot Inc. As the infographic excerpt here shows, collectively: More than 80 percent of retailers believe promotions via their own websites and apps…

Phablet, Tablet or E-reader?

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 50 percent of Americans now have a tablet or an e-reader. And IDC reports that, by 2015, phablet shipments will outnumber portable PCs and tablets. Chances are you either own or want to own one of these must-have devices. But choosing between them can be overwhelming because there…

Is Your iPhone Obsolete?

Since the release of iOS 8 earlier this week, tech reviews have been buzzing away. A recent tip of the day from iPhone Life Magazine points out a new time-saving feature that comes with the update. You can set your messages to automatically delete after a set amount of time. I’m already calculating the hours…

Tablets: Productivity for School and Work

The convenience that tablets and laptops bring to life for us is unmistakable. According to a new infographic from statista, the gap between tablets and laptops may be closing. This year, only one percentage point separates the parents reporting plans to purchase a tablet with those planning on a laptop purchase for back-to-school. You will…

Take it Easy on Yourself and Your Pets this Summer

Do you have a pet indoors this summer?  A few four-legged experts share their advice on how you can keep your pet cool and comfortable indoors while saving electricity and money on your summer bills in .this fun new video from TXU Energy and the SPCA of Texas.  The company vetted its summertime energy efficiency tips with the vets…