Four Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Personal Tech

Spring will be here, officially, in just over a week. It inspires people into annual rituals that give their homes a fresh face for the warmer months. And, it has me thinking about another mainstay of our everyday lives: the devices we all use every day: laptops, tablets, smartphones… Back in February, I asked my…

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…