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Need to know: Dick Tracy would dig the Samsung smartwatch + other science fiction predictions

Smartwatch technologyBack in the 1930s, cartoonist Chester Gould introduced the world to Dick Tracy, a private eye in a signature yellow duster and hat, who communicated with his top-secret contacts via wrist-watch. While yellow dusters are unlikely to become a hip new trend, the science fiction based “radio watch” may have just met its modern, real-world sibling. Meet the Samsung smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. While smartwatches have been around for a few years, they haven’t actually been very smart; the Galaxy Gear is the first watch to mimic the functionality of watch, phone, camera, and task manager. If you’ve been waiting for a video watch since catching episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, those cartoon versions may now be reality. Read more

College student back to school tips: Choosing the right textbook

CengageBrain.com textbooksIt’s back to school and time to start thinking about purchasing those door stops — er, I mean textbooks! They are an investment in to education, so you want to make sure you have the right book, edition and year published that your college professor requires. Since buying textbooks is a college life right of passage, here are some student resources for purchasing the right textbooks. Read more

Top apps for back to school — educational, organizational or just plain fun

Back to school apps

Which back-to-school apps are you downloading? (Photo credit: dougbelshaw)

Whether a new semester is just starting or you are already in the thick of your course load, odds are you could use a little help staying on top of your classes, as well as getting organized. The magical world of apps is here to help you. It is estimated that about 300 apps are created EVERY DAY. While we wouldn’t dream of going back to the dark ages before apps (shudder!), it can be challenging to shift through all of available options. So what are the top apps every college students needs before heading back to school? Here are your best bests—for educational or organizational purposes, as well as a few apps that are just plain fun. Because all work and no play… Read more

Easy ways to save money: Student discounts and tips to cut your top five money wasters

Money management tipsIt’s no fun running out of funds when you’re only halfway through the month. Are there any easy ways to save money? You bet there are. Student discounts are just the beginning. Now that you’re responsible for many, if not all of your own expenses, every penny counts. Here are a few ideas to help you get on track and take control of your money. Read more

Microsoft Surface tablet release date is here: Specs, cost, and how it measures up

With all the new technology being released lately, your head is probably spinning. Unless you haven’t turned on a television in the last few months, then you already know that Microsoft is entering into the tablet market, and the media is abuzz over the Microsoft Surface tablet release date. Starting on October 17, consumers could pre-order the tablet. And, obviously, those interested snatched up the opportunity, seeing as how the lowest priced Surface is already on backorder. But don’t worry, you can still place orders or head to stores starting today to try and get your hands on them. The question is, do you want to? Read more

College student budget: Should you splurge on the Apple iPhone 5?

On Friday, September 21, 2012, the Apple iPhone 5 was unleashed. With it came a slew of college students flocking to retailers in hopes of getting their hands on the newest technology. Some had been waiting in line since Thursday. Others were disappointed to find sold-out stores. One student, a senior at Tufts University in Massachusetts, was not only able to get his hands on the new iPhone, he was also able to sell his spot in line for $460 as reported by the Tufts Daily. But what is so monumental about the newest iPhone? What does it have that the other iPhones don’t? Most importantly, is it worth dropping hundreds of dollars on this device? Read more