Ever since the birth of my son, a little over a year ago, I have never taken so many pictures. The hard part with this is that because I mainly use my iPhone to take pictures and I post these to Facebook, Instagram, etc, I have a hard time trying to gather all of them to show my parents when they want to see them. Not only that, but my folks are not into the whole social media thing, so being that they live thousands of miles away, it is some times hard for me to continually share with them all the pictures I have.

Lately, I have had the opportunity to play around with a web app called Slide.ly, which lets you take your pictures and put it into a slideshow and then show it to your friends and family. They make it pretty easy to gather pictures from just about any where, and then let you create your own slideshow. I know there are other apps that have similar features, but I wanted to take this one for a spin to see how it compared.

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Christmas came and went, and maybe you got something that you didn’t exactly want or need. Or, did you get something that will possibly replace what you already have? Well, you can go the traditional route and use Ebay or Craigslist to sell your stuff, but I decided to try a different route this time around. I have been hankering to try out a new web app that is similar to the two that I just mentioned, but yet a little different.

I like to use Craigslist because it is easy to post, but I hate the fact that you have to meet with someone to give them what you are selling and it can only be used locally. With Ebay, there are so many fees and it seems like it takes forever to post there. Junkio takes the good parts about both sites and combines it into one. Let me show you around and you can see what I am talking about.

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As a tech junkie and blog writer, I have the amazing opportunity to test out and review amazing, cool products at times. There are other times when I just make the impulse buy because I cannot wait to get the latest tech in my hands. Sites like Kickstarter have definitely not helped my wallet. But, as some of you may have experienced, Kickstarter is not the most ideal place to actually purchase tech goods. The goal there is that when you contribute money, you are helping fund the inventor’s creation, and you are not paying for the actual end product. Inventors do reward you with an end product, but they are not bound to produce anything for you.

For a while, this model worked well for Kickstarter and its community of people that would support projects. But, lately, I am reading more and more about Kickstarter being more strict on what kinds of projects they are accepting as well as frustrated customers not being able to get their products because inventors didn’t come through. I could tell that change was coming and within the past few months I have seen other sites starting to pop up and today, I wanted to mainly focus on a brand new one that just came online, called Christie Street. They take a somewhat different approach than Kickstarter and it actually makes a lot of sense for both the inventor as well as the customer.

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One of the things that I absolutely love about tech gadgets and products is that there so many cool things that are out there. So many people have amazing imaginations to make the most simple, yet innovative things for every day life. But, with the rapid pace of life and everything else that gets in the way, how can we stay on top of all of this “awesomeness?”

That is where Mine, a web app that lets you showcase the cool stuff that you buy with others, can really come in handy. We have so many different sites at our disposal to share things, mainly Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and a handful of others, but Mine took snippets of these, and came up with its own way to share things. Let me show you around and you can see what I am talking about.

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With advancements in technology, we are starting to see reading material convert over to the web and digital format more and more. Take books and magazines for example, for the first time this past year, Amazon outsold ebooks over actual physical ones. That right there goes to show you that publishers and consumers are starting to embrace the digital market and see the need for it.

Over the past several months, I have started to see some cool web apps that let you create content online and share them with the world. For example, the one that I am looking at today, called Glossi, lets you create your own online magazine. After getting to use it for a little while, I found that this can be used for both professionals as well as amateurs alike.

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With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, for those of you that are like me and avoid the mall like it is a disease, you are probably doing a lot of online shopping. If you are also like me, you are just starting your shopping or aren’t done yet. I don’t know why I do this to myself every year, but I procrastinate to get my shopping done and because I stick to mainly online, I either have to spend more money on shipping fees, or suck it up and go to the mall.

Well, I have been playing around with an app that is perfect for those of you that like to online shop. Slice can help with all kinds of things when it comes to your impulse buys to ones you want to make sure you get on time. It’s a great app for those that want to keep better record of what they buy and how much they spend online.

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I am learning more and more that it is not only about what you know, but also who you know. I believe the two go hand in hand with each other and they can be very beneficial when you are trying to get a job or stay connected. In my work as an educator and blogger, it is very important for me to not only stay connected with people in field, but also to be able to produce good work so that people will be able to endorse me based off of what I do and not just that they know my name.

Most online resumes that you can do online mainly let you showcase things that you have done, what you know, or who you know. But what would make it even more powerful is to be able to combine all of these things together. This is where a web app like Enthuse.me can come in very handy for people. It takes the power of who you are as a person and is able to showcase not only your work experience, but also it gives you the opportunity to show what you truly know. Let me show you more about what I am talking about.

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One of the things that I love about the web is that everything is so instantaneous. It has literally changed the way that we get our news and information. I hardly ever watch the news anymore because I can pull up just about any major news site and get real time  stories at my fingertips. There is no need to wait for the nightly newscast any more.

With this, developers have continually tried to come up with ways to develop apps for us to use so that we can get our daily news fix. We first had the RSS reader and now we are starting to move toward what is considered “social news.” Twitter, more so than Facebook, has opened this door for news to become more interactive for us, the reader.

Over the last week or so, I have been able to play around with a new web app called Hopflow that seems to take a page from both Twitter and Facebook in creating their own news consumption site. Can this possibly become a go-to news reader on the web? Let’s take a look at it more in depth. (more…)

A while back I had the opportunity to review the Doxie Go and I absolutely loved it and I still use it till this day. Then, a few weeks later, I remember a friend asking me about the Doxie Go and how he liked what he read in the review, but couldn’t afford to pay $200 for a scanner. He had the original Doxie and liked it, but was looking to upgrade and he mentioned to me how he wish there was something that was in the middle of the original Doxie and the Doxie Go.

Well, I was excited to message him a couple of weeks ago to let him know that his request for a middle of the road Doxie had finally come to fruition. The company just recently launched a new scanner called the Doxie One and once again, they graciously gave me the opportunity to review one. For the past week or so, I have been able to use it and have been able to put it through some tests. (more…)

Although I love to do the finances in our household, one thing that I have struggled with is keeping accurate records of our expenses and creating a budget. I tried so many different apps to make this happen, but I have never been able to settle on one that just works for me. For the longest time I was using Mint, and though that was great, the service was just too unstable for me. So the search continued for me and I actually resorted to just checking my bank account every day to see how we were doing financially.

Well, a few days ago, I saw an app called WalletMap and was instantly intrigued by how easy and simple it looked. When it comes to these expense and budget apps those are two words you don’t hear too often. So I decided to give it a whirl and for the past few days I have really liked what I have seen so far.

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