The Best Money Saving Apps for the Holidays

the best money saving apps for the holidays

It’s the holidays and joy is in the air.

It’s time for getting together with the people we love. Giving gifts and sharing great memories. Gifting is a great way to show how much we care about each other. Who doesn’t love giving the perfect gift? Sometimes, though the budget can limit how much there is to spend. To make your budget go farther, you may be wondering what the best money saving apps are? Well, the answer is not just one, but three. Continue reading

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Any.do Review: Do Everything as Planned

Platforms: Android, iOS,

Price: Free

With Any.do you can view your tasks and goals by category or by date. Dates can be specifically broken down to the minute or something more general such as “tomorrow” or “someday.” This task-manager app is all wrapped in a visually appealing design.

What sets Any.do apart from other task-management apps is its signature feature called Any.do moment. This feature is a setting that you set-up which will remind you to review your upcoming tasks. When this scheduled time happens the app will begin by telling you it’s time to review your tasks. It will then show you the tasks that are in your schedule for that day. The idea behind this feature is to train you to have the habit of reviewing your tasks list on a daily basis.

A benefit for iOS users is that Any.do can be synced up with the Cal app so you can automatically see your tasks within your calendar. This feature is not available for Android users since Cal is not currently available to be downloaded on Google Play.

One minor problem that I came across was that if you added or changed a reminder within a task it would not show you the name of that task in the time and date page. This may cause a problem for long to-do lists as it could be easy to forget the name of the task if it does not show up.

Positives

+Categorizing tasks to the minute or specific

+Visually appealing

+Any.do moment feature

Negatives

-Added or changed tasks to a reminder don’t show up in app pop up.

-Cal sync not available on Android.

Overall Impressions

When it comes to downloading a Task-management app you want one that will support all the basic functions of your daily lives and Any.do does that for you. The   Any.do app that hits all those primary concerns while giving users just a little bit more to explore.

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Study: The Dos and Don’ts of Smartphone Use

We’ve come a long way since the Zack Morris brick phone was what people thought of when thinking about cell phones. With cell phones, specifically smartphones, becoming a normal thing to see everyone around you using a basic set of socially acceptable rules has been evolving around their use.

Now we have a new study from University of Essex detailing what people would and wouldn’t do with their smartphones. While the study only polled 100 people it did have some interesting findings as a result of this study. In the study it was found that 50% of millennials approved of texting during a meal, while only 15% of people 30 and above approve of that same action. Similar results occurred that showed that younger people are more accepting of using smartphones in a way that go against traditional etiquette.

What do you all think? Any surprises in the study? Be sure you follow GoWireless on Twitter and Like GoWireless on Facebook to let us what you think of this study.

Source: Mashable

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CamScanner Review Turning Your Smartphone Into A Scanner

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

Price: Free

Sometimes you need to scan a document but you don’t have a scanner nearby to get the job done. That is where the CamScanner app can become a life saver. The CamScanner app, available on various platforms, uses the camera on your phone to take a picture of a document and its surrounding area. Once the picture is taken the app will quickly identify the document borders automatically. If you aren’t happy with the borders the app automatically identified you can align the borders yourself before turning it into a PDF.

In all the tests that I ran with this app it worked almost every time. The app was very quick to auto-focus though I did find that the auto-focus suffered depending on the lighting in the room at times. But this was a small problem that was lessened thanks to Camerscan automatically adjusting the lighting once you finish cropping the document.

Positives

+Quick to take pictures

+Automatic and manual border identification

+Automatic lighting adjustment after assigning the border

Negatives

Auto-focus is sometimes is affected by room lighting

Overall Impressions

If you need a scanner app on the go then CamScanner is the app for you. It’s quick, it’s effective, and it’s easy to use, ensuring that all of your scans look good even in lower lighting or on documents with light text or handwriting.

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App Addiction: When to Tap-Out of The Simpsons

Back in 2009 it seemed as though everyone I knew was addicted to FarmVille. Personally, I never found FarmVille or games like it to be all that appealing. Now fast forward to 2013 and I find myself addicted to a FarmVille-type game. This is all thanks to a childhood family friend: The Simpsons. More specifically it’s all thanks to Springfield’s favorite family’s latest game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

This isn’t the first time that I stepped into The Simpsons: Tapped Out. I initially played it back in 2012 only to end up stopping after the Halloween event that occurred in October. For all the candy I collected and friends Springfield cities that I egged I felt as though I did everything there was to do in the game. So with that though I decided that my addiction to The Simpsons: Tapped Out was done.

At least that is what I thought until recently when I noticed that I still had the app on my iPad. Before deleting The Simpsons: Tapped Out from my iPad forever I decided to see if the developers added something that would reinvigorate my interest in the game I once found addicting. Lo and behold the developers of The Simpsons: Tapped Out did in fact add something that I wanted to be in the game when I originally played: the ability to build a boardwalk. By building a custom Simpsons boardwalk on the beach I was able to create the Springfield I envisioned in my initial play through.

While I was happy with the ability to create a boardwalk in order to expand my Springfield city it did cause an unexpected problem: I did not like how my city was constructed. Houses weren’t lined up how I wanted them to be. Business buildings were all over the place and did not make sense with how I built the boardwalk. It does not help that some of the latest updates have added Simpsons related buildings, which makes me reconsider the positioning of all the houses and buildings.

As someone whose childhood was shaped by those first 10 seasons of The Simpsons this latest foray into The Simpsons: Tapped Out has tapped into, no pun intended, what I once loved about that show. The question now is when my latest addiction to sending the citizens to work their 12 to 24 hour days and constantly rebuilding my city will be over.

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