TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR NEW IPHONE 6

The new Phone 6 makes text messaging a lot easier. Send a text message to a group, add your map location and your voice, pictures and video. It’s all in the “details.”

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GOOD STUFF FOR LESS

You don’t have to buy a new tablet or computer to get a good one, any more than you have to buy a brand new car. “Refurbished” machines are items returned to the store or the manufacturer, but they’re not lemons.

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RENTING YOUR VACATION HOME

We’ve used the website “VRBO” (vacation rentals by owner) to rent a house instead of the typical hotel room. If you’ve got a home to rent to others, the website HotSpotTax.com takes some of the tax complications out. We didn’t like the one we rented, but maybe you have something better.

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THE IPAD MINI

Joy’s Kindle Fire went into a coma for several months and the battery wouldn’t charge. So we got an iPad Mini, a smaller version of the iPad for $278 from Amazon.

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NUMBERS REPORT: ANDROID TABLETS VERSUS THE IPAD

More Android-based tablets than Apple iPads shipped in the second quarter. But iPad revenue still beats Android revenue, since they’re more expensive. The majority of tablets sold this year have been in the smaller, seven-inch screen size. The new iPad Air ships in November.  

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GIVING UP ON WINDOWS

A friend of ours, a lifelong Windows user, switched to the Mac after a bad experience with Windows 8. This causes us to rethink our latest Windows recommendations.

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APPLE FREEBIES

Apple is offering “iWork,” a program group similar to Microsoft Office. It’s free for Windows and Mac, It’s available but still in beta testing. What does that mean? Might have some bugs. Probably.

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YAHOO IS LOOKING AT YOU

Yahoo mail recently started forcing users to upgrade to a new version, or stop using Yahoo. This came off as pushy and a little scary for some of our readers. The supposed benefits are faster email, less spam, and an easier-to-use design. But not everybody is on board. The biggest complaint concerns Yahoo’s new policy of scanning your email messages so they can target ads. Google’s Gmail has done this since its beginning, and it doesn’t bother us. It’s just robots selecting the ads, and we’d rather see relevant than irrelevant ones. Savvy folks point out that if you don’t like your email being scanned, you should stop using your grocery savings card, which also tracks usage. And be wary […]

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APP HAPPY EXERCISE

“Daily Arm Workout,” “Daily Ab Workout” and “Daily Leg Workout” give you five to ten minute work-out sessions. The instructor doesn’t see what you’re doing, but you see her and that’s enough. Joy likes them and is still trying to talk Bob into them.

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APPLE UNDERCUTS APPLE

Here are two things we learned from the site DealNews.com:

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