SECOND-HAND PHONES STILL HAVE STUFF

More than 80,000 used phones are for sale on eBay on any given day. The owners think they’ve wiped their personal data first. It turns out, they haven’t.

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FIGURING THE TIP

In any group of women, Joy’s always the one who figures out the tip. Sigh. A new app, “Gratuity,” does it for her for free.

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EBATES 2.0 SHOPPING APP

Ebates 2.0 is a new version of the Ebates app for Android, iPhone, and iPad (iOS 7 and up). It lets you get cash back on purchases, sometimes free shipping, and coupons.

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THE PERFECT SELFIE

“YouCam Perfect,” is a free app for iPhone/Android, has been downloaded over 600,000 times. It improves “selfies,” those photos you take of yourself to post on Facebook and elsewhere, by removing wrinkles. We didn’t see much difference between the before and after, but heck, it’s free.

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TRACK YOUR LUGGAGE

“Trakdot” is a palm-sized device and an app that tracks your luggage. You get an alert when it’s 30 feet away. If your luggage gets on the wrong flight anywhere in the world, at least you’ll know where it is. The $90 device recently won an Edison Innovation award.  

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SEE YOUR DOC IN AN APP

“MDLive” for Android and iPhone, lets you visit a doctor from your phone, through video chatting, phone or email. It’s $10 a month and $49 per consultation, 24 hours a day, every day. The first consultation is free.

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GROUP MESSAGING

Remind101 — After a high school principal reminded us of the text messaging app “Group Me,” a teacher wrote with another suggestion: “Remind101.” This is free from Remind101.com and lets you send text messages to any group. They can’t reply. He just wanted to notify parents and teachers of events; he doesn’t really want to hear back.

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RUNAWAY GAME COSTS

In the Android world of tablets and phones, game costs pile up. We heard about a child who spent $70 on her new adventure game before mother caught on. Most of the money for these games goes for buying “equipment.” Like: everybody needs a light sword these days. Where have you been?

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GREAT TIPS

Trusper, a free app for Android or iPhone/iPad has tips from the public, like how to make a cookie in a mug, and tips from your family and friends if they’ve signed up.

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SELF-DESTRUCTING MESSAGES

Blink, for Android phones, allows users to send each other self-destructing messages – you know: like the old Mission Impossible shows — including text, photos, videos and voice messages. Around 51 percent of users are in the U.S. The next largest group (over 15 percent) is in Saudi Arabia.

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