YOUR PHONE IN BRIGHT SUNLIGHT

We’ve always loved the original Kindle’s “e-ink” screen. It’s easy to read in bright sunlight. Now there’s an InkCase Plus” that does the same thing for your smart phone.

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KARAOKE APP

“The Singing Machine Mobile” is an iPhone/iPad app for karaoke singing. There are 14 free songs to sing along with, with the lyrics showing up on your screen. We tried “America the Beautiful” and a few Beach Boys hits. For Android users, there’s the “Sing! Karaoke” app by Smule.

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SKIT!

“Skit!” is a fun app for kids who are enchanted with The Lego Movie. Use Lego characters like “WyldStyle” and “Good Cop” to make a brief cartoon. We didn’t like the results we got, but we may not be the right age.

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SMOKING

“Smokefree TXT” is a free app to help you quit smoking. You get texts with helpful advice from other quitters, progress updates and other tips.

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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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