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Looking for a great last-minute gift? This holiday season, set up your less tech-inclined acquaintances with the gift of synchronized and backed-up data—including their most important files, bookmarks, and passwords (which we'll also help them improve). Photo by Peter Korsch The gift of synchronicity is free, low-hassle, and it's a gift to yourself in fewer tech support questions. It may not sound like not much of a gift—just installing some stuff, right?
Reporters from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times probably didn't expect to be joined by TechNewsKids , a blog run by 11-year-olds. Yet all three covered Apple's press conference this September. Benno Kass and Max Iger of TechNewsKids watched the live-stream of the announcement online so that they could “live blog” its contents as soon as possible. Simplified blogging platforms and increased access to online information — even breaking stories like the Apple announcement — make it easier than ever for Kass, Iger and other young bloggers to independently post to the web. And as they post, they're also learning how to research, write and use a web publishing platform. Parents should be thrilled by this educational opportunity, says Dr.
We'd all like to be more responsible with our money, but budgeting can take a lot of work. Here's how to create an easy, realistic budget and keep to it without pulling your hair out. We all have our financial vices, whether we're spending too much on brain-altering coffee , eating out too often, or running wild with the credit card at the mall. This year, make a resolution to keep your budget better by using Mint , a free personal finance webapp that makes budgeting extremely easy . It automatically tracks what you spend, categorizes it, and helps you create realistic budgets.