Monday, June 10, 2013

How Paying (and Not Paying) Your Cell Phone Bill Affects Your Credit

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Know How Best Buy and Target's Online Price Match Works Before You Buy

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Kingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader Review

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Back at CES in January, Kingston showed off their Wi-Drive+ MobileLite, which was just a beta version of the product that we’re about to review today. You can check out the initial preview this product here. There have been a few changes since then, which may be disappointing to some.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Packaging Front

The MobileLite Wireless is designed to allow up to three users to wirelessly share photos, video, documents, etc., via a central hub. For devices like the iPhone, iPad, or HTC One, that all have strictly fixed storage, this product will allow you to pull data off of said device to allow for even more storage.

Kingston chopped off Wi-Drive+ from the name and stuck with MobileLite Wireless instead. Unlike the Wi-Drive series, Kingston did not include any internal storage. This is traded off for allowing you to plug in an SD card or USB flash drive, providing you with virtually unlimited storage. They kept the MobileLite name, as the original MobileLite was strictly a USB plug-in card reader, and then they added Wireless to the name, signifying that it can do those same functions via wireless.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

The MobileLite Wireless (or MLW for short), carries an MSRP of $69.99 and that is what it is listed for on Amazon with shipping. This is far off from their initial projected price point of under $40, which is rather disappointing.

Taking a quick look at the packaging, it tells you about the reader and streaming technologies, plus it informs you that it is a mobile device charger. It does fail to mention the finer details, such as what wireless standards it uses, SD card compatibility, battery capacity, etc. I would not feel informed enough to buy this, should I see it on a store shelf.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Packaging Rear

Kingston did a fine job of packaging the MLW device, as you can see in the picture below.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Packaging Inside

Included in the box was the MLW device itself, an 18” USB cable, a MicroSD card adapter, and the instruction booklet. Kingston also has a one year warranty on the MLW, and we know that they stand by their products, should you run into any issues.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Contents

Kingston’s MLW weighs in at 98 grams (3.46 ounces) and measures 124.8 x 59.9 x 16.65mm (4.91 x 2.36 x 0.66in). It is super light weight and small enough to fit in your pocket or purse.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Read on to learn more about the Kingston MobileLite Wireless unit, to find out how it works, and how it performs.

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Find a Good Personal Trainer with These Five Questions

A personal trainer is a great way to get a custom workout you'll enjoy, but you need to find someone you actually like working with. Health blog Greatist suggests that you ask yourself a few important questions to ensure you'll develop a healthy relationship with them.

A personal trainer is going to work very closely with you. They'll push you toward goals, create a health plan with you, and you'll spend a lot of time with them. Subsequently, you need to treat finding the trainer with the same sort of care you use when you're developing any other kind of personal relationship. Greatist suggests you ask yourself a few key questions:

Does your trainer make each session about you, or is s/he busy talking about her/himself?Do you and your trainer collaboratively work on your goal setting, or does the trainer tell you what your goals should be?Do you feel validated, heard, listened to, and understood?Does your trainer show up in a timely way?Do you feel comfortable with the gender of your trainer and the professional boundaries that are set? Trainers touch, work closely, and get to see you in what are, quite frankly, awkward poses and movements. For some, having a trainer of the opposite sex may lead to discomfort. The certifying agencies, such as ACE, establish appropriate professional boundaries and safeguards.
When you're paying someone to help you develop a solid workout, you're likely already on edge a bit trying to find someone who can meet your needs. The above questions should help make that process a bit easier.

Why and How to Trust Your Personal Trainer | Greatist

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Do you find the Windows Library feature terrible or useful?

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On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed

When I stepped off the plane in Mexico I got that sinking feeling. My iPhone wasn't going to work.

I mean it was, but, you know, it's expensive to use a cell phone abroad. It's even more expensive to use a smartphone abroad. A few years ago, I took a work trip to Paris and did a dumb thing. Long story short, I get off the plane, forget that both my voice and data plans are standard and end up with a four-figure phone bill. AT&T was actually really great about getting the number down to around $50, but they told me very clearly that this was my one get out of jail free card.

I've not been back to jail. Every year, at least once a year, I try to leave the country. I like traveling and have spent a decent amount of time living abroad. So when I go now, I still don't get the data plan. I either forget or can't be bothered. This is more or less what happened when I went to Mexico. It was a hastily planned trip, and I was on my own. I was even thinking about quitting the Internet the whole time I was there. "You're just gonna wanna lay on the beach and read books made of paper," my friends said. My friends were wrong. I love technology*.


So after one expensive phone call to sort out a rental car situation (Pro tip: Don't buy the insurance, through Kayak. It's a ripoff.), the iPhone went into airplane mode. It was the only time I used my data plan, and I didn't miss it one bit.

My first survival instinct was also probably the most obvious: I basically spent every free minute I had hunting down Wi-Fi hotspots. Luckily and quite surprisingly, the tiny beach town where I was vacationing was pretty damn wired. So Internet wasn't hard to find, and it was almost always free.

It was not, though, available on the beach, or in my rustic little cabana. But that's where a little ingenuity—and a few handy apps—came in.

I developed a nice little routine of using Wi-Fi at the bar and loading up things to do offline when I went wandering. If I really needed to call someone, I would take the phone off airplane mode and try to talk fast. If I really needed to check my email, I couldn't because my carrier is Sprint (don't ask) and Sprint is horrible. Data wouldn't work at all.

So when I was out of Wi-Fi zones, my life was full of offline playlists and preloaded longreads. Spotify is buggy lately, but it's still the best music app, in my humble opinion. Pocket, my go-to save for later app, fixes everything you find frustrating about Instapaper. And it's free.

There are obviously other apps that work great offline.

If you're going to a city, you're definitely going to want a map, especially one that includes public transit. (Google Maps doesn't work very well abroad, even if you have a data plan, and Apple Maps, well, don't get me started.) Try the iTrans family for transit maps. There's a handy offline app for most major American cities, and they cost between $0.99 and $3.99 each.

If you like words—who doesn't!—download's fantastic app. It's handy if you'll be somewhere that you don't know the language (you can get a translation upgrade for a buck), but dictionaries also make for surprisingly entertaining beach reading. If you need a straight-up translator, go with Jibbigo. It's slick, and ten times better than the lame Lonely Planet translator apps that cost $7.99. Jibbigo is free free free.

If you're going abroad, you'll also want a currency convertor. Get XE Currency. It comes in a free version and an ad-free pro version. Don't waste your money on the pro version unless you really really hate ads, in which case, you should probably not have an iPhone.

If you get all of these apps, there's really no need to buy and expensive data plan. I met a couple from Los Angeles, while I was down in Mexico and one of them had gotten the data plan and the other hadn't. We had a fun debate about the perks and perils of staying totally connected while on vacation. Basically what we ended up agreeing on was that it depends on your personality. The man was a total surfer and said he like unplugging because, well, it is really relaxing. The woman used to work in the media, so she liked to be able to keep up with what was going on. In a way it would've been more stressful for her not to have a phone. (I'm the same way.) If you plan ahead, it's not that expensive either.

Oh and one last thing. Get Star Walk. Whether you're picnicking in Paris or lying down on the powdered sugar sand in TulĂșm, stars are still amazing, and it's really such a blast to use. It's best on a retina iPad, but the iPhone version is excellent.


When I stepped of the plane at JFK, it was raining. I flipped the Airplane mode off, dropped my phone into my pocket laughed as it rattled with all the missed calls and texts that I didn't let myself see while I was away. It felt good.

* But not as much as you and me.

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Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W BN603 PSU Review

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Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W - BN603

Some weeks ago we had a look at the Dark Power Pro 10 650W, the first power supply that we received from Be Quiet!, an European manufacturer which is just starting to enter the North American markets. Today we are having our second review of a Be Quiet! power supply, the Dark Power Pro 10 850W. Although the name and even the appearance of these two products is virtually identical, the 850W version is based on an entirely different design which boasts even better performance and higher efficiency.  Can it really be that much better than the already excellent 650W version? We will soon find out.

Dark Power Pro 10 850W

Unfortunately, although they are readily available in Europe and even some Asian countries, availability remains a great issue with Be Quiet’s products in the US and Canada. The 850W version can be found at Newegg for $239.99 plus $5.99 shipping. This is slightly higher than the MSRP of the power supply is virtually no competition at all in the North American market as very few retailers carry Be Quiet! power supplies. The Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 MSRP prices for the US market are:

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 550W

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 650W

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 750W

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 850W

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 1000W

be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 10 1200W

Dark Power Pro 10 850W grill

 Manufacturer’s features and specifications

Virtually silent operation achieved through a broad array of meticulous optimizations, including use of be quiet!’s custom-designed 135mm SilentWings® fanSilentWings fan features airflow-optimized fan blades, fluid dynamic bearing with copper core and high quality IC motor controller for the quietest possible operation80PLUS Platinum certification and up to 94% power conversion efficiency let you do more work with the same power and reduce your power bills850 Watts of continuous power provide deep power reserves for demanding computing applicationsNVidia SLI and AMD CrossfireX multi-GPU certifications allow you to build intense Quad-GPU systems with utter confidenceCable management with extra long cable reach simplifies component installation and reduces annoying clutter, increasing airflow and improving cooling in even the largest PC casesOverclocking key allows switchover between quadruple independent +12V rail mode and high-performance single-rail operationGerman product conception, design and quality controlPower consumption in standby (W)

Operating temperature up to (°C)

12 V Rails (Multi-Rail operation)

Max. combined power 3,3V + 5V (W)

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