Debit cards have gained in popularity over the years due to its simplicity. It prevents cardholders from overspending – the amount used is always tied to the cash you have in your account. However, that simplicity also comes at a cost. As the CNN article highlights, when thieves steal your number and pin, they can gain full access to your checking account and empty it. On the other hand, credit cards are much safer in this regard.

Next time you shop in stores. it may be more prudent to use your credit card instead of debit cards.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/20/pf/expert/debit-credit-cards/index.html?source=cnn_bin

$20 for checking monthly

While we’re used to banks offering one time sign up bonus for opening checking or saving accounts but this is the first time we seen a bank go the extra step and offering customers a recurring bonus for keeping accounts at the institution. Bank Santander, global bank that is less well known on American soil, is offering $20 a month for customers who open checking and saving accounts there. There are, of course, a few caveats attached to this offer:

To receive the full amount, customer must:

  1. Receive monthly direct deposit totaling over $1,500 a month
  2. Make at least two online bill payment through the checking account each month

Otherwise, the checking account will charge $10 a month service fee and the saving account requires a $100 minimal monthly balance. Overall, a decent deal if you’re looking for a new bank to park your saving and checking account. While the branch network is limited to the Northeast, they offer ATM access through a partnership and most CVS stores free of charge.

Bank Santander

Editor’s note: Bank Santander entered the US market by acquiring the interest of Sovereign Bank, hence the branch network that is heavily in the Northeast. Sovereign bank had mix records with customer service in the past, so proceed with caution if you’re looking for a bank with good customer service.

We love the Raspberry pi, the credit card size open source computer has been put use to build all kind of fun experiments and projects. Now, a UK company aim to use the Raspberry Pi as the heart of a DIY computer for kids. The project looks fun and they already surpassed their funding goals on Kickstarter. However, you can still join them and order the computer early for the kids or the young at heart.

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Behind the scenes at Squarespace

19 Nov 2013 In: Entertainment

One of our favorite small business website hosts – Squarespace recently opened their door to “Small Empire”, the web series devoted to startups in the area. Considering the beauty of their service and offering, I highly recommend any fans to view the video for a behind the scene look at the company,

Nexus 5 Review

14 Nov 2013 In: Technology Review

We were one of the lucky few to get our orders in for the 16GB Nexus 5 device on the release date. So after a week of using the pure Google experience device, how do we like it? Well, read on and find out.

Hardware:

Positive

The hardware must be say, is absolutely beautiful, the Snapdragon 800 processor makes everything fly on the screen. We haven’t encounter screen freeze or other related issues associated with skinned Android devices (Ex. Touchwiz on Samsung). The LTE access is a welcome addition and seems to provide better battery life at least on the T-Mobile network. We tested the speed around New York city and were able to reach 30MB down and 25 MB up in one section. Average speed is probably around 20MB down and 11 Up. The design is a black slab with rubberized backplate that prevents the phone from slipping out of our hands.
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Paypal is the granddaddy of online payment platforms, at least on the Internet. We’re been Paypal users ever since our first Ebay purchase way back in the day. Now Paypal is expanding it’s sphere to include payment not much for online purchases but also for in-store purchases face to face. So how does it compare to the competition such as Square or Stripe? Read on to find out.

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One of our favorite ultrabooks is finally on sale from Microsoft store. This is the Acer S7 ultrabook with third generation Core i5 processor and 13.3 full HD touchscreen. The computer is brand new with Microsoft signature service, meaning no bloatware. It may just be the time to upgrade that laptop.

Tomb Raider – Game Review

22 Aug 2013 In: Video Games


It’s been years since a game genuinely piqued our interest and held our attention throughout the entire experience. We’re glad to say, the revamped Tomb Raider is one of those games that must be experienced. The game features a young Lara Croft on her first adventure, it’s an origin story in the way of Batman Begins. The controls were excellent and borrowed a few elements from the God of War series. However, what put this game over the top was the engaged storyline. The writing was top-notch and reminded you of a hollywood film versus a traditional game. The cut-scenes were seamless with the action to blend action and play. We don’t want to spoil the storyline for you but you should experience it for yourself if you like logic and old school adventure games.

Tomb Raider

Google has always designed beautiful web experiences and lately, they’ve extended that skills to the hardware side as well. Between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, they’ve been able to upend the market for phones and tablets. The one sore area for the company is the TV arena, where their Google TV devices has been lackluster as best. However, their recently released Chromecast take a different tack to this problem.

Instead of the trying to be the one box to rule them all, or at least in the living room, they’re going for the simpler is better approach with Chromecast. The $35 devices plugs into a HDMI port on your tv and is powered by the included micro-usb adapter. So what can you do with it? Well, not much at this point, you can launch Youtube or Netflix videos on your phone or tablet and then “sling” it over to the Chromecast to watch it on the big screen. You can also push Chrome browser websites to the big screen as well.

While you can’t do Amazon video or the other stuff that a full box like Google TV or Roku can do, the $35 price tag and simplicity in operation may just make this a good device for the living room tv. Check it out for yourself if you’re inclined.

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player


We recently got our hands on the hottest wifi security camera on the market – Dropcam. If you don’t know the name, then you’re probably not in the market for a cheap wifi based security camera system. The camera retails for $150 and provides with free web-based viewing of the footage from the Dropcam website. While the live viewing service is free, most people pony up for the $10/monthly fee to be able to record the footage for up to 7 days on Dropcam servers. Afterall, what good is a security camera if you can’t show the footage to the police or other sources after something happens? In fact, there is a 14 days of the DVR service free trial for new users who set up a Dropcam account.

So does the camera live up to its hype? Let’s review our experience.
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