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Save on your textbooks this year with digital eBooks and old-school options

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Save with digital textbooks, eBooks and old-school paper

It’s no secret that textbooks can be a huge financial burden on students. Being smart about how you purchase or rent books can bring the cost down in a big way. We’re going to talk about some ways to save on textbooks by going digital or being savvy when buying real books.

Keep in mind, the digital textbook market is far from all-encompassing and is certainly more attuned to the needs of students studying Dickens and Shakespeare than those hunting down the 9th edition of some obscure quantum physics textbook. We’re going to scale out some of the players in the digital textbook market and see how Amazon, Google and Apple stack up.

If you love paper or have little success finding digital copies of your books, don’t worry. We’ve included some old-school, tried and true tips as well as a few affordable online retail aggregators of second-hand books and textbooks for rent.

Ten helpful (and free) resources for homework help

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Get homework help when you need it most

Looking for homework help beyond the classroom? From useful websites to free mobile apps, there’s lots of ways to supplement your studies digitally for free.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite homework help resources. Find an app for those tricky one-off questions or discover an extensive lecture series to bulk up your overall knowledge. All of these resources are free, engaging and easy to use. We’ve also included some kid specific resources for the little scholar in your life.

A roundup of some of the best smartphones for teens

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Ting’s got the best smartphones for teens

Teenage smartphone ownership is a win-win for parents and kids. You get a direct line to your teen and they get access to talk and text, surfing and social media. On Ting, you also get admin control of the account and how much any phone can use while your teen gets to demonstrate how responsible they can be without the risk of accidentally using a ton of mobile data.

If your kid is due for a new phone or has shown responsible ownership with an old flip phone or hand-me-down, it might be time to look into a new model.

So what kind of gear does a teen really need? A user-friendly OS, fast processing and sharp selfie and front cameras can’t hurt. We’ve included two affordable Android options as well as Apple’s entry-level iPhone (the priciest phone on our list).

Top rated smartphones for professionals

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The best professional smartphones for making your next move

Stay connected with a phone that lets you do it all. We’re talking email, calling, streaming and running multiple apps at once without everything falling apart. Here’s a rundown of some of the top rated smartphones for professionals around in three price brackets. These phones come ready to work and are made for task management, organization, multitasking and easily keep up with your busy day.

Best small business smartphones for today’s entrepreneur

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Small business smartphones for every budget

Entrepreneurship is no easy feat, and today’s advanced mobile tools should help you get the job done, not stand in your way. If you need a new mobile device that keeps up with you and your business, look no further. We’ve got your best small business smartphones in entry-level, mid-range and high-end models.

If you need to get phones for a team, Ting is ideally suited with administrative controls that put you in control of how much mobile data your account, and each phone that accesses it, can use in a given month.

Five great apps for parents

Recommended apps for parents

Becoming a parent is a pretty marvellous thing. One day its all about you and the next its all about your brand new kiddo, their hopes and dreams, their trials eating vegetables and tribulations potty-training.

apps for parentsOkay, if you’re a parent you’re probably aware that rearing your very own rugrat isn’t always glamorous. Between making endless PB and J sandwiches, driving kids to and from soccer practice and your dreaded return to long division homework, being a modern parent is no easy feat.

Luckily, technology is on your side. The market is flooded with great apps for parents with kids of all ages. And we’ve rounded up five of our favorites.

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