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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.

Family game night 2.0: Smartphone games on the TV that everyone can play

Family game night revamped

Struggling to get in that quality time with your family? What you need is a good old-fashioned family game night — except instead of breaking out the board games, you’ll be huddled around a TV trying to crush your competition. Or, like, fostering family togetherness. Same difference.

There are plenty of couch co-op games that the whole family can enjoy. Your mobile device becomes the controller. Technology really is amazing, isn’t it? Here’s a look at just a few of your options for family-friendly smartphone gaming.

Family game night 2.0: Smartphone games on the TV that everyone can play

Family game night revamped

Struggling to get in that quality time with your family? What you need is a good old-fashioned family game night — except instead of breaking out the board games, you’ll be huddled around a TV trying to crush your competition. Or, like, fostering family togetherness. Same difference.

There are plenty of couch co-op games that the whole family can enjoy. Your mobile device becomes the controller. Technology really is amazing, isn’t it? Here’s a look at just a few of your options for family-friendly smartphone gaming.

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.

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