What better way to save up for all those pricier objects of desire (be it gadgetry, housewares, or anything at all), than in a delightfully retro, yet simply modern piggy bank? As Elsewares describes the piece, "This beautiful piggy bank was cast from a mid-century mold and hand-glazed for an authentic 1950s feel. What's more, each bank comes with real, honest-to-goodness money inside (amount varies)." Yes. REAL MONEY. And no worries, there is a plastic stopper on the base of the pig, so there really is no need to take out the hammer quite yet. Unless you … Read more
Tired of carrying your wallet around? Well, how about if we say that your cell phone could replace it? A company called Obopay aims to do just that. This free mobile Web service lets you send and receive money via text messaging, a mobile WAP browser, or a mobile application that can be downloaded onto certain phones. (You'll have to check the site out to see if the downloadable app is available on your phone.) Also, when you sign up, you automatically get a $5 sign-up bonus.
The concept mirrors Paypal in a way--just send the amount you want … Read more
Our CNET editors have pulled together useful information on green technologies. The emphasis is on things available to the consumer right now, and many can save you energy and money.
Our Living With Technology report has reviews of hybrid cars and energy-saving products for your home. Also there's a section on Earth-friendly downloads that can be useful. And editor Michael Kanellos produced a video to show some things you can do at home to save money on energy.
Nothing lasts forever, so we even have a guide on how get rid of tech gear when the time comes.
How many pages does a Web 2.0 company have to flip a month to get on track one day hold an initial public offering?
A billion or more, says Opus Capital partner Ken Elefant, which is why his firm doesn't invest in them.
"Most of them are features," he said in an interview. "Most of them can't be long-term sustainable businesses."
Here's how Elefant comes up with his math. A web 2.0 company needs to be pulling in around $5 million in revenue a month to become an independent, viable publishing … Read more
Farecast, an airline ticket prediction and purchasing service, has launched a new Deals section that helps people find the best prices on tickets within a 90-day window. Unlike the recently launched Fare Guard, the Deals section is completely free and competes with other discount travel sites like TravelZoo and CheapTickets to aggregate flights that sell for a fraction of their typical cost. The service is currently limited to 38 major airports in the United States.
The search results are separated by the best deals, last-minute flights, weekend and weeklong flights, and flights for families. There's also a section for … Read more
Continuing today's theme of ridiculous luxury items is, of all things, a high-performance mouse pad. In what could easily be a parody, BornRich says the English-made "Formula 1 Mouse Mat" was designed with "state-of-the-art automotive 3D modeling software." The carbon-fiber pad has inlaid leather with Italian suede backing and, of course, a prominently embossed "F1" logo. The price for a racetrack-grade mouse pad? It lists for 260 pounds, or about $525. But it comes wrapped in F1 tissue paper, so it's not overpriced or anything.
"Do as I say, not as I do," probably summarizes the financial advice of many parents. Intuit, by contrast, aims for its new, Web-based Quicken Kids & Money to teach young children fiscal discipline while demanding attention from parents in the process. This $99 yearly subscription includes browser-based interfaces for parents and their 5- to 8-year-olds. The time seems ripe for an interactive service like this, given advertisers' colossal efforts to capture the hearts and minds of children along with the wallets of their parents.
Designed for integration into household habits rather than as a babysitting tool, Quicken … Read more
Unlike a lot of those other hot-shot bots, the "Robot Bank" isn't here to show off--it just goes about its business, encouraging you to save for the future and diligently toting up every penny you drop in. Don't try to cheat, either: It recognizes withdrawals and will make disapproving noises if you try to sneak a few bucks.
No matter where we travel, stateside or otherwise, we seem to exude tourist nerdism--which means we're an easy mark for pickpockets and con artists. So even after resorting to dorky money belts and the like, we could still use all the help we can get.
That's why we're so grateful to Tokyomango for pointing out this counterfeit bill detector, which uses ultraviolet rays to scan paper currency for authentication. It was introduced in Japan for that country's universally known camera-toting tourists, but we see no reason the technology should be limited to any particular population. If … Read more
If you're like most Crave readers, we assume that you want all the appropriate accoutrements for the Lamborghini resting comfortably in your garage. (That's what we tell our advertisers, anyway.) So we do our level best to keep you abreast of the latest technologies that bear the family name, such as the just-released "VX2" new generation of Asus laptops.
As the Gadgets Weblog points out, Asus has provided scant details in the specs department, so we don't know how much of an improvement the new version is over its maiden line. But let's face … Read more