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Clipping Pixels: Money Saving Sites for Students

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Internet coupon sites have been springing up over the last few years and money tight college students can benefit from the discounted meals, products and services.

Sites that present deals as a result of having bulk offers or gambits from business that want the influx of business are an easy place to look for deals. has started using mailing information and past purchases to recommend deals to customers via email. These deals are best suited to beauty treatments and gifts.

Living social offers discounted prices on outings and various classes. These are best tailored for those who want to have a fun trip or take a burlesque dance on the cheap.

The best blessing brought about by Groupon are the “Now!” deals that feature deals happening within a few miles of your current location and usually expire by the end of the day. The Now! deals have some great quick meal options that are fairly consistent. Almost every day the Subway in Porter Ranch 2 miles from CSUN offers a foot long, a large drink and a yoghurt parfait for $6. Taco Llama 3.4 miles away from school on Saticoy offers a $10 coupon worth $15 for food.

Living Social and Groupon are also available as apps for mobile devices so you can spot deals on the go!


Written by iktor23

May 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

New portable charger keeps smartphone alive for two weeks

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Credit: Lilliputian Systems

Lilliputian Systems is releasing their new portable fuel cell that will enable smartphone users to keep their devices charged for a least two weeks.

The company will be selling their product through gadget retailer Brookstone.

An upside to this new product that it charges any device that uses a USB cable. Another plus is its size, which not much bigger than a cigarette lighter.

The chargers are powered by butane, which is what you find in cigarette lighters. Lilliputian Systems didn’t disclose how much the cartridges would cost, but Mouli Ramani, vice president of business development at Lilliputian Systems, said it would cost around a cup of coffee at Starbucks, according to an article by CNET.

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May 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Couple proves that diesel technology still works

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Credit: Volkswagen USA

When people think of diesel cars, they think of huge plumes of black soot shooting out the back end of the car.

When Volkswagen thinks of diesel cars, they think of a vehicle capable of 84.1 miles to the gallon.

That’s what John and Helen Taylor did in their 2012 Passat TDI.

The couple traveled 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of gas from Houston,TX to Sterling, VA.

This isn’t the first time Volkswagen has gotten attention for their diesel vehicles. The German automotive group has been producing class-leading diesel engines and had their Jetta TDI named Green Car of the Year a few years back.

While the rest of the automotive world is building hybrids, Volkswagen still believes in clean diesel technology.

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May 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Ford’s safety feature has drivers worrying about what’s in the sky

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Credit: Jalopnik

The woman behind the wheel of her 2009 Shelby GT500 didn’t expect her engine to pop out of the hood when she got into a car accident back in April.

But the engineers at Ford had different plans. Ford had developed a new ejection technology that separates the front end of the car from the rest of the frame in a front-end collision.

The reason why anyone would want their front end to separate from their car is simple: so that their engine doesn’t blow up in front of them.

Though the new technology worked and saved the woman’s life, it did cause another car to hit it, causing another accident.

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May 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Williams-Sonoma finds a new way to light the grill

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Credit: Williams-Sonoma

It almost looks like your mother’s curling iron, but I doubt that she would want to put an object near her head that can heat up to 1,256 degrees Fahrenheit.

So what is it then? The folks from Williams-Sonoma are now selling what is essentially an $80 lighter to start your grill.

But why is it so special? The Looftlighter Electric Firestarter offers consumers to safely light their grills without having to use lighter fluid or any other harmful chemical that could transfer to their food.

The device is powered by using a 10-foot electrical cord, which cuts back on lighter fluid expenses.

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May 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

LED bulbs look to brighten future of lighting

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Credit: GE

Technology never stops advancing, even when it comes to lighting. General Electric debuted a new LED bulb that has the same power as a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

GE’s LED light uses just 27 watts while giving off 1,600 lumens, according to an article by CNET.

While it is exciting to see that there have been developments in the lighting industry, one question still remains: how much will this cost?

Because LED technology is still relatively new, the cost of producing these bulbs will be high at the beginning. But since these will be new to the market, don’t expect these bulbs to be affordable.

Right now, GE has a nine-watt LED bulb that retails for $5o. One can only imagine how much a 27-watt LED would cost.

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May 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Low on Health? Wii Games Designed to Get Players Moving

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Gym memberships can be expensive and even if one has a membership, it’s sometimes difficult to be motivated enough to get up and make the trek to the gym. For those who want to exercise no matter what the weather is like or for those who just don’t feel the motivation to leave the house, the Nintendo Wii system has several fun video games that are designed to be fun disguised as exercise.


Just Dance

The Just Dance franchise is one of the best selling franchises for the Wii and with good reason. It combines new and old songs which prompt players to dance along with a character on screen. Just Dance 2 and 3 have special “Just Sweat” modes that track how many “sweat points” are burned in a work out and encourage you to dance at least a certain number of songs per day and reach a certain number of sweat points in a week. Just Dance 3 is also available for Xbox 360 and Ps3.


Zumba Fitness

Where Just Dance has a player hold the Wii mote in hand, Zumba comes with a belt that serves as a holster for the Wiimote. The hands free game play allows the player to focus on dancing. The game unlocks levels of higher difficulty as the player gets better at doing the Zumba routines that are comparable to real Zumba classes. It may seem very fast paced and even a bit difficult to keep up with at first but the game really induces a sweat in the player. Zumba fitness is also available for Xbox 360 and Ps3.

The Biggest Loser

This is a more traditional work out endeavor. Players can enter a number of weeks to adhere to a program. Exercises are presented and in addition to the physical activity in the game, players are also given a number of healthy recipes and life style tips to help get in shape away from the console as well.

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May 8, 2012 at 2:59 am