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Ebates Cyber Monday Sale Is In Full Swing With Money-Making Deals.

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A few weeks ago, I added a topic about my favorite onlne shopping strategies.

And, it is indeed a strategic endeavour, especially if you are looking to save or make money while completing the process.

And, the best site out there to make – yes, I said MAKE money – is EBATES.COM program.

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Shopping Online For The Holiday Season: The 2014 GTG Edition

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‘Tis the season for pretty much everything. Partying, Eating, Celebrating and best of all Shopping!

The first three events are cause for celebration and good will.

But the shopping thing? Mmmm not so much at times.

We love to shop for ourselves – that’s a given. But what about everyone else on your list? And where can you get the best bang for your buck?

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Here Mini Mini Mini Mini Mini! My Grandchildren Can’t Wait To Meet You


Well, if all the rumors are true and Apple does release their iPad Mini on September 12th, then my Christmas shopping is a done deal.

Oh yes, each of my 3.5 grandchildren are under the age of 6, yet, when they come and visit me, they can’t wait to get their hands on their favorite toy – my iPad.

Well, I am done fighting with them. Sometimes, you just have to see the writing on the wall and understand where this whole technology craze is taking us and embrace it.

And, truth be told, I have been the biggest instigator in terms of turning my grandchildren into full-fledged geeks. Between the iPad and the AirPlay feature on my Apple TV 3 Unit, the day breezes by.

We explore the latest educational apps, stream videos to Apple TV via AirPlay and then wind down while watching iTunes-purchased musical theatre films on Apple TV.

But, nature-lovers, do not be alarmed. In between geeking time, I do make sure that these kiddies have outside time, where they can release their pent-up energy and act like energetic and fun-loving kids.

It’s all about the balance, correct?

But balance can mean so many things – like having a one-hour camp-out in the back yard tent with an iPad in hand to pass the time. Plus a walkie-talkie so we can fully communicate with the kids at all times. Talk about mixing the past with the present? It doesn’t get better than this.

So, Apple Mini – or whatever your name shall be – you shall be a huge success. Personally, the new iPad is perfect for me, but, for the children, the Mini is the way to go.

It’s lighter, more compact and small little fingers and keen little eyes can maneuver those shrunken apps with proficiency and dexterity.

So, if all goes as planned, I will be finished shopping for Christmas in September. How about you?

Bye Bye Apple Genius Ads! I Shall Miss You!


What is going on at Apple? And why is there a lack of humor and child-lack wonder in the tech blogosphere?

The now infamous Apple Genius commercials which were aired during the opening of the Olympics have mysteriously disappeared. Why? Because they weren’t pretentious enough, I guess. The Apple fanboys and girls thought they were childish, immature, unrelatable, misleading – oh, just pick a negative word and add it here.

You know? Whatever!! I thought they captured the fun-like atmosphere of the Apple Store experience. That wonderful, non-intimidating, carefree environment that made everyone of every age and geek level comfortable.


Apple should not have succumbed to the media pressure and pulled these ads off the network. They have a history of never yielding to public demand so why now?

Just because a few, albeit noteworthy, tech journalists went all negative and embarrassed over these ads do not necessarily make them correct in their thinking.

Apple commercials need to be innovative – yes – but also relevant. Apple needs to attract a core audience beyond the “Oh look at me, I have the latest Apple device” mentality.

There are millions upon millions of people out there still walking the fine line between Android and Apple. They have no idea which step to take next.

Well, with these commercials, they were warmly invited to step and move in the direction of the Apple Stores to, you know, browse and hang-out and explore. Potentially to buy!

And, if you have an Apple project that is giving you problems, then the Apple Genius or staff members are more than willing to help.

That’s all these commercials were saying! Nothing more. Nothing less. And the tech world had to smash and bash them.

Trevor Moran: He May Be A Geek But He’s A Dancing Geek.

This kid is so adorable. His name is Trevor Moran and he has risen to fame via his fantastic dancing YouTube videos.

This kid has spunk, I tell ya! And talent as well. He lines his body up so well with the camera – it is a lesson in creative spontaneity.

The kid has some neat moves and great facial expression. I loved his slow-mo choreography at around the 2:20 mark. Very neat!

While he was dancing, I was watching the people in the background. Too much fun! One guy, to Trevor’s left, looked up and then resumed his discussion with an Apple employee. Like this was no big deal. Like this happens every day – which it probably does.

And then there was the statuesque glamor girl who provided back-up choreography. She’s gorgeous. Sign her up as a model – she could make big money.

For the record, this is the quietest Apple Store I have ever seen. Usually, I need an oxygen mask when I visit the Apple Store – there are so many people one can barely breathe. In fact, it’s usually wall-to-wall people.


it was cool to see some Apple Employees join in the fun – that’s what this store is all about, after all, innovation and excitement and, most of all, pure, unadulterated fun.


As I was watching Trevor it got me thinking: “Who are his parents”? “How do you spawn a creative, cool , uninhibited kid like Trevor”? “In six years, will my granddaughter be doing this”? If so, I will be right there front and center, cheering her on! I love kids like Trevor – they embrace life and have little care for what people think or say about them or anybody else.

Steve Jobs must be smiling now. He wanted his Apple Stores to be similar to a Disney-like adventure and, sure enough, it looks like he dream is unfolding as it should.

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