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Tech-Focused Super Bowl 2014 Commercials Feb 03, 2014 | NextWorth

Millions gathered around their TVs last night to watch the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle it out to hoist the Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl XLVIII champions! Seattle took home that honor in a game that was nearly a blow out. If you’re a Denver fan (or not a football fan at all) you probably kept your attention to the Super Bowl commercials rather than the big game—us too! We were thrilled to see commercials that featured our favorite brands and tech devices. Take a look at some of the best tech-worthy Super Bowl commercials: T-Mobile – No Contract http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrG-7otAClw Tim Tebow helped T-Mobile showcase that it’s better to be without a contract. Without a contract, Tim Tebow has delivered a baby, tackled the unknown, and accomplished so much. He says, “contracts hold you back” that being said, switch to T-Mobile and they will buy you out of your current wireless contract. Doritos Time Machine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-P0Hs0ADJY In this fan created commercial, Mr. Smith is convinced by a little kid named Jimmy to use his time machine that’s powered by Doritos. As Jimmy is snacking on Mr. Smith’s Doritos, Mr. Smith believes he’s actually transported into the future! Beats Music — Ellen DeGeneres Cameo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_eiTQy1QZw Ellen DeGeneres is searching for the perfect music to dance to in this alternative version of “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears.” Papa Bear’s music was too fast and Mama Bear’s music was too slow. However, by using the Beats Music app she found the perfect pop music to dance to in a bear’s den. Squarespace — A Better Website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZnUG0EFPkU From memes, the duck face, and being pressured to ‘Like’ everything, the web sure has changed. The commercial sums it up as, “we can’t change what the web has become, but we can change what it will be.” Squarespace believes a better web starts with your website. Sonos — Fill Your Home with Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61yTY6oz3BQ Use any of your favorite music playing apps to play classical music, hip hop, indie, and everything in between. Sonos wants to fill your home with music using a wireless HiFi system. What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial of the night—tech-focused or otherwise? Please share in the comments below! 


Apps to Discover Local Eats and Treats Jan 21, 2014 | NextWorth

We’ve all been there—when we’re hungry, but no one in the group can make a decision on where to eat. Whether its lunch, dinner, or a sweet dessert, there are so many restaurant options out there that it can be tough to choose. Luckily, there’s an app for that! [caption id="attachment_2695" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Image via http://lifehacker.com"][/caption] Check out our top apps to discover new restaurants:

OpenTable

This app is most known for its ability to help you make reservations at over 20,000 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With OpenTable, you can also explore restaurants and earn reward points for each reservation.

Yelp

The most known and trusty app for helping you find the businesses you’re looking for. Yelp allows you to search for places to eat or drink then you can read reviews from an active community of locals.

Foodspotting

Focus on the food, not the restaurants with foodspotting! This app is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Follow friends and experts to view their recommended dishes.

Clean Plates

If you live in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn), Los Angeles, and Austin, TX, you’re in for a treat with this app that allows you to quickly and easily find the healthiest restaurants nearby.

Foursquare

Not only can you keep up and met up with friends on-the-go, but you can discover the best places nearby. Search local restaurants and read helpful tips from friends and other Foursquare users.

Do you love dining in rather than eating out? Check out these food and cooking apps to conquer the kitchen.

5 Ways to Make and Save Money in 2014 Jan 16, 2014 | NextWorth

Still sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? Most of us have high aspirations for 2014 and the promises of a new year. Whether it’s being healthier, working out more, or getting a promotion, our goals are still in sight. In order to meet our goals and live a better life, it’s nice to have extra money on hand for the things we want and need the most. To help, we’ve compiled 5 ways to make and save money in 2014. [caption id="attachment_2686" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Image via http://allwomenstalk.com"][/caption]

  1. Get a job, start a business, find contract work. Whatever it is, find something that you can handle and that pays. Search online, ask friends and family, or just inquire at local establishments in person. Begin the job hunt for your first job or a new job and start spending smartly once the money begins rolling in.
  2. Save and budget. Once you have some form of income, look for ways to save and budget, or find ways to get a raise or pick up a secondary income. A quick way to save money is to eliminate excessive eating out. Instead, take the effort to spend a little extra time making substantial meals to keep you fuller longer without breaking the bank.
  3. Set aside money. As the cash (or paychecks) come in, make it a habit to set aside a certain portion of your earnings each pay period. Save it in a bank to collect interest and have on hand for emergencies or that new house you’ve been wanting for years. And as loose change piles up, collect it in an empty jar and save it for a rainy day.
  4. Avoid unnecessary spending. That candy bar you see while you’re waiting in the line to check out at the grocery store? Yeah, you don’t really need that. Avoid purchases that aren’t necessary. If you go to the store with a list of everything you need or want to get, stick to the list and you’ll be less likely to impulse buy.
  5. Sell electronics. Do you have old or barely-used electronics hanging around? Instead of letting them collect dust, sell them for money or trade them in for something you really want. With NextWorth you can easily sell electronics for top dollar without all the hassle. Whether it’s online or in-store, NextWorth will work with you to get a fair price for your old or unused gadgets. Earn and save money in just a few easy steps!
Want to upgrade your electronics? Use the NextWorth Discover prepaid card to receive a 5% bonus value on your next trade-In, on top of any promo codes already used.

CES 2014: Top Tech Announced Jan 15, 2014 | NextWorth

The Consumer Electronics Show took Las Vegas by storm last week with tech companies from across the globe showcasing their latest innovations. From robots, wearable tech, curved screens, to the Internet of things, booths showcased must-have tech items. [caption id="attachment_2678" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Image via http://gadgets.ndtv.com/"][/caption] Take a look at some of the key tech announced at CES 2014:

  • More Smartphones: Sony announced the Xperia Z1S which will be available in the U.S. through T-Mobile starting January 22. NDTV Gadgets compiled a roundup of other smartphones announced at CES.
  • Intuitive Products: Intel has vowed to “make everything smart” launching a myriad of Intel Smart devices at the show, including a smartwatch, smart ear buds, smart headset, and smart wireless charging bowl.
  • Three Dimensional Tech: Forget 3D printers, you need a 3D drawing pen! According to the 3Doodler website, “as 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure.”
  • Smart TVs: Samsung showcased a 105-inch and 85-inch curved Ultra HD TVs with 4K resolution. The 85-inch version is versatile and can move from curved to flat with the press of a button.
  • Drones and AI: Parrot debuted MiniDrone, a small flying quadcopter controlled by a smartphone or tablet. Keecker announced an Android-based robot that can a project a 1280x800-pixel resolution on the wall.
  • Car Tech: Ford took reusable energy to the next level with the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi, a sun-powered hybrid car. The vehicle features a roof-mounted solar panel that collects energy for power.
Whether you plan to purchase this tech when it’s officially available or just appreciate the novelty of tech announced at CES, NextWorth can help you go get the gadgets you really want! Sell electronics on NextWorth.com and get the money you need to upgrade today. What was your favorite tech announced at this year’s CES? Share in the comments below!

This Day in History: Apple iPhone in Review Part 2 Jan 09, 2014 | NextWorth

January 9, 2007 would forever change the evolution of cellular devices. Steve Jobs announced a new mobile phone that would combine an iPod and phone with Internet communication—otherwise known as the iPhone. As we take a look at this day in history for Apple, it’s interesting to look at how far the iPhone has progressed over the years. Let’s travel back in time to celebrate this transformation. Happy birthday, iPhone—here’s to all the new tech to come! [caption id="attachment_2665" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Image via http://imore.com/"][/caption] To continue and update the Apple iPhone in Review story, let’s take a look at the most recent additions to the iPhone family along with their predecessors. From “internet communicator” to smartphone to whatever comes next. Original iPhone

  • 3.5 inch screen complete with touchscreen display
  • Phone, music, and internet capabilities, but expensive for the average consumer
iPhone 3G
  • Twice as fast and half the price compared to its predecessor
  • Boasts redesigned casing, metal buttons, and tapered edges
iPhone 3GS
  • Faster and more powerful with new upgrades
  • Better quality and higher resolution camera and video capabilities
iPhone 4
  • 100 new features, all new design, and all new screen resolution
  • Uninsulated stainless steel frame that conveniently acts as the device’s antennae
iPhone 4S
  • The antenna is solid, the camera high quality, and Siri a successful big leap
  • Voice recognition system complete with cloud storage service
iPhone 5
  • Thinner, lighter, and amazingly fast LTE
  • Boasts a 4 inch screen and iOS 6 software
iPhone 5C
  • Cheaper, but still high quality as it boasts more LTE bands and a better FaceTime camera
  • On the outside it has new candy colored shells that match the new iOS 7 palette
iPhone 5S
  • Apple A7 64 bit performance and battery life, and iOS 7 software
  • Its 120 frames per second and fingerprint ID sensor mark the iPhone 5S as the new flagship phone from Apple
Something that doesn’t change year after year is the fact that we continue to look to Apple for the innovative breakthroughs and cool new tech products. After all we’ve seen so far, who knows what will be the next big thing or the coolest upgrade. Bigger screens, new technologies, endless possibilities. But one thing is clear—the best is yet to come. Looking to upgrade your smartphone to get the latest Apple devices? Sell electronics with NextWorth to get the most cash when you need it!