Tips for Living with Tech in Today’s World and Beyond

Getting ready for the holidays? These apps can help with planning the perfect party. Plus, in this issue you’ll find some tips for buying specific gadgets. Tech Bites gathers the latest tips and trends from online publications and techie websites…to help you live better with and plan for technology.

 

APPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The 6 Best Free Christmas Cooking and Recipe Apps

If you’re looking to cook up a Christmas storm, these recipe apps are packed full of festive treats sure to keep friends and family happy. — Joe Keeley, MUO

Apps to Help Manage Meals for Different Dietary Needs

Cooking and dining out don’t have to be difficult, whether your children have allergies or guests have food restrictions. — Debi Lewis, Wired

Best Vegetarian and Vegan Apps

These vegetarian and vegan apps let you find recipes and restaurants, and chat with others who share your plant-based diet. — Ryan Dube, MUO

How to Preserve and Share Grandma’s Recipes

Going digital can save time and money and keep family traditions alive. — Ashley Memory, Wired

The Top 5 Apps for Hosting a Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Take the hassle out of organizing a Secret Santa gift exchange and use these great, free Android and iOS apps. — Joe Keeley, MUO

 

advent-wreath-gb1d9bbe66_1920GIFT SHOPPING?

Why You Shouldn’t Buy an Amazon Fire Tablet for Your Kids

Do kids like the Amazon Fire tablet? Perhaps you’re thinking about buying one for your family. — Christian Cawley, MUO

The 6 Most Important Specs to Check Before Buying a Smart TV

In the market for a smart TV? If you know these specs, you’ll cut through the jargon and get a better deal. — Katie Rees, MUO

Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Thinking of buying a new robotic vacuum for your home? There are 10 things you need to know first. — John Awa-Abuon, MUO

 

GIFTS OF THE FUTURE?

Smart Glasses: What Went Wrong the First Time, and Are We Now Ready?

Smart glasses didn’t initially make it too far, but are they now coming back? Let’s take a look. — Stefan Ionescu, MUO

Facebook Reaches for More Realistic VR With Haptic Gloves

The company has unveiled a new prototype wearable that mimics the feeling of handling real objects in the virtual world. — Lauren Goode, Wired

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space. — Lauren Goode, Wired

 

electric-car-g7a7fa2489_1920IN THE NEWS

Computers With Foldable Screens Will Make Laptops and Tablets Obsolete

They’re a peek at a future where our devices adapt to us, rather than the other way around. — Owen Williams, OneZero

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Used electric vehicle batteries could be the Achilles’ heel of the transportation revolution—or the gold mine that makes it real. — Gregory Barber & Aarian Marshall, Wired

The Home of the Future Could Be Powered by Microbes

An ecological vision of architecture promises to provide electricity by integrating living systems into the walls of our homes. — Thomas McMullan, OneZero