Review of Stars Messenger app

Review of Stars: the private family messaging app that does not require a phone number

Here I’m reviewing Stars messaging, which our family has recently started using. It’s a phone and tablet app for families and kids who want a way to message each other without requiring a phone number. In other words, it can even work on a tablet with no data plan (so long as there is a Wi-Fi connection). First I’ll briefly explain how Stars works, then outline the pros and cons, and then I’ll explain why I feel it’s a safer fit for kids than other messaging apps on the market. More

MyPaymentsPlus review

MyPaymentsPlus review – school payments system

Here is a review of MyPaymentsPlus – the school payment system which I as a parent have used to make cafeteria payments for my kids. It’s legit, but has a few drawbacks. It still offers significant advantages over paying checks manually to the school though. Read on to find out the pros and cons. More

Coffee break

What is the Amazon Fire tablet for under $50, releasing September 30th?

To make sure you have the facts when the topic comes up in social chitchat, we cover what you need to know about the under $50 Amazon Fire tablet which is releasing in under a week, on September 30th 2015.

It can be pre-ordered now if you want, but I strongly recommend you read this article first, since there are some “ifs and buts” that may apply to you. More

Yandex mail sign

Yandex free email review – a better alternative to Yahoo or Hotmail

This is new today in our Coffee Break series of articles. I realized yesterday that not everyone has heard of Yandex mail yet, so I thought this would be a good time to review it for you.

Yandex is a well-known alternative to Google, Yahoo, etc overseas but only just starting to trend now in the US. I’ve had an email account with Yandex for almost two years now, so I feel I am in a good position to give you an unbiased review. Read this post to find out why I feel it’s a better alternative to Yahoo or Hotmail! More