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Roundup: Shake yourself awake, Apple iWatch success, new gadget buy-back site, more



Trouble waking up in the morning? Shake yourself awake with the Wake N Shake Alarm Clock app, where you have to shake your mobile device to get it to stop.  USA Today

Apple agreement over apps purchased by kids: Apple has agreed to reimburse parents for the in-app purchases – virtual goods their kids bought in mobile apps – without their knowledge.  New York Times

Secret of success: Apple is purportedly developing a smart watch with a curved display that wraps around your wrist. But its success will depend on how durable it will be.   Wired

New buy-back source: Here's a new service you can use to sell your used iPhones, iPads and video game consoles. At, users can compare prices from several buy-back vendors instantly, and click to complete the sale on the buyer's website. It also shows you trade-in value compared with selling to a private party market value. Payments are by check, PayPal or store credit.

Finding the best cellphone plan: Can't decide which mobile phone service provider is the best for you? Here's a quick breakdown of the major carriers.   Christian Science Monitor

Unleash the fox: Mozilla announced it will launch its own mobile phones running its new Firefox mobile operating system.

Apps for the news junkie:
Love to be in the know? Here are the best apps for following breaking news.   Wired

Measuring rain with your cell phone?
Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered a way to measure the amount of rain using cellphone signals.

Knee protector for air travelers: Don't want the passenger in front of you to lean the seats back and kill your knee? You can ask them to stay upright, but if that doesn't work, try the Knee Defender and lock it down.   Business Insider

Blast from the past:
From an Etch-a-Sketch to the original Nintendo Game Boy, here are some nostalgia-inducing gadgets from our childhood.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:14pm]


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