Weekend reads: Tech, toys, and your 401(k)
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This weekend, we offer a helpful dose of financial advice with some 401(k) tips and a look at life insurance. Then we get techie: a new way to pay with your phone, stopping those pesky mobile ads, and making Barbie your kid's new best friend.
Saving for retirement is trick, and let’s be honest — a lot of Americans are bad at it. There’s a lot to take in, and how are you even supposed to know how much money you’ll need by the time you retire? This article takes a look at one of the more popular retirement savings instruments — the 401(k) — and how much you should have saved up at various points in your life. Everyone’s situation is obviously different, but this should give you some good ballpark numbers at how your saving is going.
Remember when Apple Pay reminded people they could use their phones to pay for things at stores? Remember when Discover wasn’t really on board with the whole thing? Well, good news: you can now add your Discover card to Apple Pay. Even better news? 10% cash back on all in-store purchases until the end of the year. Pay-by-phone may not be perfect yet, but it’s nice to see a big name get with the times.
Yes, this is technically Weekend Reads, but consider this entry a Weekend Listen. We’ll let it slide because it’s about one of our favorite topics — life insurance! This podcast is a pretty good intro to life insurance in its various forms, with a little investment talk on the side. If you find yourself driving in your car and need something to listen to, why not be productive and educate yourself?
Talking toys have been around for a while, and kids have been pulling drawstrings and pushing plush tummies for decades. But now that we can have conversations with our phones, Barbie-maker Mattel has decided to go back to the drawing board and create toys that will talk back. Take a pretty cool look behind the scenes of creating this new generation of toys. Just try not to think about all of the movies about toys becoming self-aware and try to kill everyone.
Ad blockers have become huge on computers as web surfers try desperately to escape full-page ads, auto-play videos, and flashing, seizure-inducing banners. In fact, in the US alone there are 45 million people who use ad blockers regularly. But it’s a feature that’s been hit or miss on mobile platforms, and usually more miss than hit. But with the release of iOS 9, Apple is allowing ad blockers in the App Store. As the article notes, they’re technically "content blockers," as they’ll block other things that slow sites down, but they’re not fooling anyone. We all know what we’re using them for. Take a look at the reviews for three of the more popular apps to hit the store.
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