How to Plan a Perfect Wedding Without Spending a Fortune

Planning your wedding or the wedding of a friend or family member is an exciting experience. It can also be a little bit of a scary experience, especially if you’re worried about the cost of the wedding. Many people overspent on their wedding, eating up all of their savings and starting off their married life deep in debt. That’s no way to start your happy marriage so plan your wedding wisely instead. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to make smart decisions that will make your wedding plans affordable but beautiful. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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First of all, take care of the absolute essentials before you start worrying about additional expenses. Don’t spend a ton of money renting a hall or other location. Instead, talk to your local church or park about having your wedding there for a more reasonable price. To save even more money, hold your wedding in your own backyard or in the backyard of a friend with a nice home. It’s a lot less expensive to clean and decorate a space than to rent one.

Next, look for affordable transportation options for the bride and groom. Choose local providers over national chains and talk to other newlyweds for advice on finding a great service. For example, if you need limousine service in Brooklyn, choose a well-established and respected provider like Hollywood SUV. You don’t want to spend your big day worrying about getting to where you need to go.

For your dress, don’t go shopping at a ridiculously overpriced bridal shop. Instead, either try out one of the national chain stores or look for a dress that’s been pre-owned. You don’t even need to wear a dress that’s marketed as a wedding dress, as any white, formal dress will look completely appropriate and classy. Similarly, let the men in your wedding party wear whatever suits they already have.

Save money on food by hiring your favorite local restaurant instead of a fancy catering company. If you know any aspiring chefs or excellent home cooks, offer them a reasonable rate to provide food for your wedding reception. You should probably choose a professional cake, however, since wedding cakes are notoriously difficult to do correctly.

Saving money on your wedding is a smart move. Start married life well with money you haven’t wasted.

Here’s how to watch the Samsung Gear S3 launch livestream

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Watch the Samsung Gear S3 livestream

Samsung is expected to unveil the next generation of its Gear S3 smartwatch in Berlin this evening. If you want to tune in and watch the presentation, head to Samsung’s newsroom and following the streaming instructions. The event will be held in the Tempodrom at 6pm CET. We’ll also have plenty of coverage – so stay tuned for all the details.

Samsung Gear S3 design

A pair of renders which are reportedly of the Samsung Gear S3 have appeared online. Published bySammobile, these images you can see below show a design that markedly similar to the previous generation. These images are from a Walmart listing for a screen protector cover for the Gear S3, reported Sammobile. Samsung will unveil the new wearable this week at IFA, and we’ll be there to provide with all the coverage.

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The Gear S2, released last year, sold extremely well. Upon release, daily sales of the wearable in South Korea were over double what the original Gear S smartwatch achieved. While Samsung’s global smartwatch sales still pale in comparison to Apple’s wearable figures, this growth is no doubt stoking the fires of Samsung’s desire to gain more footing in a still primordial market, which it has grown into through high-end smartwatches along with fitness bands, such as the recently released Gear Fit2.

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Indeed, Samsung has taken the initiative early on, breaking free of Google’s Android Wear platform to run its devices on its own in-house Tizen software, which the company has also been rumored to move its smartphones to. This stroke of independent thinking is another string to Samsung’s bow, adding to the solidity of its foundation in this burgeoning sector.

While many have prematurely heralded the demise of smartwatches, and their usefulness at this point in time is certainly open to question, the numbers tell of growth, and Samsung seems keen to continue pursuing its wearable interests.

So far, we have heard rumors that the Gear S3 will arrive in the form of three variants. There is said to be a Gear S3 Classic, mirroring the S2 Classic, a Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Explorer.

It seems as though all variants will have a rotatory bezel, just like the Gear S2, but there will be a new array of sensors: an altimeter, barometer and speedometer, as well as GPS. There will also be additional buttons placed around the bezel and more easily interchangeable wristbands.

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It’s unclear at the moment whether these new features will extend across the entire range, or what exactly sets the different models apart, but given the names Frontier and Explorer, we can expect these two to have a more adventurous setup.

With an unveiling at IFA early next month seeming very likely (the Gear S and S2 were both launched at IFA), an October release date would be a safe bet, as well.

How to watch Sunday’s Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidates will gather in Charleston South Carolina on Sunday January 17 for the latest debate.

The fourth debate between candidates is co-hosted by NBC and YouTube, with coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

Unlike previous debates which featured multiple rounds full of candidates, Sunday’s gathering will only have three participants: former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.

For those with access to local NBC programming, the debate will be carried live. For those who’ve cut the cord, you watch the debate using one of the methods outlined below:

  • Tune into NBC’s YouTube channel
  • Use the NBC News app for Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TVor Roku.
  • Apple TV owners can search the App Store for “NBC News.”

NBC News notes the official hashtag for the debate is #DemDebate, which will allow you to follow along or contribute to social commentary.

How to watch this weekend’s NFL games online


The division round of the NFL playoffs will kick off this weekend. On Saturday, we will see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots, and later that night the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals will go head-to-head.

The next day the Seattle Seahawks will look to take down the red-hot Carolina Panthers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the Denver Broncos.

Whether you subscribe to cable or not. Here are all of the different ways you can tune in:


Games will be shown on CBS, NBC and Fox. These channels can be accessed with a cable subscriptions, or for free over-the-air with a digital antenna, such as the AmazonBasics HDTV Antennaor the Mohu Curve.


CBS will live-stream the Chiefs-Patriots game on Saturday and the Steelers-Broncos game on Sunday and the CBS Sports app for Android, iOS, Windows 10, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku. The stream will be available for free to everyone, even those who don’t subscribe to cable. The network will also stream the AFC championship game on January 24 and the Super Bowl on February 7 for free.

Both Fox and NBC will also be streaming games, but you will be required to log in with a participating cable provider. The Seahawks-Panthers game (as well as the NFC Championship game on January 24) will be available for cable subscribers on the Fox Sports Go website, as well as the company’s Android and iOS mobile apps.

Cable subscribers can watch the Packers-Cardinals game on the NBC Sports Live Extra website and through the company’s Android and iOS mobile app.

Verizon customers

Verizon subscribers can watch all of the games for free directly from their iPhone or Android smartphone using the NFL Mobile app. Streaming the game will likely eat up a good chunk of your data, so be sure to have Wi-Fi enabled.


NFL fans who live overseas can stream all postseason games live or on-demand with NFL Game Pass. The service costs $100 for a full year of access, but it’s not worth it to subscribe if you haven’t done so already. You can, however, sign up for a free 7-day trial.

How to enable Night Shift in iOS 9.3

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Apple on Monday announced iOS 9.3. The upcoming operating system is currently available in both developer and public beta form. Apple provided no timing on when the general public would have access to the update.

iOS 9.3 is perhaps the most significant update we’ve seen during the middle of an OS life cycle. Typically Apple waits to release as many new features in a single OS update until the fall (e.g., going from iOS 8 to iOS 9).

In fact, there are seven big features you can expect in the upcoming update to your iOS device.

One new feature, called Night Shift, aims to help eliminate eye strain when viewing your device after sunset. According to Apple’s preview page, the bright blue light emitted by our iOS devices during the evening hours can have an impact on how long it takes you to fall asleep.

With Night Shift, Apple will detect your location and determine the right time to shift your iOS device’s screen from a blue screen to a warmer yellow-toned color.

For those who install the beta, you will need to enable Night Shift in order to take advantage of it. To enable the feature, launch the Settings app then select Display & Brightness.

A new option titled Blue Light Reduction will be present. You can manually enable it by sliding the appropriate switch to the On position, or you can schedule the feature to automatically turn on by tapping on the Schedule option.

When scheduling, you can opt for your iOS device to turn the feature on and off at sunset and sunrise, respectively. Or you can set your own custom schedule, should you want to be more or less aggressive with the feature.

Using the slider, you can adjust how drastic the color change is. As you adjust the color setting, your iOS screen will briefly reflect the color in order to give you an idea of what it will look like. Remember, the idea here is to go with a warmer color, meaning the further you move the slider to the left, the less effective it will be.

The first few days when using the feature will undoubtedly feel unnatural, but as you adjust to the color change you begin to appreciate the subtle difference.

How to enable native Chromecast support in Chrome


Google’s own product, the Chromecast, has required an extension to stream content from your Web browser to your TV since its release. However, as AndroidPolice points out, a recent update to the Chrome browser will let you enable a flag to get the same functionality. Here’s how:

Step 1: Head to chrome://flags/#media-router from your Chrome address bar.

Note: If you don’t see the flag, make sure you are on the latest version of Chrome by heading to Menu > Settings > About to check for updates. This change is available in the stable release.

Step 2: Toggle the setting to Enable and then relaunch Chrome.

Step 3: Start casting by using the Cast option in the right-click menu.

If you have the Google Cast extension installed, it will be disabled once you relaunch Chrome, and can be removed whenever it’s convenient to do so.

Adding support for Chromecast into the browser helps make the streaming setup process easier and faster for users.

How to use iOS 9’s picture-in-picture feature with YouTube



When Apple announced iOS 9 for the iPad, the company revealed a a new picture-in-picture mode. Thanks to the new feature, users are able to minimize supported videos and continue watching them while multitasking on the iPad.

When minimized, the video will resemble a FaceTime window that you can move around and resize with a familiar pinch-to-zoom gesture.

That said, app developers have to include the new feature in their apps. While companies such as Hulu and HBO have updated their iPad apps with proper support, YouTube has not. And it’s frustrating for anyone who frequently uses YouTube.

Naturally, a developer has created a workaround to make up for YouTube’s lack of compatibility. The app, PipTube, essentially acts as a YouTube player with the added benefit of allowing for picture-in-picture mode.

Once installed, you’ll need to add PipTube to the Today widget on your iPad. Doing so will allow for you to quickly open a copied YouTube link within the app. You can follow the instructions in this post if you’re unsure how to add a widget.

Upon initial launch, PipTube will play a tutorial video showing you the quickest way to use the app. Here’s the text version:

  • When you find a video in the YouTube app tap on the share button, then Copy Link.
  • Next, slide down Notification Center from the top of your iPad’s screen, and tap on the PipTube widget (pictured below) which should have a link that starts with “Watch Video:” followed by the name of your video.
  • The app will then open, giving you the option to enable picture-in-picture mode.

Sure, the ideal solution would be for the YouTube app to support the feature, but until that day comes (if it ever does), PipTube provides a reliable solution.

How to watch the Fox Republican debate online


Republican presidential candidates will kick off the first debate of 2016 on Thursday night. The debate is scheduled to take place in North Charleston, South Carolina, and will be hosted by Fox Business Network.

As was the case for prior debates, there will be two separate events. The secondary debate will begin at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT) and include Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The main debate is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) and include Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Here’s how to tune in:

  • Both debates will be shown live on Fox Business Network. Cable subscribers can find the correct channel by entering their zip code here.
  • The Fox Business website will be offering a live stream of the debate. The network has said this will be available to everyone, even those who don’t subscribe to cable.
  • You can also watch the debate for free through the Fox News app on Android or iOS, or the Fox News Election HQ 2016 app (Android and iOS).

To view complete coverage of the debate, head on over at cbsnews.

How to free up space in iCloud

Apple’s iCloud storage service can be used to stash away photos, videos, device backups, and more in the cloud. The company offers users 5GB of space for free, however because it’s 5GB of space per Apple ID and not per device, you may find yourself running out of space faster than you would like. While additional storage can be purchased from Apple, there are ways to free up space in your iCloud account before shelling out some extra cash.

Check your space

To see how much space you are using, enter Settings on your iPhone or iPad, select iCloud, clickStorage, followed by Manage Storage.

Delete old backups

There is a good chance that your backups are taking up most of your space. If you have backups from your old device, say from an iPhone 4 or iPad 2 that you no longer own, you can just go ahead and delete those. Simply click on the backup scroll to the bottom and tap Delete Backup.

Change backup settings

You may also be backing up items that you don’t really need to have saved in the cloud. For me, that includes Safari data (I use Google Chrome instead) and Contacts (I save my contacts to Gmail), but it’s different for everyone. Head to Setting and click on iCloud. From here you can pick and choose which items you would like to be saved to iCloud. If you find something you really don’t care about, flip the switch to off to delete the data. This will also make sure it isn’t backed up the next time you perform a backup.

Alternative photo services

An easy way to free up a lot of space in iCloud is to delete photos from your backups. Instead of having photos stored in iCloud, I recommend using one of the many third-party cloud services that offer even more free space than Apple. My personal favorite is Google Photos, which offers unlimited storage for free. There’s also Yahoo’s Flickr app, Microsoft One Drive, DropBox, and Amazon Cloud Drive. You can learn more about these services in this article.

How to use Google Drive on Android, iOS

Since its launch in early 2012, the Google Drive app has seen many changes. When it originally launched it replaced the Google Docs app, didn’t allow you to actually edit documents on iOS, but allowed for creating and editing Google Docs files within the Android app. Now it better serves as a hub for accessing the various types of files you store within Google Drive.

The basics


The main screen of Google Drive provides a few options for navigating your files. You will have quick access to files in your Drive, any documents that have been shared with you, any files or folders you have starred, recently opened or edited as well as any files you have downloaded for offline access.

When you first launch the app, you’ll find a list of your folders and files stored in Google Drive. The default thumbnail view (pictured on the left above) can be changed to a list view (middle) by tapping on the list icon in the top menu bar.

Naturally, tapping on an item will open it. Tapping on the “i” icon, however, will open the details screen (pictured right) for the respective file or folder for Android users. iOS users will need to tap on the three-dot icon, followed by “i” to view the same information. On this screen you can view who has access, when changes were made, who made them and other important details. Additionally, you will find options for sharing, moving, deleting, renaming, starring (for quick access) and for files the option to download it to your device for offline access.

Creating, editing

To create a document using Google Drive, tap on the floating “+” button. On iOS, it’s blue. On Android, it’s red. The options for creating a new document include uploading a file from your device, scanning a document with your camera, creating a folder and lastly, creating a Docs, Sheets or Slides document.

The last three options require the respective app to be installed on your device. Be sure to install Docs (Android | iOS), Sheets (Android | iOS) and Slides (Android | iOS) on your device. Should you try to create a document without the accompanying app installed, Google Drive will prompt you to install it before continuing.

Viewing documents without the above apps installed is still possible, though your editing options will be limited.

When selecting upload, you are able to browse and upload any type of file to your Drive account directly from your device. It’s important to note — on Android installing a file manager, such as Astro File Manager, is required to browse all files stored on your device. By default you can access images, videos, audio, and downloads. iOS users can upload files stored on iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or stored within third-party apps, in addition to uploading photos and videos.

Keep in mind if you want to place the new item in a specific folder, you will need to navigate to that folder in the app before you upload or create it. Otherwise the new file uploaded item will be placed in the root directory of your Google Drive account.

Menu and settings

Slide out the menu from the left side of the screen, where you can then switch accounts or view files that are shared with you, recently accessed, starred or downloaded, your Google Photos account as well as those you’ve uploaded from your device.

Scrolling down the menu’s list on an Android, you’ll find an option to view the apps settings along with the current amount of Drive space you’re using with each account. Within the settings for the Google Drive app, you can set the amount of data you will want the app to cache, topping out at 250MB. You can also enable or disable encryption of offline documents as well as set your device to only upload or update files over Wi-Fi in an effort to help save your mobile data plan.

iOS users can access the Settings menu in the same location, however data storage numbers and is in its own “Storage” category just below Settings. In Settings, iOS users can add a passcode, enable or disable notifications for shared files, and auto-backup of photos on your device. Lacking in iOS is the ability to cache items or restrict uploads to Wi-Fi only.