Not long now before schools are back and with a new year come new expenses and new technology. College student? Middle schooler? High school student? Not a problem – award-winning technology journalist Andrea Smith brings us up to speed with the newest trends in school-friendly technology.

Malls and brick and mortar stores are closing in record numbers – it’s tough to compete with online. This year’s retail strategy for stores is to cut prices on back to school supplies in July – this will drive traffic into their stores and boost numbers during what is traditionally a slow month. You can also look for online retailers to step up their efforts in response but also to make sure shoppers get their merchandise in time.

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