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  • Flying first class is fun. Flying in the middle seat of row 42 generally isn’t. But a few tricks and low cost gadgets can transform that coach seat into a much more pleasant experience.

    How To Score A Good Seat In Coach: The Basics

    First, let’s be clear: there’s a big difference between a good seat in coach and a middle seat. So securing a good seat is the first trick. You’ve probably heard of seatguru.com; it lists all carriers and plane configurations to help you figure out which seats have the most legroom, which don’t recline, and which ones are too near the bathroom. You may assume that you can only get seats with good legroom in the more expensive economy plus type regions, but that’s not always true. Just as an example, seats 23A and 23F on a US Air Airbus 321 are amongst the cheapest seats on the plane, but there’s a missing seat in front of them to accommodate an exit row. So if you’re 6’3”,you need to reserve one of these.

    New App: Seat Alert

    Your best bet for getting a good

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    You’ve seen those pictures posted on Facebook “type ‘move’ into the comments and watch what happens” or “If I get a million likes my dad will get me a car.”  They seem innocent enough, but they are big business, and you are not doing yourself any favors if you like or comment.

    The classic example is a colorful picture of a prism with the image from the cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album in it. It’s accompanied buy the caption: “OMG it really works Step 1: Click on the Picture. Step 2: Hit Like.Step 3: Comment "MOVE" Then see the Magic!!” You see in your news feed that your friends have liked and commented on the image, so clearly something amazing must happen when you interact as directed.  So you click, you comment, and... nothing happens.

    Or at least you think nothing happens.  But your activity has now spread this image and the page into the news feed of all your friends.

    Like Farming

    It’s called Like Farming. Here’s how it works. Someone creates a page and starts

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  • I get hundreds of pitches for new gadgets. Only a few really surprise me. Following are the newest and most interesting smartphone accessories I’ve come across recently. I’m not advocating you run out to buy them, but these are smart iterations and signs of what’s to come.

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  • Midday Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.38 or 2.0 percent, to $18.35. Gold Fields fell $.10 or 2.4 percent, to $4.13. GoldCorp. fell $.95 or 3.3 percent, to $27.44. ...

  • Today in History

    Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks
    Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.

  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'
    American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

  • Moody quits Palace after Cardiff file sparks FA probe
    Moody quits Palace after Cardiff file sparks FA probe

    Iain Moody resigned as sporting director of Premier League side Crystal Palace on Thursday after a file alleging misconduct during his time with Cardiff was sent by the Welsh club to the Football Association. According to a report in Britain's Daily Mail, the file alleges that both Moody and Malky Mackay, who was sacked as Cardiff manager by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan in December 2013, sent a series of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages to one another during their time with the Welsh side. Two months after Mackay's departure his right-hand man Moody was fired by Cardiff, going on to join Palace's management staff. A Palace statement issued Thursday said: "In light of the events of yesterday, sporting director Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted with immediate effect.

  • US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge
    US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.

  • Iceland volcano eruption would shut down air travel: authority
    Iceland volcano eruption would shut down air travel: authority

    Icelandic aviation authorities warned Wednesday an eruption of the nation's largest volcano would trigger a shutdown of airspace, in a potential replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago. Authorities evacuated tourists and hikers overnight from the area around Bardarbunga volcano, which kicked into seismic action on Monday with the biggest earthquake registered since 1996. "There's nothing we can do if we get another big eruption like that of Eyjafjoell except to interrupt air traffic in the dangerous areas," Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration spokesman Fridthor Eydal was quoted as saying on news site mbl.is. The eruption of Eyjafjoell, a smaller volcano, in April 2010 caused travel mayhem, stranding more than eight million travellers in the biggest airspace shut down since World War II.

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