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  • Notifications on your phone – a buzz, a beep, a pop-up alert – are fine if you actually want them, like when you get a new text. But what about all those annoying notifications? Do you really want to be interrupted every time an old high school friend posts something inane on Facebook? Good news: Turning off or limiting notifications on your smartphone is easy. Watch the video above to see how.

    On iPhones

    Go first to “Settings” then “Notifications.” Then scroll down through each IOS feature and app and turn off the ones that are annoyances rather than useful alerts. You can also tweak how they appear – as banners on top as pop-ups in the center of the screen. You can even decide if you want them to appear when the phone is locked. Again, the video above shows where in the menus to find these options.

    On Android phones

    On newer models go into settings, notifications and then turn off the annoying ones. On older versions of Android, you may need to first launch the offending app, then hit

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  • We’ve fallen in love with activity monitors like the FitBit and Nike Fuel Band that track your steps and graph how many calories you burn. The quantified life provides insight that can lead to healthier behavior. But would a gadget that tracks how much you drink work the same way?

    The BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer – How it Works

    The $150 BACtrack connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Then you just download the app, enter your gender and weight – and blow into the hand-held device. It gives you a blood alcohol reading that is then saved in your phone. Less expensive (and less accurate) personal breathalyzers utilize a semiconductor sensor, but the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer uses a professional-grade, fuel cell sensor, the same technology used by law enforcement. That said, no breathalyzer is 100% accurate – defense attorneys routinely challenge their validity in court (blood tests are the gold standard). But while I wouldn’t bet my license – or someone’s life – on this device, it

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  • Which of these passwords is harder to crack?

    DOG!(!(!(!(!(! or PrXyc5NFn4k77

    Amazingly, it’s the easier-to-remember password. Watch the video above to find out why – and what it means for your password security.

    [Related: Is it Safe To Bank on Public Wi-Fi? How Not To Get Hacked! ]

    Password tricks


    Make passwords more secure:

    * Add letters: Since there are 26 letters in the alphabet, one additional letter can make your password much harder to crack.
    * Use a mix of lower and uppercase letters: Mixing up your cases adds complexity and safety to your chosen password.
    * Add numbers: Using letters, words, and phrases for your passwords seems both natural and easy to remember, but it's much safer to diversify.
    * Add symbols: Symbols are the real secret ingredient to security. Since there are over 1500 symbols a hacking program needs to run through to correctly lock down one character of your password, adding one extra asterisk or exclamation point can make it dramatically more difficult for

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  • Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller
    Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller

    Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Sunday. Spain's world number three Nadal mastered big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a last eight showdown with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. It will be Nadal's eighth quarter-final appearance as he bids for his second Australian title after losing to Stan Wawrinka in last year's decider. Berdych was too strong for Australia's Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets.

  • Soccer-La Liga results and standings

    Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Sunday Sunday, January 25Athletic Club 1 Malaga 1 Deportivo Coruna 2 Granada CF 2 Espanyol 3 Almeria 0 Valencia 3 Sevilla 1 Saturday, January 24Atletico Madrid 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 Cordoba 1 Real Madrid 2 Elche 0 Barcelona 6 Real Sociedad 1 Eibar 0 Villarreal 1 Levante 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Real Madrid 19 16 0 3 64 16 48 2 Barcelona 20 15 2 3 54 9 47 3 Atletico Madrid 20 14 2 4 40 19 44 -------------------------4 Valencia 20 12 5 3 38 18 41 -------------------------5 Sevilla 19 12 3 4 31 20 39 6 Villarreal 20 ...

  • Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge scores

    Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge at the par-72 course on Saturday in La Quinta, California 199 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 63 69 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 68 63 68 Michael Putnam (U.S.) 63 67 69 Erik Compton (U.S.) 66 66 67 200 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 65 64 71 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 71 61 68 Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 64 67 69 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 65 67 68 202 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 71 68 63 Alex Cejka (Germany) 68 64 70 Nick Watney (U.S.) 67 64 71 Patrick Reed (U.S. ...

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