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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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  • 15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border
    15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border

    Reuters has reported that Russia has now amassed 15,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, according to information supplied by a U.S. ambassador to NATO.

  • What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
    What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

    SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal
    Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch?

  • Who Thinks President Obama Will Be Impeached? The White House
    Who Thinks President Obama Will Be Impeached? The White House

    Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Says Not to Write Off the Possibility

  • Divorce sheds light on Michael Moore's wealth
    Divorce sheds light on Michael Moore's wealth

    Oscar-winning director Michael Moore, famous for documentaries challenging capitalism, has divorced his wife of 22 years following a civil court proceeding in Michigan that drew attention to his wealth. "'Kathleen and Michael have mutually and amicably reached a divorce settlement'," read a posting this week on Moore's Facebook page, confirming his split from Kathleen Glynn, 56. Moore -- whose films include "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine" and "Capitalism: A Love Story" and whose net worth has been estimated at $50 million -- filed for divorce a year ago. He is currently busy finalizing the 10th edition of his Traverse City film festival in Michigan, opening Tuesday.

  • TEEN IS LOOKING FOR DIRECTION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

    DEAR ABBY: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to go, I'm worried that I won't know what to do or how to do it when I graduate. I have talked to counselors and my dad, but they all say the same thing. Do you have any advice? -- UNEASY IN IDAHO DEAR UNEASY: Sit down someplace quiet and make a list of what your interests and talents are. ...

  • Ariana Grande & Brother Mourn Loss Of Grandfather
    Ariana Grande & Brother Mourn Loss Of Grandfather

    Ariana Grande and her brother Frankie Grande are dealing with the loss of their grandfather. The star and her brother, who is currently competing on "Big Brother," lost their grandfather to cancer on Tuesday. "thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks... we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa," Ariana Tweeted on Wednesday. Frankie found out about his grandfather's death while in the "Big Brother" house in the form of a letter, which Ariana watched him read on the live feed.

  • Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper
    Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

    A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

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