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  • Productivity experts say that keyboard shortcuts are 60% faster than using a mouse. So here are my top five shortcuts that work in all the major browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

    (Note: while these tricks work in all browsers, on a Mac, you may need to use the Command key instead of Control. Watch the video above for details.)

    Shortcut # 1:  Move Quickly Between Tabs – Control-Tab

    If you need to move between multiple web pages, working in multiple tabs is faster than multiple windows. Why? Because Control-Tab lets you fly through all your tabs.

    Shortcut #2: Reopening a Tab You Just Closed – Control-Shift-T

    Sometimes you’re moving so fast online that you accidentally close a tab. That can be frustrating, particularly if the page you just closed had some crazy, hard-to-remember URL. Fear not. Control-Shift-T reopens the last closed tab.

    Shortcut # 3: Zooming In – Control-+

    Want do see some detail on a webpage more clearly? Font too small? No problem. To zoom in, hit

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  • With all the buzz about Twitter, are you ready to give the service a try but don’t know where to start? Watch the video above for a quick, one-minute primer.

    1. You can sign up for free on Twitter.com.

    2. Pick a sign-on name, like bworley (except that one’s already taken). Twitter adds the @ sign in front of it, making my twitter handle @bworley.

    3. Search for people or ideas you want to follow, then click “Follow.” Your feed will then show whatever they tweet. Try it. You can always un-follow people if they aren’t tweeting things that actually interest you.

    4. When you feel ready, you can try tweeting something yourself. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, but if you want to send out a link to an article or video you like, that link only counts as 22 characters, no matter how long the link actually is.

    5. Use a "hashtag" (the # symbol) in front of a keyword in your tweet. That will make it easier for others to find your tweet by searching for that topic, even if they don't normally

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  • A universal remote should save time and frustration, consolidating all the device commands into a few button presses. But many universal remotes have performance issues, connectivity problems, or just don’t work right. Good news: you can fix five of the most common problems yourself. 

    There are three significant makers of universal remotes: Phillips,Universal Remote Control, and Logitech. I have a Logitech Harmony remote, so Iasked Ian Crowe, a senior manager at Logitech, to help me troubleshoot the most common mistakes people make with their universal remotes. 

    Problem 1: During Set-Up, “Close” Isn’t Good Enough

    Most of the lasting problems with universal remotes stem from mistakes made during set-up. Ian explains that even within the same brand, line, or even model, there are extreme variances in the codes these devices use to perform actions on the device. If you input during set-up that you have a Sony BDV-300 home theater, but you actually have a BDV-300a, most of the functions may

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  • Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

    By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight against Islamic State and the fate of the beleaguered Syrian border town of Kobani are straining relations between the Washington and its key regional ally, leaving Turkey increasingly isolated. ...

  • New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city
    New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.

  • Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting
    Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting

    (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities' investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a "selective" and "inappropriate" manner. The department's criticism comes after the official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, was leaked to media on Wednesday. The autopsy report, obtained by the St. ...

  • Video shows bikers taunting California officer
    Video shows bikers taunting California officer

    MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.

  • Worst Things to Buy at Walmart
    Worst Things to Buy at Walmart

    Walmart is known for saving shoppers money -- often lots of money. You name it, and Walmart probably stocks it. We compared regular (non-sale) prices at two Walmart stores with several of its competitors' regular prices. After also taking into account price-comparison research conducted by Web sites that specialize in finding deals, we identified 11 types of items that are generally cheaper at retailers other than Walmart.

  • Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral
    Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral

    An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans. The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!

  • AP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin
    AP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's most prominent opposition leader is in bare feet, dressed in blue jeans and a checkered shirt, as he opens the door to his apartment in a drab Soviet-era block.

  • Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls
    Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls

    Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to unveil a populist budget on Friday hoping to shore up sagging electoral support ahead of a troubled bid to win a third term. Rajapakse, who is also finance minister, has advanced the budget for 2015 by a month to give his government more time to implement widely predicted tax cuts and public sector pay rises ahead of snap elections in January. His information minister let slip on Monday that Rajapakse will seek a third term in January, two years ahead of schedule, after recent local elections underlined a steady drop in support for the main ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) party. "People loved him too much after the war victory," said political commentator and author Victor Ivan.

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