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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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  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
    Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

  • Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital
    Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital

    TORONTO (AP) — Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.

  • U.S. giving $53 million in new aid for Ukraine's struggle with Russian incursion

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Thursday for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Senior Obama administration officials said the new assistance would include $46 million to bolster Ukraine's security in its conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and $7 million in humanitarian aid. ...

  • Man films himself swimming with millions of jellyfish
    Man films himself swimming with millions of jellyfish

    An English teacher from Canada recently visited the 100-foot-deep lake, capturing his snorkel session among the slow-moving golden jellies.

  • Toronto Mayor's Rare Cancer: What Is Pleomorphic Liposarcoma?

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and fast-growing cancer, called pleomorphic liposarcoma, one of his doctors announced yesterday (Sept. 17). Dr. Zane Cohen, one of the physicians treating Ford, said the tumor is about 2 to 3 years old, and described it as "very rare" and "very difficult," according to the Associated Press. The cancer is spreading and the mayor will soon receive intensive chemotherapy, said Cohen, who is a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Liposarcoma is one type of "sarcoma," which are cancers that arise from soft tissue such as fat, joints, muscle, nerves or blood vessels.

  • Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

    By Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving. Many economists and traders had expected the U.S. central bank to alter the rate guidance it has provided since March, given generally improving data on the economy's performance. But the Fed repeated its assurance that rates would stay ultra-low for a "considerable time" after a bond-buying stimulus program ends. ...

  • Prosecutors are still chasing billions in uncollected debts
    Prosecutors are still chasing billions in uncollected debts

    The uncollected debts have grown because judgments have steadily increased but the percentage collected hasn't.

  • Prepare for liftoff: Alibaba is the 'anti-Facebook' IPO
    Prepare for liftoff: Alibaba is the 'anti-Facebook' IPO

    Alibaba's IPO has an opportunity to be an old-fashioned, 1990s-dot.com style blowout. It's not hard to imagine the stock trading well above $100 on its first day.

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