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  • Capturing the image from your phone screen – whether it’s a map or a text message – is pretty easy on both Android and iPhone. Watch the video above to see how it’s done. 

    On the iPhone

    Press the Home key at the same time as the Lock or Power button. You’ll see a flash effect and hear the shutter sound. Done. To access the captured image, open up your camera or photo app, and you’ll see the screenshot in your camera roll.

    On Newer Androids

    On newer models running Android 4.0 or later, hit the Power button and the Volume Down button for a few seconds. You’ll be able to find the captured image in your camera roll, just as if you had taken a regular picture.

    On Older Androids

    Taking screenshots on older Androids requires an app. Screenshot Ultimate is free, or you can pay about $5 for one with a few added bells and whistles like No Root Screenshot It.

    [Related: Facebook Photo Sharing Tricks]

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  • Remember Black Friday? You know, the day after Thanksgiving with its huge, door-busting deals? Well, last year, major retailers tried to get a jump on their competition by opening on Thanksgiving. And this year, the rush for your holiday shopping dollars is starting even earlier – online Black Friday sales will start just after Halloween. So where and when can you find the best deals?

    Why “Black Friday” is Earlier Than Ever 

    Getting a jump on the competition
    Online retailers start the discounts early so they can get your hard-earned dollars before the big in-store shopping starts.

    Retailers need info about what will be hot
    The earlier holiday sales start rolling, the earlier retailers know what’s popular. Brick-and-mortar stores in particular have dynamic inventory software that tells them how much of an item to stock based on early sales, so they want that data before the heavy holiday shopping starts.

    The quest for younger shoppers
    By opening stores on Thanksgiving, many stores can get a

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  • Apple just went ballistic with a slew of new product announcements: the iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina Display, Macbook Pro 13 and 15-inch models, and the Mac Pro desktop.  Nothing revolutionary here, but solid improvements.

    The questions are:

    Is the retina display on the iPad mini worth an extra $100?
    Will there be enough inventory for the holiday buying season?
    Will the improvements to the Macbook get Windows 8 users to switch?
    Is anyone outside of Hollywood going to buy a $3000 desktop computer?

    iPad Air: starts at $499

    The biggest surprise of the day was the new name for the iPad, the iPad Air. It is 20% thinner than the previous model. Its weight is reduced from 1.4 lbs to 1 lb. It has a 64-bit A7 chip, which Apple says is 8 times faster than the previous model. The upgrade to a 64-bit processor may seem like a geeky throwaway, but it future-proofs your purchase. As more apps take advantage of this faster chip architecture, the iPad you buy today will still seem fast for many years to

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  • Cricket-Australia's Hughes continues to fight for life

    * Batsman's condition remains critical after scans * Domestic cricket matches called off as mark of respect (Adds details, quotes) SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Australia cricketer Phil Hughes was still fighting for his life on Wednesday as family and friends kept vigil at his hospital bedside. Hughes remains in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a bouncer, a devastating blow that experts likened to the trauma experienced by car crash victims. ...

  • The science of setting the NFL schedule
    The science of setting the NFL schedule

    The NFL runs dozens of computers for 24 hours a day for 12 weeks to evaluate its millions of possible schedule combinations. Each team's opponents are set at the end of the previous season based on records and the rotation of interdivision matchups. The puzzle is determining which week each game will be played, and which TV slot it will slide into.

  • Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'
    Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'

    FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.

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