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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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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.24 or .8 percent, to $30.63. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.18 or .3 percent, to $69.30. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders
    Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders

    At approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman in her mid-60s ordered an iced coffee from the drive-thru at a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks and offered to pay for a caramel macchiato ordered by the person behind her. For the next 11 hours, nearly 400 customers followed suit.

  • GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap
    GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

  • Boko Haram takes over another Nigeria town
    Boko Haram takes over another Nigeria town

    Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region and an indication of the group's increasing territorial ambitions. The insurgents have tended to use hit-and-run attacks in the past but the recent seizure of towns suggests a significant shift in strategy, more in keeping with their stated goal of carving out a strict Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. Residents who fled the assault on the fallen town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state said attacks began late last month and the insurgents have since taken over the main government building. "So many people from Buni Yadi have fled to the state capital Damaturu," he added.

  • Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high
    Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

  • Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes
    Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

    There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

  • British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'
    British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'

    A British couple's dream of a quiet retirement in the sun of southern France turned into a nightmare when their neighbours walled them into their home. Locals in the village of Brugairolles in the foothills of the Pyrenees were so appalled by the immurement, they rose up to rescue the elderly couple, tearing down a wall from the front of the house and ripping open windows and doors that had been nailed shut. "We could not accept that they should continue to live under such terror," declared retired Republican Guard Jeannot Gach, who helped lead the operation to free Faith and John Dyson, both in their 70s, from their home. The Dysons' tormentors were not jealous locals resentful of outsiders pushing up property prices, but another British couple furious that they had apparently trespassed on a shared lane they claimed to own.

  • Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
    Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

    Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.

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