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  • Twitter’s much-heralded IPO has frothed the waters around this social media tool yet again. You may have avoided joining, but now that almost 50 million Americans use it, and three times that number use the microblog internationally, you may be wondering if there’s actually something valuable about Twitter that you’re missing.

    So what does it do well, and how do power users maximize its strengths?

    Current, Hyper-Local, First-Person Information

    218 million people use Twitter. 22% are in the US, and a whopping 78% are international users. And this global reach highlights some of Twitter’s greatest strengths. If you follow users who are in your area, Twitter offers a hyper-local news source that many parts of the world (and the United States) don’t have. Unlike newspapers, the information on Twitter comes through in real time. During an emergency or a live event, Twitter can be one of the most comprehensive sources of first-person information. On the down-side, this is not journalism; it

    Read More »from What Twitter Users Know That You Don’t
  • Be it robo calls, telemarketers, or an unfortunate interpersonal drama, sometimes you just need to block a specific phone number and prevent that individual from ever calling you again. Fortunately, there are easy ways to filter out those calls – and even unwanted text messages – on your cell phone.

    Caller ID only goes so far. Even if you choose not to answer them, unwanted calls are still an intrusion and – if you’re paying for talk minutes or texts – an expense. So here’s how to take care of the problem – and check out the video above to see exactly how it’s done:

    iPhone iOS 7 Solution

    Blocking calls on Apple’s new iPhone software iOS 7 is incredibly easy. Look in your recent call log and click the “i” next to the name or number you want to block. Scroll down and choose “Block this caller.” You won’t receive phone calls, voicemail, text messages or Facetime calls from this contact ever again. (Or at least until you make up – then you can unblock the number.)

    [Related: The New iPhones –

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  • You bought an expensive smartphone, and you don’t want it to get scratched up in your purse or pocket. But do you need to add a screen protector? And can these thin pieces of plastic really help prevent cracks when you drop your phone?

    It’s All About The Glass

    Almost all new phones these days come with enhanced glass.  Whether it’s Corning’s Gorilla Glass or another manufacturer’s version, screen glass is chemically strengthened to create a barrier against scratches. Some phone manufacturers have even hinted they don’t think screen protectors do much good.

    [Related: The New iPhones – Should You Upgrade?]

    And I Don’t Like Screen Protectors

    Personally I am not a fan of screen protectors. Yes, they can help fight off fingerprints and reduce glare. But they are hard to apply, air bubbles get trapped under the plastic, and they don’t feel as smooth to the touch as the glass. But I like scratches and cracks even less.  So I’m willing to sacrifice a few phones to see how everyday and extreme

    Read More »from Scratch Test: Does Your Phone Really Need A Screen Protector?

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: La-Z-Boy Inc. fell 6.4 percent to $21.74. SandRidge Permian Trust fell 5.3 percent to $10.81. Chegg Inc. ...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered ...

  • Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests
    Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests

    Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have previously suggested, scientists added. Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and lived in Europe and Asia. Recent findings suggest that Neanderthals were closely related enough to interbreed with ancestors of modern humans — about 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is Neanderthal in origin.

  • HUSBAND WHO RELIVES HIS PAST SHOULD FOCUS ON HIS PRESENT

    DEAR ABBY: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love "Wayne," and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he's always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in graphic detail. I have heard all of them repeatedly, and I'm sick of them. When I tell him this he says, "Fine! I won't talk to you anymore." Wayne never talks about our past, present or future. ...

  • How Not to Confuse Missouri Highway Capt. Ron Johnson (or Anyone Else) for a Gang Member
    How Not to Confuse Missouri Highway Capt. Ron Johnson (or Anyone Else) for a Gang Member

    After a false CNN iReport, several people were convinced that Capt. Ron Johnson, the Ferguson native and Missouri Highway Patrolman in charge of the city's protests, was a gang member and, more astonishingly, was flashing gang signs in public with residents. Both were making the greeting symbol from the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, which was mistaken for a gang sign.  My 7th grade social studies teacher and "gang" member Ron Johnson throwing up their "gang" sign pic.twitter.com/diqJzgpYmE — RandaSantana (@DearRanda) August 19, 2014

  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
    Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

  • Reporter’s Execution Could Unleash U.S. Against ISIS
    Reporter’s Execution Could Unleash U.S. Against ISIS

    The release Tuesday  of a shocking video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by a representative of the Islamic State may wind up backfiring on the Islamic fundamentalist movement that has taken over much of Iraq in recent months. “Obama authorized military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war against Muslims,” he said. The man, whose face was covered, also threatened to execute another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, if the U.S.

  • Bizarre Twist in Million-Dollar Mega-Closet Robbery
    Bizarre Twist in Million-Dollar Mega-Closet Robbery

    A person who claims to be the man caught on camera ransacking the three-story closet of a Texas socialite says some of the estimated $1 million in items he allegedly stole are fakes. The alleged thief made the claims in a voice-modulated call reportedly made to the Houston Press on Aug. 12, less than two [...]

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