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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

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  • 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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  • US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)
    9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

    This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.

  • Washington school gunman was homecoming prince
    Washington school gunman was homecoming prince

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago.

  • Remains belong to missing UK-born student
    Remains belong to missing UK-born student

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a British-born university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.

  • NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others
    NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.

  • 4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.

  • Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting
    Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...

  • ISIS Plants Flag On Hill Near Kobane, Coalition Airstrike Takes It Out
    ISIS Plants Flag On Hill Near Kobane, Coalition Airstrike Takes It Out

    A coalition airstrike has taken out an ISIS flag recently planted on a hill near Kobane, Syria, where Islamic extremist forces have seized a strategically valuable position from Kurdish forces close to the Turkish border.

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