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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 –

    Read More »from New Tools to Block Calls on Your Cell Phone
  • 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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  • Samsung Electronics seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. Samsung's smartphone woes began late last year and persisted through July-September, with its global market share down on year for the third straight quarter and its profit scraping at a three-year low. ...

  • Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule
    Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule

    A Sealed Capsule Discovered Behind a 1915 Plaque at the Washington Monument

  • 'Dinner Lab' Competition Gives Aspiring Chefs a Chance of a Lifetime
    'Dinner Lab' Competition Gives Aspiring Chefs a Chance of a Lifetime

    New Orleans-based Dinner Lab is a members-only, pop-up restaurant where diners not only get to eat food prepared by some of the best chefs in the country but also give critical feedback to a chef who is front and center in the dining room. Brian Bordainick told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor, Bianna Golodryga that he started Dinner Lab shortly after he moved to New Orleans, hoping to change the way Americans view fine dining. Members pay an annual fee of $100 for a spot on Dinner Lab's guest list. One hundred and twenty members sign up, and a chef starts preparing the meal of his or her life.

  • Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic "caliphate" straddling the two. ...

  • Maine governor vows to use full extent of authority on Ebola nurse

    (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage vowed on Thursday to use the full extent of his authority in response to a nurse who has treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, after she left her home in Maine and took a bicycle ride despite a quarantine order. LePage said his office had been in talks overnight Wednesday to work out a deal for how Kaci Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola, will spend the remaining time until Nov. 10, the period that the state has ordered her to remain at home as she waits out the virus's maximum 21-day incubation period. ...

  • Will Christie's 'sit down and shut up' style work outside New Jersey?
    Will Christie's 'sit down and shut up' style work outside New Jersey?

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's brash style of politics was on full display Wednesday when he told a heckler critical of the state's response to Superstorm Sandy to "sit down and shut up." But will it work in places like Iowa?

  • Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech
    Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech

    DETROIT (AP) — Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.

  • Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

    (Reuters) - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices. Both companies reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas wells. Refining profits tend to rise when oil prices fall, though low prices dent the profitability of wells. Having both in a company stable can allow for a bit of insurance during price swings. ...

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