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Should you buy the extended warranty on your tech gadgets?

November 25, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey One of the biggest shopping weekends of the year is coming up this week. According to a report from the National Retail Foundation, two million more people are expected to shop this year from Black Friday to Cyber Monday than did so in 2020. A lot of those purchases will undoubtedly be…

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Trump announces launch of his very own social media site

October 21, 2021

Donald Trump (AP Photo/Bill Haber) By JILL COLVIN NEW YORK (AP) — Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s launching a new media company with its own social media platform. Trump says his goal in launching the…

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Three things to think about before you start gig work

September 30, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey According to some statistics, gig work has increased by over 30% in 2020 and contributed $1.2 trillion to the US economy. But if you’ve been thinking about earning extra bucks driving for Uber, delivering food for Instacart, or renting out an available space on Airbnb, here are some things to consider: • …

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Five tips for fostering a successful hybrid workplace

September 2, 2021

By Kelsey Sheehy of NerdWallet ASSOCIATED PRESS  Businesses figured out how to work remotely on the fly when COVID-19 rapidly disrupted our way of working. Those planning to adopt a hybrid work model when they return to the office still have time to prepare. But managing a distributed team comes with its own unique challenges,…

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You got your shot – here’s how to keep your vax info safe

August 27, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey Whether you’ve made the decision to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or not, restaurants, concert venues, and other businesses around the country have started making the decision to only allow fully vaccinated people to patronize their establishments. We’ve also seen colleges and some companies requiring proof of vaccination for their students or employees…

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Apple to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse

August 6, 2021

By FRANK BAJAK and BARBARA ORTUTAY Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused, including by governments looking to surveil their citizens. The tool designed to detected known images of child sexual abuse,…

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Verify, THEN Share: How to combat fake news online

July 30, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey According to a statistic by Scientific American, the United States houses 4 percent of the world’s population, but accounts for 22% of global COVID-19 deaths. Many experts agree that the level of misinformation circulated during this pandemic has been unprecedented, and that incorrect information plays a large part in people not following…

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Tech Life: Should you stroll down Amazon Sidewalk?

June 24, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey Earlier this month, Amazon enabled a service on some of its smart devices called Amazon Sidewalk. If you are using a device in the Echo family – i.e., any of the smart speakers that have Alexa, or any Ring devices, video doorbells, etc. – Sidewalk has been automatically enabled on your device….

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EXPLAINER: Why ransomware is so dangerous and hard to stop

June 4, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Washington Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert Contee speaks during a news conference in Washington. Political hand-wringing in Washington over Russia’s hacking of federal agencies and meddling in U.S. politics has mostly overshadowed a worsening digital scourge with a far broader wallop: crippling and dispiriting extortionary ransomware attacks by cybercriminal mafias. All the while,…

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