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Are You a Smart Shopper? Use Those Skills to Invest

Is there a cleaning product or a running shoe that you can’t stop raving about? Don’t just stock up on it. Consider buying stock in its parent company, too. A new feature on TD Ameritrade’s Mobile App (available for iPhone and Android) makes it easy. Scan an item’s bar code and the app pulls up the cost per share, plus […]

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Did You Know? Text Messages are More Truthful

I don’t know about you, but I like to hear a clear cut answer when I pose a question. For example, when I ask my husband, “What time are you leaving work?,” I’d love it if he’d say “7:15,” not “pretty soon.” And when I ask a friend if she likes the way a dress looks on me, I’m looking […]

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How Many E-Mail Addresses Do You Have?

How many e-mail addresses do you have? Most likely, you have one for work and one for home. You might have an additional one if you belong to an organization or help answer question for the PTA. But a recent post on Apartment Therapy recommends having four e-mail addresses. These are the four they recommend having: 1. Personal: Use this […]

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Do You Dread Email? There’s an App for That

What if your cell phone could give you a heads-up, to let you know whether an email you are about to read is positive, negative or neutral? In Britain, scientists at the University of Portsmouth have developed an application that will do exactly that. After scanning the text of incoming mail, the app displays each message onscreen against a colored […]

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So What if You Never Answer the Phone?

On the bulletin board behind my computer in the office, I have tacked up a New Yorker cartoon by Alex Gregory.  It’s two guys in business attire sitting at bar, and one is saying to the other, “I used to call people, then I got into e-mailing, then texting, and now I just ignore everyone.”  Here’s the link, if you […]

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Stop Asking Me if I Got Your Email

The great thing about email used to be that I could send it whenever I wanted and you could reply when it was convenient. No more. “As our inboxes have become more demanding, we have all become less responsive — because we get so many messages it’s hard to keep up. But the harder it is to keep up, the […]

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A Priest and a Rabbi Walk onto a Facebook Page…

“How do I deal with people who make rude or inappropriate comments on my Facebook posts (think: off-color religious or political jokes)?” writes a reader who asked to remain anonymous. “These are not close friends—sometimes people I barely know but am connected with online. I worry it’s offensive to delete their comments, but I don’t want other people in my […]

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Three Photos to Keep on Your Smartphone

In addition to candids of your family and pets, there are a few other photos that you might find handy to have when you’re out and about. 1. Photos of your printer cartridges: No more trying to remember that seven digit number that fits your printer model only. 2. Travel confirmation numbers: Send a screenshot to your phone and save […]

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Is It Facebook’s Fault if You’re Self-Centered?

Does Facebook turn you into a narcissist? This is the question posed (but not answered) by a recent column in the New York Times. Citing a number of recent students of Facebook users, the Times article described the research so far: Facebook users who tag themselves in photos and frequently update their statuses are more narcissistic; self-centered people are more […]

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Save That Cellphone Battery! Five Settings to Change Now

If it seems like you’re plugging in your smartphone to recharge everyday (or worse yet, more than once per day), it might be time to adjust a few of your settings to make that battery last just a little bit longer. Her are the top five settings to change according to Jay Möller of MetroPCS: 1. Dim your screen: You don’t […]

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