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Tech Thursday – Windows 8??

WAIT!! I’m still learning about all the features available in Windows 7 and now word has it next year Microsoft will be offering a new OS... Windows 8! Unlike me, maybe you haven’t upgraded to Windows 7. Well, that’s

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Tech Thursday: Tips and Tricks for the iPad

Last Thursday, I mentioned a few tips for Windows 7. So, this week thanks to PCMag.com, I thought I would give equal time to Apple and the IPad. So, here you go…
Yes, you can reveal hidden keyboard characters
Holding down certain keys provides additional character options. A long tap on the Comma key brings an apostrophe. Next door, the Period key offers up a quote mark too. On the numeric keyboard, shown here, the Quote Mark key hides smart quotes and other symbols if you hold it down for a second. Did you know hitting the spacebar twice inserts a period?

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Tech Thursday: A Few Tips for Windows 7

If you like to learn new things, here are a few more tips that might help if you use Windows 7.

Have a laptop that you connect to your home network and other times to another network? You would like to use the same IP address on your home network, but the other assigns addresses via DHCP. Well, now you don’t have to go in and change the TCP/IP properties each time to switch networks.

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Man Remotely Accesses Stolen Laptop, Posts Embarrassing Video of Thief [VIDEO]

A twenty-something computer thief learned a valuable lesson after the owner of the stolen laptop accessed the hard drive via remote.

That lesson? Never record yourself dancing awkwardly to hip hop music on a looted laptop before going through the basic steps of wiping it out. Especially if the owner of said laptop is a computer guru with access to the hard drive from an external location.

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Two-Year-Old Learns Reading, Speech on iPad

There have been a number of strange tactics employed when it comes to teaching babies and toddlers all there is to know about numbers, shapes and letters. So when Utah dad Mike Wilson decided to purchase an iPad for his two-year-old son Bridger to assist with that very job, it was only a little strange.

He later admitted that the purchase was primarily an excuse to splurge on a pricey iPad he'd probably end up using for himself, but the teaching tactic actually worked.

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The Week in Geek: My Kindle Dilemma

Every time I bring up the subject of wanting a Kindle, someone inevitably mentions, “There’s an app for that.” They’re right, of course. It’s a small download, minimal fuss to get it set up the way I want it on my Android phone, and I could be off and reading.

Therein lies the problem.

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Tech Thursday: Patch For A Pack

If you are using the recently released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) then you need to apply a patch. That’s right; you will need to patch your operating system applying one of the security updates that Microsoft released

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Light up cereal boxes may only be a marketing demo but it's still pretty cool
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Light-Up Cereal Boxes and Other Whiz-Bang Product Packaging [VIDEOS]

We found these light-up cereal boxes today that illuminate store shelves. These are just a marketing demo but there's a good chance this electrical induction technique will be lighting up grocery stores in the near future.

We've got the video, along with a few other mind-blowing examples of the future of point of purchase display gadgetry.

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Tech Thursday: In Case You Missed It!

On Tuesday of this week (3-8-11), Microsoft had plans to ship three security bulletins this month to cover at least four serious vulnerabilities in ALL supported versions of Windows. That includes the Windows OS, Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s Groove 2007

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Searching for “J-Woww” Is Hazardous To Your PC’s Health

If you are thinking of searching for the latest photos or information on "Jersey Shore"-star J-Woww, you might want to think again.

According to Internet security firm Barracuda Labs, 15 percent of all searches for "Jenni+ J-Woww" lead to directly to malware.

That would make the artist formerly-known as Jennifer Farley the second most dangerous search term on the Internet, trailing only

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Foldable, Electric-Powered Bicycles Just Might Be the Wave of the Future [VIDEO]
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Foldable, Electric-Powered Bicycles [VIDEO]

If you've got $3,600 to spare and don't mind folks gawking at you from behind the wheel, it might be time to invest in a "YikeBike." Conceived as a faster and lighter alternative to the Segway, the YikeBike is a foldable electric bicycle that was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2009.

It looks kind of like a unicycle with a training wheel, but its inventors say it could change the way we get around. What do you think — wacky invention or wave of the future?

CNN's full video story on the YikeBike is after the jump.

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Tech Thursday: Protect Your Data

Almost all internet ready laptops, video game consoles, digital audio players and smart phone have a Wi-Fi connection. (Wi-Fi (pronounced wye-fye) is a trademark of the Wi-F i Alliance) So, how secure are you? The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched of a campaign to urge computer users to set-up their routers and devices to use WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) on all their wireless Wi-Fi equipment

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