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Text Talk

Mobile internet and 'bite-sized' messaging are the new normal for 2014. Since smartphones now travel with people more than their computers do, people now prefer to send texts instead of leaving voicemail or conventional email. Love it or hate it, texting is the new cultural norm. And part of this new norm is the new language of thumb-typed abbreviations. About.com explains the most common texting abbreviations of 2014...

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What Is Bitcoin? Why Is Bitcoin So Controversial?

Bitcoins Explained

Warren Buffet scoffs at them. Vendors are starting to embrace them. Governments and banks fear them. Millions of users are chasing them in a digital gold rush. Criminals use them to move money without banks. What exactly are bitcoins, and why are they so controversial?

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What Is a 'Flame War'?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Flame wars are online arguments that have turned hostile and personal. On a Facebook wall, in a news story comment thread, in a discussion forum, or even on a Reddit post: flame wars happen as simple misunderstandings of vocal tone spiral into terrible hostilities. About.com explains more about flame wars and flaming here...

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The Best Keystroke Shortcuts for Internet Beginners

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Computers are all about making the repetitive go faster. In the case of opening and viewing web pages, shortcut keystrokes are a real boon. Type ".com" in one stroke; reverse one web page; bookmark the current web page; launch a new tab; zoom the font size... all of these shortcuts and more are listed here...

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What Is 'Haters Gonna Hate'?

Monday April 14, 2014

'Haters gonna hate' is an online catchphrase that caught fire in 2010, and has been in widespread use since. It is an expression of individuality and self-expression, despite the cruel judgments of other people. About.com explains more about the haters online expression, and what it means here...

The Top 10 eBay Beginner Mistakes

Sunday April 13, 2014

Have you ever fallen into an eBay bidding war? Have you ever been surprised by a large shipping and handling invoice? Did you pay more than retail price for an item? Then you have probably committed at least one major beginner mistake as a new eBayer. About.com explains the most common eBay mistakes here...

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