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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 Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

Friday April 18, 2014

When you die, your online accounts go into a kind of limbo by default. Your Facebook can be stuck at a moment in time for months, and then deactivated. Loved ones can attempt to access your email and accounts through a lot of paperwork. Or you can proactively give access to trusted people before you die. Here is more clarity on what happens with your digital afterlife...

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How to Check Which Websites Are Affected by Heartbleed

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The OpenSSL vulnerability 'Heartbleed' has affected many online services. Yahoo, Flickr, Gmail, YouTube, EventBrite, StackExchange and other sites have been open to intrusion for several months. You can check if your favorite website has been affected by Heartbleed here.

If you are a Yahoo, Gmail, or user of other affected sites, definitely change your password once those services patch the OpenSSL Heartbleed holes. We recommend that you create a strong post-Heartbleed password as follows...

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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