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Redskins’ Thanksgiving post goes viral — for all the wrong reasons

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If there’s one holiday the Washington Redskins should avoid promoting on social media, it’s likely Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, the team has been under fire as a result of its unwillingness to change its racially-offensive name — and yet the NFL team decided it was a good idea to mark the holiday with […] [Read More]
Categories: News, social media
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Facebook rant against first family another reminder of the reach and potential dangers of social media

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It’s happened again: A dimwitted political staffer opened her mouth and fired off what she thought was some pithy thoughts — only to have to apologize hours later. This time it’s the communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn, Elizabeth Lauten. Following President Barack Obama’s pardoning of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, Lauten logged onto Facebook […] [Read More]
Categories: News, politics, social media
The Delta Aquarids will peak tonight, as depicted in this NASA photo. The lack of a moon in the night sky means dark skies for optimal viewing. Begin looking for these faint meteors after midnight.

Up in the sky tonight: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a cosmic show

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It’s a particularly great night to look up and gaze at the wonders of the universe. In addition to a lack of the moon in the night sky, tonight is expected to be clear allowing for folks throughout Connecticut to have a great perspective of the heavens. Among the highlights: The Dumbbell Nebula, a dying-star remnant […] [Read More]
Categories: Space

Craving a particular movie or TV show? Handy site will tell you if and where you can stream it

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Have you ever craved a certain television show or movie, but did not want to take the time to search Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes and others for instant instant streaming, rentals and purchases? Good news, there are a number of websites that will do it for you in a matter of seconds. Among the services, […] [Read More]
Categories: Productivity
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Costco demonstrates potentially life-saving aspect of data collection

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Costco demonstrated a potentially life-saving benefit of data collection following a recent massive fruit recall. Because the vast majority of its customers are members, the company was able to call individuals to warn them to throw out the potentially Listeria-tainted nectarines, peaches, plums and pluots they purchased, according to the Huffington Post. The company logs […] [Read More]
Categories: News
Timehop is an app brimming with nostalgia, allowing users to remember what they were doing on that day in previous years based on what they uploaded to their respective social networks. Uploaded photos are also included.

Start your weekend off right with these essential apps

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Start your weekend off right with these eight essential apps that will help you better utilize your day: Timehop is an app brimming with nostalgia, allowing users to remember what they were doing on that day in previous years based on what they uploaded to their respective social networks. Uploaded photos are also included. Grocery […] [Read More]
Categories: Apps, News, Productivity

Own your identity

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Google is the 21st Century mirror. In our fast-paced, Internet-centric, Google-dominated world, you are who the world’s largest search engine says you are — and yet the same people who often down more Google juice than water on a typical day are blinded to their own Web reputation. Think about it. Last time you wanted […] [Read More]