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Tips for Taking Great Photos of Children

Anyone who has ever tried to take pictures of children knows how challenging it can be. They don’t have attention spans, they don’t listen, and they switch from happy to grumpy within seconds for seemingly no reason at all. As a professional family portrait photographer, I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years to…

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Tips and Myths About Extending Smartphone Battery Life

Ashlei Temeña’s family trip to Disneyland last Thanksgiving break turned into a nightmare when her smartphone battery hit empty. Ms. Temeña, a San Francisco support technician, had gotten separated from her family and realized she had no way to find anyone. Instead of riding roller coasters, she wandered around searching for the group — eventually…

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Classroom technology continues upward trend

Pursuit of 21st Century classrooms continue in the educational field in general. Marion County is no exception. All Marion County schools continue to push forward, generally with 1:1 computer programs for at least some of their grade levels. So-called 1:1 initiatives essentially refer to each student in a certain selection of grades being assigned a…

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Using technology to determine car insurance rates

If your car insurance hasn’t gone up this year, it probably will. That’s because more people are getting into accidents, largely due to texting. And being a good driver can’t even get you out of this. But a new local insurance company says that’s about to change…thanks to technology. Couples who are about to tie…

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Smartphones Outpacing Humans in Literacy

Does it matter to the world if more smartphones than people will be able to read and write within the next 10 years? A new push to promote human literacy believes it does. Project Literacy, begun by Pearson and supported by 95 other organizations, including UNESCO, the Clinton Foundation and the Hunger Project, aims to…

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Save your streams to your camera

One of the unique things about Instagram Live is that the videos have always disappeared. After your live stream is over the content is deleted forever — unlike Facebook Live or Periscope, which save your video so audiences can view it after the fact. Until now. The company just announced that broadcasters will have the option to…

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Keep Your Wireless Headphones From Exploding

Wireless Headphones Have a Battery…  Wireless headphones are an increasingly popular option. In fact, last year Bluetooth headphone sales surpassed those of traditional wired headphones in the U.S. for the first time. I’m sure Apple’s decision to kill the headphone jack on last year’s iPhone 7 had something to do with that. Headphone jack or…

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How to block spam and texts on your phone

Ting! You’ve just received a new message. You set down your bags of groceries, dig into your pocket and pull out your smartphone. Then, you frown. The message reads: “REAL ROLEX 90% OFF!” You’ve never seen the phone number in your life. You received spam, and smartphones have become a major target for indiscriminate marketing…

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What’s the diff? OLED vs. LED TVs

You’ve finally decided to buy a 4K TV – those beautiful televisions that deliver four times the resolution of HD – and you’ve also narrowed down the brand you want, screen size, and if you should go curved or flat. But wait. There’s one more thing you need to choose, and it’s a big one:…

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Echo that spies on you

Amazon’s Echo is a robot that sits in your house and listens. The virtual personal assistant can be summoned into action by saying its name, Alexa, and will then act on commands, like ordering a dollhouse and cookies when asked to do so by a too-clever kindergartener. And because it works by listening, Alexa is…

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