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Katie Humphrey

Team leader | South Metro
phone: 952-746-3285
Katie Humphrey leads a team of reporters who cover news in the south metro. Previously, she was a features reporter covering technology/digital life and a news reporter covering Dakota County. Before coming to the Star Tribune, Katie wrote about public safety and city hall for the Austin American-Statesman.
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Day trip: Hopkins serves up history hip in the 'burbs

Day trip: Hopkins serves up history hip in the 'burbs

Suburbs get snubbed a lot — Pleasantvilles with no culture, no history, no nightlife. Not true in Hopkins. If there is a recipe for what’s trendy in big-city neighborhoods, Hopkins already has all the ingredients.

Upsie app offers warranty options on new electronics

The holidays have come and gone, and Santa didn’t bring that new television. If you want it, you’re going to have to buy it on…

Find apps for the kids' new gadgets

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that specializes in media, technology and families, recently released an updated list of “Essential Apps for Kids and Teens.”
Top Web trends: Ice buckets, World Cup and #Ferguson

Top Web trends: Ice buckets, World Cup and #Ferguson

You can tell a lot about a country by what it tweets, googles and views on YouTube.
Mingle@ app aims for in-person introductions

Mingle@ app aims for in-person introductions

Sam McCaa was in Uptown eating with friends when he saw it: awkward first date in progress. The guy was taken by the woman, but…
Families share holiday rituals by video chat

Families share holiday rituals by video chat

For millions of people whose families are scattered across the country, almost any digital screen can become a window into a holiday celebration via Skype, Google Hangouts or Apple’s FaceTime.

Online ads follow you wherever you go

Remember that time you shopped for a necklace online, and then jewelry ads followed you everywhere you went — from your Facebook page to news sites? You’re not imagining it: You’re being tracked. Here's how.

Targeted online ads: Creepy or convenient?

Privacy concerns arise as online ads follow consumers as they search the Internet.

2014: The year we toyed with wearable tech

Want an entertaining peek at what the wearable tech future could hold? Look at Kickstarter. There are more than 200 wearable tech pitches on that crowdfunding site.
Cook up a visual holiday feast on Instagram

Cook up a visual holiday feast on Instagram

Photographer Melissa Oholendt shares tricks for taking dreamy Instagram photos of food and decor.

Do we want privacy or free stuff? Both

Internet users feel they’ve lost control of their personal information — but that doesn’t stop them from handing it out.

DrinkFly app delivers alcohol to your door

It’s cold. You’re hunkered down at home in a nest of cozy blankets. Wouldn’t a warm adult beverage be nice? Or maybe a glass of…
Q&A with Minnesota woman behind viral Bye Felipe Instagram

Q&A with Minnesota woman behind viral Bye Felipe Instagram

A woman from Minnesota created a wildly popular Instagram account to spotlight online abuse.
Online harassment is routine among adults

Online harassment is routine among adults

Adults regularly face harassment online, from name-calling and embarrassment to threats of violence. Cruelty isn’t unique to the Internet, but the anonymity and accessibility it offers feed online attacks.
Somebody app: Deliver text messages in person

Somebody app: Deliver text messages in person

Miranda July and the Walker Art Center want smartphone users to bring their instant messaging into the real world.
Pushing 'play' on podcasts

Pushing 'play' on podcasts

They’re older than the first iPhone, but podcasts are finally hitting the mainstream.
What happens to your digital life after death? Don't leave it to chance

What happens to your digital life after death? Don't leave it to chance

About #AlwaysOn: A weekly look at all things Internet, from top apps and social media stars to goofy memes and tech breakthroughs.
What exactly is 'the cloud'? Answer's not over your head

What exactly is 'the cloud'? Answer's not over your head

The cloud is a pretty vague concept for a lot of people, even if they won’t admit it. Consider it part of the ever-changing technology universe we use daily but don’t really understand. Let’s clear that up.
Who wants to wear a smartwatch?

Who wants to wear a smartwatch?

With Apple’s arrival on the smartwatch scene, will high-tech watches catch on? There's lots of buzz around smartwatches, but it's still unclear if anyone will buy them.
The local tastemaker behind Wit & Delight hits social media stardom

The local tastemaker behind Wit & Delight hits social media stardom

After amassing millions of followers, social media tastemaker Kate Arends Peters is opening up about the parts of life that aren’t Pinterest-perfect.
Q&A with Vine and YouTube stars Jack and Jack

Q&A with Vine and YouTube stars Jack and Jack

DigiFest promises IRL experiences with the stars of YouTube and Vine. Don’t understand? Ask a teen.
Picking the right apps for your life

Picking the right apps for your life

Is there a science to picking the perfect apps to fit your life? Find out what these savvy smartphone users have to say.
Mere mortals become mermaids, thanks to Twin Cities sisters

Mere mortals become mermaids, thanks to Twin Cities sisters

Twin sisters from St. Paul are swimming in business – outfitting real-life mermaids worldwide with elaborate, colorful fishtails at a cool $2,500 a piece.
Online shopping takes a generous turn with iMyne

Online shopping takes a generous turn with iMyne

The founder of the free online tool hopes that the promise of rebates for shoppers prompts donations to charities.
Share daily highs, lows and surprises with app by St. Paul mom

Share daily highs, lows and surprises with app by St. Paul mom

Parents love to hear about their kids’ lives. Kids, especially teens, don’t always love to share. St. Paul mom Stephanie Ross found a way around those frustrating exchanges with an app based on a dinnertime game.
Duel of the digital assistants: Siri vs. Cortana

Duel of the digital assistants: Siri vs. Cortana

Siri’s got a new frenemy. Her name is Cortana, and she’s bringing plenty of underdog attitude to the battle for the title of best digital personal assistant.
Talking technology is becoming ubiquitous -- and maybe even useful

Talking technology is becoming ubiquitous -- and maybe even useful

Voice-activated devices are evolving from glitch-ridden novelties into useful tools, but quality conversation with your computer isn't likely anytime soon.
Parents' dilemma: To share or not to share photos on social media

Parents' dilemma: To share or not to share photos on social media

Parents accustomed to dishing about their own lives on social media are grappling with how to share their kids’ antics without oversharing.
App aims to give the 'modern allowance'

App aims to give the 'modern allowance'

Minneapolis-founded app FamDoo connects kids and parents with a digital to-do list – plus rewards.
Experts predict a thriving 'Internet of Things' by 2025

Experts predict a thriving 'Internet of Things' by 2025

More connected devices in our lives would provide information about our habits and communities, but would also mean less privacy.
Weather the storms with smartphone apps

Weather the storms with smartphone apps

While an umbrella might by the most useful accessory for our recent weather, a smartphone is also helpful to keep up on whatever Mother Nature decides to throw our way.
'iRules' author talks tech families, sexting and cyberbullying

'iRules' author talks tech families, sexting and cyberbullying

Learn some “iRules” from the woman whose smartphone contract with her son became an Internet favorite.
Lime prices leave bars, restaurants lacking zest

Lime prices leave bars, restaurants lacking zest

Unrest in Mexico, coupled with flooding in some areas and drought in others, has brought on the squeeze for lime prices.
Dec. 22, 2012: Hoffner gets 20-day unpaid suspension

Dec. 22, 2012: Hoffner gets 20-day unpaid suspension

Todd Hoffner's status as Minnesota State, Mankato's football coach remains unclear. The unpaid suspension might be over his use of university cellphone.
Gamers wage virtual war with real Twin Cities landmarks

Gamers wage virtual war with real Twin Cities landmarks

All the world is a game board for the players who wage virtual war over Twin Cities landmarks in a smartphone-powered game called Ingress.
Meet the Minneapolis couple who rule dog cuteness on Instagram

Meet the Minneapolis couple who rule dog cuteness on Instagram

Ahmed El Shourbagy and his girlfriend, Ashley Paguyo, are the Instagram equivalent of talent scouts — the humans behind the wildly popular Dogs of Instagram account.
Tracking apps keep tabs on friends, kids, grandparents and pets

Tracking apps keep tabs on friends, kids, grandparents and pets

Apps and GPS-enabled gadgets make it easy to track friends and family members, but the technology raises privacy questions.
Teens and social media: It's complicated

Teens and social media: It's complicated

One of the country’s leading scholars of online teenage behavior argues that adult fears are misplaced.
Twin Cities homes are going high-tech thanks to 'smart' devices

Twin Cities homes are going high-tech thanks to 'smart' devices

Houses are going high-tech amid the booming “Internet of Things.” But do you really need that Wi-Fi-enabled toothbrush, and what if it gets a virus?
Smartphone apps offer help with divorce, but usefulness debatable

Smartphone apps offer help with divorce, but usefulness debatable

That’s right, there are smartphone apps — hundreds, actually — to guide couples through the sticky process of untangling a union.
High schools confront social media minefield

High schools confront social media minefield

Teen gossip, inside jokes and offensive language can explode online through new, quickly evolving outlets, where it can live on and be seen by thousands.
Mind your digital manners

Mind your digital manners

Etiquette in the Internet age is a fast-evolving beast. Ann E. Answers is here to save you from online embarrassment.
Facebook's new Paper app gets good reviews

Facebook's new Paper app gets good reviews

Facebook unwrapped a new app this week to celebrate its 10th birthday. It doesn’t have every Facebook feature, but its photo-heavy presentation of news from friends and major publications has won wide praise.
Ever-popular quiz apps test all personality types

Ever-popular quiz apps test all personality types

Since launching in November, QuizUp has hovered in the Top 10 mobile games in the United States. But it’s just one of many brain teasers. Turns out, there’s a trivia app to test just about any personality type.
Q&A: Reddit's co-founder on the idea of an open Internet

Q&A: Reddit's co-founder on the idea of an open Internet

One of the men behind “the front page of the Internet” talks about the best way to get attention online.
A beginner's guide to Reddit

A beginner's guide to Reddit

Reddit’s that website you’ve heard of but maybe don’t quite understand. Is it a social network? A message board? Its spare design and free-for-all culture can be intimidating, but don’t underestimate its users’ collective power — for good and, sometimes, not-so-good.
Pillow talk: Does extreme cold kill dust mites?

Pillow talk: Does extreme cold kill dust mites?

There’s an upside to this freezing weather if killing dust mites is your goal.
Would you 'like' a chance to 'sympathize' on Facebook?

Would you 'like' a chance to 'sympathize' on Facebook?

Facebook recently revealed that its engineers have been toying with the idea of a “sympathize” button. Is that something to “like”? Maybe.
Reindeer reality show, live from Como Zoo

Reindeer reality show, live from Como Zoo

Animal Planet’s online Reindeer Cam is focused on a trio of Santa’s hooved helpers at St. Paul's Como Zoo this holiday season.
Recycle Your Holidays collects unwanted lights for free

Recycle Your Holidays collects unwanted lights for free

It’s the holiday decorating moment of truth: Plug in the lights and hope they all glow. Cheer as they twinkle around the tree, or scowl…
Holidays bring family together … for tech support

Holidays bring family together … for tech support

Across Minnesota, college kids and young adults will likely spend part of the holidays installing updates on laptops and explaining how to download apps onto tablets.
Wis. Mustard museum is spread thin

Wis. Mustard museum is spread thin

A Wisconsin museum dedicated to mustard is feeling the squeeze.
FAA reprieve: Cellphone silence is still golden while in the air

FAA reprieve: Cellphone silence is still golden while in the air

While the Federal Aviation Administration this month expanded the use of electronic devices in flight, it continued its ban on phone calls — and that’s just fine with a surprising number of passengers.
Don't become a tech fossil at work

Don't become a tech fossil at work

The onslaught of new technology, from smartphones to social media, can leave experienced workers feeling prehistoric. Avoid professional extinction by answering the call of the digital era.

Project: Don't be the office dinosaur

Stay vital in the workplace, even if you're not the youngest employee. Our three-part series shows you how you can adjust your attitude, keep your technical skills up and stay in style.
Facebook garage sales growing in popularity

Facebook garage sales growing in popularity

No neighborhood needed: Veteran garage salers are finding plenty of deals these days without leaving their homes -- on Facebook.
Growing crowd shoots for video stardom online

Growing crowd shoots for video stardom online

Eleven percent of adult Internet users in the United States have posted an online video in hopes that it will be widely viewed, according to the Pew Research Center.
Scholarly citations of 140 characters

Scholarly citations of 140 characters

Class is in session. The research papers are coming. It’s time to start digging for sources: encyclopedias, journal articles, tweets. Yes, tweets.
Still outnumbered, women strive to tap into tech industry

Still outnumbered, women strive to tap into tech industry

While women have made gains in other traditionally male-dominated fields, the glass ceiling in the tech world is proving particularly tough to break.
Catch more followers with honey

Catch more followers with honey

In an online world full of sass and surliness, sharing positive news is catching on.
Vanish from the Web with justdelete.me

Vanish from the Web with justdelete.me

Trying to wipe digital footprints off the Internet can make cleaning your cluttered closet sound like fun. But a new website aims to make erasing unwanted accounts easier.
Digital reminders take the place of nagging

Digital reminders take the place of nagging

  It used to be that Mom harped “Sit up straight!” when you slouched. Now there’s a smartphone app with a belt that gives you…
Teens, please add me to your network, LinkedIn says

Teens, please add me to your network, LinkedIn says

New “University Pages” connect students with colleges and the buttoned-up social network.
More Americans tap into digital banking

More Americans tap into digital banking

There was a time, not all that long ago, when making a deposit meant walking into a bank. Paying bills called for writing checks, which…
State Fair app leads visitors to munchies, music and merchandise

State Fair app leads visitors to munchies, music and merchandise

Sometimes there’s nothing more important than finding the nearest place to get cotton candy or cheese curds or fried [fill in the blank] on a stick. The Minnesota State Fair smartphone app can lead the way.
Kids are learning the language of computers

Kids are learning the language of computers

A push to teach kids computer programming – for future jobs and 21st-century literacy – is gaining momentum.
GPS devices may not be all that accurate

GPS devices may not be all that accurate

Despite high-tech GPS devices, we still get lost. It’s difficult to quantify how often, but evidence of users’ frustration is easy to find.
Take a look through Google's Glass

Take a look through Google's Glass

Will Google Glass become the next “it” gadget or a goofy novelty like the Segway?

Colleges -- including U of M and St. Cloud St. -- fighting back at cyberattacks

Loads of intellectual property make them frequent targets.
Facebook losing its buzz as younger users defect

Facebook losing its buzz as younger users defect

While adults are flocking to Facebook, teens are migrating to newer, cooler networks that Mom and Dad have yet to discover.
PedalMN.com helps cyclists plot routes, find amenities

PedalMN.com helps cyclists plot routes, find amenities

PedalMN.com, a mobile-friendly website, features an interactive map that makes sure you can find sustenance — and everything else — while riding around Minnesota.
Mastectomy debate: Much-needed information or fueling hysteria?

Mastectomy debate: Much-needed information or fueling hysteria?

Coming on the heels of Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she had a preventive double mastectomy, talk of the very personal procedure has never been so public.
Angst abounds as people tweet during tragedy

Angst abounds as people tweet during tragedy

During times of national heartache, Twitter and Facebook become sounding boards for the grieving masses. But what if you want to tweet about something else?

Apps help users send paper greeting cards from a digital world

Woe, the end of letter writing.Penmanship pushed aside amid a sea of e-mail and text messages. The U.S. Postal Service in decline. Congratulations offered via…
What's the most popular YouTube video in Minnesota?

What's the most popular YouTube video in Minnesota?

YouTube knows what Minnesotans like to watch. Given our apparently universal enchantment with animals, local critters sometimes grab the spotlight.
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