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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…
Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that specializes in media, technology and families, recently released an updated list of “Essential Apps for Kids and Teens.”
You can tell a lot about a country by what it tweets, googles and views on YouTube.
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…
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.
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.
Privacy concerns arise as online ads follow consumers as they search the Internet.
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.
Photographer Melissa Oholendt shares tricks for taking dreamy Instagram photos of food and decor.
Internet users feel they’ve lost control of their personal information — but that doesn’t stop them from handing it out.
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…
A woman from Minnesota created a wildly popular Instagram account to spotlight online abuse.
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.
Miranda July and the Walker Art Center want smartphone users to bring their instant messaging into the real world.
They’re older than the first iPhone, but podcasts are finally hitting the mainstream.
About #AlwaysOn: A weekly look at all things Internet, from top apps and social media stars to goofy memes and tech breakthroughs.
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.
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.
After amassing millions of followers, social media tastemaker Kate Arends Peters is opening up about the parts of life that aren’t Pinterest-perfect.
DigiFest promises IRL experiences with the stars of YouTube and Vine. Don’t understand? Ask a teen.
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.
Is there a science to picking the perfect apps to fit your life? Find out what these savvy smartphone users have to say.
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.
The founder of the free online tool hopes that the promise of rebates for shoppers prompts donations to charities.
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.
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.
Voice-activated devices are evolving from glitch-ridden novelties into useful tools, but quality conversation with your computer isn't likely anytime soon.
Parents accustomed to dishing about their own lives on social media are grappling with how to share their kids’ antics without oversharing.
Minneapolis-founded app FamDoo connects kids and parents with a digital to-do list – plus rewards.
More connected devices in our lives would provide information about our habits and communities, but would also mean less privacy.
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.
Learn some “iRules” from the woman whose smartphone contract with her son became an Internet favorite.
Unrest in Mexico, coupled with flooding in some areas and drought in others, has brought on the squeeze for lime prices.
Todd Hoffner's status as Minnesota State, Mankato's football coach remains unclear. The unpaid suspension might be over his use of university cellphone.
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.
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.
Apps and GPS-enabled gadgets make it easy to track friends and family members, but the technology raises privacy questions.
One of the country’s leading scholars of online teenage behavior argues that adult fears are misplaced.
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?
That’s right, there are smartphone apps — hundreds, actually — to guide couples through the sticky process of untangling a union.
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.
Etiquette in the Internet age is a fast-evolving beast. Ann E. Answers is here to save you from online embarrassment.
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.
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.
One of the men behind “the front page of the Internet” talks about the best way to get attention online.
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.
There’s an upside to this freezing weather if killing dust mites is your goal.
Facebook recently revealed that its engineers have been toying with the idea of a “sympathize” button. Is that something to “like”? Maybe.
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.
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…
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.
A Wisconsin museum dedicated to mustard is feeling the squeeze.
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.
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.
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.
No neighborhood needed: Veteran garage salers are finding plenty of deals these days without leaving their homes -- on Facebook.
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.
Class is in session. The research papers are coming. It’s time to start digging for sources: encyclopedias, journal articles, tweets. Yes, tweets.
While women have made gains in other traditionally male-dominated fields, the glass ceiling in the tech world is proving particularly tough to break.
In an online world full of sass and surliness, sharing positive news is catching on.
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.
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…
New “University Pages” connect students with colleges and the buttoned-up social network.
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…
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.
A push to teach kids computer programming – for future jobs and 21st-century literacy – is gaining momentum.
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.
Will Google Glass become the next “it” gadget or a goofy novelty like the Segway?
Loads of intellectual property make them frequent targets.
While adults are flocking to Facebook, teens are migrating to newer, cooler networks that Mom and Dad have yet to discover.
PedalMN.com, a mobile-friendly website, features an interactive map that makes sure you can find sustenance — and everything else — while riding around Minnesota.
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.
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?
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…
YouTube knows what Minnesotans like to watch. Given our apparently universal enchantment with animals, local critters sometimes grab the spotlight.
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