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  • Updated: September 19, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Video games: 'Strider' gets a well-timed update

By Star Tribune April 11, 2014, 02:51 PM

“Strider” ($14.99 download for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC; rated Everyone 10+) isn’t just fun. It feels “relevant.”

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Sound Advice: Tabletop radios with CD capability are becoming rarer

By DON LINDICH, Star Tribune April 11, 2014, 01:20 PM

CD capability in tabletop radios is becoming rarer as people switch to digital media on their phones and computers. There are still some models out there, though.

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Gamers wage virtual war with real Twin Cities landmarks

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune April 09, 2014, 02:54 PM

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.

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End of Windows XP support spells trouble

By BREE FOWLER, Star Tribune April 09, 2014, 08:57 AM

Many computers still use the system, but Microsoft is ending security updates.

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Latest affliction caused by digital devices: 'tech neck'

By Allie Shah, Star Tribune April 02, 2014, 11:39 AM

Our obsession with staying connected may be turning us into the hunchbacks of the digital age -- the more time we spend hunched over our smartphones, the more our necks hurt.

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Short Circuits: 'Frozen' on video; new Roku device; fighting AutoCorrect

By Star Tribune March 18, 2014, 03:31 PM

Disney is back in the game with “Frozen,” the Oscar winner for best animated feature and best song “Let It Go.” Plus, Roku has announced the $50 Streaming Stick.

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

By KATIE HUMPHREY, Star Tribune March 14, 2014, 02:11 PM

Apps and GPS-enabled gadgets make it easy to track friends and family members, but the technology raises privacy questions.

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Teens and social media: It's complicated

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune March 12, 2014, 02:38 PM

One of the country’s leading scholars of online teenage behavior argues that adult fears are misplaced.

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Sound Advice: Bracket can help solve tricky soundbar-mounting problems

By DON LINDICH, Star Tribune February 28, 2014, 01:54 PM

I have a soundbar that needs to be mounted on the television, because when it’s on the stand it blocks the TV’s remote IR receiver. What do you recommend?

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

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune February 26, 2014, 06:07 PM

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?

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Mind your digital manners

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune February 13, 2014, 04:56 PM

Etiquette in the Internet age is a fast-evolving beast. Ann E. Answers is here to save you from online embarrassment.

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Facebook's new Paper app gets good reviews

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune February 04, 2014, 02:45 PM

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.

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Facebook makes a video for you

By Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune February 04, 2014, 02:24 PM

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Facebook created personal videos for every user.

Click: 'Smart' toothbrush puts the digital in dentistry

January 31, 2014, 03:25 PM

Brushing the ‘smart’ wayOral hygiene, meet the digital age. With everyone talking about the “Internet of things,” one prototype getting...

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Sound Advice: Pentax cameras are ideal for nonprofessional photo enthusiasts

By DON LINDICH January 31, 2014, 03:07 PM

I love Pentax and have used it for years. I love the picture quality and the great lenses, and the sensor-based Shake Reduction means every lens you use is stabilized.

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Do smartphone traffic apps really work?

By Katie Humphrey January 29, 2014, 04:16 PM

Mobile apps promise real-time traffic info, but — honk! honk! — picking the best route is still a gamble.

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How to clean cellphones, tablets and other essential gadgets

By KATE MURPHY January 20, 2014, 02:55 PM

Cellphones, tablets and other handheld devices are a natural gathering spot for germs. Keeping them clean, however, isn't easy.

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Ever-popular quiz apps test all personality types

By Katie Humphrey January 13, 2014, 02:38 PM

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.

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Hear music anywhere, but which tech is best?

By Jonathan Takiff January 10, 2014, 11:51 PM

An array of trendy gadgets can stream audio wherever you want, but some do it better than others.

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Libraries become tech hubs for the digitally inclined

By Katie Humphrey January 01, 2014, 05:22 PM

People are turning to libraries with tech-fueled questions about everything from e-readers to social media – and librarians have the answers.

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