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Nowadays, there are a lot of television entertainment options worth trying in lieu of old-fashioned cable television. Streaming video services are popping up everywhere, but our personal favorite is Sling TV. Recently, we received an enthusiastic review of Sling TV from Josh Nielson, who has been using the service for a couple of years now. We’ve decided to let this Sling TV review speak for itself.

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Ask any parent with a teenager, and they'll tell you that parenting teens today is tough. Teens have more freedom at an earlier age nowadays. They have more opportunities to explore the virtual world, thanks to the always-connected society we live in. Today's teens have smartphones, laptops, and even smart watches. While parents give their teens the freedom to explore their own interests and make their own mistakes, it's incredibly nerve-wracking to send your teenager out into the world. Even if it's just an overnight stay at a friend's house. In the cyber world, parents have viable concerns about bullying, predators, and the unknown. The good news is no matter what your parenting style, there's an app that suits your comfort level.

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The first tablet computer was invented in 1888, when the telautograph included a sheet of paper and pen attached to electromechanical actuators. This early tablet sounds complex and not at all portable. Luckily, tablets have come a long way in 138 years. Want to know more about which tablets paved the way for today’s technology? Here’s a chronological list of tablet innovations.

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What is Verizon Cloud?

Verizon Cloud is a back-up service that stores chosen files outside of your devices. With it, you have access to your content from multiple devices and operating systems. As a Verizon customer, you choose to use this cloud storage to keep your content safe. You may gain access to it from anywhere; including through your smartphone, tablet, and internet. Verizon customers enjoy the automatic convenience of Verizon Cloud when they get new smartphones and tablets.

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Paid loyalty programs are filled with savings and benefits, which are then bought by customers at a fraction of the true cost. And they’re gaining momentum in popularity. Why are they so popular with customers? And what makes a paid loyalty program successful?

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Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork. Here is Nina McCrary’s story:

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We’ve all seen those sleek commercials - you know which ones I'm talking about - the ones where these amazing pictures are taken with the smartphone camera with ease. If you're like me, you've already deduced that these pictures are probably staged and shot by professional photographers. So, of course, they look perfect. 

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If you've used your smartphone for a while, you've most likely experienced the frustration of a long load time. Who has time for that? While it isn't always feasible to trade in your phone for the latest model, there are a few things you can do to speed it up ... without causing harm to your device's security or operating system. We turned to a panel of tech pros and gadget bloggers to find out what the best tricks are for speeding up slow smartphones. We asked all of them:

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Want to know how you’ll save your phone from the next water splash or other liquid spill? The machine that dries your phone from certain doom is Redux. Tech news website Mashable got a great interview with Redux co-owner Rubin Zielinski, who described Redux’s drying powers.

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A definition of CDMA

The Allies in World War II developed Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) to prevent Nazis from jamming radio transmissions. With CDMA, the Allies transmitted information over several frequencies, making it difficult for the Germans to get the figure out the signal. Over the decades, CDMA has grown to be one of the two major radio systems used in cell phones; the other is Global System for Mobiles, or GSM. Both CDMA and GSM signals keep networks and carriers divided. For example, in the United States, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular use CDMA, but AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM.

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Overhear a random conversation nowadays? You’ll most likely hear some reference to a hashtag. Even my grandma used a hashtag the other day. #youknowyouhaveacoolgrandmawhen But really, where did the hashtag thing come from? To you and me, it seemed to appear out of nowhere. Or maybe about the time when Twitter hitched a ride on the pop-culture choo-choo train. Since then, the hashtag shortened even the broadest subjects to ... hashtags. #seriousphilosophyhere

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When you save cash on a shopping trip, I'm willing to bet that you feel like you somehow won the lottery. Everyone wants to save a little cash, particularly on items they have to purchase. The very best shopping websites offer a range of cost savings, whether they be weekly circulars, coupons, discounts, special offers, or even price tracking. In this blog, we've identified 50 of the most comprehensive savings apps for your smartphone. Many of these sites offer apps on iOS and Android, however there are a handful Android-specific apps.

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A decade ago, the idea of walking into an entirely different world to play a game sounded like a myth. In 2016, that concept was made real -- with virtual and augmented reality. With the help of virtual reality, you’ve seen hundreds of people playing Pokémon Go around our communities. With the help of virtual reality, you’ve also seen Facebook and YouTube users embrace the 360-degree video. Augmented and virtual reality technology is paving the way for more integrated technology.

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Apple's newest Operating System has dropped, and we haven't seen an involved update such as this in over four years. The iOS 10 update is made specifically for iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 2, iPad Pro range, iPod touch (6th generation), and anything more recent. Not only does Messages receive a complete overhaul, but Apple Maps gets some badly needed changes, and Photos even gets an organizational revamp. Let’s review all the changes to determine if it’s worth your time to download.

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Podcasts are gaining more popularity every day. They're simultaneously entertaining and educational. Listening to a podcast while doing various chores is the epitome of multi-tasking, really. This makes podcasts a favorite tool of productivity and personal development fanatics. Catching the latest podcasts is as simple as downloading a podcast app, known as a podcatcher. But not all podcatchers are created equal. Some podcatchers offer a greater variety of podcasts, while others feature options to enhance the experience.

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are celebrating their first anniversary this September. They have so much to offer – but at a lower cost than the newest devices. So when you’re shopping for your next upgrade, consider saving some money and getting a device that offers an abundance of time-saving features and organization that will put a personal assistant to shame.

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Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork.

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What's Wi-Fi networking?

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to deliver network connectivity. Wireless adapters establish wireless networks, which are called hotspots. Hotspots allow users to connect to the internet. Wi-Fi provides wireless connectivity by emitting radio frequencies between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This frequency depends on the network capacity.

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So by now you've probably heard about a big recall in the smartphone world. Did you happen to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note7? Don't worry. Here’s a how-to guide on returning your Note7.

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You just love your cell phone so much you want to accessorize it to maximize its functionality and aesthetic appeal. And nowadays, there are countless opportunities to bling out your device. Of course, your budget may not allow you to go all-out and purchase every conceivable accessory in one fell swoop. Thus, some prioritization might be in order. We asked the most knowledgeable gadget gurus what accessories will offer the biggest bang for your buck. Learn more about the best accessories below.

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During your phone’s lifetime, you’ll inevitably shake, drop, crash, dash, plunge, dump, and slide the device. Luckily, smartphone manufacturers have created a hardy device that is meant to last. Needless to say, it’s smart to invest in a reliable protective phone case or screen protector for your smartphone. That’s why we’ve put together a list of solid protective options below.

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We look forward to September each year. Not because the leaves start changing colors and the weather starts to cool down. No. But because in September, Apple holds its annual press meeting to announce their newest devices.

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Smartphone buying can be intimidating, especially since there are aspects to consider. Like if you're the type who needs the latest, most advanced, flashiest smartphone on the market, you have quite a selection of devices that offer the best technology. Or you might be considering whether to switch from your current operating system for Android or iOS. You might even be the type to hang on to your current device until it can't go on any longer, and then get overwhelmed with the functionality of the currently available smartphones.

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One of the most popular trends of the past ten years is to take a selfie, or a picture of yourself on your phone’s camera. Your Android’s camera offers a great, quality photo-taking application. Whether you use your camera on a daily basis or you’re just learning how to use the Camera app, this is the perfect opportunity to review the Android camera app and all of its capabilities.

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Smartphones are more advanced than ever. They're packed with tons of features, like front- and rear-facing cameras, heart rate monitors, fingerprint screen lock, and access to apps galore. For some, there's a strong learning curve that accompanies the highly sophisticated smartphones of today. Although, most devices are user-friendly enough to warrant ample praise for usability.

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