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"The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate."
- Thomas Jefferson

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Updating your Android operating system (OS) is imperative to the safety and natural working order of your smartphone. OS updates are important because you want to ensure that your apps and other functions run smoothly, and to protect your phone from vulnerabilities. This is because updates often contain patches and address specific identified risks. This guide is meant to help you identify available updates for your Android, which will enable maximum performance.

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Technical experts have incorporated speech recognition software seamlessly into smartphones. So much so, that many people don’t realize they’re using it. But in all honesty, you probably use speech recognition software on a daily basis. It gets utilized when you safely use text-to-talk features on your drive home, ask Siri a question, or even using Amazon Echo to order a pizza. But what is it, how does it work, and how will it affect us?

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What's a prepaid phone?

Prepaid phones are cell phones offered outside of a contract. If you're on a prepaid phone service, you'll pay for service before you use it. Travelers and tourists often use prepaid phones since the cost is upfront, and thus exempted from over-limit penalties. Prepaid phones are available through many of the major carriers across the United States.

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History

YouTube started as a simple idea between three PayPal co-workers in late 2004. A year-and-a-half later, their idea morphed into a $1.65 billion payday and millions of videos being available to the public. The YouTube website was first registered as a domain name on February 14, 2005. After three months of development, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who owned the site, uploaded their first video. (The video was “A day at the zoo” by Karim, and is still available to watch today.)

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Everyone seems to be sporting wearable gadgets that do everything from tracking the number of steps you take each day to browsing the entire World Wide Web from your wrists. Technology is advancing at an incredible pace. In fact, today's smartphones will someday be mere echoes of tomorrow's high-tech wonders. Whether you're a wearable gadget enthusiast or you're thinking about investing in your first wearable device, you'll want to know all the details of today's top wearables. To gain some insight into today's wearable tech trends, we asked a panel of enthusiasts to answer:

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and we know you're putting together shopping lists. What better Christmas present than a fun tech gadget to play with, that is actually useful and convenient? We've tested a range of tech gadgets to determine if they're worth your time. Here's a list of our top ten personal favorites (in no particular order):

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The Riley Children’s Foundation recently collaborated with Our Culture of Good to promote 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 burrow deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork. Here is Layla Cunningham’s story:

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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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