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Research: Kids Feel Neglected If Parents Hooked On Smartphones

Parents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing? New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their smartphones when they are with them.

08/18/2014

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Target Debuts Image-Recognition Shopping App

Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It’s the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

07/22/2014

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Survey: Americans Can Hardly Function Without Smartphones

The number of Americans who use smartphones is at an all-time high. Also, the number of people who say they can’t live without them is up. In a new Bank of America survey, nearly half of Americans say they wouldn’t last one day without their phone.

07/01/2014

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Minnesota Enacts 1st Law On Cellphone Disabling

Minnesota has the nation’s first law requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have remote shut-off devices as a way to deter theft. The “kill switch” bill was signed Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton after lawmakers passed it last week.

05/14/2014

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Tinder Users Hope To Swipe Their Way To New Love

Since the beginning of time, men and women have been searching for the same thing: true love. That’s why we love romantic movies like “The Notebook” and sign up for dating sites like Match.com, eHarmony, and OkCupid. And now there’s Tinder.

04/30/2014

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‘Upskirting’ Laws Lag Behind Advances In Technology

A court ruled that a man who snapped secret pictures up a woman’s skirt on a Boston subway train did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law. The practice known as “upskirting” has exposed loopholes in current laws. Minnesota statutes that tackle the issue were written years ago. But that was before everyone had cell phones.

03/06/2014

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BBB Warns Of ‘1-Ring’ Phone Call Scheme

If you receive a call from area codes belonging to places like Grenada or Antigua and the phone only rings once, the Better Business Bureau warns not to call back. According to the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, the calls are part of a scheme being perpetrated by scammers who anticipate victims’ curiosity getting the better of them.

02/04/2014

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DNR: Fishing & Hunting Licenses Go Mobile

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources now offers a mobile licensing website for purchasing select fishing and hunting licenses via smartphone.

07/29/2013

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Tips To Limit Tech Distractions While On Vacation

Many of us will find ourselves with time off this week from work to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. However, instead of relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones, we may end up texting, typing, posting and playing games on electronic devices.

07/02/2013

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BCA Warns Parents About New Video Sharing Apps

It’s never been easier to upload a video to the Internet. There’s YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo just to name a few options. Now, Instagram has joined the community as did Twitter with Vine.

07/02/2013

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The Pros & Cons Of Cell Phone Insurance

One way cell phones have definitely changed our lives is the way we walk. We have phones out and eyes down, which can cause all kinds of problems says Minneapolis Police Inspector Bryan D. Schafer. “When you have that phone out in the open, you become a target,” Schafer said.

06/24/2013

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Keep Up With Your Kids On Social Media

Remember when the best way to keep your kids safe on the internet was to make sure the computer was in a common area? Now, kids can carry the Internet in their pockets and keep moving to social networks many parents don’t even know about. So, how can parents keep up?

01/21/2013

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Hennepin County To Take Crime Tips By Smartphone

Authorities in Hennepin County are launching a smartphone app for crime tips. The sheriff’s office unveils its app Thursday.

12/13/2012

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Smartphone Apps For Your Fall Trip

As summer fades, fall bursts and for those looking to hit the road for a glimpse of those colors, a few apps can point you in the right direction. To make the most of your trip, you just need your smartphone.

09/25/2012

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CNET’s iPhone 5 Review: Finally The iPhone We’ve Always Wanted

Apple’s iPhone 5 launched to massive fanfare on Sept. 12, and now the verdict is in from CNET’s Scott Stein. He found that the new iPhone offers key features that were desired by users when its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, shipped.

09/19/2012

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