Friday, December 19, 2008

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Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

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Today's top stories...

America isn’t prepared for cyberwar
The results of a two-day cyberwar simulation are not good. The United States is unprepared. There were problems in leadership, planning and communications. Cyberattacks could become more common.

‘Tis the season for free shipping
Online stores are helping Christmas shoppers procrastinate. Many are offering free shipping. Others have extended shipping deadlines. This is due to slow sales. How’s your shopping going? Hit the Message Board.

Site ranks quality of nursing homes
Medicare and Medicaid have begun ranking nursing homes online. The 15,800 homes that participate in the public insurance systems are ranked. Users can also learn about alternatives to nursing homes.

Olympians focus on gaming
Michael Phelps and Shaun White are turning to gaming. White has launched a video game. Phelps’ first game is due in 2010. They hope to match the success of skateboarder Tony Hawk’s games.

Decline forecast in flat-panel TV sales
U.S. sales of flat-panel TVs are expected to drop in 2009. This will be the first decline in TV sales in a decade. Sales in emerging markets may offset the declines. Need a TV? Learn how to get a deal!

Chinese man wins online vigilantism case
Wang Fei has won China’s first case against online vigilantism. Zhang Leyi posted details about Wang online after the suicide of Wang’s wife. Wang lost his job and his family was harassed.

Last-minute tech gifts for about $50
The last-minute Christmas rush is on! Are you in a sweat? Relax. I have some great last-minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Learn about them all in my weekly column at USAToday.

This Saturday morning, I will be taking your calls for a whole four hours! The extra hour will be broadcast when I take a winter trip. So, if you have a question about something digital, let me help! It takes just three easy steps: 1.) Call the LIVE broadcast. That's this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the East Coast, or, if you live on the West Coast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 2.) Know the phone number. It is, of course, toll-free 1-888-825-5254. 3.) Talk to me. That's all there is to it!

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Video of the Day: There’s nothing better than a Christmas tree. But all those lights need power. One mall is using a unique energy source.

Cool Site of the Day: Book groups are a great way to share a love of reading. But what if you don't have a local book club? Just jump online.

Digital Minute, on your radio: Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? I have some great ideas! But watch out--you may get sticker shock!

Free Download of the Day: Want your Webmail on your desktop? Some providers say no. But, guess what, you can do it anyway.

Tip on the site: Printing photos at home is fun. But doing it right takes some work. What printer, ink and paper do you need? I can tell you.

There's more below, but first a word from us...

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Sell your old gear locally
We all love Christmas. But gift-giving can leave you with a financial hangover. So, why not make some cash off unwanted stuff? Forget the yard sale! My tip will help you sell your things online to local buyers.

Buying a used or refurbished laptop
I normally don’t recommend used or refurbished computers. But they’re a great way to save money in tough times. Need a new laptop? Find out what to look for in a used or refurbished machine.

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