Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

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Today's top stories...

YouTube ads pay off
YouTube recently began placing ads in its videos. Members get a cut of the profits. In some cases, the cut is thousands of dollars a month. Sound good? My handy tip will help you get started on YouTube.

Security lax at many wire-transfer shops
Wire-transfer shops are common in immigrant neighborhoods. But the computers in the shops can expose customers to identity theft. Many machines are infected with malware, including keyloggers.

Call centers returning to U.S.
Dell outsources customer support to Indian call centers. That often infuriates customers. So, Dell will guarantee that you will speak with an American. And wait times are short. But you must pay.

Tracking down baby Jesus
Pranksters often take the baby Jesus from nativity scenes. Now, churches are fighting back. They’re using GPS locators to track the figurines. Some also use security cameras to watch over the nativity.

An easy way to navigate voice menus
Fonolo guides users through voice menu systems. You select the company to call and your reason. It puts you through to a human. Need help navigating voice menu systems? Check my download!

Site preserves WWII stories
Footnote has created the largest online collection of WWII documents. Nine million pages profile veterans. Veterans and their families can add information. The site also has 50,000 exclusive photos.

More turmoil for newspapers
Newspapers are being crushed by debt and the Internet. Most have had their credit ratings slashed. Once powerful, they now are rated well below investment grade. The latest bankruptcy: the Tribune.

Sony sued for underage registrations
Sony Music has been sued for violating federal privacy rules. It allowed children under 13 to register without parental consent. The children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule bans this.

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: The best place to spend Christmas is at home. But what if you were a wild animal? Where would you spend Christmas?

Cool Site of the Day: Google Maps is just awesome. I like its detailed satellite imagery. Now, you can send Maps-based greeting cards!

Digital Minute, on your radio: You know you should use a hands-free calling kit when driving. But will this really end driving distractions?

Free Download of the Day: If you're looking for a challenge, check out this game. It's pretty tough. You'll need to master your senses.

Tip on the site: Video games are a favorite activity for many kids. They don't have to be a waste of time. Check out some educational games.

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

Great Christmas Gift: Get This Vintage-Style Candle Tealight Holder!

• Beautiful wood-appearance cast resin holder
• Includes 10 glass votive cups and tealights
• Simple inspiration for any home


Other Items of Interest
Amazing Travel Blanket
Compact Snap-Around Tripod

Transfer paper documents to digital
Are you swimming in paper documents? Then you’re not alone. You can make your papers easier to manage by digitizing them. This may sound difficult, but my time-saving tip makes it a snap!

Upgrading to a new iPod
Maybe you’re giving someone an iPod for Christmas. That’s great! But you should go the extra mile. Pre-load their music collection onto the iPod. My handy tip walks you through the process.

See you tomorrow!
Kim :)

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