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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

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Today's top stories...

Red ring of death frustrates gamers
A year ago, Microsoft extended the warranty on the Xbox 360. The consoles were crashing. But many gamers are still dogged by the “red ring of death.” Some say the Xbox 360 was rushed to market.

Personalized spam is on the rise
Cisco says there is a huge increase in personalized spam. Spammers obtain personal information and match it with e-mail addresses. These messages often get past filters. Watch out for them!

Medicare pushes e-prescriptions
Medicare is offering bonuses to doctors who e-prescribe medication. Soon, though, the stick will replace the carrot. Doctors who don’t e-prescribe will be penalized. What do you think? Hit the Message Board.

Assistive technology can be fun, too
Most assistive technology solves problems. But researchers want to help the blind have fun. They have developed a system that translates movement into music. It’s being used with aquariums. Cool!

Landline use waning
More households are dropping land lines in favor of cell phones. Almost 18 percent of households rely solely on cell phones. Many are disconnecting land lines to save money in a tight economy.

Companies focus on the cloud
Mobile phones and computers are spurring the growth of cloud computing. Data is stored on the Internet instead of the gadget. The data can be accessed virtually anywhere.

Cell phone coupons imperfect
More companies are pushing coupons to cell phones. I think that’s great. But coupon services can be buggy. This could change in 2009. For now, get your coupons on the ‘Net! My column will help.

High speed Internet everywhere, yes; but how?
President-elect Obama wants to bring high-speed Internet to all Americans. Lobbyists agree that this would be good for the economy. But groups can’t agree on how to implement the plan.

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: I love the music around the holidays. The songs just put a smile on your face. Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs.

Cool Site of the Day: How much do you know about geography? Don't worry if you're a little rusty. Catching up with this site can be fun!

Digital Minute, on your radio: You want to help the environment and save money. That means you should avoid CFL light bulbs. Find out why.

Free Download of the Day: Passwords are always hard to remember, especially on the go. You better take your passwords with you.

Tip on the site: Everyone is on a budget these days. But you may need or want a new laptop. You don't have to break the bank to get one.

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A monitor for photo editing
You can buy a flat-panel monitor for about $200. But, if you’re a photo buff, low-end monitors won’t suit your needs. Grab your wallet! My handy tip will help you pick the perfect monitor.

Alternatives to the expensive Microsoft Word
We all need a word processor like Microsoft Word. But most of us could do without the hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are alternatives. My money-saving tip will help you find a free word processor.

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