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Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

BY TRACEY LIEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SAN FRANCISCO – Instagram continued to play copycat to Snapchat, launching on Tuesday its own version of face filters — a feature popularized on Snap Inc.’s app. The new Instagram tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats, makeup and masks over a person’s face on the app. The […]

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Computer Mentors Group of Tampa held its annual Teen Business Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. The challenge is an annual event where teens challenge themselves over a weekend of creation, competition and community. Teens submit applications for entry and are then nominated by their mentors, guided […]

Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do

Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do

BY SHARON NOGUCHI MERCURY NEWS/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. – They limit their kids’ screen time, set filters on their browsers and banish digital devices from the dinner table. Then those same parents pick up their own iPhones to check email, scan Twitter and update their Facebook statuses. Even as they fret that their kids may […]

Sophisticated apps designed to make life a little easier

Sophisticated apps designed to make life a little easier

FAMILY FEATURES Just a generation ago, it was difficult to imagine a single palm-sized device that could serve as a phone, camera and day planner all in one. Today, smartphone users are discovering that new technology and sophisticated apps make it unbelievably easy to manage virtually every aspect of life. There are dozens of apps […]

Goodnight, smartphone

Goodnight, smartphone

Powering down before bed for a good night’s rest From Family Features Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality ZZZs, you should put down that smartphone. The National Sleep Foundation reports nearly 90 percent of adults sleep […]

Use of emojis: Is it another way to miscommunicate?

Use of emojis: Is it another way to miscommunicate?

BY ROCHELLE OLSON STAR TRIBUNE TRIBUNE NEW SERVICE Smiling eyes might by lying eyes. University of Minnesota researchers have found that anthropomorphic emojis, like language, can get lost in translation, causing significant misunderstandings. This happens two ways. There’s the technical translation glitch. What’s sent as a smiling face from a Google Nexus would appear as […]

How to manage to-do lists and be more productive

How to manage to-do lists and be more productive

FAMILY FEATURES When your to-do list is miles long and deadlines are looming, it can be hard to tap into a creative, problem-solving mindset. Creating a more intentional approach to productivity will let you shift gears to not only cross items of your list, but to deliver higher quality, more effective work. Keep a notebook […]

The best electronic gifts for Father’s Day

The best electronic gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s day is one of the best shopping times of the year to buy electronics, according to many tech companies. Shelves and websites are stuffed with endless choices. Here, they’re narrowed down to about a half dozen options for Dad’s Day and beyond: (click here)

Survey shows average baby has used smartphone, tablet

Survey shows average baby has used smartphone, tablet

BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Have you ever been befuddled by a feature on your iPhone, only to have your 6-year-old show you how it works? A new study helps explain how this happens. Most children have been using smartphones and digital tablets practically since birth — literally. Fully 36 percent of parents who […]

Too few Black writers in the video game industry

Too few Black writers in the video game industry

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story by journalist Charles Moody III. BY CHARLES MOODY III SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER While you are reading this article, do me a favor: Open up a new tab in your browser Visit your favorite major gaming outlet Find the staff section Count the number […]