En español | When you access the Internet at any of the world’s 6 million public Wi-Fi hot spots — at airports, parks, businesses, hotels, wherever — assume that anything you are sending or receiving is up for grabs: your emails, photos, files, passwords, credit card numbers.
Although some 84 percent of American adults who use the Internet access it on a daily basis, new AARP research finds that many continue to engage in risky online behaviors — especially at free Wi-Fi hot spots that are potential hotbeds for computer hacking.
"Always on and always on you" describes the extent to which consumers have integrated cellphones, smartphones and tablets into their daily lives. How deeply do consumers depend on these mobile devices? One survey found 44 percent of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they were afraid to miss any calls, text messages or other updates during the night.
There was a time when the national conventions of the two major political parties were filled with drama, emotional catharsis and occasionally even angry fisticuffs. (Here's our gallery of great and not-so-great historic moments at GOP conventions.) Over the years, the quadrennial gatherings evolved into something more closely resembling slick, stage-managed infomercials, carefully designed to sell the parties' tickets to the public rather than to wrestle over fateful decisions. Even so, whether you're a hardcore political junkie or simply a citizen who likes to be informed, the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, which will run Aug. 27-30, may remain fascinating.
The dog days of summer can be great for traveling. But if you want to enrich the experience, grab your smartphone and load up on a few great apps before you hit the road.
I admit, I was hesitant about trying. I get a little scared with competition. But everyone I know is talking about it, so I pushed the button. I downloaded the Words with Friends game app.
Do you hate waiting on hold for a customer service rep to answer the phone? How about that phone tree navigation system that nearly every company uses? Don't you just want to scream "representative" to the recorded voice that isn't listening?
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