Social Media

How to participate in a Twitter chat

A Twitter chat is a real-time, informal conversation between people interested in a topic. It can be difficult to understand how to be part of a Twitter chat, so here are a few basics.

Monday - 10/21/2013, 04:14am EDT

Shower, shave, smartphone: How we use our phones in the morning

A new study shows 84 percent of smartphone owners use at least one app first thing in the morning. Tasks accomplished before leaving in the house range from checking the weather to checking-in on dating sites.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:21am EDT

Twitter update allows direct messages from any follower

Twitter is changing one of the ways users communicate. In the past two users had to follow each other before sending a direct message - now you can get a DM from any follower.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 10:56am EDT

New app saves supposed-to-disappear Snapchat pics

One of the reasons people share photos on Snapchat is because they know they disappear after viewing for 10 seconds or less -- a new app lets the recipient permanently save the Snapchats, without the sender's knowledge.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:47am EDT

Pay someone to mail thank-you cards, but not to D.C.

A new iOS app that mimics handwriting offers a solution if you hate the tedium of writing thank-you cards, but it comes with an embarrassing glitch.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 11:10am EDT

Students learn digital mapping skills, target jobs

Participants in 4-H National Youth Science Day have hands-on experience in one of the fastest growing occupational fields in the country - spatial technologies, including GIS and GPS mapping.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 10:04am EDT

Twitter makes profits, but not just for itself

Twitter is making millions selling information about what's being tweeted about.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 08:53am EDT

Washington Capitals player stuck in bathroom takes to Twitter

Most people seek privacy in the restroom, but one Washington Capitals star wanted anything but alone time when he got locked in a bathroom stall, turning to Twitter for help.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 11:01am EDT

Hate figuring how to split bill? Google offers answer

Trying to figure out how to split a restaurant bill often puts math skills and friendships to a test. Google has applied for a patent of a system that helps groups calculate and pay for joint expenses.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 03:52am EDT

Site uses social media to track illness

Sickweather.com uses social media updates to follow outbreaks of the flu, allergies and other illnesses around the country. Sickweather scans Facebook and Twitter for posts about sickness and gathers the data to form an interactive map showing the areas with the most statuses about infections.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 02:24am EDT
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Quick fix for troublesome iOS 7 bug

Many iPhone and iPad users are reporting a pesky bug that's making it difficult to use iMessage and other features. Apple is promising an operating system update, but here's a quick fix.

Monday - 10/07/2013, 07:42am EDT

Evite offers hard copy invitations on 15th anniversary

The company known for its digital invitations and free e-cards is turning back technological time - Evite is offering hard copy invitations, to supplement its free e-cards.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 06:49am EDT

Pinterest Boards come to Microsoft Bing

Microsoft Bing is at it again, announcing another social media integration to its image search.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 09:27am EDT

Facebook, Md. AG unveil plan to fight school cyberbullying

Facebook and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announce a new mechanism to provide state educators with a direct line to the social networking giant, to head-off potential cyberbullying involving students.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 09:15am EDT
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iPhone finder checks local Apple stores for 5S in stock

A simple tool helps determine if the in-demand gold or silver iPhone 5S is available in stock at a local Apple store. By plugging in a ZIP code, users can see which stores have gold, silver, or gray models on hand.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 06:10am EDT

5 things to remember when shopping for a computer

Buying a computer can be overwhelming. With so many choices, finding the right device for you is a challenge. Data Doctor Ken Colburn has five things to remember

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 08:07am EDT

Marky Ramone on old school punk, digital future

Marky Ramone, sole survivor of the longest-running lineup of punk pioneers The Ramones plays 9:30 Club Wednesday night. He is embracing the digital age to better connect with fans.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 09:40am EDT
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Coffee shops target WiFi hogs

Coffee shops and WiFi go together. Most coffee houses offer a free connection to the Internet, but some customers abuse the perk. Now some cafe owners are fighting back.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 02:50pm EDT

Facebook allows user to edit status posts

Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows a person to edit his or her own status update. In the past, a poster would have to delete and recreate an update, losing Likes and comments. Available Friday online, the feature will soon be included in Android and iOS.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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