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The 7 Best Features of the New Samsung Galaxy S5

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone has been described as more evolution than revolution, with Samsung eschewing radical design changes to concentrate on perfecting the features than consumers value the most. The result is a gadget-lover’s delight – a device that strikes just the right balance between novelty and practicality.

But even with so many new and improved features to choose from, a few still stand out above the rest, further separating the S5 from many of its high-end rivals. Here are just a few of our favorites:

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Standing Up Against Bullying

By Tracey Dowdy

Whoever said “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” was either deluded or a liar. At some point in our lives, we’ve all been on the receiving end of hurtful or hateful words. We’ve all been bullied.

“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”stopbullying.gov

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5 things parents need to know about mobile gaming

There was a time not so long ago when it was easy to tell when your child was playing a video game; they would either be in the family room with a controller in their hands or in the back of the car with a Nintendo DS.

Not anymore. With the rise of casual gaming and mobile apps, games can be played at any time on almost any device. Smartphones, iPads, Kindles, iPod touches – all of them provide easy access to thousands of games, which can be downloaded in seconds with just a Wi-Fi connection and a few clicks.

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What You Need to Know About Heartbleed

By Tracey Dowdy

When we hear that major tech companies and websites are scrambling to close security gaps in their systems, most of us have no idea how to respond. Does it impact us as individuals? Is our data compromised? Do we have to change every password for every site we’ve ever visited?

What is Heartbleed anyway?

Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, a common data encryption standard. (OpenSSL basically gives you a secure connection when you’re online.) It’s important to note Heartbleed is a not virus; it’s a bug. A computer virus works on the same principle as a biological virus, tricking the host into replicating it and thereby infecting the computer. A bug is a defect or flaw in a computer program.

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How To Take Delicious Food Photos with Your Smartphone

By Robyn Wright

Do you know why there are so many photos of food shared online? Because food is a common thread for everyone. We all enjoy delicious food and apparently delicious photos of food will satisfy us in some way too!

Not all foods photograph well and not all food settings are the best for food photos. However, there are some simple tricks that will help you make those pictures drool-worthy. The more photos you take and the more you use these tricks, the better your pictures will get over time.

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