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Facebook’s Graph Search gets personal

As the slow roll-out of Facebook’s Graph Search continues, more people are getting a chance to experience this powerful new tool. Graph Search is essentially an internal search engine, tapping into the vast data base of personal information, photos and interests that have been posted by Facebook users.

If you take the Graph Search tour, you get an immediate idea of the potential. Want to know restaurants in San Francisco that your friends have been to? No problem. How about movies that friends of friends have ‘liked’? Easy. Frame your search query in the right way – and Facebook’s predictive text feature gives you plenty of help in this department – and Facebook will return the precise information that you are looking for.

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Monitoring Your Teen's Online Social Life

The Internet is an invaluable tool for teenagers, allowing them access to information that would have required their parents to spend hours in the library with a card catalog and stack of reference books. For all of the vast stores of information online, there are also more than a few dangers. Sexual predators, bullying, and inappropriate and dangerously false information are just a sampling of the trouble teens can find when their online lives aren’t supervised properly.

Here are a few tips on how to keep an eye on your teen's online activity:

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Tech Report: Online storage options

By TheTechDad:

Consumers have more choice than ever for their online storage needs. Whether you want to backup your entire movie collection or just upload a few photos, tech companies large and small are falling over themselves to offer you a personalized storage service.

Here are a few of the more popular options, including pricing structure and why each one might be the right choice for you:

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Getting Organized with the Samsung Galaxy Note II

By Paul O’Reilly

Despite surrounding myself with electronic gadgets, I have always been an inveterate note-taker. And I’m not just talking about the odd ‘message to self’ on the back of an envelope. I like to make lists – and lots of them. To-do lists; book lists; app lists; shopping lists. Whatever’s in my head, I like to write it all down and file it away for future reference.

In the old days, that meant carrying around a journalist-style notebook, which I could pull from my coat pocket and flip open at a moment’s notice. But that was before smartphones and tablets took over the world, and carrying a notebook became a little like wearing shoulder pads or owning a pet rock.

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The Online Mom Blog - Keeping up with the kids

I used to regard myself as one of those tech-savvy moms. You know the type – someone who knew how to set up a home network, and was always up-to-date with the latest hardware and software. I even had my kids’ tech habits under control. There was a strict no-tech-before-homework rule, parental controls on all the computers, and a total of three hours a week set aside for video games. It worked well for a while…and then everything went mobile!

The lightning-fast transition to mobile technology has left me – and I’m sure a lot of other moms – on the back foot. Our perfectly controlled worlds of scheduled tech time and filtered content have been replaced by an anytime, anywhere mash up of smartphones, tablets and connected gaming devices.

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