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“Airbnb, is that even a word?” That was my reaction the first time I heard it. Right now, even as I write this, my spellcheck does not recognize it as a real word. Yet, it is. In fact, the word has existed since 2007 when a couple of 27-year-old entrepreneurs living in San Francisco, struggl…

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The following is a short list of items you can lease with the option to buy: A car (obvious); a dog (yes, a few organizations out there will allow you to take a dog out for a test drive for a couple of days and see if it works for you); a casket (I’m not sure who makes the final decision on …

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You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip, although Moses did. In the book of Exodus, from the Holy Bible, the ancient prophet Moses struck a stone and water came out for the people to drink. Of course, he had a pretty good in with the Man Upstairs, which is a definite benefit when trying to a…

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When your internet connection comes and goes, it can be an extremely frustrating experience. Just when you hit send on an email that’s taken an hour to compose, you see the message “unable to send, no internet connection.” Intermittent internet is a common problem, and what to do about it de…

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook faced a day of reckoning as its shares plunged Thursday in the company's worst trading day since going public in 2012. It was among the biggest one-day losses of market value in U.S. stock market history.

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This is the best season to experience a Utah rodeo. If you’ve never been to one – go. It’s the western equivalent of any other sport that involves an arena, spectators, rules of the game and penalties. Probably the biggest difference, though, is that no linebacker weighs half a ton and is ou…

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The payment app known as Venmo has revolutionized the way we exchange money with friends, and eliminated so much of the lame excuses people give to delay or avoid paying their share. Forgot your wallet? That’s OK, clearly you have your phone, so just Venmo me. Yes, Venmo is now so ubiquitous…

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Years ago, our once teenage son JaCoby was able to convince us that he needed a new car and that a Mitsubishi Eclipse he had found would do just the trick in making his teenage life perfect again. Being quite the negotiator, he was able to convince Deanne to loan him the money and help him w…

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Apple has introduced a new privacy safeguard in its iOS 11.4.1 update called USB Restricted Mode, which prevents the device from making data connections with another device that’s plugged into its Lightning port. This includes chargers of all types, as well as adapters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday brought cases against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey at the World Trade Organization for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

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Print lives! While most messages are created and distributed digitally — even invitations, which I think is awful — there are times when you do want a piece that’s printed. It may be an invitation to a special event or business cards because you want to create a message that feels more impor…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

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As the ever popular compact crossover SUV market heats up, leaving manufactures looking for ways to stand out amongst the crowd, Toyota has come up with yet another way to keep their best-selling Rav4 on the minds of even more consumers with the addition of an Adventure line.

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Up front, we should probably admit that we have a soft spot in our hearts after owning a 1999 VW Golf TDI. Even with all the issues that Volkswagen has had with the TDI version, we were in love with the economy of our Golf. How could you complain after making more than one trip to the Califo…

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With wedding guests in town, I’ve had more conversations than I can count — and only one involved technology. A good friend in from Tennessee asked if I could write a column about moving off of AOL and onto a more secure email service. She said her father’s AOL mail account gets hacked frequ…

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Don and Ruth Graves of North Ogden recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. That’s not a typo. They married in 1943 just out of high school. She was 17; he was 18. Most folks would like to know how the Graves managed to stay together for 75 years.

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Last week I did something crazy — I took a day off. My oldest daughter, Paige, and I went up to Park City to spend a girls’ day at the pool with my youngest daughter’s soon-to-be mother-in-law and her daughters. (The wedding is this week!) The surprise of the day was baby Jack who had his po…

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Technology has made so many items obsolete, from wall clocks to record players, but the thing I miss the most is a set of encyclopedias. The blue bound Encyclopedia Britannica set sat on a bookshelf in my dad’s study and was a reliable resource for countless school reports. As a young mother…

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This year, Hyundai has come up with its own version of what is quickly becoming a popular new segment of vehicles. We of course are referring to the segment known as a “Hot Hatch”! Volkswagen has always been somewhat of the rogue leader in this department with the Golf GTI, which is a very a…

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Online security can be a personal thing — you might be worried most about email phishing scams, while your neighbor is frightened about using her credit card to shop online. And the latest security hack can have everyone running to their computers to update their passwords and check their se…

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If you have a router, the FBI wants you to reboot it now because of a security threat from Russian hackers. In a statement issued late last week, the FBI said hackers have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide. Malware on infected …

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If you haven’t bought a TV lately, you’ll be happy to know that big TVs with solid technology cost less than a new laptop in many cases. But shopping for a new TV can still be a confusing experience with lots of TV industry jargon designed to entice you into buying a more expensive model tha…

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It’s impossible to keep up with all of the nefarious attacks on our computers and phones, but it is important to understand that not all attacks are designed to steal your data or render your device useless. The latest “black dot of death” involves all versions of the iPhone, but it’s more o…

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With the continuing consumer drive to cash in on the highs and lows of cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin, Ether and others — it’s no surprise that cybercriminals are working in parallel to make their own profits by illegal means. Just last week, a new malware strain inside Facebook Messenger was id…

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Google is rolling out its big update to Gmail, which includes a new confidential mode that privacy enthusiasts will applaud. Taking a cue from Snapchat’s disappearing messages, users will be able to make their messages self-destruct after a set period. And that’s not all!

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The list of internet-related things not to trust is long — don’t trust links in emails, don’t trust “too good to be true” offers on Facebook, don’t trust public WiFi — and last week’s RSA security conference in San Francisco revealed a new threat called Trustjacking.

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What if you never had to remember or look up another password to an online account? And if the new method was more secure than even the most complicated password? While there’s no all-in-one fix for online security, WebAuthn, a new standard that won near-final approval last week, could signa…

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With the continuing fallout around the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal, one established technology company has found a way to turn this debacle into an opportunity. Last week, Cloudflare released free access to consumers for a product that promises not only more secure browsing, bu…

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No doubt you’ve read about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and are concerned about your data privacy on Facebook. The scandal broke at a time when businesses around the world are gearing up to comply with GDPR, sweeping new data privacy regulations set by the European Union, which come …

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Every morning when I log on to my computer, a list of popup messages appears in the upper right of my screen. System updates, connected services updates and birthday notifications all require a minimum of a click to close. In some cases, I must specify the time of day I want to install an up…