Technology Focus

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You can navigate the changes in TV technology

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Flat-screen high-deinition televisions are the cutting edge for home entertainment.

By now nearly everyone has heard something about the digital TV transition set to take place on Feb. 17. That?s the day when all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will cease broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting solely in digital.

That?s less than a year away?so now is the time to start thinking about how the switch will affect you. Will you choose to get a converter box or will you take advantage of this opportunity and step up to the amazing picture of a high definition TV with a built-in digital tuner?

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Be aware of tech theft threat at school and in dormitories

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Today?s students gear up for back-to-school season by stocking up on expensive technology, from MP3 players to laptops. However, most students are unaware that dorm rooms and schools are some of the most dangerous places to store precious electronic equipment.

Dormitories and schools are among the top five places from which laptops are most likely to be stolen, reports Absolute Software, a firm specializing in computer theft recovery, data protection and asset tracking.

?Students have a false sense of security on campus,? said John Livingston, chief executive officer of Absolute Software. ?Many students are bringing thousands of dollars of electronic equipment into their dorm rooms with little to no security precautions. It?s just open season for criminals.?

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Databases provide useful resources for family research

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Art Crocker uses his laptop to research his family?s genealogy. ?It?s interesting, the different little pieces you come up with,? Crocker said. ?It?s like playing detective in a sense.? Malinda Just / Free Press.?

The story is straight out of Art Crocker?s family history. Crocker, Hillsboro, a hobbiest of genealogy research has discovered interesting pieces of information about his family since beginning his research in 1999.

?It?s interesting, the different little pieces you come up with,? he said. ?It?s like playing detective in a sense.?

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