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Comment by Dick on [SCAM ALERT] Is TotalAV a Total SCAM? (May 26, 2018 07:39 AM)
HELLO! Boy oh boy. Started off with this TOTAL AV as a "free" yahdahah and ended up I'm out of change! DO NOT GO HERE FOR VIRUS PROTECTION! I was...
Comment by Minoo on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 26, 2018 03:58 AM)
Time will tell what happens to these addicts! In Canada we call them, "Cell phone or Smart phone ZOMBIES."!!! ...
Comment by Paul Hogan on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 26, 2018 12:05 AM)
A great article Bob. Should be read by everyone. ...
Comment by jimmie blackburn on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 10:07 PM)
I do not have a smart phone, and I am not on any social media platforms. I have only a desktop and laptop computer which I use to check msotly news we...
Comment by Al on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 07:32 PM)
We had a recent local news report of a person being ticketed for driving while texting. Two blocks down the road, the individual received a second fin...
Comment by RandiO on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 07:21 PM)
What an awesome topic and great coverage of it, Mr. Rankin. Unfortunately, it (and you) only scratch(es) the surface. The young Ned Ludd must have bee...
Comment by Chuck on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 06:32 PM)
Great timing Bob! I am in the process of research for an English Comp paper and this is exactly, and I mean exactly what I'm writing about. I will be ...
Comment by clyde on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 05:53 PM)
no problem at all,do not use social networks, no smart phone do watch what I do, am a lot happier for not having a phone. Bill my biggest problem is t...
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese` on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 05:15 PM)
Your article contains sobering information, Bob. Before I got past the headline, my initial reaction was, "Well, how do you define 'addiction'?" But ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 25, 2018 05:14 PM)
YES. . .Smart Phones can be addictive!!! This is no different than when Personal Computers became affordable, there were those persons who were addict...

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[MONEY] Tips for Online Bargain Hunters

Every shopper loves a bargain, but how can you tell when you really have one? The games that sellers play with prices are as old as commerce itself. Bargain-hunting is particularly confusing online, where prices from all over the world are available. Here are some tips for sorting bogus bargains from real deals...

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