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All my days are filled with chirping sounds. No, I don’t have a bird’s nest outside my
office. I always have TweetDeck running in the background, with the stream of alerts
helping me stay abreast of the latest tech buzz. I use this Twitter app to update our
followers on what we’re covering and to give my take on the day’s biggest stories.
However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have more to learn.
After reading this month’s cover story on 101 Social Networking tips (p. 60), I knew
how to use Twitter’s advanced search feature and how to create Twitter lists to better
organize my followers. I also learned how to better leverage LinkedIn for smarter
networking and discovered some new Facebook features.
As social networking matures as a category, people are trying to figure out how
to use these ser vices for much more than just killing time. These are practical tools
that can help you promote a business, find a job, and share photos with your loved
ones. Our tips and insider secrets will make the time you spend with these services
One of the things I couldn’t help but tweet about recently was Verizon Wireless’
new 4G USB laptop modem. I don’t usually gush about products, but I just couldn’t
believe how fast the carrier’s new data network was during my testing. I saw download
speeds in excess of 15 Mbps, which puts my home cable modem to shame. Check
out my full review of this groundbreaking device on p. 55.
Although 4G cars aren’t here yet, I ’m floored by some of the innovations available
in today’s vehicles, from the Audi A8’s touch-enabled Multi Media Interface to the
rear-spoiler solar panel Nissan’s electric Leaf. Now that’s green. Turn to p. 82 to ogle
the most teched-out cars of the year.
Shifting gears back to wireless, some might want to think twice about sticking with
one of the big four national carriers. Upstarts such as Metro PCS and Virgin Mobile now
pair ultra-affordable data plans with a strong selection of smart phones. I ’m talking
about savings of up to $1,500 over two years, so you’ll definitely want to check out
the pros and cons of going with one of the smaller guys (p. 76).
As much as I love mobile and wireless technology, the compulsion to be online
all the time can have serious consequences. Just ask a client of the reStart Internet
Addiction Recovery Program. While the experts debate whether Internet addiction
is a real disorder, those who can’t seem to pull themselves away from their devices
should definitely give this piece (p. 9) a read. It made me think about my own ability
and willingness to log off.
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