Author Archives: Jeffrey Strain

Apple Stock Closes at All Time High Breaking $100 a Share

Those who own Apple stock had something to celebrate today. it’s been a two year journey, but the technology company’s stock reached a record all-time high, closing at $100.53 per share, ahead of the $100.30 split-adjusted price per share from … Continue reading

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Is the Credit Karma Free Credit Report a Scam?

Credit Karma recently made the announcement they would offer their users free credit reports on top of the free credit scores they already give. The question many people have when they hear about something like the free credit report is, … Continue reading

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eBay in Talks to Facilitate Bitcoin Transactions for a Paypal Subsidiary

As more and more companies accept Bitcoin, the fact that these companies do accept the virtual currency gives it more credibility as a legitimate currency for transactions. The latest news reported by the Wall Street Journal is that eBay is … Continue reading

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$38 Million 1962 Ferrari GTO Breaks Highest Price Paid for a Car at Auction

It’s the type of vehicle that car enthusiasts drool over. A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (which was originally grey) with a history of crashes managed to sell for $38.115 million at the Monterey Car Week auction this week. That … Continue reading

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Ukraine Rattles Stocks but Dow Ends Week in Positive Territory for the Year

Last week was tough for US stocks with the Dow Jones industrial average falling enough to place it in negative territory for the year. This week looked better as it managed to get back into positive territory during the week, … Continue reading

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FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline as Writers Guild Pushes for More Feedback

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased the amount of time people have to reply to comments on the issue of net neutrality rules by five days. The previous deadline had been set for September 10, but it has now been … Continue reading

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Robot Self-Organizing Flash Mob Swarms Developed

The kilobots are here! When most people think about robot technology, they usually think about the advance robot technology, and what a single robot can do, but that would be missing out on a lot of the potential for robots. … Continue reading

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How Much Does Credit Karma Spend Giving You Free Credit Scores and Reports?

One of the most interesting tidbits which came with the announcement that Credit Karma will now be offering free credit reports from TransUnion (see how their offer compares to AnnualCreditReport) along with free credit scores was the amount they spend … Continue reading

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An Increased Chance of Getting 10 Common Cancers Linked to Being Overweight

If you still need another reason to shed extra pounds, new research published in the Lancet Medical Journal indicates those with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) have an increased chance of developing 10 of the most common types of … Continue reading

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Lone Star Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

If you love your red meat, you want to be sure to avoid a tick found in the US south and east (see map above). It seems like a truly strange reaction to a tick bite, but more and more … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Institution Seeking Volunteers to Digitize Its Collections

For those who have extra time and would like to contribute to science around the world (even if you don’t have a scientific background), you now have the perfect opportunity. The Smithsonian Institution is looking for volunteers to help digitize … Continue reading

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Tempted to Change Facebook Colors? It’s a Virus

You can’t change the color of your Facebook page. That doesn’t seem to stop quite a few people from trying. Those who like the idea and fall for an app that says it will do so can end up installing … Continue reading

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Credit Karma vs Annual Credit Report: Which Is Better?

With the announcement that Credit Karma now offers free credit reports in addition to free credit scores, there are a number of people wondering how it compares to the government mandated free credit report site, AnnualCreditReport. For those looking to … Continue reading

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Is Target Open Today?

Is Target open today? Yes, it is. (see full list and qualifiers below) Although most of us know Target is open on weekdays and weekends, it’s not always easy to know if the store is open on specific holidays. In … Continue reading

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Cat Smart Collar Detects Vulnerable WiFi Networks

The next time you see your neighbor’s cat walking along your fence line, there might be more going on than the annoyance of the cat coming into your yard. That cat could be checking your WiFi for vulnerabilities sent out … Continue reading

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List of States with the Fastest Average Internet Speed is Interesting, But Not Helpful

When you think about which states have the fastest Internet speeds, Virginia is probably not the one which would first come to mind, but it’s the state with the fastest average Internet speed in the US at 13.7 mbps. That’s … Continue reading

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Toxic Red Tide Algae Bloom Approaches Florida Coast

Florida waters can be a dangerous place, but probably not for the reasons you might think. It’s not sharks you need to worry about, but other things lurking in the waters. Last month, Florida warned visitors of a flesh eating … Continue reading

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Is Your State Among Those with the Fastest or Slowest Average Internet Speeds?

Anyone who spends even a small amount of time on the Internet usually wishes the speed of their Internet connection would be faster than it actually is. It can be one of the most frustrating aspects of being on the … Continue reading

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Wall Street Ends Week Higher on Strong Friday Rally But Still Below All-Time Highs

It appeared it was going to be another down week for stocks until Friday arrived. The last day of the week produced the best day for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average since March, and it pulled stocks … Continue reading

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Why the New FICO Scoring System May Not Raise Your Credit Score

Most consumer advocates reacted positively to the news that the Fair Isaacs Corporation is going to revamp the way they calculate their FICO score so medical debts aren’t going to be viewed on the same level as credit card debts … Continue reading

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