NEWS YOU CAN USE

The much-touted Facebook “Paper” is a news app for the iPhone, but it only works if you have the latest iOS 7 operating system. If you have an older iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it won’t install.

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AMAZON STUDIOS

We’ve been watching “Alpha House,” Amazon’s new political comedy series, created by Gary Trudeau, who does the Doonesbury cartoon. If you want to vote on what their next series might be, go to AmazonPreview.com to get an invitation. We thought “For Sale by Superhero” looked pretty good.

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BETTER SEARCHES WITH WINDOWS 8.1

We love the new search function in Windows 8.1. Click the “Start” button and type the name of a country. “Morocco,” for example. You’ll see a list of any files that mention Morocco. (On Joy’s computer, Bob’s bio came up, since he went on an archaeological dig there.) You also get a map and basic stats about the country, such as its population and GDP. Slide to the right to see links to videos, tourist information and other links. We typed “England,” and got main attractions, tours, pictures, history and — rather oddly — some apps for New England Patriots fans. (The computer just latches on to key words.)

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PRINT LIVES

Just when you thought print was dead, along comes a new magazine from the website AllRecipes.com. Instead of going from print to digital, it’s going from digital to print. Of course, the website will still exist, but this November you can get the magazine too. The new “AllRecipes” magazine will cost $12 for a two-year subscription. The initial subscriber base is expected to be 500,000, which is very big. (People are always asking “What’s cooking?”). Print is handy to have in the kitchen. It’s easier to drip tomato sauce on a printed page than on your iPad. Mashable.com reports that print advertising in the food category is up over 10 percent this year. Bon Appetit’s advertising revenue was up 42 […]

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

We listen to online radio nearly every day but still enjoy our FM radio stations. Turns out we’re not alone. Ninety-three percent of teens and adults use old fashioned radio, according to a Pew Research report. Though online radio use has surged from 28 percent to 56 percent of the population, it’s still common to flip on a regular radio station. Regular TV use is even more common. Some 98 percent of us watch TV the ordinary way at least some of the time, in addition to whatever devices bring us the online version.

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TEST FAIRY

Seems like these days everyone has a new Android app. But will it play on all Android devices? A new program called “Test Fairy” makes it easy to find out. And it’s free.

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IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

Recent market research from IBM found that 90 percent of email marketing goes unread. The solution, says tech strategist Daniel Burrus, is to use text messaging. It’s just the reverse. People read and act on a text message 90 percent of the time.

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REMEMBERING YOUR TV PROGRAMS

Yidio is free at Yidio.com and sends you a reminder when something you want to watch is on TV and gives you a description of the episode. If you forget to record it, Yidio provides a link to where you can watch it online.

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FREE ONLINE COURSES ARE PROLIFERATING

Wow! This is the way to go! Coursera.org offers more than 100 free courses from universities such as Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, Rice, John Hopkins, U.of Illinois, and 11 others. The number of students is approaching a million. Bill Gates’ favorite online learning site, KhanAcademy, has hundreds more college courses, many on technical subjects, and they too are all free. Is this a trend? Is it the future? We certainly hope so. Considering the cost of attending a major university these days, there has to be an alternative. Sending a student to four years at one of the biggies like Princeton, Harvard, U. of Chicago, etc., costs around a quarter of a million dollars. Have two kids? That’s half a […]

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CARDS ON THE IPHONE

Cards lets you snap a picture with your iPhone or iPod Touch and add it to a greeting card that can be mailed anywhere in theU.S. for $3, postage included, or anywhere in the world for $5. We liked the designs.

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