Holiday Online Sales Surging

So, how did Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) do this year from a digital perspective? Breathtakingly well, according to Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks holiday spending (http://www.adobe.ly/2gQZW3R). Nationwide, Black Friday sales totaled over $3.34 billion, a 22 percent increase over Black Friday 2015. More than a third of those sales — […]

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Fight shopping scams with the right information

If shopping online and offline this holiday season, you may want to arm yourself with information that may help you avoid credit card and identity theft, falling for scams, buying recalled products or poor knock-offs and fakes of popular items. Here are a few sites to check when you have questions. You can also search […]

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Getting Ready To Shop Online

This Friday marks “Black Friday,” the traditional start to the Christmas holiday shopping season. All told, The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $655 billion dollars this holiday season, up about $30 billion from 2015 (http://bit.ly/2g6DvHG). About $117 billion is expected to be spent online. According to comScore, an analytics company, shoppers this year […]

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Find political context online

The adage “The more things change, the more they remain the same” has never been truer than in today’s political climate. The division, the unrest, the protests, the threats, the name calling — it’s all old hat in the context of American political history. But many people today don’t know that. For a country that […]

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Online petitions do battle with daylight saving time

We spend 66 percent of the year under the yoke of daylight saving time. Why? On Sunday, we went back on daylight standard time — or “natural time,” as some people call it. Today is the first full day under daylight standard time. When it’s 8:30 a.m., it’s 8:30 a.m. — not the artificial 7:30 a.m., […]

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Digital world intersects with art world

They seem ubiquitous today, but emojis, the tiny graphic images used online that resemble modern hieroglyphics, are only 17 years old. Originally created in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese mobile company NTT DoCoMo, the pictographs came in a set of 176. After Apple incorporated emojis into its iPhone line starting in 2011 and other […]

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Size comparisons flatter North Dakota

Most North Dakotans don’t think about the size of the state in relation to anything, really. We just know it’s about a five-and-a-half hour drive east to west, and about three and a half hours north to south. According to the geography website NetState (www.netstate.com), North Dakota is roughly 340 miles long and 211 miles […]

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How Wentz may decide the presidency

If you’ve been following the presidential election campaign and have grown tired of the rancorous rhetoric, absurd analysis and pretentious pronouncements, take a break and indulge in election oddsmaking. In fact, if you read further, you’ll learn how Carson Wentz may play a role in who wins the White House by virtue of a football […]

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Young adults seek news online

Here’s some interesting research that should renew your faith in the up-and-coming generations: Young people are more likely to prefer reading the news than their elders. A Pew Research Center survey found those between the ages of 18 and 29 were more likely to read the news than watch it on TV or listen to […]

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Many still spurn the Internet

In the digital age, it’s hard to imagine anyone who isn’t “on the grid” in one way or another. And yet, research shows 13 percent of Americans do not use the internet. This translates to about 42 million U.S. citizens who do not go online. Who are they and why haven’t they joined the digital […]

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