Email scammers target area businesses

A handful of Bismarck-Mandan area businesses are reporting a variation on an email scam circulating in the area. Apparently aimed at business-to-business operations, this scam involves receiving an email that appears to be from a local company. The email says you are behind on a payment or an account and need to settle up immediately […]

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Do-it-yourselfers can still build a website

In the prehistoric days of the internet (about 30 years ago), if you wanted a Web page or website, you had to build it yourself. This meant learning basic HTML, the scripting language that makes Web pages possible. It was pretty simple back then: Learn a few HTML “tags” and you could pretty much design […]

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Many moons to see in the sky or online

By now, you’re probably aware of the upcoming “Super Moon” on Wednesday. A super moon is when you have a new or full moon at the same time the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The lunar disc will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. But […]

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North Dakota plays role in taxation of ecommerce

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling it made nearly 30 years ago that, in effect, left most of the Internet a tax-free ecommerce landscape. What’s interesting about this from a provincial point of view is that the original 1992 ruling was prompted by North Dakota’s tax department, then led by Heidi […]

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Online streaming offers few rights

What you think you own in the digital world is more likely just temporary rental rights. Consider: A reader named Phil recently asked me about issues with FilmOn, www.filmon.com, a live TV and movie streaming company that acquired the movie streaming service, CinemaNow, in 2016. CinemaNow members were able to purchase and stream numerous movies […]

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Internet Truths 2018 Edition

As we start 2018, here is my annual list of internet truths: observations and advice that serve as the “warning label” on a technology woven into the fabric of daily existence. • You can’t trust the internet. Fake news, clickbait headlines, agenda-driven content, malicious gossip, biased opinions disguised as unbiased views, statements and images deliberately […]

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Internet saves Christmas procrastinators

Christmas is exactly one week away. If you’re a procrastinator, you’re probably thinking, “No problem — plenty of time to start shopping for the holidays.” If you’re one of those people, then the internet is your friend. If you’re willing to pay for the shipping, you can have gifts delivered to yourself or your recipients up […]

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Desktops, laptops may be yesterday’s technology

Is the “computer convergence” coming? Right now, your computer choices are desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. And what are the most common activities people use their computers for outside of work? Checking Facebook. Watching YouTube videos. Tweeting. Reading and sending email. Purchasing things online. Taking, editing and sharing photos and videos. All these tasks, and […]

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Shopping sets record in sales

How did Black Friday and Cyber Monday perform this year? According to Adobe, www.adobe.com, it was another record year with $11 billion in sales. Cyber Monday took in $6.6 billion, while Black Friday pulled in $5 billion. Thanksgiving Day generated $2.9 billion in sales (https://adobe.ly/2AOM3zW). According to Shopify, www.shopify.com, during peak sales times on both […]

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Stay safe on Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday, the day when holiday shoppers are supposed to find the best online deals of the season. According to software and marketing company Adobe, last year’s Cyber Monday generated more than $3.4 billion in sales (http://adobe.ly/2gJC2qg). This year, the guess is for nearly $7 billion (https://usat.ly/2A35pQx). Not bad for a contrived holiday sales […]

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