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    Be Smart About Smart Phones

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     by John Vogel
     on January 26, 2011

      In last week's blog, I explored the potential for smart phones – next-gen computer-phone hybrids with that can connect with any information source short of God. (Okay, that's a slight overstatement.) The software applications or "apps" hold tremendous potential to boost your productivity. But, as it turns out there are a few more details – okay, more than a few – you should know about. Consider these pointers from Fox 5 Tech Expert Shelly Palmer at WNYW-TV in New…

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    Get A Smarter Phone?

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     by John Vogel
     on January 18, 2011

    We've come a long way from the "ring-em up" party line wall telephone my grandparents had. Now, you can take/make phone calls with a pocket-sized wireless that also can tap the Internet to send/receive e-mail and text messages, upload/download data and more. That's why they're called smartphones. Verizon's recent entry into the iPhone market will hike market competition, eventually reduce costs and greatly boost software or applications available on smart phones. No matter which smartphone…

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    Farm Bureau's Action Must Be Commended, Supported!

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     by John Vogel
     on January 11, 2011

    For more than a year, American Agriculturist has reported on the rising tide of environmental vindictiveness and fiscal disconnect that permeates the mentality of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders. No agricultural group has had the audacity to challenge EPA's overreaching authority – until this week. American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa. The lawsuit…

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    Got 'Gold Fever'? Get Vaccinated!

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     by John Vogel
     on January 4, 2011

    You've no doubt seen those television advertisements touting gold as a get-rich-quick investment. Well, it is a get-rich-quick proposition – for the seller! The gold coin "sales pitchers" say it's worth its weight in gold. Well, yes. In fact, it always has been. But as Cornell Ag Economist William Schulze noted recently at Cornell's Agribusiness Outlook Conference, today's gold prices are trading on fear induced by the global economic recession. Would he buy gold today? "Certainly…

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