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Roundup: Annoying telemarketing calls and spam texts, first apps for new Kindle Fire, more



Telemarketing hassles: Are you getting more robocalls recently? More complaints from across the nation are being filed to the government about unwanted phone solicitations, even if the number (land line or cell) is on the federal Do Not Call registry.   Seattle Times

Tips to avoid text messaging scams: Are you getting unsolicited text messages? Here are six tips to avoid getting scammed. First and foremost, if you don't know the sender, don't reply.  

Want to silence your phone? Smack it: Microsoft has filed a for patent for technology where you just hit your phone to silence it. Good idea?   CNet

Is NFL Mobile app worth it? Not if you have Apple's new iPad. User reviews are tanking for the NFL Mobile app on the App Store, down to two of five stars. Company reps have confirmed the issue, but there's not timetable to fix it.   USA Today

First apps for your new Kindle Fire: Amazon's new Kindle Fire has a lot of improvements: crystal clear screen, front facing camera, and fast processor. Do you have one coming in the mail? Download these apps for a great start.   Business Insider

[Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 8:12am]


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