What’s the Best Way to Block a Number from Calling My Cellphone?

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Dear Impact Lab,
I’m receiving tons of unwanted calls per day. My carrier suggests that I change my number, but I don’t want to do that. Is there anything else I can do?

Endless Ringing

Dear Endless,

You actually have quite a few options depending on the type of phone you’re using, but let’s take a look at what you can do on any phone first…

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How I Would Hack Your Weak Passwords

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Internet standards expert, CEO of web company iFusion Labs, and blogger John Pozadzides knows a thing or two about password security—and he knows exactly how he’d hack the weak passwords you use all over the internet.

Note: This isn’t intended as a guide to hacking *other people’s* weak passwords. Instead, the aim is to help you better understand the security of your own passwords and how to bolster that security…

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Body Scale With Affirmations Instead Of Numbers


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The Yay! Scale doesn’t have any numbers, but rather words like “hot,” “ravishing,” and “cute” that are meant to make you feel good about yourself. Over at IFTF’s The Future Now, my colleague Jason Tester weighs (ahem) the benefits of such a device. From Future Now:

What if devices could return quantitative measurements as qualitative and personalized results? Continuing with the example of weight, is it more motivating to see just a number (178 lbs) or a number with feedback (178 lbs::You’ve gained a little) or no number and just motivation (OK, so you’ve put on a bit since last time…) The new crop of smart scales (see here or here or here) all chart your progress, and some will automatically send your weight to doctors or contacts of your choosing; I wonder if any of them also focus on explicit motivational messaging.

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Google Experiencing a Deluge of Searching for Sarah Palin

Google Experiencing a Deluge of Searching for Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin’s hotness is no longer debatable, at least according to Google trends – the bible of all that’s burning up the Web. A Boston Herald review of google.com/trends shows search terms particular to Palin earned a “volcanic” rating on the site’s “hotness” meter following her “World News Tonight” exclusive. Even her choice of footwear, Naughty Monkey red heels, steamed up the search engine.

“It’s terrific,” said MIT’s Henry Lieberman. (Pics)

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